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Creating a Personal Hygiene Routine: Tips and Benefits

Creating a personal hygiene routine that works for you is a very personal thing. Every single human on this planet has different needs and preferences, so in truth there is no one-size-fits-all approach. However, there are certain commonalities to bear in mind when you assess your current self-care regime, or start from scratch to establish a new one.

Here are a few things to bear in mind when tailoring your personal hygiene routine:

Skin hygiene

The skin is the larges human organ, so it only makes sense to take good care of it. Cleaning the skin regularly by bathing or showering is a basic requirement, but ‘regularly’ means different things to different people.

According to information on the Harvard Health Blog, it’s not necessary to shower or bathe daily unless you have an occupation that leaves you especially grimy at the end of the day, or exposes your skin to chemicals, etc.

In fact, bathing too often can lead to dry, irritated or itchy skin that may allow bacteria and allergens to breach the skin barrier. Our immune systems also require stimulation from exposure to normal microorganisms, dirt, etc. to create protective antibodies.

In short, you need to keep your skin clean, but don’t go overboard. If you don’t feel overtly dirty or sweaty at the end of a day, it’s perfectly acceptable (and perhaps a little healthy) to forgo a full shower or bath.

TOP TIP: Your skin is highly absorbent, so take care to read the labels on the products you use to wash your body. Always opt for the most natural, chemical-free products you can find. You can just as easily enjoy the pleasure of lovely smells by adding essential oils to your bath water as you could by adding chemical-laced bubble bath, and you’ll get a little feel-good aromatherapy boost to boot.

Hair hygiene

Hair hygiene is perhaps the most personal aspect of any selfcare regime. After all, how you clean and care for your hair depends on a great number of variables. This includes the length and style of your hair, your lifestyle, your personal choices pertaining to environmental impact, the look and feel you go for, etc.

According to statistics, the average person washes their hair around 4.9 times per week, but this is by no means a hard and fast rule. In fact, there are people who forgo the standard shampoo-and-conditioner route completely as part of the so-called ‘no-poo’ movement, allowing their scalp to balance its own oil levels by using natural cleaning aids like baking soda and apple cider vinegar.

Alternatively, there is also the option of using environmentally friendly shampoo and conditioner bars to keep your hair clean and moisturised if you want to lessen your carbon footprint and steer clear of needless packaging.

In the end, your hair hygiene routine will depend on the needs of your hair in particular, so take some time to try out different options and see what works best for you.

TOP TIP: Give your hair a break whenever you can. For instance, when you’re on holiday, make a point of avoiding heat styling methods and let your hair dry naturally. It can make a big difference in the health and texture of your hair.

Nail hygiene

Nail hygiene is very important. In anatomical terms, our nails are horn-like keratinous plates at the ends of our fingers and toes, much like the claws found in other animals. These days, many people, especially women, choose to decorate their nails with a variety of polishes and gel overlays, which looks very nice, but can also obscure certain hygiene issues.

If you do choose to have your nails professionally styled in this way, always make a point of asking your therapist to check for any issues (e.g. fungus, hangnails, infections) when they clear away an old coating to apply a new one.

If you prefer to go the more natural route, nail hygiene is a fairly simple affair – keep your nails at a length that is manageable to you, clean underneath it regularly and address any infections as soon as it occurs.

Teeth hygiene

Teeth is one of the most important areas of personal hygiene. It is recommended that adults visit a dentist for a check-up and professional cleaning at least once every six months. This will allow you to stay in front of any oral cavities, gum concerns and other issues that may crop up if left unattended.

In between visits, a good rule of thumb is to brush your teeth twice a day, upon waking and before going to bed, and using dental floss to clean the hard-to-reach places between teeth to prevent the build-up of plaque.Following these guidelines will help you to create a personal hygiene routine that suits your budget, needs and lifestyle. Remember, it’s all about your health and wellbeing, so keep tweaking the process until you are happy with the results.

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