Most of us have been taught about personal hygiene habits from a very young age. Everything from brushing our teeth, washing our hands and taking a bath. These habits become a routine part of life. However, many of us are making some common hygiene mistakes and don’t even realize it. In fact, sometimes, in the name of health, we innocently do more harm to our bodies than good. Here’s a list of 5 hygienic habits you should consider to stop.
Cleaning Your Ears With Q Tips
They may seem small and harmless, but actually they can be quite dangerous. Medical experts has warned to not use them, or at least not as often as one might think. From punctured eardrums to super impacted wax, there are many negative consequences associated with ear cleaning. According to some doctors, you don’t actually need it. The ear is a self cleaning organ, and a quick wash in the shower with water and soap should do the trick.
Using Too Much Moisturizer
To those of us who have dry skin, a day without face moisturizer is a big no-no. But the truth is, using too much of it can cause your skin to depend on it. Also, your skin might get used to it and the moisturizer might not affect your skin the same way. Excessive use of moisturizer can lead to clogged pores, breakouts and dull skin.
Washing Your Hair Everyday
Most of us believe that there’s no such thing as washing your hair too much, but the reality is a tad different. Washing your hair on a regular basis can cause your hair to loose it’s natural oils which it need to stay healthy. In fact washing your hair everyday can damage your hair, make it weak and dry, even if it’s naturally oily.
Washing Your Teeth Right After You Eat
If you’re one of those who brush their teeth after every meal, you might be in the wrong here. Certain foods, especially food with citric acid, weakens tooth enamel, and brushing your teeth right after you eat can weaken it even more. Dental experts recommend waiting at least 30 minutes after you eat, this will help reduce the harmful acids that such foods can create.
Covering Your Mouth With Your Hand When You Sneeze
If you think that covering your mouth with your hand when you sneeze or cough is better than coughing into an open space, think again. When you sneeze and later touch foods, money or other people, you could easily pass your germs. The best way is to actually sneeze or cough towards or elbow.