Feminine Hygiene Tips for Every Woman

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So we all talk about fashion, style, beauty crimes, makeup, skincare, hairstyles, lifestyle choices and many other topics, but we hardly talk about personal feminine topics, like feminine hygiene care. Forgetting that all these other topics mean nothing when there is a major cause of hygiene concern. I can see why many shy away from talking about feminine hygiene both online and offline, but it is still very important, and still needs to be addressed.
At first you’ll think that every woman is aware of basics of feminine hygiene. I mean most of us pay attention to what people can see, so our hair, outfit, makeup is always top notch, but we neglect some of our most important body parts. The prevalence of infection and diseases due to lack of feminine hygiene shows that this is one thing a good number of us don’t know about or do shy away from talking about.

Well I have written up some handy feminine hygiene issues. I hope someone learns a thing or 2:

Cleaning “down there”

The vagina on its own cleans herself. Now that explains the secretions. It makes use of these secretions to clean herself. That is how it protects herself from infection. Just because the vagina can take care of itself when it comes to cleaning doesn’t mean we should not take care of it.

Use water to wash your vagina taking care to remove any possible dirt or debris. If you want to use soap or cleansers, make sure you use a mild soap or a pH-balanced gentle cleanser. Make sure it has the right pH level of about 4.5-5.5 and it contains mild ingredients like lactoserum and lactic acid. Never clean the inside of your vagina. That could ruin its pH level. Although it’s good to clean “down there”, avoid excessive washing and douching and stay clear of harsh cleansers and soaps. This may cause an imbalance in the normal growth of bacteria (yes, some bacteria can be good too) and prevent stripping away the protective barrier of the vagina. This will make the vagina prone to infection.

Avoid Baths. Take more showers

The bath water contains bacteria from the body so sitting in the bath will cause the bacteria ridden water to enter into the vagina. This will increase the possibility of urinary tract infections. Take showers instead. The bacteria from the body flows downwards and does not have the chance to enter your vagina. I love taking baths, but I try not to take them too frequently.

Menstrual care

You need to take extra care during your period. Wear a sanitary pad or tampon but make sure you don’t leave it on for more than 4-6 hours. Change when saturated or uncomfortable. Avoid scented pads or tampons. These will irritate the vagina and cause infections. Do not douche during your period. Douching causes debris to enter your reproductive tract which will lead to pelvic inflammatory disease.

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Wipe the right way

When you want to wipe after using the bathroom, use soft unscented toilet paper. Ensure your hands are clean. Bacteria on your hands have the chance of going to your genital region. Also, make sure you wipe from front to back. This will ensure that bacteria from your butt does not go to your vagina and cause infection.

Mind the odour

Every woman has a natural scent. The good news is that it’s not detectable on your clothes. Whenever you perceive a fishy scent coming from you, that could be a sign of an infection. Make sure you get it checked out.

Let the air flow

Wear cotton underwear or underwear with cotton lining on the crotch. This allows for a free flow of air. Lack of air causes the area to be moist which promotes the presence of bacteria and growth of fungi. This is the common cause of vaginal yeast infection.

So ladies have these valuable tips in mind. These little changes can make a big difference to your overall well-being.

Do you have any tips to share? Don’t be shy, leave a comment.

6 Beauty Crimes You May Be Committing


Many of us are committing beauty crimes without us knowing. I know I am, and I know many bloggers, vloggers and celebrities that commit a few of the beauty crimes listed on here. Nobody’s perfect, neither is any makeup or skincare routine, but some crimes are worst than imperfect, they could leave us with lasting consequences.

Here are some of the most common beauty crimes I see around:

Bloggers/Vloggers Selling Used Makeup

I see a lot of bloggers/vloggers selling old makeup online, claiming it has only been swatched or used once, so it is good enough to be sold. Deep down, I am hoping we all agree this isn’t right. Like lipsticks, foundations, concealers, eye pencils, mascaras, and all the others, should not be shared, or bought unboxed. The only makeup you should be buying, should be brand new. Sharing makeup products could lead to skin infections, eye infections, and other skin problems you really can do without.

The only exception is when it comes to makeup artists. So if you are having your makeup professionally done, you will likely be using the artist’s makeup, which is fine as long as every product is applied with a makeup brush. The artist should obviously have the makeup brushes cleaned after each use.


Swatching on the Back of your Hand

I see a lot of bloggers/vloggers swatching makeup products behind the hands. This is so common and so wrong. The skin on back of the hand is a lot darker than our face, due to sun exposure. To ensure you get the ride shade, swatch the makeup products preferably on your jaw line, or the inner part of your arms, which is the closest shade to your face. This ensures you pick the right shade of product.

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Concealer before Foundation

The concealer should be applied AFTER the foundation and not before. The reason being is once the foundation is applied correctly, you may find that you don’t have to use the concealer as much, if at all. The foundation creates the right base for makeup. It is called ‘foundation’ for a reason.


Wrong Shade of Foundation

I have been sold the wrong shade of foundation like I said in my previous beauty post, so I know all about buying the wrong shade of makeup. However, some women deliberately go for a light/pale concealer, thinking it will help conceal the areas that need concealing better. This is so wrong. Your concealer should match your foundation to cover up and hide shadows.

If you find that you have the wrong shade of concealer already, do not panic. You can most likely correct the shade by mixing your concealer with a bit of foundation, providing that foundation is in the right shade.

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Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Many of us do not clean our makeup brushes as often as we should, which is BAD. You should clean your makeup brushes as often as you use them. I use mine like twice a week most times, so I clean them once a month. If you use them every day, you should be cleaning them every week.



Watering Down your Cosmetics

I know I am so guilty of this. I tend to water down facial wash products when they are almost finished. I don’t know why I do it but I do it. Maybe it is because I do it with the dish washing liquid, it has become a kind of habit now, but it is beauty crime. Skincare products contain water, making them susceptible to contamination by micro-organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts. That is why it is so important not to water down cosmetics, as you change the natural balance of preservatives designed to keep products safe.

Have you committed any of these beauty crimes? Let’s discuss in the comment section.






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