Wake up, shower, work, gym, bed. Sound pretty familiar? For many, this is similar to our daily routine. However, it now looks as though out personal hygiene habits have been letting us down, so how can we go about fixing years of breaking the hygiene rules?
It makes sense that to be clean you need to use soap, so why should that be any different in the shower? Well, apparently it is. Research states that by using soap every day in the shower, you are actually doing your skin more harm than good. Some personal areas of the body should be washed every day, while the rest can be limited to just one or two washes a week. Over washing with soap could actually lead to dry skin in the long run.
Although it’s important not to use too much soap, it’s also vital to hit the showers after any exercise. Research shows that if you avoid a wash, then your gym clothes could cause sweat to be trapped against your body. This could then result in irritation or acne breakouts. To prevent any of this, make sure you jump in the shower next time you hit the gym! You could really up the ante by investing in some antibacterial wash, and focus on the areas where your body will have touched the equipment, or where you’re prone to acne.
How many shower problems can we be making? Apparently a lot. Studies have now shown that showering in the morning may not be the best time to keep yourself squeaky clean. In fact, it is said that showering in the evening will help to keep your sheets cleaner which in turn keeps your skin away from all the oil and dirt that often collects in our beds. An evening shower can also help many to achieve a better nights sleep.
Bathroom phone call
Ok, we admit it – we’re guilty of using our phone in the bathroom. However, did you ever stop to think about the germs you could be picking up on an item that you then put against your face? This is especially important if you use your cell in a public bathroom. Here a vast number of bacteria and germs could lead to a whole host of illnesses that you’re then rubbing against your face. Perhaps phones are best left on the other side of the bathroom door!
This one can be a hard habit to break. After all, how many times do you think we touch our faces every day? Anywhere between 2,000 and 3,000 times! All this touching can lead to clogged pores or breakouts of acne, as well as stretch our skin. It will take a lot of willpower to keep those hands busy, but your skin will thank you in the long run.
It looks as though improving our personal hygiene may not be as hard as we once thought. In fact, with a little practice, we’re sure that anyone could undo the years of bad habits. We’re just still trying to overcome how many times we have touched our faces throughout this entire article…