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After puberty, caring for your intimate area is a little more complicated that using just soap and water.

Therefore, it’s an excellent idea to have an intimate care routine in place in order to keep your V-zone clean and hygienic. This means that whatever life throws at you, you can feel confident that you’re always fresh and comfortable.

To make your life easier, some great products have been developed to help you create your own V-zone care routine, depending on your particular needs. Here are a few that you may want to add to your intimate care checklist:

Intimate washes

It’s important to wash your V-zone with products that are V-zone friendly, so that you don’t upset the delicate pH balance of the vagina – often a problem with perfumed soaps and bubble baths. An intimate wash is the answer. Some intimate washes are particularly good for odour prevention, while others will soothe inflamed skin or hydrate it. Intimate washes come as gels, creams or mousse, depending on your preference.

Intimate wipes

Intimate wipes refresh your V-zone, so you feel more comfortable after a visit to the bathroom. They’re especially good for when you’re on your period, as they instantly freshen up the whole area. They’re also ideal if you spend long days away from home – for example, if you’re a regular festival goer or travel a lot with work.

Panty liners

Using a panty liner every day means your clothes are protected from any discharge, leaving you feeling clean and confident.

The large range of intimate care products available means there’s something to suit everyone.

If you’re sporty, you need an intimate wash that can deal with the sweat in your V-zone, preventing bacteria accumulating and causing an infection. If you’re someone who leads a hectic life, intimate wipes can be helpful to keep your V-zone fresh when you’re in a public restroom and hours away from the next shower.

If you’re approaching the menopause, an intimate wash with hydrating properties will be useful to help combat vaginal dryness. There are even specific products suited to women who shave or wax their V-zone to help soothe the area and prevent irritation, post-depilation.

For more information on intimate care and specific products to suit your lifestyle, see ‘Including intimate care in your daily routine’.

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