Personal hygiene is an essential part of everyday life. It is our primary protection against germs and viruses. It’s also our direct way of keeping ourselves clean. However, some people tend to make their care and hygiene overly complicated with a wide array of products on display while spending hours upon hours applying them. You don’t need to make it difficult. When it comes to personal care, less is more.
Less Is More
It’s been estimated that most Americans spend less than $50 on skincare products alone. If you add all the other things you need for personal care, you could be paying $100 on those products every other month. This is an excellent budget to maintain. However, when starting, you might end up purchasing a lot more than what you need.
This is the exploration stage, and it’s a time when you look for the right products for you. Choose just a handful of them and stick by them because you don’t want to be shifting your personal care products on the fly. That’ll lead to more costs you can’t afford.
Once you start to take care of your hygiene, you will need to build your daily routine. A daily routine will reduce the time you’ll have to spend in the comfort room or the dressing room to get yourself ready. You don’t want to spend an hour on personal care every day. This will get you late for work or any other appointment you might have. Having a small number of trusted products can help with this.
Choose which one goes first, and then the next, and then so on and so forth. Once you’ve built a daily routine, start practicing it every day. Time yourself if you want to ensure that it’s less than thirty minutes of your time. You should be able to do this daily routine with your eyes closed.
Becoming a Regular
There are some things that you can’t do yourself, like a haircut or maybe a pedicure. Sometimes we need services for this part of personal care, and that’s alright! This is why you should be a regular in your local barber or salon. Once they see you visiting them every month or so, you can build up loyalty points with them. This can be imaginary or real (if they have a loyalty program). Rest assured, being a regular can open you up to benefits you might not have before. It’ll also ensure that the personal care you get is consistent. You won’t like it if your haircut is different every other month or if your nails are done differently every time you get a pedicure. Be regular and get consistent results.
Learn How to Shave
There are some things that you’re going to have to learn by yourself. You certainly don’t want to be visiting your favorite barber every week to give you a good shave. You must learn this art yourself. All you’re going to need is some shaving cream and a good razor. We really don’t mind which brand of razor you buy, but get something top of the line because at least you’ll know that it’s sharp. A dull razor is the main reason why you’re going to have cuts on your face. Remember that.
Use your shaving cream diligently and shave downward, not upward or sideward. Your shaving cream will mark the areas you haven’t visited yet. Also, shave slowly. Don’t be in a hurry on this one. Make sure your hand is steady as you run it down the side of your face.
Sometimes, shaving means trimming. You might want to leave behind some of your beards to give yourself that rugged look, and that’s alright! For some good trimming, you’re going to need professional trimming scissors. That’s right. We’re going straight to the top shelf for this one because other scissors just won’t cut it.
You’re going to be using scissors straight from your barber’s inventory because you deserve the best quality. It’s sharp and will stay sharp for many years to come. That’s good because you’ll be trimming your hair every other day, and you don’t want dull scissors for that. They’ll ruin your good looks.
Scrub, Scrub, Scrub
Dried and dead skin are all over our bodies, and they can seriously be nasty. Sadly, soap only softens them for us, so when we leave our bathroom, there’s a chance that some of them can be visibly seen. One way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is to scrub, scrub, and scrub. Please put it in your daily shower routine to scrub at least once a day. Take that up to twice a day if you’re a person who’s always outdoors and gets sweaty a lot. This ensures that you can keep yourself clean after a long day’s work.
These are some of the basics when it comes to personal care and hygiene. Remember that less is more when it comes to this part of your life. Don’t spend too much time or money on it. Stick by-products you love for the rest of your life. Consistency is key.