We all do things to help us feel and look our best. There are the obvious steps we take, like brushing our teeth, wearing deodorant, and for some, wearing makeup. But, there are tons of secret little tricks to improve your hygiene and beauty routines. Here are some favorites from ShimmerTeen’s doctors and beauty experts.
1.Choosing the perfect pad or tampon. Skip scented (perfumed) feminine hygiene products. They can cause skin irritation, and no one wants that during an already uncomfortable time of month. Pads can release unwanted odors if worn too long. To keep yourself smelling fresh,
change your pad every four hours. (*Bonus tip* Keeping a tampon in too long can lead to a dangerous infection called toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Change your tampon whenever you go
to the bathroom and at least every 4 to 8 hours. And, never leave one in longer than 8 hours.)
2. Body hair maintenance. We’ve all got body hair somewhere. It’s totally your choice whether or not you want to remove it. If you do decide to ditch the au natural look, make sure you find the right way to remove unwanted hair! For starters, razors will do the trick without breaking the bank. To avoid irritation, always use some kind shaving cream or soap, and make sure your razor isn’t rusty or too dull. When it comes to your bikini line (where your pubic hair is), shave in the direction of the hair to help prevent painful red bumps or ingrown hairs. ShimmerTeen’s docs don’t recommend hair removal creams. They’re strong smelling and have chemicals in them that can irritate your skin.
3. Sweat and Body Odor (B.O.) There is nothing wrong with being a totally normal human who gets sweaty and doesn’t always smell like roses. Every once in a while, it CAN get annoying, and an antiperspirant deodorant can help you to sweat a little less and keep things smelling fresh and clean. For best results, apply antiperspirant to clean, dry armpits before you go to bed at night. Your sweat glands start working early in the morning, so it’s good to get a head start on odor protection! (Bonus tip: When it comes to antiperspirants and deodorants, you have choices. Many products have fragrances, which you may or may not want. Others use everyday ingredients, like baking soda, to prevent pesky smells. Some might work better for your body than others. So, talk to a parent or doctor about which one is best!)
4. Keeping a fresh face. Wash your face before bed. Cleansing your skin with warm water and a gentle cleanser can help to clear your face of any excess oils or bacteria that could cause acne or irritation. If you do wear makeup, it’s extra important to cleanse, because eye shadow or foundation can trap dirt in your pores! The result? A dull, uneven look. To keep yourself looking bright, find the right cleanser for your skin type, cleanse at night, and give your face some time to “breathe!
*Before making any changes to your self-care routine, always check with a parent or other knowledgeable adult. This is especially important if you have existing health or skin issues!
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About The Author: ShimmerTeen.com is a health and wellness site for teenage girls. ShimmerTeen’s medical experts collect all best information they can find on topics like love, stress-relief, periods, and beauty. Kimberly Wolf, M.Ed., is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ShimmerTeen.com