Everyone knows that maintaining good health consists of consuming a balanced diet and exercising regularly. However, there is another important aspect to a healthy lifestyle that is often ignored - personal hygiene. Not only is it crucial for being healthy and keeping diseases away, good personal hygiene also makes you look presentable. Personal hygiene also affects people around you as it stops the spread of bacteria, viruses and other microbes. Moreover, the importance of personal hygiene has been reinforced since the Covid-19 pandemic struck the world. In this article, we will discuss 7 things that you must know about personal hygiene.
One of the basic tenets of personal hygiene is washing hands frequently. When our hands touch so many surfaces, they come in contact with millions of germs (literally). The number of diseases you can contract through your hands is scary. Thus, it’s important to wash your hands thoroughly for around 30 seconds before cooking, before eating, after throwing the trash, after using the toilet, etc. Moreover, be sure to use a good soap such as Papilion’s range of paraben-free liquid hand soaps that are gentle on your hands. When you don’t have access to soap and water, you can use Papilion’s hand sanitizer to render your hands clean and fresh.
Maintaining oral hygiene can keep illnesses and bad breath at bay. Brushing your teeth and flossing are important to avoid gum diseases, plaque and tooth cavity. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Use a fluoride-based toothpaste and replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
Taking a shower every day is imperative in modern times when the pollution levels are high. When you scrub your body with soap or body wash, it removes dead cells from the skin. It helps expel germs, grime, dirt and sweat from the body. Additionally, make sure to use a good-quality soap such as Papilion’s range of shower gels that clean your skin while also keeping it hydrated. An important part that needs thorough cleaning is your belly button. Since it can trap germs, you should remove dirt and sweat from the navel when you shower. You can use Papilion’s cotton swabs and soapy water to make your belly button germ-free.
Your nails and hair can accumulate large amounts of dirt, grease and microbes. Poor nail hygiene can lead to problems such as food poisoning as your nails can transfer the germs to your food. Dirty hair, on the other hand, can lead to problems like dandruff and lice. Cut your nails regularly and wash your hair thrice a week to stay clean and tidy.
Food-borne diseases such as stomach infections, food poisoning and diarrhoea can have adverse health effects. Thus, always ensure that your fruits and vegetables are washed properly before cooking.
Changing your socks every day and sunning your shoes will reduce the risk of bacterial and fungal growth. Moreover, wash your feet when you get home after work to get them clean and fresh. When you’re traveling, you can use Papilion wet wipes to clean your feet quickly.
Lastly, always wear clean and warm clothes as part of your personal hygiene. Additionally, wash your clothes regularly with detergent to get rid of any germs or microbes present on them.