There Is Now an Activated Charcoal Sheet Mask for Vulvas—But Why?!
We've officially seen it all.
Last year, the internet had a field day when Nannette de Gaspé debuted their infamous $175 butt mask for a "visually more sculpted tush." You'd think that as far as sheet masks are concerned, that's where the world would draw the line. But it turns out that's just not the case.
Now, thanks to Singapore-based company Two L(i)ps (can you tell where this is headed?) you can now purchase a sheet mask that "soothes, detoxifies, brightens and moisturizes" the vulva. We've officially seen it all.
Dubbed the "Blackout" activated charcoal vulva mask, the product is made with infrared-activated charcoal to "boost lymphatic drainage," according to their website. The serum within is a combination of cornflower, elderberry, Indian cress, and chamomile extracts, as well as aloe vera and ylang-ylang, which the site says have soothing and hydrating effects.
Some other notable ingredients include white licorice, which brightens and evens out your vulva's skin tone, the brand claims on its site. As well as Centella asiatica, a plant used in cooking and medicine, that is said to "recharge dull skin to regain its luminosity." You know, because luminous vulvas are what we've all been missing out on. (Related: Yes, Putting Jade Eggs In Your Vagina Is As Crazy As It Sounds)
Apply it to your vulva (it has wings on each side that hold it in place) for 15 minutes for five consecutive days max, to see "desired results"...whatever those are. (See these 13 Down-There Grooming Questions Answered)
"As women, we spend so much time focusing on the face and general body parts," Two L(i)ps founder and self-professed "Queen of the Vulva" Cynthia Chua recently told The Sun while speaking about her new product. "I think attitudes are definitely shifting south of the border. Especially as we age, our vaginal areas become drier and less plump. If this happened to our faces, I guarantee you we'd be immediately embarking on all kinds of facial treatments, but for some reason, we don't do the same for our vulva."
But is using a sheet mask on your vulva really necessary? Just like your body, vulvas come in all shapes and sizes, all of which are totally natural and normal-so there's really no need to change them. Plus, doctors have long been warning patients about the risks of introducing foreign objects to that area of the body. "Foreign bodies in the vagina can disrupt its pH and potentially lead to vaginitis or other infections," Angela Jones, M.D., a board-certified ob-gyn previously told us.
Plus, "women have had healthy vaginas way longer than manufacturers have had products for sale to put into them," Mache Seibel, M.D., author of The Estrogen Window, also told us. And just so you're clear: Yes, maintaining normal vaginal pH is extremely important to ensure that you have healthy, good bacteria down there to keep bacterial vaginosis at bay, but products for your vulva won't do an ounce of good to help with that, reiterates Lauren Streicher, M.D., associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University. (Related: Stop Telling Me I Need to Buy Things for My Vagina)
To drive the unnecessary point home, one mask will set you back $25, but you can purchase five for $110 if you're trying to be economical. Or, you know, just let your lady parts be au naturel, which doctors say works perfectly fine. At the end of the day, when it comes to your vagina/vulva, more times than not, things are better left as is.