Good Grooming Routines To Adopt-Part 1Posted on 2013-08-17 05:42:35
Smelly feet, bad breath, strong pungent smell of sweat upon raising your arms can be quite annoying and irritating states. The good news is that these conditions can actually have a quick fix! Yes 24 hour quick fix. Remedy? Good body hygiene. Personal health is the overall health of the body and the mind. Bodies need to be cleaned and well groomed in addition to healthy foods, exercise and enough sleep in order to remain in good standing. Hair: Hair should be washed at least once a week with soap and mild shampoo. Those with Ghanaian lines and braids, one should try to wash it at least once in two weeks so as not to ruin the hairstyle. The scalp must also be oiled for women at least an hour before hair wash. This will prevent dandruff which can also be quite embarrassing. Dandruff is flaking of dry skin from the scalp. It is usually white in color and very prominent. Skin: Despite the many skin beauty products on the market, what remains fundamental is soap and water. One should have a bath at least once or twice a day. One should wash off soap properly and dry with a clean towel. (Towels should be cleaned at least twice a week). If one has had some sport activity they should take a bath after the activity. The genitals and anus also need to be cleaned or will cause irritation in unwanted areas. Poor cleaning could also cause infection. One should wear clean underwear thereafter. Cotton underwear is best, as the natural absorptive capacity of cotton prevents sweat build up. For ladies, after using the toilet they should wipe themselves from front to back in order to avoid urinary tract infections (UTI’s) and other infections such as bacterial vaginal infection due to faecal contamination. Some cultures advocate a wash with water, which could have more health benefits. Teeth: One should endeavor to brush teeth at least twice a day. If one is eating artificial sugars often, they should ensure that they brush their teeth before going to bed. The tongue and inner surface must also be brushed and at least for sixty seconds. Bristles of the brush should be resilient. A neem twig can also be used as an alternative; it works by mechanical scrubbing of the teeth. Hands: The Dettol advert with the four critical times of hand washing couldn’t have said it better: before eating, after eating, after visiting the toilet and after changing the baby’s nappies and in addition to other activities. Hands must be washed thoroughly with soap and water and rinsed well and attention paid to areas between fingers, nails and back of hand. The hands should thereafter be dried with a clean towel and the towel washed every day. When handling food hands should be clean and one should avoid scratching or touching the ears, nose, mouth and any other body orifices. Nails: The key word here is “short”. Short nails are simpler to maintain and less trouble. If the nails are kept long, they should be clipped along their shape (but not deeply at the sides) so that they do not pinch the skin. For ladies, the nails shouldn’t be painted continuously as they will end up with split look. Brittle nails are a sign of deficiency or disease condition. Once in a while nails can be given a treat and soaked in warm water for ten minutes, oiled and massaged. Feet: should be scrubbed with sponge or pumice stone that isn’t very abrasive. In between the toes should be dried after a bath and the toenails should be well clipped. If one spends the day in closed shoes, they should try to slip them off at some point. Socks should not be reworn and a fresh pair must be worn daily. Cotton socks are deemed ideal, as they are properly absorbent. Leather shoes allow the foot to “breath”, thereby avoiding build up of moisture. If possible one should change their pair of shoes and not wear them every day. Allowing daily “airing” of the feet, avoiding sweat build up and keeping clean will prevent athlete’s foot (fungal infection). An offending smell from the feet is likely to suggest athlete’s foot (or dirty socks). Comfort should super cede all when it comes to footwear. Avoid uncomfortable stylish shoes. Doormats should also be changed and cleaned especially for those staying bare foot indoors.
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