Women's Wellness and Intimacy

Last week on our Instagram, we hosted a live chat with Manon Pilon of Nelly De Vuyst in order to talk about all things ​​Women’s Wellness & Intimacy. 

 

Not only was it a pleasure for us to discuss with Manon, but it was incredibly important for us to finally break the taboo barriers about women’s intimate health. Yes, you understood correctly: we’re talking about down there!

   

While most skincare and self-care knowledge is readily available, education about vaginal health isn’t as commonly thrown around. Like all facets of wellbeing, it is crucial to learn about the functioning of our bodies in order to be able to pinpoint when something is wrong (and even more importantly, know how to treat it). 

 

So ICYMI, here are some of the highlights of our discussion with Manon:

   

UNDERSTANDING YEAST 

 

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a yeast––a type of fungus––called Candida albicans. While it can affect both women and men, women are much more prone to experience recurring vaginal yeast infections over their lives.

 

Yeast infections can be caused by a panoply of reasons: a dip in a hot tub, sexual activity, using a basic bar of soap, or even wearing a thong throughout the day. Essentially, anything that throws off your vaginal pH (which usually sits around 3.8 to 4.5, rising closer to 5 with age), can cause an infection.

 

Burning, itching, redness, and clumpy discharge are all symptoms of a yeast infection. However, as candida can also manifest itself as an irritable mood, constant fatigue, recurring UTIs, digestive issues, and more.

 

Unfortunately, an unbalanced pH means you are not only prone to yeast infections but also bacterial vaginosis, and possibly even sexually transmitted infections as the mucosal layer of the vagina is weakened. Not fun!

     

HOW TO PREVENT CANDIDA OVERGROWTH 

 

There are many things you can do on a daily basis to curve potential yeast infections. That being said, Manon explained to us the purpose behind her product line: 

 

“The reason we made these products is so that women can keep living their normal lives––wearing those tight jeans, wearing the underwear they want, going into hot tubs!––without continuously having to be concerned about Candida”, she explains.

 

Because dehydration and excess sugar in the body can contribute to the formation of yeast, drinking lots of water and limiting sweets, alcohol, and caffeine will make a big difference in maintaining a balanced pH. Eating a balanced diet, incorporating probiotics and getting lots of quality sleep are also essential!

 

“It is also incredibly important to be aware of the products and soaps we use down there”, says Manon. Many of these are not designed to be used near the sensitive vaginal area (even topically!) and can cause itching or even an infection. 

 

Here are two of her suggestions for regular cleansing: 

      

NELLY DE VUYST CLEANSING FOAM BIOFEMME - $59.30 

 

 

Delicate and ultra-gentle cleansing foam specially designed for everyday feminine hygiene. Ideal for maintaining the balance of the intimate flora and ensuring a feeling of freshness that lasts all day.

  

NELLY DE VUYST SOOTHING GEL BIOFEMME - $51 

 

 

Prevents the effects related to the imbalance of the intimate flora such as recurrent infections. Help to re-balance the physiological pH and the ecosystem while protecting from external irritations.

  

NELLY DE VUYST

 

This lineup of Nelly de Vuyst contains products that are designed to be gentle enough and pH balanced for everyday use. These products are made for all women of all ages, and designed to target a range of feminine health concerns down below, such as skin tautness, dryness, shaving aftercare cleansing, and more!

  

NELLY DE VUYST FIRMING GEL BIOFEMME - $68.50

 

An ideal treatment for the intimate feminine area lacking firmness following menopause or after pregnancy. The synergy of its organic astringent and firming ingredients assists in restoring tone and youthfulness to the intimate tissues. 

  

NELLY DE VUYST LUBIELLE - $48 

 

Ideal to reduce the discomfort associated with dryness of the intimate mucosa. Formulated for those in pre and post-menopause. Moisturizes and softens vaginal skin providing immediate hydration.

  

NELLY DE VUYST SOOTHING MASK BIOFEMME - $48

 

 

Ideal for post-depilatory care of the bikini area and skin predisposed to ingrown hair as well as to calm irritations caused by razor wax or laser procedure.

  

NELLY DE VUYST REGENERATING SERUM BIOFEMME - $53.20 

 

Super moisturizing and regenerating oils to help relieve dryness. Ideal purifying and moisturizing care for the intimate feminine area. Prevents the disequilibrium of the skin flora during menopause.

  

Interested in learning more? Check out our live with Manon here, over our Instagram!

 

Until next time, take care of the skin you are in,

 

The BSE Team

 

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