I know I’m not alone when I say I’m beyond tired of smelling stank because people don’t understand the meaning of good, proper hygiene. If you’re one of those people who’s been hurting nostrils, don’t worry about it. I got you covered. Make sure you follow these next steps for the sake of you, your hygiene, and anybody that has to come in close contact to you.
SHOWER, SHOWER, SHOWER
I know, I know. This should be a super obvious one, but sadly there are still people our age that don’t get it. Please, for the sake of all the people that have to be around you, shower. Multiple times a day if necessary. Don’t just stand under the water either. Use all the soap you feel you need. Wash everything thoroughly. Don’t leave out of the shower until you feel like you got off as much dirt and gunk as possible.
UP THAT DEODORANT STRENGTH
The school year has officially begun and a lot of us have gym class and play sports, so using a stronger deodorant wouldn’t be a terrible idea. The last thing we need is to be musty. By using a stronger deodorant you’ll be avoiding that awkward situation. If you’re a female and none of the girly, smell-good deodorant is working, you can always try to use men’s deodorant or even talk to a doctor and get some prescription deodorant.
USE BABY WIPES
Sometimes you won’t have access to a shower as soon as you need one. Instead of just sitting there and letting yourself start to smell bad, use portable baby wipes when you can’t get to a shower. Baby wipes are super affordable, easily accessible, and a quick way to keep everything fresh and smelling good.
WASH YOUR FACE TWICE A DAY
After a long day of running around, you mostly likely sweat. That can cause unwanted acne. If you don’t already, you should consider washing your face two times a day to keep all that sweat, dirt, oil, and bacteria from building up in your pores.
KEEP HYGIENE PRODUCTS WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES
You don’t need to bring your whole bathroom with you or anything. Just keep some hygiene essentials tucked away in your backpack. Baby wipes, deodorant, lotion, panty liners, sanitary napkins, disposable toothbrushes and floss, and anything else you feel you may need can come in handy. This ensures that you’re always fresh and looking your best at all times.
ODD BUT TRUE… CHANGE YOUR SHEETS MORE FREQUENTLY
This may not be something you really think about, but you sweat while you sleep. That sweat doesn’t just magically disappear either. It all just soaks into your sheets and pillowcases. I’m pretty sure you don’t want to lie in your own dried up sweat for weeks at a time, do you? Start changing your bed sheets and pillowcases more frequently because, for one, it’s just gross not to, and for two, laying in that dried up sweat can cause acne that we’re trying to avoid.
Hopefully this article helped somebody out there. You know who you are.
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By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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