While cleaning your body becomes habitual and instinctive as you do it on a daily basis, you may be surprised to hear that you have been cleaning some of your body parts incorrectly. And for a very long time! It’s time to get back on track with your beauty and cleaning routine to be the best you, you can be.
When you use shampoo to wash your hair, you need no more than a 10c or 20c size dollop of shampoo depending on the length of your hair. Any more than that is excessive and can strip the natural oils in your hair. Many people also have a tendency to wash their hair much more than necessary; in fact, some people wash their hair every day. Washing your hair daily will again strip the hair of its natural glossy oil so unless you are producing an abundance of oil, going a couple of days without shampooing will actually be better for you. Over-washing can do more harm than good.
The humble Q-Tips have been around since the 1920s and have been a staple for cleaning ears since their innovation. However, the latest research reports that you are at risk of taking too much wax out of your ears or worse, pushing wax further into your ear which could damage your ears and affect your hearing in the long-term. Experts suggest taking a tissue and putting it over your finger and cleaning it out via this method. This is a less invasive manner overall while producing the same results.
Long, hot showers have the ability to strip the skin of its natural oils and can increase the occurrence of dry skin and eczema. And the more you lather with those loofahs, the more natural oils you strip. Speaking of loofahs, when was the last time you purchased a new one? They harbour bacteria and experts recommend getting a new one every 4 weeks. Also, don’t forget to rinse the soap off thoroughly to avoid further drying the skin and itching.
We hear much information and even mis-information about cleaning our teeth. There are many who believe that we should be brushing our teeth after each meal. This is not true as our enamel tends to be softer immediately after we finish eating. It is best to wait about 30 minutes before you bring out the toothbrushes and clean those pearly whites.
While there is much talk about antibacterial soap, good old-fashioned blocks of soap are perfectly fine for washing your hands – as long as you do it long enough. About 20 seconds is the recommended time for washing your hands to ensure they are dirt and bug-free. Anything else is a waste of time.
While we love to feel the smooth skin after a face mask – applying one following a shower is a big no-no. As you are washing your face in the shower, putting on the mask and then cleaning after the application of the mask – this can have an ultra-drying effect on the skin. Apply the mask and then shower – your skin will thank you.