Personal hygiene etiquette tips you need to know.

Personal hygiene a series of practices performed to preserve your health and general well-being.

We are easily exposed to disease-causing germs and viruses and the human dody can provide an enabling environment for these parasites to multiply, thereby making us sick.

Good personal hygeine practices can not only help you prevent certian deseases, but also serve as a good confidence booster.

Poor personal hygiene habits on the otherhand, can lead to body odour, mouth dour, skin diseases such as scabies, pubic lice, head lice, body lice and general poor health as germs are constantly being transfered to the body. It can also affect your self-esteem when people notably start avoiding you or treating you with disdern.

Other’s personal space include the air that they breath. It’s  therefore rude, inconsiderate and embarassing for you to polute the air that others have to breath especially when in a confined space. That is why it is necessary take personal hygeine very seriously by noting the following points.

-Dental care: Good dental hygiene isn’t just about having white teeth. It’s caring for your teeth to prevent gum diseases and cavities. You must endeavour to brush you teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes. Aim to brush after you wake up and before bed, especially if you’re sharing your bed with someone else. If you can, brush or rinse your mouth after every meal, that’s even better. Floss between your teeth daily, and also get advice from your dentist about using an antibacterial mouthwash.

-Bathing: No single day should ever pass you by without taking a good bath with lots of clean water, bathing soap and a body sponge.  Showering with soap and scrubbing the skin with a spong helps rinse away dead skin cells, bacteria, and oils, leaving the skin feeling fresh and renewed. It’s advisable to shower twice daily.

Also endeavour to properly wash your hair with a shampoo at least once a week. Shampooing your hair and scalp helps remove skin buildup and protects against oily residues that can irritate your skin.

-Hand hygiene: The nails also trap in germs that can infect you and make you sick. It’s therefore important to trim your nails regularly to keep them short and clean. If you keep long nails or use nail extensions ( like I do), then brush under your nails with a nail brush or washcloth to rinse away buildup, dirt, and germs. When you’re out and about, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediatialy after touching surfaces and wash your hands first thing when you return home to prevent yourself from transfering germs into your home. This should be a lifestyle and not just a “pandemic survival skill”.

Toilet hygiene: Toilets especially public toilets are an environment that can expose you to so much germs no matter how neat they may look. If you can’t help using one, make sure to flush it after every use. If you realise it’s faulty, cover the toilet seat with it’s cover and possibly leave a note behind. Always wipe the surface of the toilet seat if there are any droplets of urine after your use. It’s proper etiquette to always clean up after yourself no matter where you are. Thoroughly wash your hands after every use of the restroom, scrubbing them with soap for 20 to 30 seconds, and be sure to clean between your fingers, on the back of your hands, and under your nails ( Please refere to WHO guidelines for washing hands) Rinse with warm water, and dry with a clean towel.

If you don’t have running water or soap, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as you should always have one on you.

Sickness hygiene etiquette: As a civilized person, If you’re not feeling well, you should endeavour to keep yourself from spreading germs to others. This includes covering your mouth and nose when sneezing, disposing of used tissue papers immediately after use and wiping down shared surfaces with  a disinfectant. It isn’t the time to visit family and friends when you’re sick, nor should you accept invitations to close up physical meetings. You can always apply social distance until it’s safe for you to mingle again with others.

Use an Antiperspirant: Personally, I would say this is a must for every adult, but research shows that there is a theory that states that, the alumminum in antiperspirants may be responsible for breast cancer, while other scientinst have debunked this as a myth, I would advice you seek medical/eaesthetic advice on how safe it is to use an antiperspirant. If for any reason you choose not to use an antipersoirant spray, make sure you shave your under arm hairs very often and also, never repeapt anything you have worn without washing them. Change up as soon as your dress absords sweat and endeavour to shower twice or trice daily.

The thing about body odour is that, you may never smell yourself even when everyone else smells you. So, judiciously following these routines would not only prevent you fron the embarrassment of being percieved as unclean, but it’ll also keep you healthy.

If a person is kind enough to bring to your notice the fact that you have body odour, don’t be offended! Accept it as an act of love and take action immediately to prevent the re-occurrence of such embarrassment

Do humanity a favour and protect the air that we breath by keeping your body clean and hygienically safe.

keep it classy always.

Etienying Akpanusong.

Comments
  • I really enjoyed this article. Personal hygiene is very important especially in the phase of a raging pandemic. Good personal hygiene will not only keep us safe but will also raise our standard of living and boost our confidence. Thank you very much!

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