You probably think you’re doing the right things to improve your health and your appearance, like taking a bath everyday, using a hand sanitizer and brushing your teeth after every meal. As harmless as they may seem, some of these habits can either have short or long-term effects on your health. Be the judge of your own habits and find out if you really need to do such stuff or you can go moderate with it to minimize its negative effects to your overall health.
1. Brushing your teeth after a meal
Those who are extremely conscious of their oral hygiene often goes brushing their teeth right after every meal, but it isn’t healthy for your choppers. That is because some foods, especially those that has citric acid in it, can weaken your tooth enamel, and brushing your teeth right after eating can damage the enamel in it already weakened enable. Dentists suggests waiting for at least half an hour, so the saliva can neutralize the acidity level of your mouth before brushing.
2. Washing your hair every single day
Although many of us have been trained to wash our hair every day, your locks could be paying the toll. Shampooing your hair every day strips away your strands natural oil, leading to dry and brittle locks. Instead, wash your hair every other day to allow your scalp to produce oil and naturally condition your hair with it.
3. Taking bubble baths
Soaking yourself in scented suds in the tub could be a relaxing way to unwind after a busy day, but doing so regularly can leave you with irritated skin and even yeast infection. The harsh detergent and artificial fragrances in your favorite bath bombs can strip your skin of its natural oil and can mess with the pH level of your private parts. It’s okay to reward yourself with relaxing bath, but only do so occasionally.
4. Covering your sneeze with your hands
Covering a sneeze with your hands is better than sneezing in the open, isn’t it? Nope. Sneezing into your hands and then touching other things later on is a recipe for contamination. Know that the most serious respiratory diseases are spread through objects touched by contaminated hands. For the sake of the people around you, sneeze into your elbow.
5. Moisturizing too much
If your skin feels itchy and dry, it seems a natural reaction to slather some lotion. However, it may not be the best solution. According to dermatologists, excessive moisturizing can create tolerance, which trains your skin to produce less natural oil and making it drier in eventually. To avoid this problem, apply a single thin coat of lotion or try using an oil-free moisturizer instead.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to keep your hygiene in check, but make sure you’re doing it correctly. Too much of everything isn’t good, so keep everything in moderation for a balanced health and well-being.