The human body is very complex and delicate and should be properly taken care of. The human skin has about 1.5 billion microbes, some of which are not necessarily bad for us, but some are extremely important for our health.
One of the ways of taking care of our body is by bathing with soap and water and although this is proper and effective, some of our body parts don’t need to be washed with soap because the soap may kill the important bacteria on those parts. In this article, we’ll be showing you some of the body parts you might have been washing wrongly and better ways to take care of those body parts.
The belly button is a very sensitive part of the body and is usually very difficult to clean as most times our sponge can’t get there while bathing. The best way to wash the belly button is by dipping cotton in soapy water or alcohol and then wiping the belly button with it.
The feet are one of the most under-washed body parts in the human body. The feet should be washed with soap and a sponge regularly as it is the part most exposed to dirt, and fungus that causes Athlete’s foot. Many of us tend to neglect this part of the body by thinking that it will get cleaned just from soap and water running down our bodies while bathing. Dermatologists have advised that the feet should be washed with soap and properly scrubbed with Pumice stone daily.
The eye is one of the body parts that shouldn’t come in contact with soap. It is a bad idea to wash your eyes with soap because it can be damaging to the cornea and sclera. But how then do we clean this very sensitive part of the human body? The eyes have lacrimal glands which are responsible for cleansing and protecting them from debris and other irritants. A safe way to clean the eyelids and eyelashes is by mixing about half a teaspoon of unscented baby shampoo in a cup of warm water, dip a washcloth in the mixture, and carefully rub your eyelids back and forth. After doing this, rinse with clean water.
Beneath the Fingernails
This part of the body is barely exposed and thus can serve as a hiding place for bacteria, making it difficult to eliminate all of it by just washing your hands. According to Doctors, soak a cotton swab in warm soapy water, swab it under your nails and you should get most of the bacteria out.
Soaping your body before shampooing your hair
Applying a hair conditioner to your hair can lead to skin irritation and this may cause acne on your body. To prevent this, doctors advise this procedure. “Shampoo, rinse it off, apply the conditioner, wash your body with soap and water, rinse off the conditioner and body wash at the same time”.