We all know that the vagina is self-cleaning, but certain habits can still lead to infection, nasty ingrown hairs, or even STIs! If you want to avoid these, read on for our roundup of the best vagina-caring tips:
Treat ingrown hairs with acne cream.
Ingrown hairs can lead to pus-filled bumps, aka acne. To reduce inflammation, dab a bit of pimple-fighting medicine on the area. And don't be tempted to pop it—doing so only leads to infection!
TRY: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel, P1,200, SM Megamall
An exfoliating soap will brighten your singit.
Wearing certain tight clothing and underwear can cause friction in your singit, which leads to darkening. To brighten the area, use a mild exfoliating soap every time you take a shower!
TRY: SkinWhite Whitening Soap Glutathione + Vitamin C, P62, Watsons
Always wipe 'front to back.'
This will prevent bacteria from your anus from getting inside your vagina.
Douching is a no-no.
FYI, the outdated form of vaginal cleaning increases your chances of getting cervical cancer, pregnancy complications, and infection.
Trim your pubic hair before getting waxed.
TRY: Trust us, this simple hack will lessen the pain of having your pubic hair waxed.
TRY: Braun Silk-epil Bikini Styler, P1,595, Rustan's The Beauty Source
Exfoliate before shaving.
To get a smooth finish, lightly exfoliate your vaginal area before you grab the razor.
TRY: Happy Skin Sakura Bloom Brightening Peeling Gel, P799, Zalora
Use a natural oil to nourish pubic hair.
Thanks to Emma Watson, we now know that using natural oils on your pubic hair can make it softer and healthier.
TRY: One Earth Organics Pure Derma-Grade Moroccan Argan Oil, P480, Beauty Bar
Pee before and after sex
It might ruin the mood if you need to pee while getting it on, but it's better to be safe than sorry. You wouldn't want to get a UTI or bladder spasm, right?
Cotton underwear is the best for sleeping
Some recommend that you go commando during bedtime, but if you don't want to, just wear breathable, cotton undies.
TRY: Avon Clara 3-in-1 100% Cotton Panty Pack, P425, Avon.ph
Sanitize your sex toys.
These are things you insert into your vagina. Of course, they HAVE to be clean.
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.