Ingredients from body care products can cause skin irritations, trigger allergies and negatively impact your health. These situations can be compounded by poor hygiene or contact with bad bacteria. Try as you might, doctors and researchers have confirmed that your regular bath/shower regimen may not be cleaning your entire body. In fact, there may be up to six areas on your body that are consistently not being cleaned. YIKES!
Belly Button. If you can’t remember the last time that you’ve cleaned your belly button, don’t feel bad. We’ve surveyed 100 people and <2% could remember the last time they cleaned theirs. Chances are, you probably have an accumulation of lint, sweat and dry skin cells in your belly button right now. This area of the body is a cool, dark place that maintains moisture (via showers and sweat) to become a breeding ground for odor and infection causing bacteria.
Ears. Outside of the wax within the ear canal, have you ever thought of an ear actually being “dirty”? It doesn’t come in contact with much…just your hand, hair, (sharing) hats and pillow. All of these items can be playgrounds for bacteria and viruses that can infect your ears several times in one day.
FACT: The inner canal has a self cleaning system. But, the outer ear requires daily maintenance to prevent odor and bacteria growth that can cause ear infections. This is especially important if you have piercings.
Armpits. This area of the body can collect more than 80K bacteria. The accumulation of deodorant and fragrances can occur if this area is not properly cleaned during a bath/shower or maintained. This part of the body is oftentimes overlooked when in the bath/shower.
Finger Nails. Each area under the nail accumulates little particles of everything you touch during the day. And, if you’re currently not cleaning under your nails when you wash your hands or bathe/shower, you could have a multi-day build up bacteria such as diarrhoea. It’s been proven that what’s hanging out underneath your nails can potentially kill you!
Head. A lot of times, we think an itchy scalp is from product build up or dry skin. What if you knew that the itch was possibly from bacteria or fungus on your scalp? This bacteria can occur from infrequent washing of hair and contact with hands (yours or someone else’s), hair utensils, hats and pillows. [see “Ears” and “Finger Nails” above]
Bottom. No need to go into detail on this area. Seriously. Many people think they are properly cleaning their bottoms but aren’t. In fact, you may be missing some areas down there when you bathe/shower.
RULE: Clean your “seat”. Any area that touches a chair, when you sit down, receives attention with a washing towel, soap and water.
These six areas are easy to overlook. The sources of infection for each are not necessarily thoughts that are at the forefront of your mind. Although seemingly insignificant, these six areas can greatly impact your health. So, the next time you’re taking a bath/shower, give your six areas some special attention.
womenshealthmag.com; Here’s What That Gunk Under Your Fingernails is Really Made Of; http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/dirt-under-your-fingernails
livestrong.com; Itchy Scalp from Bacteria; http://www.livestrong.com/article/325843-itchy-scalp-from-bacteria/
huffingtonpost.ca; 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dirty Belly Buttons; http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/03/29/belly-button-facts_n_9564976.html
wikihow.com; How to Clean Your Belly Button; http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Your-Belly-Button
bbc.com; What lives under your fingernails?; http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160622-what-lives-under-your-fingernails
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