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By Damilola Faustino

When it comes to personal hygiene, it’s safe to say that you are all very aware of the basics. You shower, you exfoliate, you deodorise, all that good stuff that keeps us looking and smelling fresh, but what about the hygiene tips that you aren’t so familiar with? There are definitely a few things that some people do that are not recommended. Here are five simple personal hygiene mistakes to avoid:

brushing your teeth

Wearing shoes without socks

It might be one of the biggest fashion trends right now, but sneakers with no socks really isn’t something you want to be doing regularly. Your feet sweat, on average, about half a pint per day, so when there is no sock layer to act as a cushion, that sweat seeps directly into your footwear to raise the risk of fungal infection. Not to mention, stinky shoes!

Dirty makeup brushes

Your makeup brushes might be able to sort you out in terms of beauty products every day, but don’t forget that they need to be cleaned regularly. If you are prone to skin breakouts and irritation, it could well be that you haven’t thought to get all of that old bacteria and debris off of your brushes for a while.

Just brushing your teeth

You are meant to brush your teeth at least twice a day, but in truth, you should be doing more than just the brushing. The majority of the bacteria that can actually lead to dental harm is stuck in the hard to get areas of your mouth and in between your teeth, so to get to these you need floss and use mouthwash alongside your usual brushing routine.

Dirty towels

Almost everyone is guilty of using the same towel too many times in a row before grabbing a new one. Just because you are using it on your post-showered body, and just because it has dried on the back of a chair, doesn’t mean that it is fresh and clean for use. A smell will start to develop that will transfer to your body the more you use it!

Do not use cotton buds

The sensation of putting a cotton buds in your ear to remove wax might be one of life’s greatest pleasures, but it’s something that you shouldn’t actually be doing! Rather than removing the wax, the shape of the bud mostly just pushes it further in, and if you go too hard you can also risk damaging the ear canal and eardrum.

Read also: 6 Underwear Rules Every Woman Should Live By 

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