Almost all of us try very hard to make the best impression when we are in the midst of friends, family members or even unfamiliar people. And most, if not all, of us usually tend to maintain a check on our hygiene and habits in order to avoid unpleasant accidents.
However, some of us need to realize that we may be committing certain faux pas without even realizing the same. And by the time someone points out the issue to us, it is too late to save ourselves from the prospect of being publicly humiliated.
Here are a few of the more common hygienic mistakes that are usually committed by individuals without even realizing the same. If you feel you follow some of these habits, then it is time to change for the better.
Brushing Your Teeth
Some of us stick to brushing our teeth just once in the day after we wake up. While this is not considered bad, you need to take note of the fact that your mouth can develop a bad odor after every meal, especially heavy ones. And so, if a foul odor starts emanating from your mouth during the day, don’t blame it on your toothpaste.
What You Can Do: It is highly recommended that individuals brush their teeth at least twice every day, if not after every meal. Clean your tongue regularly (preferably when your brush) to remove bad breath. And make it a point to floss your teeth before you go to bed each night.
Taking Care Of Your Neck And Face
Remember how you always remember to wash your hands and legs before going to bed each night? Then why do you forget the other areas of the body? The neck and face happen to be two areas of the body that are completely ignored while washing up before bed time.
Your neck and face would have been exposed to the harsh rays of the sun and the external elements all day long. And so, if you fail to wash them at the end of the day, it is highly likely that the dirt, oil, sweat and grime deposited on the face and the neck during the daytime could cause problems like open pores, pimples and acne.
What You Can Do: Always make it a point to wash your face once in the morning and night (excluding baths). It also pays to wash your face thoroughly upon returning home after a long day.
Use Of Antibacterial Soap
Nowadays, a soap, hand wash or gel is chosen only if it contains some kind of antibacterial ingredient in it. Clearly most individuals opt for anti bacterial soaps, gels, and wipes today with the notion of staying clear of bacterial infections and illnesses.
True, antibacterial soaps actually help you stay safe from bacterial infections/illnesses. However, it has been found out that most of these antibacterial products do more than just kill bacteria in your body. Recent studies have found out that antibacterial products can in fact kill the skin cells in the body as well, leading to a spate of skin related issues.
What You Can Do: Avoid using anti bacterial soaps and opt for mild soaps that are free of chemicals and synthetic constituents. Natural soaps are best when compared to other kinds of soaps, gels or wipes.
If you feel that missing out on your bath for one day would not cause any harm, you are very wrong! Sweating is a normal process by which the body cleanses itself off impurities. And everyone has a body odor that can be smelt by others around him/her even if he/she can’t smell it. And so, if you fail to shower daily, chances are that you might develop a sour or musky body odor that would drive away everyone around you.
The same goes for your hair. You may not be aware of it but your hair can also develop an unpleasant odor if it is not washed regularly. You don’t want a bunch of flies hovering over your head wherever you go do you?
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What You Can Do: Make it a point to shower at least once a day. This includes washing your hair thoroughly using a good quality shampoo. If you are averse to washing your hair every day, opt for alternate days instead.
Use an antiperspirant deodorant or talc to control body odor.
But make sure to not overdo it. The last thing you would want to do is end up at a social do smelling like a perfume factory. Apply just a small amount of deodorant or talc on your body (including perfume) for a light effect.
Of course you would want everyone to have a look at how beautiful and long your nails are. But that would leave a lasting impression (a positive one at that) only if your nails are properly clipped and clean. Nails filled with dirt, and unhealthy cuticles would only fetch you criticism.
What You Can Do: Make it a point to clip your nails regularly, preferably once every 2-3 weeks. Opt for regular manicures to take care of your nails and the areas around them. And make it a point to remove any nail polish using only a nail polish remover instead of scrapping it away.
Garments And Accessories
Some of us tend to wash our clothes every day while others wash them once every three days or so. But there are some individuals who keep on piling up dirty clothes for at least a month before washing them.
This can be extremely unhygienic, especially if you tend to sweat a lot. Clothes with stains, sweat marks and body odor would tend to give off unpleasant smell if not washed immediately or within a few days. Another common issue with respect to washing clothes is the process of choosing those clothes that need to be washed on a daily basis.
What You Can Do: Make it a point to wash all your clothes at least once every 3 days or so. This condition however does not apply to clothing items like night dresses, underwear, workout outfits and socks that need to be washed immediately after being used. This can prevent the formation of pimples, skin infections and ring worms etc.
Some of tend to share our combs, clips, brushes, towels, napkins, water bottles and even clothes with close friends. This would be very hazardous in the long run as you would stand the chance of passing along an infection or contracting the same from your friends. Items like combs, brushes, towels, napkins, clothes etc, usually contain the germs or dead cells of the user. The above items when shared automatically pass on the infection to everyone who uses them.
What You Can Do: Make it a point to never share your personal accessories with other individuals no matter how close they may be. Avoid following the same habit yourself. It is highly recommended that you keep seperate combs, brushes, clips, towels and napkins etc. for each member of the family in order to prevent contamination and infections.
Coughs And Sneezes
How would you like it if someone coughs right into your face? Well that is exactly what someone else is going to feel when you do the same. Coughing and sneezing in front of someone would cause germs and resulting infections which can easily spread to other people.
What You Can Do: Turn away the moment you feel a cough or sneeze coming. If you can’t turn away quickly enough, cover your mouth with a handkerchief or your hands to avoid spreading germs to everyone around you.
You can also opt to cough or sneeze into the crook of your sleeve (near the elbow). This is applicable if you can’t find a handkerchief at that moment and don’t want to contaminate your hands.