It’s unacceptable to ignore the personal hygiene and grooming activities.
As an adult, you interact with many people during the day. And if you lack personal hygiene this disturbs the people at work, in your family and in public places. Poor personal presentation is beginning of all sins. It may affect your personal life, your health, your relationships, etc. But, it's not your case.
Bellow, you’ll find a comprehensive personal hygiene checklist and grooming activities that will improve your personal image and confidence.
Let’s take it step by step.
Proper personal hygiene activities for adults
Personal hygiene activities maintain your body fresh and clean. This makes you healthier and reduces the spread of infectious microorganisms all around.
You'll feel more confident and many will be happy to get to know you closer.
You'll forget about the fear of being perceived negatively due to personal hygiene issues.
There several types of personal hygiene meant to maintain the cleanliness of different parts of your body.
Body hygiene (skin care)
1. Take showers
To maintain your body fresh showering is the best activity. It washes the sweat off the skin and 95% of the time prevents offensive body odor.
Shower in the morning to prevent body odor showing respect to your coworkers or when working out as part of the gym hygiene etiquette.
2. Shave your armpit
Odor-causing bacteria thrive where humidity is high. And armpits are a perfect location.
Limit the places on your body where bacteria can settle. Shave your armpits.
The armpit hair increases the temperature of your body in that location, especially during hot weather, which promotes sweating. And sweaty armpits are great sources for body odor.
3. Wash your feet
After a day on the feet, they deserve some care.
Take off your shoes and socks and wash your feet in a warm soapy water.
When you’re over dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes where fungal infections may develop.
4. Moisturize your skin
If the skin on the foot is dry, apply moisturizing cream all over the foot. Gently remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone.
Oral hygiene (oral care)
5. Brush your teeth
If you wish to have healthy teeth and a bright smile (who doesn’t) teeth brushing is a must. Schedule brushing time once in the morning and once before you go to bed.
Teeth brushing cleans up your mouth and removes the remained food between your teeth.
Especially, when you have a business travel your toothbrush is the personal hygiene item that you want to carry with you on the plane.
After teeth brushing, some food may still be stuck between your teeth. This hurts your smile a lot.
Flossing takes care of this. Use a thin thread to clean the spaces between your teeth.
Flossing completes what teeth brushing was not able to do at 100%.
7. Scrape your tongue
The white coating on the surface of your tongue is often the source for bad breath. Get rid of bad breath by scraping these residues off your tongue. This will provide you with a kiss-ready breath.
8. Change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Your toothbrush doesn’t last forever. With time, its bristles lose its form and thickness, which makes the toothbrush less effective.
Dentists recommend changing the toothbrush every 3 to 4 months to ensure the best result on investment.
9. Have regular check-ups at your dentist
Even if you follow the above oral hygiene habits, it is still recommended to visit the dentist for regular check-ups at least two times a year.
It helps to discover minor carries outbreaks at their earliest stage of development and treat it accordingly.
10. Wash your hands
Your hands are the dirtiest part of your body. Every day you shake hands, share money, touch pets, use the bathroom, etc, and some of these things may carry harmful microorganisms for your health.
That’s why it’s important to wash your hands several times a day. Use SOAP because it cleans up to 95% of all the microbes.
This is also one of the first personal hygiene your kids should learn.
11. Face hygiene
Face hygiene includes all parts of the face, the cheeks, forehead and most important is your eyes.
You should wash your face every morning and a couple of times during the day to clean up your face of the sweat and dust that landed on your face during the day.
12. Fingernail and toenail hygiene (nail care)
Uncared fingernails look embarrassing and affect your physical image.
People may perceive you as a person with personal hygiene issues and may want to avoid shaking hands with you.
Make sure to trim your fingernails at least once a week. This ensures that your hands look neat and well-cared.
Also, don’t forget to trim your toenail as well.
TIP: trim your nails after taking a shower. Your nails become softer after a shower and are easier to trim.
13. Ear hygiene
The wax in the ear tube looks embarrassing and it also promotes hearing loss. Use a cotton stick to clear your ears.
For a more effective way, do it after showering when the wax is melted.
14. Hair hygiene (hair care)
Wash your hair whenever it becomes too greasy and dirty. This prevents the development of lice and prevents the appearance of dandruff, which falls on your back and shoulders.
Needless to say, clean and maintained hair improves your attractiveness.
15. Intimate hygiene
Don’t forget about your genitals. This area is a great source for sweat and odors, especially if you have an active sexual life.
- Wear clean and fresh underwear daily
- Clean your private parts to stay away from bad body odor
- If you are into grooming, trim your pubic hair
Male genital hygiene:
- Rinse away all the debris collected down there.
Female genital hygiene:
- When on period wash your genitals more than the usual number of times. 2-3 times per day for example
- Use special intimate gels
- Wipe from front to back
Create daily and weekly personal hygiene routines
- brush your teeth
- scrape your tongue
- face hygiene
- wash your hands
- hair hygiene
- intimate hygiene
- fingernail and toenail care
- ear hygiene
Grooming tips for improved personal presentation
Grooming activities make you look sharp and well-cared.
You’ll leave a good first impression which'll let people perceive you as a serious or professional person.
This'll increase your chances to succeed at work, personal relationships, business relationships, etc.
16. Wear clean and neat clothing
Once you’ve tried to maintain good personal hygiene try to extend its benefits. One way to do that is wearing clean, ironed, and neat clothes.
• Don’t wear items containing vomit, fluids from injuries, sweat, polluted foods;
• Dry out all your clothes after washing them. Clothes left wet for too long may develop mold, which is odorous and unhealthy;
• Wear clothes that fit your size. This makes you look attractive.
• Iron your shirts and trousers. This kills most microbes from your clothes, which keeps your body cleaner.
17. Have a timely hair-cut
The hair on your head is continuously growing and if you don’t cut it down your head will look like a bush.
Visit your hairstylist at least once per month to cut your hair on the head and neck.
18. Use a signature scent
Your body smells nice and fresh after showering, but it makes you even more attractive if you add a few drops of your favorite scent to your body.
19. Maintain your facial hair
Most young men, who grow beards, believe that it makes them manly.
However, having an attractive beard means that you have to maintain it as well, otherwise you risk looking like a monkey. And this leaves a bad impression about you.
But facial hair maintenance doesn’t end here.
Depending on the amount of testosterone in your body, your eyebrows, nose hair, and ear hair begin to grow faster. As result, you end up with lots of stray hair on your face which needs to be trimmed off.
Here is what you need to do.
Plug out the hair from your nose, ear, and trim your eyebrows at least once a weak to maintain a good-looking image.
20. Carry a handkerchief
In the old days, carrying a handkerchief was a sign of good manners among noble people.
A good-mannered person behaved in a way that didn’t affect other’s comfort zone. They covered their mouth with a handkerchief whenever they coughed or sneezed, following with an “Excuse me”, or “Pardon”.
Things didn’t change much these days.
Today, good-mannered people, who understand how important is personal hygiene for others, are still much appreciated for their willingness not to infect anybody.
So, use a handkerchief to prevent spreading infectious microbes and your karma will improve.
Over to you
Please share with us which of these personal hygiene, grooming, and environmental hygiene activities are you using to maintain your health and physical image. What is your process of maintaining personal hygiene? What is your experience with hygiene activities.