By Macaela Mackenzie
And whether you should try it, too.
Between Kim Kardashian’s vampire facials and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s love of vajazzling, we’ve seen our fair share of weird celebrity beauty routines. But putting oil on your pubic hair à la Emma Watson? That’s a new one.
In an as-told-to for beauty site Into The Gloss, the Beauty and the Beast star opened up her beauty bag to reveal some of her personal secrets. And it got intimate. “I use Fur Oil. I’ll use that anywhere from the ends of my hair to my eyebrows to my pubic hair,” the actress said. “It’s an amazing all-purpose product.”
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Using an all-purpose beauty oil on your hair, your face, and your bod isn’t exactly crazy. But greasing up your pubic zone is a definitely less common. However, according to doctor Sejal Shah, a board-certified dermatologist in New York, there might be some lady bit benefits beyond just boosting hydration—like reducing ingrowns. “Oils that have anti-inflammatory properties can reduce irritation, oils with antimicrobial properties can reduce bacterial growth, and some oils can even increase cell turnover,” she says. “These types of oils can be great for people who are predisposed to ingrown hair or folliculitis.” One prime example of an oil you can slather all over: tea tree oil. Shah also likes jojoba, grapeseed, and Argan oils. (The oil Emma uses has a blend of grapeseed, jojoba, tea tree, and clary sage seed oils.)
But before you decide to slick up your lady bits, exercise caution, she adds. “The skin of the pubic area may be more sensitive than other areas of the body, so any time you are applying products to the area, especially new ones, you should be careful not to use any ingredients that may be irritating or harsh to the area, such as artificial fragrances and dyes, parabens, and phthalates,” she says. “If the skin becomes red, irritated, itchy, or dry—or if you feel burning, stinging, or any discomfort, you may be having an adverse reaction,” she adds. It’s probably best to spot test a small area before you lather up a large area of skin if you’re worried about an adverse reaction. “Also, make sure you are only applying the product to the external areas and not in or around the vagina,” Shah says.
Naturally, Watson’s entire beauty routine is pretty eco-chic—something you should definitely stick to when you’re putting products of any kind near your vagina. Avoid the above-mentioned harsh ingredients when picking out a product for usage in that area. The simpler the better, and you’ll be enjoying a well-pampered vagina.
This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com