Winter is a time when personal hygiene takes a backseat. Who wants to get out of the cozy warmers and get wet right? But personal hygiene is essential for women come rain or sun. Hygiene is important for our personal well-being as well as the whole family as we are the primary carers for the family.
Here are a few tips for your daily personal hygiene. While you may have heard them a hundred times before from granny or mommy, it would be helpful to recall them again.
Take a Shower Every Day!
- Take a shower every day, if you do a lot of physical work, exercise, care for little ones or even if you sit around pretty much the whole day.
- Use a mild soap that doesn’t disturb the natural pH of your skin.
- Use the shower instead of the bathtub, especially if you have infections on one part of your skin, to avoid it spreading to other areas.
- Don’t scrub your body dry with the towel, gently pat dry yourself completely before you put clothes on.
- Shampoo and condition 2-3 times a week is generally enough for most women.
- Use a mild shampoo and conditioner suited to your hair type.
- Avoid blow-drying your hair, it strips your hair of its natural oils. Gently pat dry excess water and allow to dry on own.
- Choose good quality hair colors if you dye your hair. Follow instructions on haircare after coloring.
- Brush your teeth twice daily. Everyday.
- Most of us miss the brush before bed because we get tired by the end of the day. But trust us, it just takes a few minutes, and once it becomes a routine, you will hardly feel the effort of taking out the time.
- Gently scrub your tongue with tongue scrubbers.
- Remember to gently massage your gums, while brushing.
- Visit your dentist at least once a year.
- If you suffer from bad breath even after normal dental care, visit your dentist. It can be a sign of infection.
- Wash your hands throughout the day, especially if you care for children or sick people.
- Use mild handwash – using excessive soap can dry your hands.
- Remember to clean in between the figures, thumbs, and back of hands.
- Moisturizer your hands to prevent them from chafing.
- Keep your nails clean and trimmed.
- The vagina has its own natural discharges. These are essential to maintain the pH balance and protect your private parts from infections. While it is important to keep your vagina and surrounding areas clean, excessive washing can strip the sensitive skin of its protective natural pH.
- Cleanse the vaginal and surrounding area with mild soap and water. Rinse away soap thoroughly.
- Do not use strong scented and chemical feminine products.
- You have your own unique scent. Using deodorants only masks the odour and does not dissolve them.
- Under normal circumstances, private body part odour generally does not go beyond your clothes. However, if you notice strong odour with/without abnormal discharge, see your doctor immediately.
- If you have persistent itching, stop using all feminine products, and see a doctor immediately.
- Do not douche. It only disturbs the natural environment of your private parts, leading to infections.
- Wear comfortable undergarments, preferably cotton ones. Wear the correct size.
- Do not wear wet undergarments for a long time.
- Change undergarments daily. If you have sweat excessively throughout the day, changing undergarments more than once will be helpful.
- Visit your gynaecologist once a year for a health check.
All these are easy tips and can be easily incorporated in your daily life. Eating a healthy and nutritious diet, taking plenty of fluids, exercising regularly, and having a positive attitude are as important as personal hygiene for your overall health and well-being.
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