Your ba­sic rou­tine

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The key thing to un­der­stand is that the skin down there is dif­fer­ent from the skin on your face be­cause it has fewer se­ba­ceous glands (those that pro­duce oil). Still, it can ben­e­fit from a wash-ex­fo­li­ate-mois­turise reg­i­men. Reg­u­lar soap, though, should be a no-go in your vagina, since pH main­te­nance is para­mount. Try an all-nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tive, like Sum­ber Ayu Whiten­ing Fem­i­nine Hy­giene Wash ( RM8.96), which con­tains be­tel leaf ex­tract to treat vagi­nal dis­charge and neu­tralise odours. It’s also im­por­tant to be mind­ful of po­ten­tial ir­ri­tants, such as fra­grance. “When­ever a pa­tient says

she is itchy, red, or ir­ri­tated in that area, the first thing I’ll ask is, ‘What kind of cleanser are you us­ing?’” Dr. Go­hara says. “Nine times out of 10 the prob­lem is a sen­si­tiv­ity to per­fumed cleansers.”

If you’re plan­ning to shave your bikini area, you’ll ex­fo­li­ate next. Get­ting rid of dead-skin cells will help re­duce the bumps and hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion that shav­ing can cause, Dr. Go­hara says.

Malin+Goetz Pep­per­mint Body Scrub ( RM188, strip-my.com) gen­tly pre­vents in­grown hairs with bam­boo and pumice. Then fol­low with a hy­drat­ing for­mula: Bub­ble Gum Wax The Calm­ing Mask ( RM69, bub­blegumx.com), which can be kept in the fridge for an ul­tra-cool sen­sa­tion post-shave. For the aes­thet­i­cally-in­clined, there’s also The Per­fect V

Very V Lu­minizer ( RM178.40, thep­er­fectv.com), a mois­turiser with a ra­di­ance-boost­ing tint. (What’s next, con­tour­ing?) “Make sure any oils and lo­tions you ap­ply are ab­sorbed be­fore get­ting dressed, and avoid putting them on be­fore a work­out,” says Dr. Go­hara, who also cau­tions that your favourite span­dex leg­gings might ex­ac­er­bate ir­ri­ta­tion, es­pe­cially with ex­cess mois­ture. “Rub­bing from tight clothes can leave in­flamed fol­li­cles in the groin,” she says. “When that hap­pens, I rec­om­mend an over-the-counter ben­zoyl per­ox­ide wash—used only ex­ter­nally—to set­tle things down.”

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