Top 15 Common Hygiene Mistakes That Women Make by Sarah Teo Posted on May 14, 2018
Regular cleanliness and hygiene is a fundamental piece of everybody's day by day schedules, but women more often than not tend to become a bit careless when it comes to their daily cleaning schedules.
Things like cosmetics, skincare, and even exercise can really cause infections if they aren't taken care of appropriately.
A regular hygiene schedule can actually be quite easy to do, especially if women are able to make it a part of their daily routine.
Here are the top 15 common hygiene mistakes that women make, and how you can avoid them:
15. Going to bed with Makeup On
Yes, it’s tiring to have to remove makeup after a long day at work or a night out, but going to bed without properly removing makeup from your skin using water and proper makeup remover will pretty much guarantee that your skin will break out.
When the skin is in contact with makeup too long, it can’t “breathe”, so you will break out into rashes, itchiness, swelling, or even small wounds. Do your skin a favor, and make sure that you remove makeup properly before going to sleep.
14. Excessive exfoliation/ Skin Peeling
There’s nothing wrong with wanting clear, smooth, and healthy skin, but if you exfoliate or go for skin peeling sessions too much, it can actually do more harm than good for your skin.
If you have healthy skin, it actually rejuvenates on its own over time, and you only really need to give it minimal help.
Occasional exfoliation and skin peeling treatments can help remove dead skin cells, dirt, and microorganisms quickly, but too much will cause damage to your skin.
13. Sharing Makeup/ Makeup Items
There’s no denying that makeup can be pretty expensive, and sometimes you just want to borrow some cosmetics from a friend for a quick touch-up, or they have a certain shade that you want to try.
However, you’re never really sure how hygienic other people are with their makeup and makeup applicators, and sharing these items is a quick and easy way to transfer dirt and germs from their skin to yours. Stick to using your own cosmetics.
12. Using the same bed covers/pillowcases for too long
Lying down on fresh sheets and pillowcases at night is heavenly, but changing them can be a huge chore.
However, you shed skin, sweat, and basically dirty up your sheets and pillowcases when you sleep, and that can build over time.
A good rule of thumb is changing out your linens and pillowcases once a week.
11. Not taking care of your toothbrush
Most people don’t really mind leaving their toothbrush out on their sink in the open air, but if you could see what kind of microbes and particles float around in your bathroom, you would think twice!
Always make sure to keep your toothbrush in a hygienic case, and if possible, clean it with hot water before using it. Also, change your toothbrush every three months, even if it “looks okay”.
10. Not cleaning your mobile phone
You likely have your telephone in your grasp throughout the day, particularly in this day and age.
Have you ever realized that your telephone really assembles a huge amount of microscopic organisms for the duration of the day from every one of the surfaces it touches?
When you make a call, you’re basically transferring those germs from your phone to your hands and face! Utilize sanitizing wipes on your telephone to keep it clean!
9. Not cleaning up after Exercising
After exercising, most people just want to relax and recharge. However, you have to take a shower! Showering removes sweat and dirt, refreshes the scalp and skin, and leaves you feeling even more relaxed.
If you let the sweat simply sit on your skin, it will i cause your skin to break out into pimples and rashes. Of course, you also smell!
8. Using a dull razor to shave
A lot of women underestimate the importance of using a really sharp razor when shaving their legs and underarms. When you use a sharp razor, you ensure a smooth and even shave.
If you use a dull razor, you could be pulling your hair out by the roots instead of shaving them, causing microtears in your skin that’s both painful and a great entrance for bacteria.
7. Not changing underwear everyday
It’s a dirty little secret that a lot of women have: re-using their bras on multiple days, especially if it wasn’t “used too much”.
Even if your bras don’t look/smell dirty, it tends to soak up a lot of sweat and bacteria.
This can cause irritation and breaking out, since bras come in close contact with delicate skin.
6. Using too much/too little off beauty and bath products
There’s a reason why bath products have a suggestion amount of use per product, whether it’s that small colored tab on the bottom of the toothpaste tube, or the time suggestion of how long to use your deodorant spray.
Using too little of a product won’t allow you to fully enjoy the benefits, while too much can be harmful to your health.
4. Using Expired Cosmetics
Always make sure that your cosmetics have not expired before using them. These days, a lot of women tend to stock up on cosmetics.
While this is great for convenience, it can also mean that there are cosmetics that get forgotten at the bottom of the drawer.
Expired cosmetics can cause skin problems ranging from irritation and rashes, to bad allergic reactions. When in doubt, throw it out.
3. Forgetting to Remove Contacts
Wearing contacts can be a great deal more advantageous than wearing glasses: they’re easy to use, clean, and store. However, there are times when you can forget to remove them before going to sleep!
Dozing in your contacts is dependably an awful thought. It's ensured to develop microscopic organisms, and you don't need microorganisms in your eyes. Make a point to take your contacts out before going to bed.
2. The Feminine Wash
Feminine washes are a great tool to use when you have your period because they can help you feel clean and fresh quickly, but otherwise, they’re pretty redundant.
The vagina is a self-cleaning organ, and using too much feminine wash can actually dry out the vagina, leaving it irritable and prone to rashes.
1. Using Scented Body Care Products
Scented body items likely appear to be extraordinary at first and they certainly smell incredible! However, you need to be careful: scented items can contain unforgiving, chemicals that can negatively affect sensitive skin.
Unscented items are more straightforward and better for your skin over the long haul.