Your basic routine
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.”