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What is a Vajacial?

What is a Vajacial?

Yes, you read that right. We are now living in a world where vaginas can get facials - and they are all the rage! When I think of facials I think of steamings, goopy masks, extractions, and an overall calming experience. This is exactly what a vajacial consists of and more!  

Keep reading to learn all about what a vajacial is and why you need one. This blog will answer all of the questions about vajacials asked by our Bushbalm™ customers.

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Pubic Hair Explained

Before we jump into vajacials, it's important to establish why the vagina deserves a skincare routine. In a word: pubic hair. Pubic hair is unlike any hair on the rest of our body. Pubic hair is more thick, coarse, and wiry than the hair on our legs, chests, backs, underarms, and scalps. Given its texture, pubic hair can irritate the skin when it grows back after hair removal. Pubes are prone to getting stuck under the skin causing ingrown hairs which can lead to scarring and dark spots. 

Its thick and wiry texture is not without reason. According to dermatologist Marc Glashofer, the texture of pubic hair tends to be thicker and coarse because “It prevents friction during intercourse that can cause skin abrasion and rashes….More importantly, pubic hair serves as protection against bacteria and other pathogens.” Simply put, our bodies create pubic hair for a reason. That being said, just because pubic hair serves an important function doesn’t mean you’re obligated to keep it. 

If you do decide to groom/shave/wax your pubic hair you should know that the risk of developing ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots increases. That is where vajacials come in to save the day. 

What is a vajacial? 

A vajacial is a 30-60 minute soothing and rejuvenating treatment for the vulva. This is a non-invasive procedure; in other words, it does not deal with the inner vagina. The vulva is the area around the opening of the vagina and includes the outer lips (labia majora), inner lips (labia minora), and clitoris. 

Since this treatment is performed on the outer pubic area, you do not need to worry about your pH levels getting thrown off. Also, this means that you do not need a vagina to get a vajacial! A vajacial is meant to be performed on anyone’s pubic area so men can enjoy this treatment as well.

pH Levels Explained:

For those who are unsure about what exactly pH levels are, here's a little crash course. pH stands for potential for hydrogen. The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline the skin is on a scale from 1-14. On the pH scale, 7 is neutral, below 7 is acidic (0 being the most acidic), and above 7 is alkaline (14 being the most alkaline).

So what does that mean? Simply put, the skin must maintain a balance of acidity and alkalinity in order to combat germs, fight infection, retain/store nutrients and minerals and protect you against external stresses.

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The purpose of a vajacial

Vajacials target and treat common skin concerns found in the pubic region. This treatment works to eliminate ingrown hairs (otherwise known as bikini bumps), remove dead skin cells, prevent acne flare-ups, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scarring, diffuse hyperpigmentation, and even out the skin tone. Overall, a vajacial will significantly improve skin health in the vaginal area. 

Bushbalm Skincare Pubic Skin Health

A rundown of the vajacial treatment

A vajacial may look a little different from spa to spa. The treatment could include vaginal steaming, gentle exfoliants, ingrown hair treatments, mud masks for the vulva, and even red light therapy which kills bacteria and provides skin-brightening benefits that reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. 

A standard vajacial could look something like this: 1) steam; 2) extraction; 3) exfoliate; and 4) mask.

The vaginal steam will loosen ingrown hairs, oil, dirt, and debris that clog the upper layer of skin. The extraction process gets rid of ingrown hairs, blackheads, and deep blockages. A gentle exfoliant will be used to clean out the pores. This step will reveal a fresh, healthy, and baby-soft layer of skin that can absorb and retain moisture. Finally, the mask will detoxify the skin and soothe the pubic area. 

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Vajacials & Hair Removal 

Do I have to remove my hair before my vajacial? 

Yes, the pubic hair must be removed (or at least smaller than the length of a grain of rice) before an esthetician can perform a vajacial. The main focus of a vajacial is to treat ingrown hairs and detoxify the skin. For the vajacial to fulfill this focus, the hair must be removed. 

It is recommended that you wax or sugar before getting a vajacial. Estheticians typically advise clients to wait 7-10 days after a wax/sugar before getting a vajacial. 

Removing body hair with Bushbalm

Can I shave before a vajacial? 

Yes, you can shave before getting a vajacial. However, there are a couple things to consider. 

First, waxing or sugaring is the preferred method of hair removal. These methods pull the hair out from the root, which opens up the pores. On the other hand, shaving slices the hair down to the surface of the skin and the rest of the hair strand remains intact. Waxing or sugaring will allow the esthetician's products to penetrate deep into the skin with no interference from the hair strand.

Second, you need to wait sometime after shaving before going in for your vajacial. It is recommended that you wait 5-7 days after a shave before getting the treatment done. To be safe, consult your esthetician for their preferred timeline as to when you should shave before your appointment. 

The Francesca Trimmer

Aftercare for a vajacial:

  1. Do not touch the area
  2. Wear loose clothing for the next 24 hours
  3. Do not exfoliate the pubic area for a week 
  4. Do not shower or bath for the next 24 hours
  5. Avoid activities that cause you to sweat (including working out, going in a sauna, running etc.)

Vajacial Aftercare

Common Questions

Are vajacials necessary for vagina health?

No, vajacials are not necessary to maintain vagina health (click here to learn about how to properly clean the vagina and vulva). Rather, vajacials are designed for those who would like to even out the skin tone, detoxify the pubic region, prevent irritation from waxing/shaving, extract ingrown hairs, and/or any of the other benefits that were previously mentioned. 

Will a vajacial hurt? 

Vajacials do not hurt! Many people find vajacials to be relaxing and therapeutic. The extractions could bring a bit of discomfort but it doesn’t last long.Bushbalm Skincare Vaginal Health

Are vajacials safe? 

In the hands of a certified and experienced esthetician, vajacials are completely safe. It is a non-intrusive treatment, meaning no products are meant to go in the vagina. All the treatments take place on the vulva (the vulva is the external part of the female genitals). 

However, if someone who is inexperienced and poorly trained gets their hands around your vagina there is a risk of infection and/or discomfort. This is why it is important to do your research and find a highly recommended and/or trusted esthetician to perform this treatment. 

On the topic of safety, Dr. Nicole Williams, OBGYN and founder of the Gynecology Institute in Chicago, recommends finding out about herbs and ingredients in the steam, gels, and masks that are used throughout the treatment. With this information, you can limit the risk of getting an allergic reaction. 

Overall, it is important to do your research and ask questions before starting this treatment. 

Healthy pubic skin and a soothed pubic area

Can I get a vajacial during pregnancy?

Good news: getting a vajacial during pregnancy is totally safe. Vajacials are actually a great way to feel confident in your bikini area while you are pregnant (especially in the later months when it gets harder to see what is going on down there).

That said, you should consult your esthetician to make sure their products do not contain essential oils. According to Jillian Edwards, a doctor who specializes in prenatal care, essential oils have the potential to adversely affect the baby in their early developmental stages and/or cause uterine contractions. Simply put, it is best to avoid essential oils while pregnant.

Note: If you are interested in a vajacial, professionals recommend that you get one done more than a month in advance of your due date. 

How often should I do a vajacial?

To keep the skin around the vagina soft and healthy, a vajacial should be done every 2-3 months. 

How much do vajacials cost?

The cost of the vajacial treatment will vary depending on the salon or esthetician you go to, but they typically range between $50-60.

Cleaning the Vulva and Vagina at home

As amazing as a vajacial sounds, I understand that it is not exactly financially feasible for everyone to get a sixty dollar vajacial ever 2-3 months. Fortunately, there are ways that you can give you vulva the care and attention it deserves without all the fancy steams and masks. 

Below, I have listed some of our favourite products to ensure that your pubic area is clear, glowing, and healthy. 

Treat your skin with Bushbalm™ Skincare

Ultra hydrating exfoliating sugar scrubs

Exfoliating is like pressing the reset button on your skin. This step will sweep away dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria from the surface of the skin to reveal a fresh, healthy, and supple layer of new skin. Some studies show that consistent body exfoliation can slow down the aging process by boosting collagen production throughout the entire body (if you are interested you can learn more here).

Nourishing and Hydrating exfoliating sugar scrubs with Bushbalm™

When it comes to the bikini area, exfoliation provides many benefits! Exfoliation helps prevent skin concerns caused by hair removal.

        1. Razor bumps 
        2. Ingrown hairs
        3. Dark spots
        4. Itchy pubic hairs

Razor bumps

Exfoliating will prevent razor bumps by softening the skin. When the skin is dry, it becomes very rough and easily irritated. The blade therefore has to tug and rub the skin to remove hair as opposed to gliding smoothly. This action creates micro-abrasions on the skin which can lead to razor bumps. Restoring the skin’s moisture is important to ensure that the blade and the skin have the most gentle interaction. Using our Sweet Escape or Nude Exfoliating Scrub will soften the pubic skin and ensure that the blade glides along the skin with ease.

Eradicate ingrown hairs and razor bumps

Ingrown hairs

Exfoliation also unclogs the pores which minimizes the risk of ingrown hairs. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and activates the skin's cell turnover process. Without proper exfoliation, the older skin cells can block up your pores. This can create ingrown hairs. An ingrown hair is a hair strand that grows back into the skin, as opposed to growing up and through the skin’s surface. Ingrown hairs are often accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms such as redness, itching and even acne-like bumps. Ingrown hairs are bad news because they can get infected and cause dark spots (click here to learn more about post inflammatory hyperpigmentation). 

Exfoliating Nude body scrub

Dark Spots

Exfoliating also helps to eradicate dark spots - especially scrubs that are packed with ingredients designed to break down melanin pigments. ​​Dark spots are caused by the overproduction of melanin in the skin; melanin is a brown pigment that attempts to protect the skin from harsh effects such as wounds and/or UV radiation. When the body produces extra melanin, portions of the pigment will inevitably be deposited in the same area. These melanin deposits create the dark spots that appear on the surface of the skin. 

The Bushbalm™ Bermuda Scrub contains nourishing ingredients, such as lemon essential oil, that will lighten dark spots and brighten the skin. In addition, you will find our go-to antioxidant rich blend of Jojoba and Grape seed oil to moisturize and rejuvenate your skin. This exfoliant will scrub away dull and dead skin cells and reveal healthy skin, all while breaking up the melanin pigments - click here to learn more about the ingredients that help to naturally break up dark spots.

Eradicate dark spots with the Bushbalm™ Bermuda Scrub

Itchy pubic hair

Exfoliation prevents itchy pubic hair. Pubic hair is coarse, wiry, and curly. Its thick texture can cause irritation to the skin as it begins to grow back. The skin will respond by itching. Exfoliating with any of the Bush Balm™ ultra-hydrating sugar scrubs help soften the skin and hair and allow the hair to grow back seamlessly without itching.

Itchy Pubic Hair - Bushbalm™ Skincare Everywhere

Nourishing Treatment oils

Having a nourishing treatment oil can do wonders for your pubic area. Pubic hair is unlike any hair on the rest of our body. Pubic hair is thicker and more coarse than the hair on our legs, chests, backs, underarms, and scalps. As such, pubic hair can cause a lot of irritation on pubic skin upon hair removal. As previously mentioned, the pubic region is prone to dark spots, razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and itchiness (among other things). 

An effective treatment oil will soothe the skin and heal any skin irritations. Bushbalm’s treatment oils are packed with a combination of rich oils that combat dryness and replenish your skin after hair removal. Each formula is infused with Tea Tree Oil - a natural healer with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. This star ingredient provides a soothing sensation to calm redness, swelling and inflammation.

Nourishing Nude Oil by Bushbalm™

The difference between Bushbalm™ Oils

The Bermuda Oil

The Bermuda Treatment Oil  is a 100% natural and vegan skincare product that naturally reduces the look of hyperpigmentation and dark spots found anywhere on the body. The Bermuda formula is designed to gently break down melanin that is built up in the skin and even out the skin tone overtime. The combination of fractionated coconut carrier oil, lemon essential oil, and rare copaiba oil work to diffuse the appearance of dark spots and blemishes. Click here to learn more about Bermuda Oil and its properties.

Bermuda Oil

The Nude Oil

The Nude Oil is designed to eradicate ingrown hairs and treat razor bumps.  Made from the highest quality of natural oils to ensure a soft and luxurious feeling on your skin Nude Oil quickly soothes ingrown hairs, redness, bumps, and irritations caused by removing body hair. Nude Oil will soften skin and hair found in sensitive areas. The Nude Collection is virtually scent-less and is meant to restore your skin’s natural moisture - not add extra moisture. If you prefer a clean scent, The Nude Collection is for you! This collection will treat your razor bumps without a lingering scent. 

Nude Oil by Bushbalm™

The Sweet Escape Oil

Sweet Escape is a 100% natural, anti-inflammatory, vegan, and non-comedogenic scented product that naturally treats and prevents ingrown hairs, and hydrates skin. Similar to Nude Oil, Sweet Escape Oil will target ingrown hairs and treat razor bumps. The difference between the two lies in the scent and level of hydration. The Sweet Escape Collection is ultra-hydrating and has a soft and sweet aroma of tangerine and vanilla, similar to a creamsicle. 

We recommend the Sweet Escape Collection if you are looking for a yummy scent and ultra-hydrating products. 

Bushbalm™ Sweet Escape oil

Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is a powerful way to exfoliate and detoxify the skin. The Bushbalm™ Nordic Dry Brush is packed with firm, natural fibers that gently massage the skin. The Nordic Dry Brush will improve blood circulation, smooth out the appearance of cellulite, increase the skin's ability to take on moisturizers, and of course exfoliate the skin.

Dry brushing the vulva is beneficial because it boosts skin regeneration. Skin regeneration is the process by which the skin sheds dead skin cells to replace them with new skin cells. In our youth, the skin will regenerate fairly quickly (within approximately 28 days). As we age, the skin regeneration process slows down significantly. The issue is that the longer the skin takes to regenerate, the more time dead skin cells will rest on the surface of the skin. The more dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, the duller your skin will appear. 

Dry brushing speeds up the shedding process by physically removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. As a result, the pores will remain unclogged and the risk of ingrown hairs will be exponentially minimized.

Nordic Dry Brush

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