Pandemic Hygiene Habits We Don’t Need To Ditch
Early on in the pandemic, we spent a lot of time sanitizing surfaces, but ourselves? Not so much. Some of us have picked up some lazy personal hygiene habits during the last year, including showering less often and not washing our hair as much as we used to. But it turns out, we don’t actually need to be doing those things every single day.
These are the parts of our cleanliness routines we can skip and the ones we should do daily.
- Shower as needed – There’s no health-related reason to shower every day, whether you need or not just depends on how stinky, dirty and sweaty you get. Showering less often might even be better for your skin, because soap strips skin’s natural oils.
- Wash your hair as needed – Your hair also has natural oils to protect it and your hair-washing schedule should be based on how your locks look and feel. Most of us can skip a day or two between shampoos and those with thick or curly hair may do better with just once-a-week washing.
- But wash your hands a lot – We all amped up our hand washing during the pandemic and it’s still one of the best tools to help us avoid many respiratory and foodborne illnesses. In addition to all the regular times the CDC advises we wash our hands, like before and after eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, it’s also a good idea to scrub up after getting home from shopping or going to the gym.
- Brush your teeth twice a day – Nothing’s changed here, we should still be brushing and flossing every morning and night.
- Change your clothes when they need it – If you’re soaked in sweat or spill food on your outfit, you should change and wash your clothes. But if your jeans or sweater or whatever you’re wearing doesn’t stink and isn’t visibly dirty, you don’t have to wash after just one wearing.