Annette's & Chia Chia's 5 Self-Care Tips For Vaginal Dryness
2. Vaginal dryness is normal, especially after childbirth and menopause. Use a vaginal moisturizer daily or every other day to help prevent unpleasant itching, odor, or even tissue loss and atrophy that can lead to loss of sensation.
3. Using the right pH is critical. Use a product internally that has a pH of between 3.0 and 3.5 to maintain the right microbiome. For your external vulva / genital region, the pH has to be between 5.0 and 5.5. Vaginal and skin pH changes over time and can lead to increased infections and localized aging.
4. Pelvic floor exercises and breathing exercises will help strengthen your pelvic region. Prevent leaking, incontinence, constipation and pain with a better understanding of your pelvic muscles and good posture. Good posture is related to looking and feeling good, including in your pelvic region.
5. Use it (otherwise you'll lose it). Massage your genital area and keep having sex to maintain tissue and sensation. Blood flow is critical for healthy pelvic tissue.
Is there a woman who hasn’t dabbed a little moisturizer or lube for some quick help? You're not alone.
“The whole idea of less is more is what we really believe in, especially when it comes down to chemicals that are making all matters worse over time,” said Annette Garcea, Health & Wellness Lead of Damiva, and Founder Chia Chia Sun, who pared down their own fem care and cosmetics kit to just water-free, all natural items.
Two of them are from their highly appraised and patented line of multiple-use moisturizers, called Cleo and Mae.
The line is not just for Gen Xers like Sun and Garcea. “Damiva is the sound of a revolution in fem care and cosmetics,” they say. “Fem care and beauty companies have used and added more and more chemicals for over 50 years; we are staying clear of them because they mess up women's hormones and health. Ours is the only fem care company that is truly all-natural and truly pro-women because we are chemical-free and not chemical-based.”
Their vaginal and labial products come in a format which are perfect for every one-time use.
There’s Mae. Mae is a completely natural vaginal suppository that moisturizes the vagina from the inside and soothes. Mae is designed for long-term usage. Mae is chemical-free. It's all-natural formulation contains no water or alcohol, both of which de-hydrate the delicate mucous membrane of the vagina over time. Instead, Mae contains emollient plant butters for silky lubrication. As Mae has no water, there is no need to add harmful chemical preservatives. Mae has a shelf-life of 5 years based on extensive laboratory studies. Chia Chia recommends using Mae once daily for at least 14 days to 3 months, then every other day thereafter or upon advice of your specialist. Mae starts at $29.99 and is sold on their website.
Then, there's Cleo, the 100% natural labial balm. Cleo is the cream version of Mae for external use. Cleo is properly pH balanced for the labia (5.0-5.5) and appropriately has a higher pH than Mae (pH of between 3.0 and 3.5). Cleo is chemical-free, water-free, and helps maintain and restore the delicate natural flora. It is perfect for daily use in the sensitive genital areas such as labia, perineum and introitus. Beside Cleo, there is also the 100% natural Cleo CBD, which gives the added benefits of CBD for blood circulation and relaxation.
Annette, who recently turned 54, embodies the natural joy of life. She’s one of those Emmylou Harris beauties with lovely features, long beautiful hair, and a great joyous nature.
"I am lucky that I was brought up with juicing, good food, yoga, and taught to seek natural products whenever possible. I learned to trust you'll always feel and look better when you go with nature. This is true not only for what women eat, but what they do, and what they put on their body."
“I always was suspicious of the fem care and beauty industry that the ingredients they were using were more harmful than beneficial” Chia Chia remembers. When Chia Chia discovered that all the fem care products on the drugstore shelf contain so many chemicals, she decided she would remedy the situation.
As a pharmaceutical business executive with extensive research & development experience, she started to formulate and develop products for women that are both water- and chemical-free. Since then, she has been the all-natural fem care pioneer, and also developed beauty products.
“All the companies I have come across are using chemicals and try to hide them or claim they're ok even though they're really not. I only put into our products what I would want on my own skin”, she says.
“I wanted to do a line that was not about hiding, but was about helping. That's why we state it black on white that we do not contain chemicals and are 100% all-natural."
"I feel good again". "Wow, I feel normal again". That is successful fem care for women with pelvic care issues.
"So many of my patients love using Cleo Labial Balm for their perineal incisions or for dryness after their babies are born! It's a very soothing formula and since it's 100% natural it gives them confidence that they can safely use this product while breastfeeding. I am also very impressed by how quickly the scar tissue improves when the Cleo product is used in conjunction with scar tissue massage. Thanks for making a great product!"
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I really love Damiva's Cleo moisturizer. It has been a GAME CHANGER for me. I have tried many similar moisturizers for this particular area and for whatever reason they haven't worked the way Damiva Cleo does. Very happy with this product!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stuff! Finally after trying almost every product out there I've finally found you. Mae by Damiva has changed our intimacy dramatically. Thank you!
I LOVE Mae. It has saved my health, my sanity and my marriage. Can a thank-you ever be enough? Thank-you! I am very grateful you invented it, I simply do not know what state I would be in without it.
The best relief for dryness on the market. I love that it is pleasing for my partner as well. It tastes good 😛