Adolescence is a time full of activities, whether at school, with friends or family members. It is also a time full of changes: oily skin, sweating, vaginal discharge, periods… To keep up with your new lifestyle, you need to adopt different hygiene routines that will help you feel clean and refreshed throughout the day!
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Shower on a regular basis
Showering helps refresh your body by removing dead skin cells and sweat produced throughout the day. You can use shower gel or a feminine wash. Using an exfoliating shower gel once a week will gently peel away all impurities and leave your skin extra soft.
Wash your face twice a day
Wash your face every morning and night, with a cleanser adapted to your skin type. For dry skin, a cream cleanser helps remove all impurities without over-drying. For oily skin, a cleanser with acne-fighting ingredients helps control oil production.
Always use deodorant
Perspiration is common during adolescence. If you don’t keep it under control, it can lead to embarrassing body odors. That’s why deodorant is your best ally! You should wear deodorant every day, and remember to apply it on clean dry skin.
Take care of your hair
Daily shampooing dries your hair out as it gets rid of its natural oils. To take care of your hair, choose the right shampoo! For greasy hair, look for shampoos with balancing ingredients, effective for removing excess oil. For dry hair, look for smoothing and hydrating shampoos. Don’t forget to comb your hair every day to stimulate blood flow to your scalp, and strengthen hair follicles.
Maintaining good intimate hygiene
In the bathroom:
- Wash your intimate parts at least once a day, with an intimate wash. Ordinary soaps can disturb the natural vaginal environment, and cause itching and irritation.
- When washing your intimate zone, don’t use sponges. They are harsh on delicate skin and may hold bacteria in their creases. Simply use your hand.
- Wash only the exterior of your intimate parts. Your vagina is perfectly able of cleaning itself.
- Make sure the area is totally dry after washing. You can use a soft towel and change it every two days.
Throughout the day:
- After visiting the toilet, wipe from front to back, from the vagina towards the anus. This will prevent harmful bacteria to move from the anus to the vagina, and cause urinary infections.
- If you’re having vaginal discharge, you can simply use a panty liner. It fits discreetly in your panties and gives you a long-lasting feeling of freshness and security! For extra cleanliness, use intimate wipes. They slip into your bag and can be used anytime! You shouldn’t overuse them, though.
If you have your period:
- Never keep a sanitary napkin for more than 4 hours unless you’re using one adapted for the night.
- Wash your hands before you changing your sanitary napkin. Of course, this does not exempt you from washing them afterwards!
Note: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.