Lingerie Lovers Self-Care
If you love wearing lingerie, which you probably do if you’re reading this right now, you probably know how to care for your lingerie to make sure it stays in tip top shape. But did you know that you should practice self care for your body when you wear lingerie often? It’s not essential of course, but these tips can help you to enjoy healthy self care that will only enhance your lingerie wearing experience. Did you know that detergents can mess with your body’s natural pH levels? Did you know that wearing too tight panties can cause not only irritation but infection? You’ll find some of my favorite tried and true tips on helping to keep your bikini area as healthy as can be, so you can put the focus where you want it to be: your pretty panties! I’m about to get real here for a second, and talk about optimal vaginal health. Obviously I’m not a doctor, but these are some practices that I include into my body care routine.
- Use unscented body wash on your genitals, try something natural like Sliquid Splash. Fragrances can disrupt pH balance and take away from your body’s natural scent.
- Towel dry off fully, and instead of putting on underwear right away, let your genitals breathe and air dry completely for an hour or so before putting on panties.
- If you have sensitive skin, try panties that are 100% cotton or soft bamboo. Make sure your panties have a cotton gusset.
- Wash your lingerie in an unscented detergent. Scented detergents can disrupt your vagina’s pH levels as it sits against your skin, especially when you sweat. Try a unscented detergent like Soak Delicates Wash.
- Don’t use body sprays or spritz perfume on your underwear or vaginal area. It can cause irritation and can be drying if it has alcohol in it. Instead use a dusting powder such as LUSH Silky Underwear.
- After shaving your bikini area, moisturize your skin with coconut oil, it will help protect from irritation from shaving. Be sure to wear a breathable panty after shaving, tight panties can rub against your skin and make you feel raw.
- To refresh and balance your vaginal health and pH, try Yoni Oil. It’s a natural oil and lubricant that can be massaged onto and into the vagina for added softness, pH balancing, and is a natural antimicrobial.
- Keep sugar away from the vagina. This means checking ingredients on bathbombs…and the dreaded “candy” or “edible” underwear. Sugar, which comes in many forms, such as glucose, corn syrup, etc, disrupts the healthy vaginal flora and can cause infection.
- Keep natural unscented wipes on hand, for on the go if you need to freshen up. Try Swipes Unscented Biodegradable Wipes. They’re flushable! Good for your vag and the environment.
- Plain yogurt (my favorite is greek) is great to add to your diet! It can also be inserted into the vagina if you have an infection (Use caution. Not everyone will want to do this, but I’ve done this over the years without a problem). Soak a tampon in plain yogurt (plain, not vanilla, make sure it’s unsweetened) and insert it, replacing it throughout the day. Alternatively, you can insert some using an empty medicine dropper or syringe. The lactobacillus in yogurt creates health micro-flora in the vagina, helping to stop bad bacteria from growing. Alternatively, you can take it in capsule form such as Jarrow’s Fem-Dophilus.
- If you want to help your vagina get back to a healthy pH, soak in a warm bath with a little organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar in the bath. Vagina helps to balance the vagina try Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
- The vagina is self-cleaning. Theres no need to douche, this outdated practice can actually force bacteria up into the vaginal canal and cervix. Trust your vag, it’s a pretty magical body part.
If you have any other tips, feel free to leave them in a comment below!