Brush your teeth twice a day and floss more often to help prevent bad breath, buildup of plaque. Shower daily and wear freshly-laundered (aka, clean) socks, undergarments. Get your fingernails, toenails trimmed once a week. Clean your make up brushes more often using a mild baby shampoo. Use a fresh blade to shave, not a dull or old blade.
Are you giving enough importance to your personal hygiene? How you take care of yourself could determine your overall health and confidence. Not to mention, the people around you feel great to be with you.
Here are eight things you need to ace in your personal hygiene routine.
1. Get Into A Oral Hygiene Ritual
Everybody knows the importance of keeping your dental game strong. The simple etiquette of brushing your teeth twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste, and flossing once a day keeps you away from bad breath and the buildup of plaque. Remember to clean your tongue daily! An unclean tongue could lead to bad breath. Also, you could rely on sugar-free chewing gums after meals. Not only does this give you a burst of fresh breath but it’s great to increase the flow of saliva (useful to flush out germs) in the mouth. You could also use an antiseptic mouthwash to keep dental issues at bay.
To up your game, you could do an oil pulling using coconut oil 1-2 times a week. Ayurvedic scriptures reveal that oil pulling helps prevent tooth decay, cracked lips, and bleeding gums.
2. Shower Away Your Problems
Shower at least once a day and stick to the order: hair, body, and face. Use a quarter-sized dollop of shampoo to wash your hair and apply conditioner to the length of your hair. Wet hair is delicate, don’t go at it to take out the tangles. Once you are done with hair, move on to cleanse your body. Skip the soaps and anything scented, reach out to hydrating cleansers. Soaps can be extremely tough on the skin, leading to dryness and flakiness. You don’t have to use loofahs or washcloths, your hands are just fine. If you prefer using a loofah, always throw them away after four weeks.
Don’t forget to wash your feet. Scrub your toes and wash beneath your feet, this should prevent nasty smells.
Once you are done, gently pat yourself dry. It will help your skin if you moisturize in the presence of your steamy bathroom, this way you can lock in a lot of hydration.
3. It’s All About Wearing Clean
Personal hygiene is not just about cleaning your body but it’s also about wearing fresh and clean clothes. Make sure you change clothes after a workout or if you have been sweating a lot. Cotton underpants are the best thing to give you relief down there. Also, wash your bras after three or four wears. But if you’ve been sweating a lot, your bras need to hit the wash sooner.
4. Your Makeup Brushes Need Cleaning Too!
Never go to bed with your makeup on. You could use oil to take off your makeup. Makeup brushes build up germs and bacteria over time. When the bacteria buildup comes in contact with your skin, you could react with a rash or break out. Clean your makeup brushes once a week with a mild baby shampoo and dry them out with towels.
5. Pamper Your Nails
Get your fingernails and toenails trimmed once a week. Also, clean under your nails and file down tough spots. Never let your nails have jagged edges. To cut your nails easily, do them after your shower or bath. Don’t cut your nails too close to your skin, this could cause infections.
6. Old Razors Are For The Bin, Not Your Skin
Most of us hold on to our razors like prized possessions. Old razors are home to a lot of germs and if you get a razor burn, it could spell problems for you. If you feel the blade tugging at your skin and not gliding smooth, it’s time to move on.
7. Master The Bottom Cleaning Etiquette
Let’s get down to it. Most of us are aware that women need to wipe front to back for health reasons. Do make sure to use unscented soaps and wipes down there. Scented soaps could create a pH imbalance in your vagina.
Also, change your pads and tampons regularly during your period to avoid bacteria buildup. Don’t wear pads or tampons for normal vaginal discharge. Just make sure to get out of wet undergarments.
8. Wash Your Hands!
It doesn’t get any simpler than this. Think about it. You spend hours touching dusty keyboards, tables, and money. Your hands could carry the germs straight into your tummy or even onto your face (hello breakout). Spend two minutes to wash your hands before and after your toilet break.