Hygiene is the cornerstone of a women’s upkeep: you take a bath twice a day, brush your teeth after each meal, and use a deodorant to keep fresh all day.
However, you may not even be aware that you are neglecting your most intimate area. Just as you would keep your visible areas of the body healthy, so should you make a habit of caring for your intimate area.
It is also referred to as the birth canal.
A healthy vagina has natural protective mechanisms that inhibit the growth of bad bacteria. Its walls continually produce secretions to provide lubrication, to cleanse it, and maintain its proper acidity to prevent infection. However, several external factors, including using the wrong cleanser or soaps, can counter the vagina's natural protection. Soap will only increase the pH in your intimate area, disturbing the natural acidic protective layer and cause harmful bacteria to multiply. These bacteria may eventually enter the vagina and cause vaginal infection.
For lasting confidence and protection, gynecologists recommend you wash your intimate area at least one to two times a day with a special intimate cleanser.
What is pH?
A pH level determines acidity and alkalinity of a substance, and is a number from 0-14; the lower the number, the more is the acidity and vice versa. Different parts of your body function properly at specific pH levels and protect us from illness and infection. Even within the intimate area, the pH differs from the vagina to the vulvovaginal area (area around the vagina): the normal healthy vagina is acidic and the pH is between 3.5 to 4.5 and that of vulvovaginal (area around vagina) is between 4.5-5.5. This pH level is ideal for the survival of good bacteria (lactobacilli). If this delicate balance is disturbed, harmful bacteria can multiply, leading to vaginal discomfort symptoms like foul odor, irritation, and vaginal discharge.
But do you know that, most soaps have a pH value ranging from 8-10, which disturbs the pH balance of your intimate area. The pH of intimate area ranges from 4.5-5.5.
Ordinary alkaline soap destroys the natural acidic protective layer of your intimate skin; hence, it is important to use a special product like Valerie Intimate Wash Feminine .
Lifestyle factors that can disturb the natural balance of womens intimate area
- Common practice of using soap (which is alkaline and hence, not advisable).
- Use of synthetic undergarments
- Tight clothes (Jeans and some sports clothing).
- Feminine hygiene sprays containing excessive fragrance (perfumed soap or wash).
- Dyed and scented toilet paper
- Birth control pills and condom
- Stress or Fatigue
- Improper diet
Ingredients in Valerie Intimate Wash Feminine
- Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES), is found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). SLES is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine : is used as a foam booster in shampoos. It is a medium strength surfactant also used in bath products like hand soaps. It is also used in cosmetics as an emulsifying agent and thickener, and to reduce irritation purely ionic surfactants would cause.
- Glycerine or Glycerin : It is used in medical and pharmaceutical and personal care preparations , mainly as a means of improving smoothness, providinglubrication and as a humectant. It is found in allergen immunotherapies, cough syrups, elixirs and expectorants, toothpaste,mouthwashes, skin care products, shaving cream, hair care products, soaps and water-based personal lubricants.
- Triethanolamine : It serves as a pH balancer in many different cosmetic products - ranging from cleansing creams and milks, skin lotions, eye gels, moisturizers, shampoos, shaving foams etc
- Aloe vera gel : Moisturizing the skin. It may also have other uses.It works by helping the skin heal.
- Carbopol : They are also popular asthickening, dispersing, suspending and emulsifying agents in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics
- Niacinamide : It is a water-soluble vitamin and is part of the vitamin B group.It has anti-inflammatory actions. These may be of benefit to patients with inflammatory skin conditions.
- Menthol : It is an organic compound made synthetically or obtained from corn mint, peppermint or other mint oils. Menthol has local anesthetic ,counter irritant , antipruritic to reduce itching qualities.
- Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, widely abbreviated as EDTA : It helps prevent the deterioration of cosmetics and personal care products. It also helps to maintain clarity, protect fragrance compounds.
- Methylchloro Isothiazolinon : It is a preservative with antibacterial and antifungal effects It is effective against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, yeast, and fungi.
Can I use Valerie Intimate Wash Feminine to cure a vaginal infection?
Valerie Intimate Wash Feminine will not cure an infection. Test results show that these feminine hygiene products can simply reinforce the effects of regular medication recommended by healthcare providers, like topical creams, suppositories, and pills.