Gentle Aids Counter Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness is a problem that many perimenopausal and menopausal women encounter as mucous membranes begin to shrink and lose some of their elasticity. When cleansed with conventional alkaline shower soaps, the delicate mucous membranes of the vagina and vulva area may take up to 24 hours to regain their normal pH. Such removal of the skin’s natural acid mantle makes it vulnerable to irritation and infection.
Numerous factors can cause this fragile ecosystem to swing out of balance, increasing the possibility for discomfort. While many products address vaginal dryness, they typically contain hydrocarbons such as mineral oil, petrolatum and liquid paraffin, prompting many women to avoid them. The difficulty can be particularly problematic for women undergoing radiation therapy for cancer, because petroleum-based products can build up on the skin and deflect the radiation.
Lubrigyn’s line of pH-balanced cleansing, moisturizing and lubricating products, formulated with natural active ingredients and free of hydrocarbons and hormones, can help. They all contain hyaluronic acid (HA), an intensive moisturizer capable of absorbing hundreds of times its own molecular weight in water, which draws moisture and enables the skin to be hydrated and even helps to rebuild skin cells. Other basic ingredients include calendula (marigold) to soothe skin, and lubricating elastin, plus jojoba and sweet almond oils, which together add tone, elasticity and skin protection.
Lubrigyn products may be used with or without water, and won’t disappear down the shower drain like some other plant-extract moisturizing products.