Maintaining our personal hygiene is not only important for our health but also our social status since nobody likes to be around people who are less than clean. So, if you’re unsure about what you can do to improve your personal care, here are some tips to guide you.
Eight Better Personal Hygiene Tips
You should wash your hands several times every day, especially before preparing meals or eating, after using the bathroom, sneezing or coughing, touching animals or anything other people often touch, such as door knobs, handholds in public transport or money. Wash them thoroughly with soap and warm water and always make sure your nails are clipped and nicely shaped.
Wash your face twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, using warm water and cleansers appropriate for your skin type. Don’t use soap for your face, avoid hot water and scrubbing your face hard. Dry it by tapping it with a soft towel. Also, never go to bed with your make-up on, remove it thoroughly and then wash your face to remove any remaining impurities.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, but it would be even better if you brushed them after each meal, especially if you have braces or aligners. In the meantime, floss and use mouthwash, and don’t forget to clean your tongue. Also, visit your dentist for checkups at least once every six months.
Bath or take a shower daily, either in the morning or in the evening. If you exercise and get sweaty, add another shower after your practice. Be thorough and be sure to wash your armpits, feet, and bottom. Use warm water and soap or natural shower products for your body and dry it with a clean and soft towel. If you shave your underarms, legs and private area, do it with clean, new razorblades and always use shaving gel or cream, rather than plain soap.
Your Intimate Parts
Wash your vaginal and anal area daily, using special types of soap or cleansing products for those body parts exactly. After using the toilet, wipe yourself front to back, and consider installing an Australian bidet, which provides better hygiene when toilet paper just isn’t enough. During your period, change your tampons or pads regularly, depending on the flow, every four to eight hours. If you want to shave your pubic hair or your bikini area, do it carefully, with a safety razor.
Wash your hair two or three times a week with products that are consistent with your hair type. Use warm water and massage your scalp and down your hair with shampoo. After rinsing, you can condition your hair. Be especially careful if your hair is naturally oily and you need to wash it more often. In that case, use less shampoo and make sure your conditioner doesn’t reach your scalp, but only the ends of your hair.
You can wash your feet while taking a shower, or you can fill a smaller tub with enough water to submerge your feet and wash them that way. The water should be warm and soapy, and you should let your feet soak in it for several minutes before scrubbing them using a sponge or a loofah. Don’t forget to trim your toenails using toenail clippers, but never too short, since you want to avoid ingrown toenails. Dry your feet well before putting on socks or shoes to prevent any infection.
You should always try to wear clean and breathable clothes, not too tight, made from natural fabrics, such as cotton or linen. Change your underwear and socks daily, making sure you wash them at a higher temperature. If your clothes get sweaty and wet, remove them as soon as possible, to avoid odors or infections.
Hygiene is a huge part of staying healthy and its importance cannot be stressed enough. Following these tips is easy and it’s something we should all do. So, if you have any self-care issues, these tips might just help you solve them.