Soap is common for all of us to use daily. Until early 20s liquid soap was not marketed and recently in short span, foaming soap has gain popularity due to its unique properties. Foam is aerosolised liquid soaps dispensed through a specialised pump mechanism. Foaming soap is more efficient, hygienic, and an all-around sustainable option when compared with liquid soaps. Each pump of foam soap contains thousands of micro-bubbles that ensure maximum delivery of the active ingredient, which quickly penetrates the skin surface and provides adequate cleansing action with desirable result in comparison with ordinary liquid soap. Each pump of foam soap uses significantly less amount of product than a pump of liquid soap and deposits a rich lather-like foam that cover the large body surface area, so there is less consumption and also leads to more efficient use
Foam Or Liquid? What Works?
Foam soap doesn’t rely on chemicals to create a lather, either. Forced air causes natural lathering, which helps to foam soap biodegrade faster than traditional liquid soap. So it is more environment-friendly. Another obvious environmental benefit is the conservation of water; foaming soap doesn’t require water to lather. Each pump of foam is sterile, so there is no chance of contamination of the product, also with each pump, a fixed measured dose is dispensed, so there is less chance of mess and wastage. Size of the bubble indicates reach and spread; smaller bubbles take the medicaments to a broader area gives better coverage.
Essential Oils For Cleanliness
Essential oils are complex, volatile compounds, synthesised naturally in different parts of the plant during the process of secondary metabolism. These essential oils have great potential, as they can effectively destroy bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens. Currently, there are many different intimate wash products available in the market that can be used to keep the intimate area clean and infection-free. Still, most of these intimate wash contains chemical-based anti-bacterial and cleansing agents that hurt our body, Harsh chemical-based intimate wash may effectively cleanse the intimate area. Still, they kill both the harmful bacteria along with the protective lactobacilli (good bacteria), which can lead to a vaginal infection, causing discomfort, itching and foul discharge.
For safe and gentle care of the intimate area, nowadays intimate wash is formulated naturally, that is free from harmful chemicals and contains 100 % natural botanical extracts (essential oils). Essential oils of herbs like neem leaf oil, tea tree oil, aloe vera and clove bud oil that possess natural antimicrobial properties are infused in the personal hygiene wash-off products. These ensure clean and infection-free intimate area by inhibiting the growth of only bad bacteria. Natural intimate wash is entirely harmless to use in the intimate area; they preserve the natural growth of the protective lactobacilli and maintain the vaginal pH, preventing the risk of vaginal infection and discomfort.
Hygiene isn’t just about having clear skin or healthy hair. For women, especially in tropical climates like India, it’s also about taking care of their intimate area. Ironically, it is neglected by most women. Most women believe that daily bathing is sufficient for their daily intimate hygiene. Showering daily helps to get rid of the dirt produced throughout the day. However, the vulvo-vagina area is very delicate and requires more than just bathing.
Vaginal infections can occur if anything disrupts the natural balance of the good and bad bacteria that are typically habiting the vagina. Two common infections are vaginal candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis leading to discomfort, itching, foul odour and discharge. Various factors affect the vulvar pH and trigger vaginal infections, including endogenous factors and exogenous factors like soap, detergents, lubricants, etc.
It is necessary to introduce women with the importance and methods of keeping their intimate area clean and infection-free, including things like abnormal vaginal discharge, vaginal irritation, vaginal dryness, unnatural odour, and vaginal infections.
Following proper intimate hygiene, every day will help to keep the vagina clean, fresh and infection-free. One must use an intimate cleanser to cleanse the vaginal area and protect it from harmful bacteria and germs. Make a habit of washing intimate parts only with an intimate wash. Using an ordinary soap may disturb the pH of the vaginal skin that increases the chances of vaginal infections. So, be careful and use only products designed especially for sensitive, intimate skin. It is not necessary to wash the vagina from inside. After using the toilet wash vagina to prevent transmission of any bacteria to the vagina.
With inputs from Dr Dipesh Mahendra Waghmare, Medical Advisor Executive to Millennium Herbal Care
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