You pop into the shower to begin your morning (or evening) beauty routine.
You grab your body wash or bar of soap, and maybe a loofah or body sponge, and get to work on your arms, legs, back, butt, torso, and vagina! STOP RIGHT THERE. Using body wash or soap on your vagina is definitely a no-no, but it’s never too late to start giving this precious body part the tender loving care it deserves.
You’re far from alone in your errant ways.
A whopping seventy-two (72) percent of almost 500 women who participated in an exclusive FabOverFifty poll revealed that they use body wash or soap to cleanse their vaginas. Only 13 percent pass the test, and use vaginal cleansing wash. So what do the 13 percent of women probably know that the vast majority of us ladies don’t?
They likely know that perfumed body washes and soaps can irritate the sensitive skin down there, because even if you’re a thick-skinned kind of gal, the skin of your vagina is not. And, as we age–especially post menopause–this delicate skin starts to lose natural oils, just like the skin on the rest of our bodies, which can cause itching, pain, dryness, and even bleeding. Besides menopause, vaginal dryness can be caused by diabetes and antidepressant drugs such as Zoloft. Even younger women, who take birth control pills, can have it.
All these unpleasant issues can turn sex into a pretty distressing experience.
Although our mothers, or doctors, never told us how to cleanse our vaginas, it’s no longer taboo to talk about them these days. And, what we’re learning from those who finally are speaking up, is that sexual health is pretty darn important, physically and emotionally. Fortunately, more companies than ever before are creating products that can help us stay sexually healthy. Uniderm, based in romantic Rome, is one of these companies, and it’s come to America with its intimate hygiene line, called Lubrigyn.
Lubrigyn has been successfully selling across Europe since 2004, and now CVS is carrying it in most of its stores for American women who want to relieve their vaginal dryness using hormone and paraben-free, completely natural ingredients.
Lubrigyn Lotion doesn’t foam, unlike many other feminine moisturizers and cleansers, which actually allows it to maintain the natural protective barrier of the vaginal tissue, also called the hydrolipidic film, according to Giorgio Chiozza, who leads Uniderm.
Consisting of water and oils produced by the sebaceous glands, the film retains moisture and protects the skin from germs and fungi. As we age, the film dries out and loses elasticity, which can lead to many of the problems we mentioned earlier.
“Foam is always more aggressive than oils,” Giorgio explained. Cleansing is an electrical process. Simply put, the foam makes positive electricity around the dirt on our skin, reacting with our body’s positive electricity, and weakening and removing the hydrolipidic film at the same time it’s removing the dirt. “Lubrigyn preserves it,” Giorgio asserted. So while we usually associate foam with cleansing, it’s actually not a good thing when it comes to our vaginal tissue!
Lubrigyn Lotion, a creamy, soothing, moisturizing and cleansing formula, can be used everyday, in the shower as a regular soap substitute, or applied with a tissue, without water. Besides its soothing, softening and refreshing ingredients, including sweet almond, jojoba and olive oils, chamomile and aloe vera, the lotion contains sodium hyaluronate, a powerful, active ingredient that attracts and holds on to water.
Used in many of today’s skin care products, sodium hyaluronate is considered the ultimate moisturizer for facial skin. It also helps the vaginal tissue stay supple and moist, Giorgio emphasized. “No other intimate cleanser or wash in America has this important ingredient,” he added.
Interesting, only 11 percent of the woman who do use vaginal cleansing wash even know if it’s a moisturizer, according to the exclusive FOF survey of almost 500 women.
A 7-fluid ounce tube of Lubrigyn Lotion is approximately $12 and should last 45 days. A package of 15 Lubrigyn Wipes is currently included with the lotion, which is mighty handy when we’re traveling. Designed to gently but effectively clean and deodorize our intimate area, the wipes are infused with many of the same ingredients in the lotion and are hydrating.
Lubrigyn Cream, provides long-lasting lubrication, relieves vaginal dryness and supplements natural moisture. It also contains sodium hyaluronate, Giorgio said, and can either be used as a vaginal moisturizer, two or three times a day, and/or a lubricating cream before intercourse. “It helps rebuild the collagen in the vagina that is depleted after menopause,” he added, and is effective in relieving more “severe symptoms” of vaginal atrophy. The cream is dispensed with a 1.7 fluid ounce airless pump, and also sells for approximately $12. The cream is FDA approved but does not require a prescription.
I have been using the lotion and cream since Giorgio gave them to me at our meeting, and I highly recommend them. They’re not oily, sticky, or irritating, and the cumulative effect of the cream is definitely noticeable.
I also invite you to read a concise, easy-to-understand, and fact-filled article on the physical effects of menopause, by Dr. Michael L. Krychman, a gynecologist and sexual health specialist, and to download his clever and colorful guide called How To Get Your Sexy Back: 12 ways to improve your sexual health and well being.
CLICK HERE to give your vagina the tender loving care it deserves.
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