Health & Fitness

Personal hygiene mistakes you may not know you were making

You might be causing harm to your skin and your health
 

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Are you guilty of making these personal hygiene mistakes? Most of us know we have to shower and occasionally cut our toenails. However, healthy personal hygiene isn’t always that simple. There are some personal hygiene mistakes that are easy to make, and you probably don’t even realise they are mistakes. From resting your face in your hands to washing your skin every day, you are causing harm to your skin without knowing it:

 

Resting your hands on your face

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How often do you find yourself touching your face or resting your face in your hands? Each time we do that, we add dirt to our faces.

This is a habit that is tough to break, so just start trying to notice how often you rest your face in your hands. Then focus on finding different ways to sit to keep your face clean and pores clear.

 

Washing your face after a workout

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Washing your face after a workout feels refreshing and seems like the hygienic thing to do. However, it’s best to splash some water on your face before your workout.

When you perspire, you tend to wipe your skin, which means you wipe in and rub in the grime, the dirt, and the oils that were there, and that aggravates acne. Wash them off before you do your sports.

 

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Taking hot showers

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There’s nothing better than stepping into a hot, steamy shower on a cold morning. However, even though it feels great, that hot water isn’t doing your skin any favors.

The hot water opens the pores, which promotes water loss and also washes away the skin’s protective emollient oils.

 

Waiting too long to apply lotion post-shower

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On the topic of showers, be sure to not wait too long post-shower to apply your moisturiser.

Pat your skin dry, don’t rub it, and then apply your moisturisers to help lock in moisture that was picked up during bathing.

 

Not replacing your bath sponge

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Washcloths and loofahs can harbor bacteria, mold, and yeast, among other harmful things. Make sure you allow your loofah to dry completely each time and replace it frequently.

If you cleanse with a washcloth, grab a fresh one every day and don’t use it on your face. This is very irritating to the skin and ends up causing dry areas, breakouts, and even sores.

 

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