Scrubs, cotton swabs, detoxification cures, fingers in the nose, vaginal douches… some gestures to cleanse our body are useless, even dangerous to our health. Find out which ones to avoid at all costs, or reduce.
Although it may seem disgusting to you, some parts of the body don’t need cleaning as often as we’ve used to do. Here are the main ones.
Earwax cleanses our ears by picking up dirt and debris and pushing them out. Wipe your ears when you get out of the shower with a towel, and avoid sticking cotton buds or fingers in them, as this could cause hearing problems or ear infections.
You should always wash your face twice a day, but a thorough cleansing should not be part of your daily routine. Exfoliating too much can be very harmful, as it can dry the skin’s natural oil and cause skin rashes. A scrub once or twice a week to remove dead skin is more than enough.
Cleaning up” detoxification is a waste of time and money, says Reader’s Digest. The body detoxifies itself naturally through its actions on the liver, kidneys and colon. The intestines filled with healthy bacteria that help cleanse the body and “detox” products can disrupt this intestinal flora. Instead, choose a high-fibre diet to do your body good by promoting good bacteria.
Putting your finger in your nose creates small scratches. Germs feed on blood. You may, therefore, increase the irritation inside your nose by continuing to scratch it. If you need to clean it, blow one nostril at a time into a tissue.
The vagina is self-cleaning, so stick to the basic principles of showering and avoid any stripping intimate hygiene solution. Ordinary water is usually sufficient to clean the vulva. If you want to use soap, make sure it is mild and fragrance-free, so that it does not alter the pH and vaginal flora. In case of persistent bad odour, consult a doctor: it may be an infection due to bacteria (vaginosis) or fungus (fungus).