Complete body care is gaining more and more followers. There is no longer any part of the body that is left without attention and without daily treatment to ensure the well-being of each of the areas. And as surprising as it may be, one of the routines that has been fashionable in recent months has to do with the vulva.
“People are realizing that discussing these topics ultimately leads to better body literacy and health outcomes,” says Bri Durkin, a registered nurse. “The stigma around these issues creates a sense of shame for women when it comes to addressing their health issues. “If we are able to normalize these issues as a society, the easier it will be for people struggling with any issue to feel empowered about their own bodies and feel comfortable getting help.”
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Coined from the words “vagina” and “facial,” a vagacial focuses on removing anything clogging your pores, whether it’s dirt or ingrown hair, for silky smooth skin.
What does a vagacial consist of?
The treatment usually lasts around 50 minutes and involves cleansing, a gentle exfoliant, removal of ingrown hairs, application of a decongestant mask and skin lightening serum or spot treatment.
It is recommended to do a vagacial seven days after shaving or receiving waxing.
Alternatively, brands also offer products for people who want to treat the skin around their vulvas at home and are similar to masks applied to the face.
Taking care of the intimate area, maintaining good hygiene and hydration is necessary. (Photo: Adobe Stock)
Regarding vulva and vagal masks, experts clarify that the more ingredients there are in any product, the greater the risk of a reaction. Symptoms include itching, burning or redness.
Vaginal aesthetics: health risk and psychological damage
“First of all, the vagina shouldn’t need any extra pampering or care,” said Dr. Ryan Sobel, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
“If there is a problem, you have discomfort, pain, you have discharge, odor, that generally indicates that there may be something abnormal. There may be an infection or there may be a reaction to something you are exposed to. You should seek care,” she recommends.
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He also warned that products that boast of being “all natural” also pose this risk.
The gynecologist also raises concerns about how psychologically damaging the message behind such products is due to existing insecurities about the appearance of vaginas and vulvas. Insecurities fueled by pornography that prioritizes a specific type of image.