For Others’ Sake
Seriously, dude, you stink
Some personal hygiene has less to do with preventing illness than it does with making yourself appealing to others. No one likes to be around someone who stinks. You may not have a lot of free time in college, but your classmates will appreciate it if you take the time to:
- Take care of your skin. With so much else on students’ minds, skincare is often forgotten or ignored. When you add in the fact that many dorms are dry and poorly ventilated, the result is a lot of chapped, flaky and oily skin. It’s important to know your skin type and needs. If you have dry skin, carry a moisturizer with you. If your skin is naturally oily, carry blotting pads. Sunscreen should be worn whenever you are spending time in the sun (even in the winter). Try to eat healthy foods that are good for the skin, such as green tea and blueberries (both rich in antioxidants), carrots (a good source of vitamin A) and salmon (high in omega-3 fatty acids). Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
- Make dental care a priority. There’s nowhere on your body that collects more bacteria than your mouth. Brush your teeth at least twice a day (try to do it after every meal if you can), floss every night before you go to bed and visit the dentist every six months. Not only will this keep your teeth strong, it will also help prevent bad breath.
- Wash and cut your hair regularly. Use shampoo and conditioner on your hair at least twice a week to help it stay strong and healthy. Not washing enough will slow your hair’s growth and may cause it to become greasy. Be careful not to overwash, though, or your hair may become weak and dry. Try to get your hair cut at least every 10 weeks, even if it’s just to remove the dry, split ends.
- Don’t share. Despite what your kindergarten teacher taught you, sharing isn’t always the best idea. Let’s face it: you don’t want other people’s germs and they don’t want yours. Keep your drink, lipstick and cell phone to yourself.