Furthermore, a warm shower right after working out will encourage smooth blood flow throughout your body, giving your skin a healthy glow and alleviating any muscle soreness. So, no matter how late you are after your exercise, go for a quick shower.
6. Excessively Bathing and Hand Washing
Whether its bathing or hand washing, it can do more harm than good if done excessively. Taking a daily bath or shower is great for removing dirt, bacteria, and sweat from your body, but overdoing it could lead to skin irritation and infection. In fact, bathing too much is just as bad as not bathing enough.
A study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2014, shows that early exposure to bacteria and allergens may help build up a strong immunity. The study reports that having an overly clean environment increases the risk of developing eczema and asthma. Similarly, excessive hand washing can lead to dry, cracked skin, which increases the chances of bacteria entering the body and causing infection.
7. Not Cleaning Commonly Used Household Objects
No matter how much you keep your house nice and clean, if you’re not cleaning used household objects, such as remote controls, keyboards, doorknobs, smartphones, laptops, and showerheads, you’re not doing your job properly.
A 2013 project carried out at the University of Surrey illustrated exceptionally well how cell phones are a breeding ground for germs. Make sure to frequently clean these common household items in order to get rid of the gross bacteria and germs that are living on them. This is a major step towards protecting yourself and your family from infection.
8. Improperly Disposing of Feminine Hygiene Products
Adults should be aware that not everything was made to be flushed down the toilet. This is true with sanitary napkins and tampons. But this is another hygiene mistakes that many females are commonly making. No matter how toilet-safe a product claims to be, stop flushing your tampons and sanitary pads as they can completely clog the drainage system.
Just dumping them into the trash isn’t very hygienic either. They can become a breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria, which can infect humans and pets, as well as leave behind a foul smell. Therefore, take a moment to wrap your tampon or pad with a sheet of paper before disposing it in the trash. Also, make sure the trash can gets emptied on a daily basis.
9. Not Flossing Your Teeth
Flossing may seem like a chore, but it’s an important oral hygiene step that you must not skip. If you don’t floss at least once a day, it can lead to growth of bacteria inside your mouth and eventually cause problems with your gums. Even if you brush regularly, flossing helps keep your gums healthy by getting rid of bacteria beneath the gumline and preventing gingivitis, bad breath and gum recession.
While flossing once and brushing twice a day is ideal, doing more than this can actually harm your teeth and gums. It can lead to gumline recession as well as accelerated erosion of the dental enamel protecting your teeth. So don’t overdo it.
10. Exfoliating Your Skin Too Often
Exfoliation is a brilliant way to remove dead skin cells and reveal the glowing, living cellular layer beneath. However, when done in excess, you’re committing a big mistake for your skin’s health.
Exfoliating every day can irritate sensitive and acne-prone skin by stripping it of its natural oils, which can cause breakouts. Also, it can make your face look redder by causing tiny tears in the skin. Therefore, make sure to exfoliate only 2-3 times a week if you have normal skin, and only once a week if you have sensitive skin.