Personal hygiene is something that’s very personal and usually people are very particular about it. But you might be surprised to find that you’re ignoring some parts of your body, when it comes to hygiene. And to find that some of the things you’d been taught, are doing you harm rather than good. And maybe you are very particular about regular hygiene like brushing your teeth, taking a shower etc. Some of these tips and tricks might still surprise you.
So, here are some personal hygiene tips and hacks that I think every woman needs to know about. These tips and tricks will help you maintain good personal hygiene, which is so so important that I can’t believe some women totally ignore it.
#1: carry a “Hygiene anywhere” kit:
Carry a hygiene anywhere kit with you that makes it super easy to freshen up whenever need be. You could keep one in your handbag. Some of the things that could be in your hygiene kit are:
- Wet wipes that are unscented
- Paper tissues
- Pads/tampons and a spare underwear (packed in a separate poly bag)
- Blotting paper to remove excess oil
- Deodorant stick
#2: Carry wipes when using public washrooms:
Whenever using public washrooms, make sure to carry a sanitising wipe to wipe down the seat before using. Toilet paper only does so much as just smearing everything around. I always make sure to carry “Pee safe” With me whenever travelling or going out of the house. If you do not have that handy, sanitiser on toilet paper works too.
#3: Don’t use scented body wash:
I know we have been taught to wash everything regularly and to smell nice. But whatever you do, do not use scented body wash that has a very strong scent. Scented body wash can be really hard on your skin and often contains alcohol which isn’t good for your skin. So make sure you are reading the ingredients present in your body wash and other products.
#4: Stay hydrated:
Staying hydrated is the best way to take c are of personal hygiene. it’s important because it flushes your body of toxins. So make sure you are drinking enough water. It also helps preventing yeast infections and fungal infections and ensures that nothing smells funky down there.
#5: Take probiotics:
taking proper probiotics is super important to maintain personal hygiene and some probiotics also help keep fungal and yeast infections at bay. They also help you in maintaining a good pH balance which is critical for good personal hygiene.
You might be surprised how many people ignore parts of their body when taking a shower. think about the last time you washed the back of your ears or the inside of your belly button. Some people who take showers in a hurry every morning even forget to wash the back of their thighs.
#7: Change out of wet clothes immediately:
Change out of your wet clothes immediately. If you go swimming, make sure you bring a change of clothes and that you change into dry clothes as soon as possible. You do not want to stay in wet clothes for long periods of time as it can be a favourable environment for bacteria.
#8: Stop wearing extremely tight fitting clothes:
Extremely tight fitting clothes that don’t let you breathe are not good for you. Not good for your style and not good for your hygiene too. you body needs to be able to breathe. So choose clothes that are a comfortable fit and also choose natural fabrics like cotton, linen as much as possible.
#9: let your body breathe:
On similar lines as not wearing extremely tight clothes, you should let your body breathe. So as soon as you come home, make sure you change into something that’s comfortable and breathable. Also make sure to not wear any undergarments when at home because those parts need to breathe too.
#10: Go for annual gynaecology exams:
Make sure to never miss out on your annual gynaecology exam to ensure proper health and hygiene. You should also ask your gynaecologist if you notice any changes in the discharge or odour. There is absolutely no reason why you should be shy when it comes to discussing these topics with your gynaecologist.
#11: Say no to feminine washes:
And lastly, say NO to feminine washes. YES! The fact is that they are probably doing you more harm than good. And your body is fully capable of cleaning itself on a regular basis and you certainly do not need these feminine washes. All you need is to wash everything with water regularly. These feminine washes can really mess up the pH balance and be a reason for irritation and rashes.
That’s it. I hope you found some of these tips helpful. These are the tips that I have learned in the last couple of years and I swear by these. But then personal hygiene is something that’s very personal to you and what works for someone might not work for you. So keep that in mind whenever you are trying anything new.