Personal hygiene is a routine of personal care that keeps you clean and healthy. It involves regular care of your hair, skin, face, teeth, ears, hangs, nails, and feet. For some people, setting aside time each day for basic personal hygiene is a challenge. Schedule some time each day to take care of things.
Poor hygiene can lead to:
- More chance of disease
- Loss of teeth
- Loss of friends
- Poor self-image
Good Hygiene helps you by:
- Keeping you clean by removing dirt and germs
- Helping you look and feel your best
- Making you attractive to others
- Keeping your body in top condition
Take a shower everyday
Shower regularly. Showering helps get rid of dead skin cells, sweat, and dirt produced throughout the days. Use a gentle soap or bath gel. Washing your hair too often and with too much shampoo can dry your hair out, as shampoo gets rid of your hair’s natural oils. Do not wash your hair every day, unless you really need it.
Make sure to always use a good deodorant. Especially as you get older, deodorant will be an extreme necessity. Try not to use antiperspirant often, as it contains chemicals that deodorant does not. You can also use some scented deodorant, but if you don’t want to, there’s many non-scented ones on the market.
Keep bedding, under garments, towels and your cloths clean. Rinse washcloths well after use, and hang them and towels to dry. Never share washcloths and towels with others. Change your under garments every day. Change bedding once every one to two weeks. When you hit gym make sure to wear clean cloths and clean socks. Do not share your towels with anyone.
For girls: During your menstrual cycle change your pad a few times throughout the day, or when it becomes saturated or uncomfortable. Pads are available in different absorbencies to work best with your period flow level. It is also recommended to change your pad before bed and when you wake up.
Care for your nails. Trim your nails regularly to keep them how you like, also washing your hands often enough should keep them relatively clean underneath, but if not, use an under nail scraper to get the crud out. Use nail cutter to trim your finger nails and toe nails. Brush toe nails to remove any soil.
Have good dental hygiene. Brush your teeth, floss and use mouthwash at least twice a day. If you want, you could also whiten your teeth, but know that once you start, it’s hard to turn back (really just brushing well, thoroughly, you can often notice a loss of stains) and whitening your teeth will not look natural or last long, when you really just need them to feel and look healthy, so just brush regularly.
- Toothbrushes should be replaced every few months, and after you are ill.
- Brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste after every meal and floss at least once a day.
- Cut down on the amount of sugar and sweets you eat, and how often you eat them.
- Go to the dentist regularly for check-ups.
Feet and Hands
Wash your feet every day, and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. This helps avoid athlete’s foot. Using a little foot powder can help keep them dry. Never try to remove corns and calluses yourself. See your doctor. Shoes, which fit properly help, prevent problems. Cut toenails straight across, even with the tips of your toes. Do not cut down into the corners. You can prevent ingrown toenails by not wearing tight shoes or very high heels. Push back cuticles after have washed your feet.
Hands should be washed with soap often during the day, such as on getting out of bed, before meals, handling food, after using the toilet, and before bed.
Wash your ears every day, especially behind them where dirt and oil may build up. Never try to clean the inside of ear canal. In fact, never put anything inside your ears without supervision. If you have a problem with excessive wax build-up, see your doctor.
Shampooing less often is better for your hair. The reason is chemicals in shampoo and conditioners remove natural oil in the hair and make it dry and eventually thin. You may not need to do it as often as you think. It usually comes down to personal preference. For guidance, take a look at your hair type and styling choices. According to experts most people need to wash their hair two times a week and only a small group needs to shampoo daily, like those with very fine hair, someone who exercises a lot (and sweats), or someone living in very humid place.