Friday, 22 June 2018

Self-Care with Canesten*

Self-care is something we could all pay a little bit more attention to. It’s so important to look after ourselves not only on the outside but on the inside too. As I’m sure you are aware we are three ladies who love all things beauty, skincare, haircare and health which we take very seriously. But there are other areas that we should be just as passionate and serious about too.

Sexual health, mental health, physical health and general well-being are all important issues to us and we know they are to you too. Smear tests, thrush, menstrual health and general vaginal health is something we should all be paying close attention to and it can be different for every individual. Personal health issues like thrush are often not spoken about and a little taboo in polite conversation. Let's be honest though, we should be talking about it - we’ve all experienced discomfort or had questions about our intimate health and there’s nothing to be ashamed about. 

Thrush is something that can be really embarrassing to talk about whether that's to your friends, partner or even a health professional. The thing is though it is really common and it is estimated that three out of four women, (75%) will develop thrush in their lifetime and half of these women will develop it more than once. So it is important that we are having open and honest conversations about thrush so we can all understand treat such a common health issue. 

"Thrush is a common yeast infection, experienced by both men and women, caused by an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus, Candida albicans. This fungus is naturally found on the skin of healthy people, however, when the natural balance of the skin flora is disturbed, the fungus can multiply excessively triggering the typical signs of the infection"

Thrush is something that affects both men and women of all ages so we are passionate about teaming up with Canesten in order to help break down the stigma and make sure everything has the right information in order to treat and look after their intimate health.

If you are really worried about something then you should visit your doctor straight away. Sometimes when we are a little embarrassed about an issue we will shy away from seeking help but we shouldn't. Your doctor has usually seen it all before and can help treat or even just reassure you about any intimate health problems you may be experiencing.  Looking after intimate areas is really important so we have pulled together some great tips in order to keep your foof/fairy/vagine in tip-top shape.

1. Think about what you're wearing
- Only until recently did I find out that cotton underwear is really the only type of pants we should be wearing. Who knew!? Cotton undies are a more breathable fabric which helps to avoid getting any thrush type symptoms like itching excess sweat on those rare warmer days in the UK. 

2. Let yourself breathe
- It is so vital to let your vagina breathe a little. Try not to wear super tight clothing every day as it is a little bit suffocating for our intimate areas. EG: Latex trousers in August are probably a no go. Wearing a night dress to bed sans underwear is also a nice way to let the air in. 

3. Clean, but don't over-clean
- We all like to feel squeaky clean as much as possible but it is important to take care when washing. The term 'douching' (awful term) is when you over wash sensitive areas with water and soap which then leaves yourself open to bad bacteria and potential unbalances like thrush.

4. It's ok if something is different
-  If you don't ask, you'll never know. Like we said before someone else will have asked the question so never feel cringed out or embarrassed about asking questions because it's their job to know the answer!

- There's no such thing as oversharing in my book. I can assure you if it's happened to you it's happened to someone else. It's not one of those 'ew' moments and it can be reassuring for everyone when someone shares an embarrassing or personal issue with their friends. You may just have saved one of your loved ones from obsessing something we have all experienced. Once you are educated in intimate and personal health it is amazing to share your knowledge with your friends and family. 

Self-care and looking after yourself in every way possible is so important! Sometimes it’s just talking to someone (we are always available for a chat) and asking the right question or opening up the discussion. We’re not afraid of talking about our foof’s and neither should you be. There is plenty of help out there and websites where you can get the best and most up to date information about thrush for both men and women. Be sure to read up and share your knowledge because you never know who's feeling anxious and a problem shared is a problem halved. 

For more information please visit:

To understand what thrush actually is:

This post has been supported by Canesten®, but all thoughts are our own.

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