Intimate care products for the modern woman
Care down there
It can be a bit of a minefield recommending intimate care products and treatments to women. Many find it offensive that a woman feel she should need to go for a vajuvenation or even hair removal. But others, like entrepreneur Cynthia Chua, see vulva care as a right of every woman, whether they choose to exercise it or not. Still there are others argue that the vagina is self-cleaning and that many of the recommended products like douches are unneccesary and even harmful. Even worse still is the minefield when it comes to 'treatments' like vagina steaming and the use of jade eggs that have no scientific evidence to back it. But there are a lot of other products out there that then can help you in your grooming rituals down below. From masks to the pubic hair oil, here's a round-up of some interesting products that you might be tempted to try.
Emma Watson made this oil famous, and it led to mass reviews on the internet. Designed to be a versatile product designed for pubic hair it prevents ingrowns and softens the hair. Best of all it can be used anywhere on the body — think the underarms, head and even applied on the beard of a significant (or insignificant) other. The brand Fur You also stocks an ingrown concentrate that prevents razor burn.
TWO LIPS BLACKOUT MASK
We've written about the genesis of this mask in detail. After trying it, we found the process slightly troublesome — you have to lie flat so it means that you have to lay down when applying this — and the drippiness of the mask means you also have to use a towel under. But if you have 15 minutes to spare, this mask helps to hydrate the skin in your nether regions so it is smoother and helps brighten the skin over time.
There are many versions of the menstrual cup but we favour the Singapore brand Freedom Cup because it comes in a mini size — great for first time users — and has a social responsibility message. With each cup you buy (it costs $33) the company will donate a cup to an underprivileged woman in the region. Interestingly, we spoke to one of the c0-founders of Freedom Cup, Vanessa Paranjothy, who said that women from rural areas seem to instinctively know how to use these cups and benefit greatly from the ease, convenience and hygiene that they offer.