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Marie Ernst Dos and Don'ts of Taking a Shower or Bath for Good Personal Hygiene and Beautiful Looking Skin

Taking a showers or bath are a necessity to maintaining good personal hygiene, great health, peace of mind and soft youthful looking skin. We’re here to help by sharing tips we’ve learned on how to properly take a shower or bath, so you'll come out feeling clean and with healthy youthful skin, every time. From your head to your toes, we’ve got the answers to all your bathing questions.

It's all in how you wash, where you wash, what type of soaps you use and your technique. You’ll learn how to treat your neck, chest and the rest of your body with as much care as you treat your face by following a few bathing methods. On the days when your complexion appears dull, ashy, flaky, stinky and scaly, these shower and bathing tips can really help you turn back the clock and enhance your mood. Without further ado lets jump (pun intended) right in…



Warm Water Is Just Right for Your Skin

Hot showers can strip your natural oils and dry your skin. For healthy skin warm water is best for a shower to be comfortable without drying out the skin. Try to avoid using extremely hot water when you can. Hot showers may feel incredible, but hot water dries out the moisture from your skin. If you really feel like you need to take a shower that’s hot enough to turn your skin red, do it only for a couple moments and then turn it down to lukewarm.

Also, it’s all about quality of your shower should ideally last 5 to 10 minutes. Showering twice a day can seriously dry out your skin. It may seem like more water means more moisture, it's actually the opposite—over-showering strips the skin, making it even drier



Wash Your Feet Every Time You Bath or Shower

Do you think of foot hygiene as part of your daily routine? You should and here’s why… Your feet have more sweat glands in them than anywhere else on your body. Washing your feet helps you eliminate foot odor bacteria between your toes and dry skin.

But you don’t see the dry skin and grime… The next time you’re in the shower, slide your fingers over and around the back of your ankles and you’ll feel the built up dried skin and grim that needs to be washed away regularly for sexy sleek looking feet.

Your feet are the foundation of your mobility and taking good care for them helps prevent any problems that may arise. Practicing good foot hygiene is a must for preventive foot health.

A good daily food care routine consists of using a gentle exfoliating soap and warm water while in your shower or bath. Make sure you support yourself again the wall or side of your tub ensuring that you don’t fall. Start by washing your ankles, toes, between your toes, heel and the bottom of your feet.

It’s that simple and all it takes to eliminate foot odor, bacteria and dry skin. Follow this daily routine and you’ll be ready at anytime to present your feet in an intimate setting or in public.



Daily Exfoliation Nourishes and Removes Dull-Skin

Exfoliation means allowing the top layer of skin to be nourished. Put simply, it’s just removing your dead dull-skin and allowing oxygen to penetrate the lower layers of skin. When you hear a doctor say exfoliation shouldn’t happen every day, they’re talking about standard scrubs, which can be like using sandpaper on your skin.

Proper exfoliation is best done over time and as a nightly event. Think of it like eating healthy, doing it once or twice a week is good, but a daily routine of healthy eating is the best for your health.



Keep Bacteria in Your Shower and Bath to a Minimum

A loofah can harbor bacteria, mold, yeast, and other disgusting things. Bar soap is sanitary and can be shared with loved ones and family members if needed.

If you still want to use a loofah to exfoliate, make sure it dries completely every day and replace it regularly and most dermatologists advise getting rid of your loofah's altogether.



Don’t Wash Too Much, for a Quick Cleanse, Focus on Your Smelly and Dirtiest Areas

Your arms & legs don't always need a daily cleansing. For a fresh scent and quick shower wash your underarms, groin and feet and the best place to start is showering top-to-bottom lets the soap work its way down. If you are acne-prone, washing your face, underarms, groin and then your feet.



But Don't Skip Washing Your Body

We’ve all done the armpit sniff, what you smell is the products related to bacteria breakdown of keratin protein on the surface of your skin. There are millions of bacteria swarming all over your body but your germ business can get out of hand.

We encounter all sorts of microbes throughout the day, and when we don't bathe, they can end up in the eyes, nose, or mouth, which makes it easier for germs that cause skin infections to upset the balance of good microbes. It goes without saying that skipping a day of showering can be good for your skin but don't take that as license to never step foot in your shower or bathtub again.



How to properly wash your Vagina

There are good bacteria inside your vagina that keep its pH clean and healthy. What this means is, it doesn't need any scrubbing at all and risk throwing off your natural pH and causing infections like yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis.

What about the vulva, female external genitals?  Since the vulva has more exposure to dirt and also sweat, you should be cleaning it in the shower, like you would as clean any other body part. It's best to use an all-natural mild soap that doesn't have any strong fragrances, and definitely not a loofa. Less is more when it comes to ingredients.



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How to keep your penis clean

You owe it to your penis to always keep it clean and healthy everyday. Gently wash the penis with warm water daily when you're having a shower or bath. If you have a foreskin, pull it back gently and wash underneath to keep a cheesy-looking substance called smegma from gathering. Smegma is a natural lubricant that keeps the penis moist.

It's found on the head of the penis and under the foreskin. You owe it to yourself and your partner to clean this area fresh and clean. Gently wash your penis, the base of the penis and the testicles once a day with warm water is sufficient to maintain good hygiene. Use an all-natural mild soap to reduce the risk of skin irritation.



Since we’re down there, don’t wash your whole ass, wash your asshole, and perineum

Toilet tissue may help in getting rid of larger fecal matter, but it doesn’t remove it and it also leaves behind a lot of germs in the perineum, which can be the cause of urinary tract infections. The perineum is the space between your anus and your vulva or the scrotum and the penis. Keeping the perineal area between the vagina and anus or scrotum and penis clean is important, too. Good perineal hygiene is necessary and helpful to keep this area clean while menstruating or after sexual intercourse. Gently washing with an all-natural bar soap at least once a day in the shower or bath is a reliable and hygienic way of removing fecal remnants from the area between your anus and genitals. You’ll feel fresh and clean throughout your day or before you go to bed and your partner will thank you too. But beside this, why is genital hygiene important?

Reduces risks of spreading E.coli and other bacteria to intimate area. It is estimated that 60 to 70% of women will experience at least one episode of urinary tract infection (UTI) during their lifetime. UTI is caused by bacteria that come from the perineum and anal area.

Keeps your underwear clean. If you work out or live in a humid environment, then your sweat flows down your spine and spreads the shit and bacteria to your underwear and thighs.

Bad personal hygiene is number 1 turn off for both sexes, so keep it clean people.



Cleanse Your Body and Skin with Care Especially If You Have Sensitive Skin

For people with sensitive skin, closing your bathroom door adds humidity and helps sensitive skin soak in the extra moisture. Keep in mind traditional grocery store bought soaps, known as detergents can strip the protective oil from your skin and healthy pH balance. 

One of the most important characteristics defining the quality of true bar soap is that they are manufactured as Grade 1 soaps made with a minimum 80% TFM (Total Fatty Matter). Simply put, the higher TFM of soap, the better its cleansing ability, add the moisture back while being gentle on your skin.

Choose soap made with Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter or Glycerin as a moisturizer. The best products for your skin are all-natural, hypoallergenic, paraben-free, cruelty-free, phthalate-free and vegan. Rinse your skin thoroughly to ensure no soap or cleanser remains on your skin.



Try Not to Scrub Your Body and Face Too Hard

Exfoliating has numerous benefits; including removing dead skin cells and promoting new cell growth. While it's good for your skin, it's important to try not to overdo it.

Exfoliate only once a day, otherwise it can be too irritating. Shaving your legs, intimate area and face also counts as exfoliating, but don't scrub too aggressive on your legs immediately after you shave.



Give a Holistic Ayurvedic Shower or Bath a Try

We understand it can be tempting to skip your daily shower or bath due to frigid weather, oversleeping or coming home from a busy day at work. The Ayurvedic form of medicine seeks to treat and integrate your body, mind, and spirit using a comprehensive holistic approach.

Traditional Ayurvedic texts maintain that bathing regularly, at least once a day has multifaceted benefits that go beyond ordinary cleansing to holistic hedonistic bathing. Here’s how it can boosts your health and energy:

  • Clears your fatigue and tiredness.

  • Improves your circulation.

  • Opens up your pores and eliminates toxins.

  • Reduces your blood pressure.

  • Eases your muscle aches.

  • Helps you rejuvenate by inducing calmness and relaxation.

  • Helps you achieve a youthful looking skin and appearance.

  • Helps you get a good night’s sleep.



Clean Your Dirty Back to Prevent Bacne

We all want a picturesque spotless back, but many of us forget to wash our back or wash it properly. To ensure you scrub your back properly to get rid of dirt and sweat that might lead to bacne, use an all-natural gentle soap with a back scrubber. 

Wash the sides, middle and then the top and around the back of your neck to remove dead cells and accumulated dirt. If you don’t have a back scrubber you can use a hand towel but most importantly, wash your back daily and you won’t have to worry about bacne.



Do You Treat Your Body as Well as Treat Your Face?

Did you know the average American woman spends $8 per day on facial beauty products? New York women spend the most at $11 per day while women in Montana spend the least at $3.50 and New York women spend $300,000 over a lifetime.

But when it comes to your décolletage and rest of your body including neck, torso, arms, buttocks and legs, the average American woman spends less than $.25 per day on cleansers. Looking youthful and fresh is about the complete package and it’s time to treat your body as well as you treat your face.

Want more shower and bathing tips? Bookmark this page and visit us here regularly as we scan the globe to find the best dos and don'ts of taking a shower or bath to help you treat your neck, chest and the rest of your body with as much care as you treat your face.