Summer skin care for the bikini area

Sensitivity in the vulvar area (that's the external area of the female organs) isn't uncommon; lots of women report itchy and burning skin in the bikini line area. According to the National Vulvodynia Association, some women have chronic vulvar pain called vulvodynia. In these cases, it's best to visit your physician for a complete check-up. Good, daily skin care - especially during the hot summer months can control some of these irritations. A combination of the right products and hygiene techniques will keep this area dry and soothed.

Clean the skin with a mild, unscented soap daily. Perfumed soaps and washes smell terrific but can dry this touchy area quickly. Also, for the best skin care, don't dye your pubic hair. Skip the scented bubble baths and limit douches.

Exfoliate the exterior skin of your female parts using a warm, soapy washcloth. Don't use a loofah or exfoliating beads in this area. Do this before shaving or waxing. It only takes a few seconds to get a good scrub.

Remove the hair along the bikini line. Many women prefer to shave the hair lightly but this method only removes some of the hair. A swivel-handled mirror comes in handy for seeing during your trim job. Always use a new razor, never a used one. Shave in the direction of the hair growth, not against it. If you prefer a smoother finish, you'll have to undergo a wax job. Seek a good, reputable spa if considering a bikini wax.

Wear cotton underwear. These panties allow your skin to breathe and keep you cool. Don't wear panties that are too restrictive or binding. Use a light, unscented moisturizer daily.

Like any other part of your skin, you need to examine it regularly. The MayoClinic says, "Genital warts are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted infections. At least half of all sexually active people will become infected with the virus that causes genital warts at some point during their lives," Give your skin a weekly examination to keep on top of genital warts. It's better to be summer safe than sorry.

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