Having a healthy mind and body does not simply mean staying fit and disease-free. You will feel healthy when you feel good and comfortable throughout the day and part of that is maintaining good personal hygiene.
Many people confuse personal hygiene with regular activities, such as brushing, flossing, and using deodorant to stay fresh. However, it is more than just smelling good. Women need to go the extra mile.
Being well-groomed and clean is the best self-care. Here are some basic personal hygiene tips that every woman should make part of their daily routine.
A daily bath is simply not enough when you must deal with sweat and body odor routinely. It is vital to keep one’s body, including the vaginal area, clean throughout the day.
The best way to clean one’s face, hands and even down there is to use good old soap. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and rinse thoroughly, especially in these health-critical times.
Soap removes up to 95% of all microorganisms. There are a plethora of feminine hygiene products on the market, consult your gynecologist before opting for one.
Trim your fingernails at least once per week and make sure that they are always clean. It is advisable to do this after showering because they become softer and easier to cut.
Your Face Speaks Volumes
Every day your face is exposed to dust, dirt, and pollution which may lead to clogging of the skin pores. Make sure to wash your face two to three times a day with mild soap and avoid touching it too frequently.
A beautiful, well-maintained set of teeth complement a clean, well-groomed face. Besides brushing your teeth after every meal, it is important to floss between them to remove food residue.
Clean your tongue every day with a tongue scraper for any residual food deposits. Replace your toothbrush after every 2-3 months of regular use.
The Scent of a Woman
Have you ever found yourself shrinking inwardly with company, wondering if people can detect your body odor? Well, you are not alone.
Lots of women suffer silently through hygiene issues related to body odor and sweat in the wrong places throughout the day.
The armpit is an area where bacteria thrive due to it being hairy and humid. Hairy armpits increase the body temperature which promotes sweating. Shave your armpit hair regularly to keep it clean.
Keep your private parts clean and dry. However, if you still feel that your body odor is a tad too strong, you might need to consult a doctor and get yourself checked for any infections in the nether regions.
Wear the Right Kind of Clothes
Body odor is caused by sweat as well as normal body secretions. To keep odor issues at bay, it is important that your body is always well-aerated.
This is important to dissipate any bacteria or fungi that may collect in your underarms, elbows, and pelvic region.
Wear comfortable clothes that allow good airflow; cotton undergarments are highly recommended. Do not wear bathing suits, leather pants, spandex, and other such tight material for a long duration.
After a workout or having been out in the sun, change your clothes immediately, including your undergarments.
You Are What You Eat
It may surprise you to know this, but what you eat and drink also affects your personal hygiene. Fried foods and junk foods may give you that momentary feeling of contentment, but they are not healthy.
You will notice that when you consume more heavy, difficult-to-digest foods, your sweat, and other bodily discharges start smelling a bit off.
Consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, and a lot of water will ensure that your metabolism stays at its optimal level. The pH level of your body will be maintained and you will start to smell better as well.
To keep illnesses at bay and to feel healthy and fit inside and out, take personal hygiene seriously. Taking just an extra half hour per day for your hygiene can go a long way in making you feel better about yourself.