THIS IS YOUR SPACE, YOUR QUESTIONS — ANSWERED
Our mission to de-stigmatize intimate skin health has never been sweeter. Knowledge is power and our new educational series is intended to give you everything you need (and want) to know about intimate skincare and how your sweet spots work. From truths, tips and trivia, to how to use our products and why—we’re committed to helping you take control of your entire wellbeing—because when your sweet spots are out of whack, it affects everything.
Q: What causes vulvar dryness?
Still, there are several factors that can contribute to lost moisture, ranging from lifestyle to lifecycles:
- Routine pubic hair removal
- Regular use of soap with a high-pH (anything above 7) and potentially irritating ingredients + allergens such as high-fragrance, sulfates, parabens, and essentials oils
- Prolonged heat or wetness
- Constricted clothing (hello WFH yoga pants!)
- Decreased estrogen – whether cyclical such as during menstruation, pregnancy, post-partum or breastfeeding, or more permanent through the aging process – can cause the skin barrier to become weaker and therefore lose natural lipids
- Skin conditions such as eczema or lichen sclerosus
Q: What can I do to relieve symptoms of dryness?
A: Moisture loss in the vulva can lead to irritation, flaking, and itch. A water-free balm, which delivers oil directly to the skin without the need for preservatives, can deliver intensive and long-lasting moisture.
To help provide immediate and lasting relief, we've chosen to formulate Rescue Balm with concentrated, ultra nourishing Shea Butter (19%) and Sweet Almond Oil (11%), plus soothing + protective ingredients at active levels such as Allantoin (1%), Colloidal Oatmeal (2%) and Zinc Oxide (9%).
Tip : Because Rescue Balm does not contain water, it's best used while the skin is still damp from bathing, to seal in moisture.
Q: What can I do to prevent dryness?
A: Here are a few tips to restore healthy intimate skin and avoid future damage:
- Be gentle with cleansing. Switch to a cleanser (vs soap) that is ideally pH-balanced to vulvar skin (a pH of around 5) and contains fatty acids, ceramides or other barrier-repairing and protective ingredients.
- Be gentle with exfoliating. If you need to exfoliate, try to avoid scrubs (which can damage compromised skin) and look for chemically exfoliating acids such as salicylic and glycolic, at low-levels
- Help fortify your skin barrier. Fatty acids, such as those found in Hydrate Ever After Daily Hydrating Serum, can help to protect against water loss.