As an adult, who attends different types of social gatherings, it’s expected of you to maintain good personal hygiene and grooming.
In your childhood, your mom took care of that. She washed and dressed you, so that, you looked clean and pretty wherever you went to.
Today, as a grown up, you have to take care of your body cleanliness and its attractiveness by yourself. It means creating your own daily and weekly personal hygiene routines and following them regularly.
Yes. It requires discipline.
But it's worth it if you desire to look healthy and confident in your physical appearance.
What if you could improve it by simply taking better care of yourself?
Find below a list of ways to maintain personal hygiene and grooming.
The importance of personal grooming and hygiene
People may perceive you as an attractive person if you can easily build amicable interactions and positive environments around yourself.
The truth is that it’s nearly impossible to do that without having a pleasant and attractive physical appearance.
If you want to be perceived as an educated and a well-mannered person, accept the need to have a well-groomed, clean, and healthy body, follow choose the right personal hygiene products, and follow the best personal hygiene tips.
Here's a hygiene checklist to follow.
The personal hygiene checklist
These basic hygiene activities help to maintain the cleanliness of your hands, fingernails, and face, which are the areas of your body that are most affected by exterior factors like winds, dust, and bacteria.
1. Wash your hands
Hands are the dirtiest part of the human body.
They touch different things that may contain dirt, dust, and unhealthy microorganisms and these unhealthy particles land on your hands.
If you don’t wash your hands, these unhygienic elements may find their way inside your body through your mouth, eyes, and nose.
Wash your hands with soap. Soap eliminates up to 95% of all the microbes.
2. Trim your fingernails
That black line of mud under the fingernails looks embarrassing and it's also unhealthy.
The accumulation under the fingernails is a collection of dirt and bacteria, which may easily get inside your body.
Trim your fingernails at least once per week.
TIP: trim your nails after showering, when they are softer and easier to cut.
3. Wash your face
Cleaning up your face means washing your neck, cheeks, forehead, and eyes.
These areas of the face require regular cleaning to prevent clogging the skin pores with dust and sweat, which may promote pimples development.
Wash your face first thing in the morning and a couple of times per day to maintain it fresh and clean.
These oral hygiene tips help to maintain a healthy mouth.
This means removing the food particles from between the teeth, eliminating bacteria, and improving the freshness of the breath.
4. Brush your teeth
If you want a healthy and beautiful smile, teeth brushing is a must.
Brush your teeth in the morning and before bedtime, but if you want improved teeth cleanliness, brush them after each meal too. But that’s optional.
After teeth brushing, small food particles may remain in between your teeth where the brush bristles couldn’t reach it.
Flossing cleans those hard to reach areas in the mouth a little better by removing the remaining food from between the teeth.
Though flossing improves the cleanliness of the teeth, the oral care process is not finished yet.
6. Clean your tongue
Use a toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clean the white coating off your tongue.
The thin film on the surface of the tongue is built from food residues and bacteria and often serves as the main source for bad breath.
7. Replace your toothbrush
There are no long-lasting toothbrushes.
Dentists recommend replacing the toothbrush every 3 to 4 months of regular daily use.
As soon as you notice that the toothbrush bristles start bending, change your toothbrush.
8. Visit the dentist
Even if you follow a proper oral hygiene routine, it’s still recommended to visit a dentist for a checkup.
The dentist may discover minor carries outbreaks at their earliest stage of development and treat them accordingly.
The human body releases sweat, odor, wax, and hair.
If these body effects are not maintained, the consequences may affect the image and the cleanliness of the body.
9. Take showers
Showering is the activity that maintains your body fresh and clean.
It washes away the sweat and dust off your body, which prevents releasing unpleasant body odors.
10. Shave your armpit
Bacteria thrive in hairy areas of the body with a high level of humidity.
By shaving your armpit, you reduce such areas on your body where bacteria may develop.
As a result, you'll release fewer unpleasant body odors.
11. Moisturize your skin
Moisturizing hydrates the skin on the body and face making it softer and smoother.
This repairs dry, itchy, and irritated skin.
12. Wash your feet
Soak your feet into warm soapy water and wash the bottom and the sides of the foot, and in between the toes. Use a pumice stone to scrub the dry skin off the heels.
After that, dry out your feet. Especially between the toes because that’s where fungal infections usually start developing.
13. Clean your ears
Wax gathers in the ear tube and it needs to be removed once in a while.
The best time to do that is after showering.
After a shower, the wax is melted and can be easily be removed by using a cotton stick.
The hair releases oils, which, if not washed away, makes your head look greasy.
Such hair is difficult to maintain.
14. Maintain your hair
Wash your hair to prevent the development of lice and dandruff.
Your washing schedule may differ on your hair type and length. But a good rule to follow is washing it whenever it gets greasy and dirty.
Also, visit a hairstylist to maintain the look of your hair.
The intimate area is a unique ecosystem inhabited with 100's of microorganisms and species.
Maintaining the cleanliness of your genitals is an important aspect of health and immunity.
15. Maintain your privates clean
Keep the area down there clean and fresh.
- Wear clean underwear.
- Wash your privates.
- Trim your pubic hair.
Male genital hygiene:
- Rinse away the debris collected under the skin.
Check out this personal hygiene, grooming and style tips for men.
Female genital hygiene:
- During the period, wash your genitals more than you are used to. 2 to 3 times per day, for example.
- Use special intimate gels.
- Wipe from front to back.
Check out this hygiene routine for females checklist.
Grooming checklist for better appearance
16. Wear clean and neat clothing
Always wear clean clothes on a fresh body.
A good lasting personal hygiene equals = clean body + clean clothing.
Tips to follow:
- Don’t wear items containing vomit, injury fluids, sweat, or foods.
- Dry out your clothes after washing them.
- Wear clothes that fit your size.
- Iron your shirts and trousers.
17. Have a timely hair-cut
Once your head starts looking like a bush, cut your hair down.
Visit your hairstylist who can also trim the unnecessary hair on the head and neck.
18. Use a signature scent
After you’ve taken a shower, add a few drops of your favorite scent on the body.
This adds +1 Karma to your attractiveness.
19. Maintain your facial hair
As you age, the facial hair grows faster, which means that it needs to be maintained.
Trim the hair from your beard, nose, ears, and eyebrows to maintain an attractive look.
20. Carry a handkerchief
In the old days, the noble people always carried a handkerchief with them, as a sign of good manners.
They covered their mouth with it whenever they felt the urge of sneezing or coughing.
Sneezing in a person’s face was considered an impolite gesture.
This didn’t change much today.
Good-mannered people are still welcomed and deeply appreciated.