There are plenty of reasons to observe good personal hygiene. Apart from being crucial to a healthy life, practicing it helps fight disease-causing germs, bad bacteria and viruses. It also boosts confidence, causing you to feel good about yourself and improve your mental health.
When you are healthy and free from diseases, you live a normal, happy life. Follow the tips below to improve your health and minimize the risks of infections.
Observe good oral hygiene
You should take good care of our teeth and gums. Do these by brushing preferably after every meal with a fluoride-based toothpaste and flossing regularly.
You can soak them in hydrogen peroxide, vinegar or mouthwash for about 20 minutes. In addition, you should also visit the dentist regularly for cleaning and checkup.
Shower more often
Your body is constantly shedding off dead skin cells oils and bacteria. Depending, however, on what you do daily and the environments you are in, showering might not be enough. Taking a bath more than once daily with good soap helps remove them and prevent illnesses. Make sure you dry yourself with a clean towel after every shower.
It is also important to clean your hair with shampoo at least twice weekly as it takes away skin buildup and shields against oil residues that can cause skin irritation. You might have heard of trivia that the hair is the dirtiest part of the body. It collects most dirt and bacteria you get in contact with during the day.
Always wash your hands
Washing your hands helps prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. You should wash your hands before handling food or eating, after changing the baby, after using the restroom and after handling the garbage.
Use warm running water and soap, scrub for 20-30 seconds and dry with a clean towel. If running water is not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Trim your nails regularly
Did you know that the space in between your nails and the skin under them are a place dirt and germs could hide in? Yes, it sounds disgusting. So always keep your nails clean and short to avoid spreading germs and infections. Use a clean nail clipper to trim your nails.
Apart from avoiding collecting dirt and grime during the day, it also looks neater and less gross when you have short, properly trimmed fingernails. It is also important to brush under your nails to rinse away germs and dirt buildup. Desist from biting your fingernails as these would spread germs to your mouth.
Making personal hygiene a priority will reduce the risks of infections as well as the spread of germs and viruses, keeping you healthy and strong. You should endeavor to also teach your loved ones the tips above to keep them safe and healthy, too.