In fact, they only harm health. Therefore, it’s time to abandon these 12 pseudo-beneficial habits.
Taking care of yourself is good and right. The main thing is that quality care does not turn into fanaticism. After all, too much good is also bad. And doctors called 12 hygiene habits that have no place in the life of a healthy person.
Clean your ears with cotton buds
Pediatricians say this non-stop – don’t try to clean children’s ears with cotton buds or anything similar. And you don’t need to either. Cotton buds have already caused countless injuries, from ruptured eardrums to ear infections and hearing loss. According to Master of Medicine Brande Carpenter, the ear canal does not need to be cleaned at all. It is enough just to take a shower, as usual – enough water gets into the ears to naturally remove the accumulated sulfur.
Take a bath with foam
Or throw bath bombs into the water. It’s very nice, so much so that it even turned into a cliché to take a fragrant bath with foam. But in fact, such procedures can result in irritation on the skin and fungal infection. Bombs and bath foams may contain aggressive detergents that wash away protective oils, including in intimate places, disrupting the natural pH balance of the skin. “Bath foam increases the risk of vaginal infections and even bladder infections,” added Jen Gunther, MD.
This procedure is generally not needed by anyone if it is not prescribed by a doctor. Researchers have found that douching washes out beneficial microflora increases the risk of developing various infections, and increases the impact on the mucous phthalates, harmful chemicals that can disrupt the hormonal background and lead to problems with the reproductive system.
Sanitizer in the purse is our new reality. But to overdo it with a sanitizer is even worse than giving it up. Some hand sanitizers contain triclosan, a synthetic compound that disrupts the skin’s natural protective balance and makes us more vulnerable to bacteria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that prolonged exposure to disinfectants can negatively affect even hormonal balance.
Use a hand dryer
The whole world is switching to hand dryers, abandoning paper towels – this is after all more environmentally friendly. But at the same time, dryers for hygiene and health are much more harmful. Towels remove bacteria left after washing from hands. And the dryers are not. Worse, they literally spray these microorganisms in the air, creating a contagious fog filled with fecal bacteria, experts at the Mayo Clinic have discovered. And they greatly dry the skin of the hands.
Stand under a hot shower for a long time
In winter, this is sometimes the only way to keep warm. But not the most useful. Dermatologist Alan Parks claims that a hot shower, especially when combined with detergents, washes the protective layer off the skin, making you easy prey for bacteria. Therefore, a hot shower should be very short-lived. It is advisable to take it before bedtime: according to experts, after a hot shower, cooling occurs, which slows down the metabolic activity of the body, facilitating the transition to sleep. And too long hot shower, on the contrary, invigorates.
Wash your hair every day
Daily hair washing spoils the hair. Sebum is necessary for hair to nourish it. If it is constantly washed off, the hair becomes brittle, even if the roots are oily. And what if the head is dirty? Use dry shampoo – it is completely safe for hair. Gradually, the hair will “wean” from frequent washing, it will be required less often.
Moisturize the skin too actively
When the skin is dry, it seems natural to smear it with cream and pour thermal water without stopping. However, according to Garnier experts, this approach can develop addiction – the skin gets used to the fact that moisture in excess comes from the outside and ceases to produce emollients itself. As a result, the skin becomes even drier. Therefore, it is better to apply the cream in a very thin layer, choosing non-oil-based products.
Brush your teeth after eating
More precisely, immediately after eating. After eating, you need to wait for some time, at least half an hour, and only then rush to the toothbrush. During meals, the acid contained in food weakens the enamel, if immediately after eating you start wielding a brush and paste, there is a considerable risk of damaging it, even more, experts warn the Mayo clinic.
Use aggressive scrubs
Or even a hard washcloth. Too much exfoliation is also bad. First of all, because you can damage the epidermis, depriving the skin of its natural protection. According to the Dermatology Alliance, in response to this, the glands begin to produce more sebum to compensate for the loss. And as a result, an imbalance is obtained: we dry the skin, and it in response becomes more and more oily.
Sneeze, covering your mouth with your palm
No, covering your mouth while sneezing, of course, is necessary. But it’s high time to get used to sneezing into a handkerchief or elbow. After all, with the same palm with which you closed your mouth, you then touch many surfaces and even other people. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is how people infect each other with influenza, SARS, and covid — this is the main way respiratory infections spread.