If your parents didn’t tell you when you were young, we’re telling you now that good personal hygiene is crucial to promoting overall good health. From flossing your teeth to washing your towels and showering on a regular basis (to name a few), practicing good personal hygiene is essential for our overall well-being. While most people may think maintaining good personal hygiene is “standard,” we often forget or get lazy with our hygiene habits. If you want to minimize your risk of infection and enhance your overall well-being, check if you follow these basic hygiene habits:
Wash Your Hands
The moral of the story here is that you should ALWAYS wash your hands. While this may come as a surprise to some, a shocking number of people don’t wash their hands. Do you wash your hands…
– Every time after you go to the bathroom?
– When you get home from work?
– Before eating your meals?
– Before and after you put a tampon in? (we’re getting personal, we know)
These are just some circumstances to consider if you want to avoid getting ill and spreading germs to others. After all, hand-washing is a win-win situation for everyone!
Swap Out Your Loofahs
When it comes to achieving clean, silky skin, we often turn to our loofahs. But what if we told you that your loofahs weren’t the shower saviors they appear to be? While they are great for exfoliation, all that dead skin cells get trapped in the loofah after you use it to scrub your body down. More importantly, when you leave your loofah in a shower that is warm and moist, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, yeast, and mold. That’s why as part of your hygiene habits, you should replace your loofahs every three to four weeks or even consider swapping them out for a washcloth (if you have a laundry unit at your home).
Wipe Your Phone Down
Do you know how often you touch your phone? Whether you have an estimate of how often you touch your phone or not, they say your device is probably dirtier than a toilet seat. Think about it if you’re using your phone while you’re eating, you could be consuming a mouthful of bacteria without knowing it (now that’s disgusting). That’s why it’s recommended to wipe down your devices with alcohol wipes regularly.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes
For our ladies that put on makeup regularly, how often do you clean your makeup brushes? More importantly, do you know if you’re cleaning them the right way?
– Foundation & Concealer Brushes: Soak them at least once a week
– Brushes Around Eyes: Soak them at least twice a week
– All Other Brushes (cheeks, eyebrows, lips etc): Soak them once a month
When you don’t clean your makeup brushes as recommended, the buildup of dirt and oils that are on them can often lead to breakouts, skin irritation, clogged pores, and so much more.
Throw Out Your Old Toothbrush
Who doesn’t love having pearly whites? If you want to keep on smiling, you may want to consider taking a second look at your toothbrush. Dentists recommend investing in a new toothbrush when the bristle start to bend as you’re not cleaning as effectively. Another reason to throw out an old toothbrush is to avoid germs and bacteria. While it also depends on how often you brush your teeth, generally speaking, the 3-month mark is when you should break up with your toothbrush.
Do you still think you have your hygiene habits in check?