If personal hygiene is a topic you would rather not think about, it might be time to change your mind. Poor personal hygiene can lead to all sorts of problems, from acne and body odor to depression and even serious illness. In this blog post, we will talk about the ABCs of personal hygiene: getting clean on the outside and inside.
Personal hygiene is the practice of keeping oneself clean. It can include several different activities, from washing one’s hands to bathing. The use of soap and water for cleaning is usually sufficient for most personal activities, but access to soap and water may not be sufficient in many instances. In some cases, air fresheners or deodorants might be used to improve body odor. It’s important to keep yourself practicing good personal hygiene habits to help prevent diseases and maintain healthy skin, hair, teeth, and gums. Proper hand-washing by hospital personnel has been found to reduce medical errors because this personnel is likely to contact infectious agents that could otherwise be transmitted to patients.
Good personal hygiene habits can prevent disease
Personal hygiene is important because it prevents the spread of infectious diseases through hand-to-hand contact, touching contaminated objects and surfaces (fomites), or breathing in contaminated droplets from coughs or sneezes. Some common infections transmitted by personal contact include staphylococcal infections, streptococcal infections, and dermatophytosis. Personal hygiene will also help to prevent food poisoning. Methods of personal cleansing include handwashing, bathing, showering, and tooth brushing at least once a day. Most importantly, some activities should be performed during specific times of the day; these include using deodorant before going to bed or washing one’s hands after using the bathroom. Other activities that influence personal hygiene include teeth brushing, hair washing, and shaving.
Often when people talk about personal hygiene, they refer to cleanliness – or how often a person goes to the bathroom. This is only one part of good personal hygiene. Toothpaste contains fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel against decay due to acidic foods such as fruit and carbonated drinks. Shampoo and soap can be used for body-washing and to wash clothes, which removes dirt and oil from the skin and dead skin cells that accumulate during everyday activity.
Many ingredients in personal care products do not need approval by the U.S Food Drug Administration (FDA). One of these ingredients is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), used in most commercial brands of shampoo and toothpaste. SLS has been discovered to cause cancer, yet it is still unregulated by the FDA. Shampoo manufacturers continue to use this ingredient because it’s cheap and easy to find, but SLS does more harm than good for your hair and teeth.
The use of soap and water for cleaning is usually sufficient for most personal activities
Many people do not realize how important it is to practice proper hygiene when bathing or showering at home. By using too much water during showers and staying exposed under the water for a long period of time, many people are putting themselves at risk for diseases such as pneumonia and eye infections. If the shower is too hot water, it can dry the skin, leading to diseases such as eczema or psoriasis. Sufficiently cleaning oneself after using the bathroom regularly prevents bad odors in the genital area and reduces skin irritation due to bacteria growth under long unhygienic conditions.
-Another aspect of practice good personal hygiene habits is teeth brushing
Brushing twice a day will help reduce tooth decay and gum disease risks by removing plaque and tartar from teeth surfaces. Teeth can become yellow if they are not properly brushed and flossed every day; it is caused by smoking, eating certain foods containing high sugar levels, and some types of medication. The best time to brush teeth is after breakfast, and before bed, so the mouth has a good amount of time to recover from these activities. Teeth cleaning should be done at least twice a day for two minutes to avoid tooth decay and gum diseases.
-Having clean hair also requires proper personal hygiene habits
People who wash their hair every day have healthier-looking locks than those that choose not to do so. Proper hair washing includes shampooing, conditioning, and using heat protection sprays when using styling products on your hair. People get split ends if they don’t brush their hair enough or wash them frequently enough, increasing damage, leading to hair loss. On the other hand, using too much shampoo and conditioner can weigh down the hair and make it look flat or dull, which is not attractive! Hair that has become greasy from lack of care needs to be washed frequently with a clarifying shampoo to remove any built-up dirt and sebum (the natural oil your scalp secretes).
-For anyone living in North America, maintaining personal hygiene is one of the most important aspects of their life.
Other activities related to good personal hygiene include nail brushing, face washing, flossing teeth, shaving facial hairs, applying deodorant or antiperspirants after showering daily, and using perfume. People who cannot practice these activities due to physical limitations such as arthritis might need family members or friends’ assistance.
-For people with long-term illnesses, this can become very difficult, and they may want to consult with their doctors about practices that will ensure that they can continue caring for their hygiene while living with the disease
Keeping yourself clean contributes to your overall well-being and helps keep you healthy by preventing bacterial growth within the body. All humans have trillions of bacteria living in and around them; our skin has natural good germs (bacteria) called Corynebacterium, which makes up .5% of the dry weight of human skin.
However, we also have many bad germs (bacteria) such as Staphylococcus, Escherichia coli, and Streptococcus. Good germs help to fight off the bad bacteria and prevent them from multiplying out of control.
If people are not practicing proper hygiene, these bad germs can start growing rapidly and cause health problems in multiple parts of our bodies, leading to death if there is an infection. Good personal hygiene prevents the growth of harmful bacteria in different parts like inside our mouths or noses, which causes gum disease, cavities, and tonsillitis; it also prevents infections on other parts like the eyes, which cause pink eye or vision problems, skin which causes acne or skin infections.
To maintain good personal hygiene, people need clean water to drink, bathe in, and use for washing clothes; these practices help fight off harmful microbes that could become deadly if they spread throughout our communities. Personal hygiene is a daily routine that everyone should practice regardless of their race, religion, age, or lifestyle because it helps prevent infections from spreading throughout our bodies.
It’s important to remember that even though practicing proper personal hygiene can benefit your health and well-being, it also requires you to take care of yourself by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly.
Using the right shampoo for color treated or permed hair should help keep them from breaking off.
Making sure that your hair stays shiny and frizz-free can be difficult, especially if you are using the wrong hair products. It is important to know that not all shampoos and conditioners are equal in quality; they may promise to make your hair look soft and healthy, but there is no guarantee that it will work on every person’s hair type or texture.
There are several ways people can prevent their hair from becoming damaged by the products they use when styling their hair; one of these ways includes using a leave-in conditioner after washing and conditioning your hair. Using leave-in conditioning works best with curly wavy or frizzy textured hair because it makes the hairless unmanageable once it dries.
-Using a good leave-in conditioning treatment also helps with frizz, dryness, and overall manageability.
You can find various leave-in treatments in local stores depending on your hair type; certain types work best for oily-skinned people, while others work best for normal or dry skin types.
-It’s important to remember that no two shampoos or conditions are alike; you may need to experiment with different brands until you find one that suits your specific needs.
Many teenagers who have acne during puberty will continue to have problems even after they become adults if they neglect proper skincare practices throughout life. Acne is a common skin problem that is caused by excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria growing on the surface of the skin; people who have acne usually have inflamed pimples or pus-filled sores.
-Acne can happen to anyone, especially during puberty when body hormones are changing rapidly.
There are several different ways to treat acne, but one of the best ways is to prevent it from occurring in the first place; using proper facial care products like exfoliating scrubs with salicylic acid will help get rid of the dead skin cells that clog up your pores. After you wash your face, using a toner will also ensure that all traces of dirt & oil are completely removed off your face, which keeps your skin looking clear and healthy.
-Using a good facial moisturizer will help your face look younger and glowing.
All of these steps are just as important for people who have a perfect skin or oily skin because it is the best way to prevent acne from occurring in the first place. It is also important to remember that no matter what kind of skin you have, using sunscreen every day helps protect your skin against sun damage which can cause wrinkles & dark spots; do not forget to use an SPF 30 or higher when going outdoors during peak hours (10 am-2 pm).
-It’s always smart to consult your dermatologist before trying any new products on your face because they may contain harsh chemicals that could irritate your skin further.
Your feet are one of the most neglected body parts when it comes to personal hygiene. Many people do not care about taking proper care of their feet because they think that wearing closed shoes and standing on carpeted surfaces will keep their heels, soles, and toes clean; however, this is a common misconception for many reasons behind it. “In reality, our feet need just as much attention as the rest of our bodies.”
-Many bacteria and fungi can live in warm damp conditions, making enclosed shoes an ideal breeding ground for these germs if you don’t take the proper precautions.
There are several different ways people can prevent foot problems by simply wearing open shoes instead of closed ones or using a disinfectant spray to clean their shoes before wearing them. Wearing cotton socks with well-ventilated shoes will also help prevent your feet from getting sweaty and smelly; it is important to remember that if you have athlete’s foot or any other type of foot fungus, then you should visit a podiatrist for proper treatment instead of trying home remedies like Vicks Vaporub on the affected area.
-Taking care of your feet can make a significant difference in both how they look and feel.
Follow these steps to ensure healthy, happy feet all year round!
Your underarms are part of your body’s excretory system; this means that sweat produced by the apocrine glands underneath the skin gets released through the sweat glands. The apocrine glands produce a yellowish liquid called perspiration composed of water, lipids (fats), and other organic substances; the function of this secretion is to regulate your body temperature and help you cool down when you are hot. A build-up of underarm skin cells combined with bacteria can result in an unpleasant odor coming from this area even though it looks clean & dry to people on the outside.
It’s important to remember that your underarms are just as prone to acne as any other part of your body.
-Using antibacterial soap when cleaning your underarms will remove excess oil & bacteria effectively without drying out the pores.
Antiperspirants prevent armpit sweat by plugging up the sweat glands in this area; antiperspirants can also contain aluminum salts which form temporary plugs in your sweat ducts that keep them from producing more perspiration. However, many people do not realize that too much aluminum can lead to health problems like Alzheimer’s disease or breast cancer because it is also a “neurotoxic compound.”
-You should always consult a dermatologist before trying any new deodorants… especially if you have sensitive skin.
Using some of these helpful tips & tricks will help get rid of underarm sweat and odor effectively so that you never have to worry about embarrassing moments with friends or loved ones ever again!
Everyone has their own way of cleaning their face. Some people use exfoliating makeup removers and then follow up with toners, moisturizers, etc. However, many people are unaware of some of the best ways to cleanse their face – especially with products they probably already have at home!
You can use hydrogen peroxide to rid your skin of any bacteria or germs you expose it to on a daily basis
Many beauty supply stores sell hydrogen peroxide in small 3-5% solutions that will help you take off makeup (except for eye makeup) safely and without irritation.
-After rinsing your face with water, apply some lactic acid cream to reduce redness before using a non-comedogenic moisturizer.
Lactic acid is extremely beneficial for reducing fine lines & wrinkles, cleansing the pores, and evening out skin tone.
-Using any cream or ointment around your eyes (including medicated ones) can cause eye infections if you do not thoroughly cleanse this area before using.
Even though it may be a bit uncomfortable at first, washing your face with cold water will help open up your pores and soften the oil on your face, which makes cleaning easier! Dip your hands in cool water and splash it onto your cheeks for 5-10 seconds to get rid of that unwanted oil.
People are often shocked when they learn how many germs are actually found in their homes! Sinks, toothbrushes, phones… everything has bacteria on it!
To avoid getting sick, it is important to keep track of the germs in your home so that you can be aware and take precautions against getting sick.
-Using high heat to clean anything in the house (including appliances) will definitely kill most types of bacteria; however, this kind of cleaning could cause damage.
It’s best to use low temperatures when cleaning items such as clothes or dishes for long periods of time because high heat can actually break down fibers and cook away any grease present leaving your clothes brittle and making dishes hard & cracked.
-Cleaning with bleach-based products should only be done if you know what you are doing… otherwise, it may make things worse!
Many people assume that using bleaches on their surfaces will immediately eliminate any bacteria present because it is so strong; however if you don’t know what you’re doing, bleach can cause a lot of damage.
-The best places to keep clean are usually the most out-of-sight… including drawers, cabinets, coffee tables & lamps
These items are constantly being touched and used throughout the day, which means they have the highest chance of getting dirty. Using hydrogen peroxide to wipe down these frequently used areas will help kill germs that may fly around your room. Simple as sprinkling some medicated dusting powder on lampshades (like Pledge or Endust) before dusting them will keep them clean longer without having to use harsh chemicals!
-You should also wipe down doorknobs, faucet handles, and phones, as these are some of the most commonly contaminated places in your home.
Eating fruits & vegetables that are rich in Vitamin C can build up resistance to germs.
Vitamin C deficiency is a major cause of sickness because this vitamin helps keep your immune system strong and aids in healing.
The best way to get more Vitamin C into your diet is through food; however, if you have already gotten sick, there are other ways to aid in building up a stronger resistance against germs! Drink Vitamin C supplements or eat citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemons & limes). Taking 200-400mg of Vitamin C every day will help maintain a strong immune system.
-If you’re sick, get plenty of rest & drink lots of fluids.
Germs are constantly flying around your home, and if you are already feeling under the weather, it is important to give your body time to heal so that you don’t feel worse than when you started.
-When using antibiotics, it is best to complete the entire dosage at once… taking it in several doses can reduce its effectiveness!
Unless otherwise told by your doctor, always take antibiotics as directed for the full (usually 10-14 days) course. Stopping early or splitting tablets will mess with how effective they are. This type of medication often needs time to build up in the body before killing bacteria off completely.
-Dry your hands with a clean paper towel as opposed to air-drying them. A paper towel will absorb any germs and help prevent the spread of bacteria.
When you dry your hands on fabric, water is still left behind, which can grow bacteria if it gets out into the open. Paper towels are a great way to ensure that your hands aren’t wet before leaving a bathroom or kitchen (where germs seem to linger) while also absorbing any excess liquid from previous handwashing.
If you aren’t near an available paper towel, simply running your hands under cold water for 30 seconds then drying with a cloth or investing in an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (which works especially well for those with susceptible skin) will also help remove any lingering germs!
-Keeping food covered & storing it in the fridge can prevent harmful chemicals from contaminating your food!
When you leave perishable items out for too long, they begin to grow bacteria and get contaminated, which can make you extremely sick! The best way to keep your food fresh is by covering it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and putting it inside a refrigerator. If you are worried about having enough space or would rather not have to worry about re-storing leftovers, investing in stackable trays that fit nicely into your fridge will ensure more room for other foods while keeping its contents safe.
The next time someone in your house gets sick, remind them to wash their hands frequently and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.
If you’re not feeling well, it’s best to stay away from other people (to prevent spreading germs) but if you need to be around others (at school or work), make sure you are washing your hands often and disinfecting any surfaces that people touch throughout the day.
-Frequent handwashing is one of the best ways to help prevent getting sick.
When you touch surfaces with germs on them, they are then passed onto your hands, increasing your chances of getting sick. The best way to stop the spread of germs is by washing your hands frequently. Before touching other people, after using the bathroom, sneezing or coughing into a tissue/your upper shirt sleeve, and before preparing food for yourself or others are all times when proper hand washing is necessary!
Proper disposal of tissues goes a long way in preventing illness!
If someone in your house has gotten sick recently, you want to ensure that everyone else follows proper disposal techniques so that germs aren’t spread onto everyone else. Tissues that are used to blow your nose should be thrown into a trashcan as soon as possible because they can become contaminated very easily!
-When the garbage disposal can’t handle food waste, it goes into your sink drain, which enters the ocean through water treatment plants.
This is such an important fact to know because most people think nothing of putting their leftover scraps and wastes down their kitchen sink, but this actually pollutes our waters and negatively impacts the environment. You’ll need to invest in a compost bin or other organic waste disposal system (like worms!) to stop this from happening.
-Another way to promote healthy oceans while also cutting expenses is by purchasing fresh produce locally!” Purchasing your groceries from a local market is such an important part of creating a healthy environment.
By shopping in smaller shops that source their food locally and investing in reusable bags when buying these items, you can cut down on the amount of waste created each day which means fewer toxins entering our waters!
-Plastic degrades more slowly in saltwater than freshwater, meaning it will take even longer for plastic to break down.
The number one thing contributing to increasing environmental toxicity levels is single-use plastics (drinking straws, grocery bags, water bottles, etc.). Everything eventually breaks down, but we should be focusing on how long it takes something to break down instead of if it ever does, so learning how different types of water affect how quickly something degrades is so important. Saltwater obviously has a much slower degradation rate than freshwater, but it’s important to know that even beer bottles (in general) can take up to 1000 years to break down!
-The average water bottle takes 450 years to break down!
If you’re like most people, you’ve used water bottles before and probably don’t think twice about throwing them out afterward because they will eventually “break down,” right? Well, this actually isn’t the case. Every year, 17 million barrels of oil are required to produce plastic bottles, which not only wastes resources but also creates pollution through transportation. To cut back on this waste (as well as save some money), invest in reusable water bottles that can be used over and over again!
Maybe think twice before you toss your cigarette butts on the ground next time.
It’s safe to assume that most people don’t know (or care) that their cigarette butts are actually a large contributor to ocean pollution. Cigarette filters have been proven to leach out contaminants such as heavy metals, nicotine, and ethyl phenol, which pollutes our seas and poisons sea life when they accidentally ingest this debris. “Every 2-3 seconds, an animal dies from trash ingestion or entanglement in marine debris!” When animals get caught up in garbage like fishing nets/lines, plastic bags, bottles, balloons, etc., they become entangled, which leads to suffocation, starvation, and death. Some animals can escape, but those who don’t often end up dying within a matter of days or even hours!
-Did you know that cigarette butts account for 38% of marine debris?
Cigarettes are the number one source of litter in our oceans, harmful to wildlife, and dangerous to humans as they pollute our waters. Not only can these toxins poison fish/other sea creatures when they mistake them for food, but it’s also very hazardous to human health if we accidentally consume something contaminated during recreational water activities (fishing, etc.).
-Since 1951, more than 8 million metric tons of plastic have entered our ocean.
This might seem like a lot when you consider that we only created 6.8 million metric tons of plastic in the entire year of 2015, but it’s important to remember how long it takes for these products to break down! “In total, humans have produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since 1950.” Plastic has been killing our ocean ecosystems ever since we started mass-producing them back in the 1950s/1960s, which means this problem is even more widespread than you might think, and there’s no way to fix what’s already been done. The best thing we can do now is aware an effort to reduce our waste because recycling alone won’t solve everything!
Since 1980, we’ve produced more plastic than during the whole last century!
Plastic is one of the biggest environmental hazards facing our planet due to its vulnerability to sunlight. UV rays cause the plastic to oxidize, which breaks it down into tiny particles that accumulate in landfills/the ocean and eventually lead to various health problems for humans, animals, and marine life alike. “The first modern flip-flop was born in 1962 at Hawaiian surf shop.” Regardless of how long these products actually last, they are still big contributors to environmental waste due to their ability to decompose (break down) within just ten years of entering the ocean! “By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the world’s oceans!” The rapid increase of plastics being introduced into our natural habitats is directly related to the decrease in marine life populations around the world. To prevent this from becoming a reality, we need to do our part by reducing/eliminating our use of plastics and recycling whenever possible.
-One small thing you can do is pick up after yourself! #plasticfree“
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