This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.
Summer is finally here, and it's time for long days at the beach, lounging by the pool, outdoor barbecues, vacations, and yeast infections! Yes, yeast infections.
As the temperature rises outside, so does your risk of getting a yeast infection because yeast infections love moisture. That wet bathing suit that you stayed too long in, that extra sweat between your legs, or the chlorine in that community pool can all wreak havoc on your vagina's pH - which can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria and yeast 'down there.'
Keep reading to see how you can reduce your risk of vaginal infections and have the Hot Girl Summer you deserve.
Practice Good Hygiene
- Clean your vulva: It is essential that you clean your vulva (the exterior bits) to keep it healthy and happy. When cleaning the vulva, use a gentle, OB/GYN formulated, and non-toxic foaming wash like the Kushae Gentle 2-N-1 Foaming Feminine Wash; it's the only intimate wash that cleanses, moisturizes, and soothes your vulva.
- Wipe your vulva properly: Wipe front to back to prevent and reduce the risk of bacteria from the anus entering the vagina or bladder.
- No douching and scented products: Avoid douching or using feminine hygiene products that contain harsh chemicals such as parabens, dioxins, and fragrances, as they can disrupt the natural pH balance and lead to irritation or vaginal infections.
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Wear Breathable Fabrics
It's important to wear breathable underwear and swimsuits during the summer; choose cotton panties and bathing suits made with moisture-wicking fabrics.
Staying hydrated is essential for your overall health, including vaginal health. Drinking adequate water helps maintain proper hydration levels for your body, including the vaginal tissues.
Avoid Excessive Moisture
Prolonged exposure to moisture, such as wet swimwear or sweaty clothing, can create a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections. Remove your wet clothes or bathing suit - especially after swimming or exercising, to reduce your risk of vaginal infections or irritations.
Don't Shave and Swim
If you wax or shave your pubic hair, you should wait at least 48 hours before you go swimming. That's because your skin tends to be more sensitive after you wax and shave, which makes you more susceptible to skin irritation, hyperpigmentation, and even infections.
Let your vagina breathe, especially at night, to avoid excess moisture. As we said before, bacteria thrive in a moist environment, and so does yeast. So, let it all hang out at bedtime, and if you don't feel comfortable with going full commando, wear a long nightgown, comfortable cotton panties, or pajamas.
Ditch The Feminine Wipes
Like most feminine hygiene products on the market, many feminine wipes have toxic chemicals that are hormone disruptors and carcinogens. Long-term exposure can cause reproductive issues and cancer. If you need a gentle and non-toxic product to freshen up throughout the day, use the Kushae Feminine Deodorant Stick or Spray to smell and stay fresh 'down there.' Both products neutralize bacteria on the skin and eliminate sweaty feminine odors without any fragrances, so you can smell like you!
Get Regular Check-Ups
It's normal for things to be a little off down there, especially during the hot summer months; however, if you have any persistent symptoms, abnormal discharge, or unusual smells, it's best to consult a physician.
Hot Girl Summer is all about embracing yourself and being unapologetically confident - and it starts with taking care of your vulva. Your vulva deserves the best 'care' all year round, so let this summer be the start of a lifelong commitment to your vaginal health.