What is a Vagina Facial and How Is It Different From a Vaginal Steam?
Cosmopolitan & VSPOT
Since its debut over a decade ago, the vajacial has been a source of both confusion and curiosity. A facial for your vulva, the vajacial treatment is meant to get rid of ingrown hairs along the bikini line and vulva as well as soothe irritated skin. Here, the six things you should know before getting a vajacial.
1. You do not “need” a vajacial in the same way that you do not “need” a facial.
Dr. Sheila Loanzon, a board-certified ob-gyn from San Jose, California, says that vajacials are not medically necessary. Just like how a regular facial can be a luxurious ~treat yourself~ way to safely extract blackheads, but you can still go your entire life without one and survive, the same thing can be said of vajacials.
2. If you do get a vajacial, make sure it’s legit.
Dr. Loanzon says you should only let a certified aesthetician perform the treatment and make sure product is only applied to the hair-baring areas. Getting products that contain chemicals on your inner labia can put you at risk for infection. “When skin breakage occurs from either waxing, shaving, picking at ingrown hair, etc, this is an area where a bacteria or virus can penetrate and cause infections. Herpes and HIV can be introduced to the body through this route.” Cindy Barshop, owner of VSPOT, a medical spa in New York City, says to make sure your spa is following state laws. If your spa is going to do ingrown hair extractions, ask to ensure that all devices are cleaned between each client.
3. If you still struggle with ingrowns, try a loofah.
Dr. Loanzon says using a loofah every day in the shower can provide the gentle exfoliation needed to prevent ingrowns from growing.
4. It’s not the same as a vaginal steam, though it may be paired with one.
At VSPOT, they follow up every vaginal steam with a vajacial treatment. At VSPOT, the vaginal steam is called the V-Steam and is meant as a detoxifying treatment, whereas a vajacial is a more superficial treatment, meant to combat ingrowns.
5. Your extraction process could use lights or tools.
While some spas do manual extractions, other spas like VSPOT use high-tech LED lights to do their extractions. They use a blue light that prevents and minimizes existing ingrowns, and a red light to smooth the skin tone and increase blood circulation.
6. It might not be listed on the menu as a “vajacial.”
Haven Spa in New York City, one of the first spas to offer the vajacial, refers to their service as a “Peach Smoothie.” Here, the aestheticians at Haven give a demonstration of what to expect when you book a Peach Smoothie.
First, clients are instructed to strip from the waist down — though you can wear some disposable underwear if you’d like.
Then, the aestheticians will cleanse and exfoliate the area.
They’ll use lancets to pick out any ingrowns and acne impactions. If you have any acne, they’ll beam a high-frequency light at any zits to kill the bacteria inside.
Then, they use a lactic acid peel to exfoliate further and kill any bacteria from the ingrowns. They use a moisturizing mask over the acid to soothe the skin, and wait five to 10 minutes. If you’ve gone bare for the treatment, the mask will cover the front of the vulva as well.
After that, they’ll clean you off and you’re good to go!