Think you know all there is to know about personal hygiene? Well, maybe not. For example, washing your hands in antibacterial soap isn’t always as cleansing as it can be portrayed to be, so I discovered recently while looking at hand washing.
Here are some other food-for-thought pointers…
Cleanliness is important
Most people like to think that their hygiene habits are beyond reproach and that their cleansing rituals are ideal. If you take a look at the amount of cleaning products available in chemists or in supermarkets, you could think that personal hygiene is a national obsession. If you invest in a pair of disposable gloves from Brosch Direct at least you’ll keep your hands clean when carrying out some of the less than glamorous bath or lavatory cleansing functions… that is if you can’t persuade anyone else to eradicate the toddlers nappy from the bathroom floor that is.
Looking after your contact lenses
If you’ve transferred from wearing glasses to contact lenses, you might like to ensure that you’re keeping them as clean as possible.
Most people probably aren’t aware that cleaning the lenses in the same case on a daily basis can lead to a build up of bacteria on the surface of the lens. You should also never reuse your cleansing solution and you must ensure that the lens is properly rinsed before placing it back in your eye.
Squeezing your spots
You’ve probably been told since childhood that squeezing spots and blackheads is a bad idea. You might not be aware though, that too much antibiotic face cleanser might also be harmful. An article in The Huffington Post suggests that you should only invest in cleansers that are non-abrasive, as well as being free of alcohol.
Spots will usually disappear after a day or so – therefore, it might be better just to leave them alone, rather than attack them with grubby fingers or harmful spot cleansers.
Avon isn’t calling with this product
A recent article in The Guardian stated that the cosmetics giant Avon, as well as Johnson & Johnson and all other leading soap manufacturers, was removing all products that contained triclosan following reports that this ingredient can cause hormonal imbalances. Triclosan used to be found in antibacterial soaps and cleansers, but was banned in the US last year after concerns were expressed about the product’s safety. If you have any old soaps lurking in the recesses of your cupboards, make sure you check the content’s label before use. You may have thought that you were promoting hygiene in the home, but in fact you were damaging your endocrinal system.
The jury is out about hair
It’s difficult to find a consensus on the regularity of hair washing and showering. Some experts claim that too much soap can strip away the body’s natural oils, whereas others state that you need to wash your hair on a daily basis as it picks up the same amount of dirt as the rest of your body. An article in The Huffington Post comes out in favour of washing your hair every other day, in the end; it’s really up to you.
For me however … I think I will keep on washing …
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