When it comes to your daily hygiene routine — from your flossing habits to your nightly shower — you might think you’ve got everything down pat.
But we’re here to shake things up.
Heeding advice from medical associations and professionals, we compiled the optimal ways to keep yourself clean, healthy — and looking sharp.
The short answer? Nobody needs to wash their hair everyday. Beyond that, it depends on your skin type: if you have normal or dry skin, once or twice a week should do the trick.
The American Dental Association recommends you brush twice a day for two minutes, although they don't specify what time of day the brushing should happen. So long as you do a good brushing before bed, you should be set. While you sleep, your mouth salivates less, which can lead to cavities.
The ideal time is right before you go to sleep. That way, if you're using an antiperspirant, it has time to close your armpit's sweat ducts before they have a chance to get sweating in the morning. Most last at least 24 hours, so no worries about not making it to the end of the workday.
Most of us shower too much. Dermatologists told Buzzfeed that we only need to really shower once every two-to-three days, though that depends on where you live and how often you exercise. As for the morning vs. night debate? That depends on a lot of factors, but if you're prone to oily skin, it might be ideal to shower at night, Greatist reports.
This depends on how long you want your nails, but about once every week or two should do the trick, or whenever they start to get unwieldy. Just be sure when you do it to not leave any jagged edges that can catch and possibly tear the nail.
According to Optometry Australia, so long as it's 'regularly,' you should be in good shape. Ideally, this means before the glasses get so smudgy that you can't see. And when that happens, whatever you do, don't use your shirt as cleaning device. You don't necessarily need a fancy spray -- just dishwashing soap and some water -- but be sure to rub it off with a clean cotton cloth.
This will depend of course, on the razor, but if it feels like it's pulling on your skin, it's likely getting dull, and it's time to switch. To keep it sharper for longer, be sure to rinse the blades with hot water after using, and let it air dry so it doesn't rust.
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