Vajacials have recently become extremely popular. For some, they have evolved as a major part of a self-care routine. If you are new to the concept, a vajacial is a spa treatment performed on the vulva of the vagina. Focusing on the bikini line and outer labia. It does not actually deal with the inter vagina. It includes a cleanse, mild enzyme exfoliant, extractions of ingrown hairs, followed by a soothing mask, completed with a skin brightening serum or spot treatment. Health & Beauty: Everything You Need To Know About Vajacials
Vajacials in Kenya typically range from 1,500 shillings to 4,000 shillings, of course depending on where you go. The benefits of a vajacial include removing dead skin cells, smoothing bumps around the bikini line, preventing acne, and helping with hyperpigmentation, all to maintain healthy, smooth, and hydrated skin in the vaginal area.
But before you decide to get a vajacial, here are some things that you need to know.
1. You will need to get rid of your pubic hair first
Most places that offer vajacials also have waxing services. It is necessary to get a wax before a vajacial. Why? The treatment is made to improve the appearance of the outermost areas of the vagina through exfoliation, steaming, and hydration. For exfoliation to be done, you need to get rid of your pubic hair through waxing, shaving, or any other safe means.
2. If you have a deep ingrown on your vulva, seek advice from a gynaecologist first
Ingrown hairs are primarily caused by improper or aggressive hair removal, but sometimes they occur naturally as too much dead skin debris blocks the hair follicle opening, causing the hair to grow sideways. But if you happen to have recurring ingrown hairs and especially on your vulva, do not get a vajacial before seeking professional advice.
Why? If you have a really deep ingrown hair or persistent problems with them, it may be something that a doctor will need to treat with antibiotics, removal, or even surgery. It’s not something a spa will be able to fix.
3. Understand the risks associated with a vajacial
Before partaking in anything that your body is involved in, you should do your due diligence. This entails broad research of what vajacials are, and what ingredients are used in the process, and specifically at your spa. Are these ingredients safe to use? Are you allergic to them? You need to answer these questions first.
Vajacials can cause irritation or inflammation. According to Dr. Leah Millheiser, an OB-GYN, professor at Stanford University Medical Center, “The vulva is very prone to allergic reactions from products because it’s not as tough as the skin on our face, which leaves it more susceptible to contact dermatitis, which is a skin rash caused by irritants. Plus, many of these products have not been tested.”
4. Understand that it is not the same as vaginal steam
Though a vajacial may be followed up with steaming, it is important to understand that a vajacial is not the same as vaginal steam. Vaginal steam is meant as a detoxifying treatment. It involves a person sitting or squatting over a hot pot of steaming water containing herbal remedies to enhance and cleanse their internal reproductive organs.
On the other hand, a vajacial is a more superficial treatment that removes dead skin cells, smooths bumps around the bikini line, prevents acne, helps with hyperpigmentation, all to maintain healthy, smooth, and hydrated skin in the vaginal area.
It is important to note that just like a vajacial, vagina steam is not medically necessary. Dr. Loanzon, an OBGYN from California, says, “Just like how a regular facial can be a luxurious way to safely extract blackheads, you can still go your entire life without one and survive, the same thing can be said of vajacials.”
5. You may not want to get a vajacial too often
A vajacial feels good and leaves your vagina feeling clean and healthy, but, you may not want to get one very often. Why is this the case? “You don’t want to throw the skin off of its normal functions.” Dr. Karyn White, an OB/GYN in Maryland, insists that women looking to get vajacials for skin relief should refrain from doing so more than once every three to six months. “What can happen is you begin a vicious cycle, which can disrupt the skin, especially on the vulva.”
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