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Personal Grooming: How to Care for Your Body Capapie (Part 1)

by on February 29, 2012 >> 11 Comments
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Cleanliness and fine grooming show that you think well of yourself. No amount of well-toned muscle, or anything else, can compensate for a sloppy, dirty appearance or unpleasant odor. There is nothing difficult about excellent grooming, but it does require a concerned attitude and a familiarity with the many grooming products available.

Of course, you may already know how to keep clean, and no doubt you recognize the necessity of basic cleanliness to an attractive appearance; however, you may not be familiar with the variety of products available today for bathing and personal hygiene.

Bathing:

You may prefer a quick shower in the morning and a leisurely bath in the evening, like I do, or you probably enjoy the relaxation of a bath occasionally and have regular showers. Regardless of when you choose to use what method, here are some hints that will help make this part of your daily routine more enjoyable.

Begin with a tub that is clean and disinfected.

Use bath crystals, salts, water softeners, or other bath preparations in your water to avoid an after-bath ring. Bath preparations help to soften the water and soothe your skin. Baby oil in your water also helps to soften your skin.

Bath crystals are fragrant, water-softening salts. Place the crystals in the tub directly under the faucet and turn the warm water on full force. This allows the bath crystals to dissolve thoroughly in the water instead of concentrating near the faucet. Un-dissolved crystals can cause irritation and infection of the lower urinary tract in women.

Bubble bath scents and softens the water while creating a soothing foam. Enjoy them before you start using any soap, as lathering with soap reduces the bubbles. Bubble bath should also be placed in a clean dry tub under the faucet before turning the water on full force. Bubble baths should not be used very often as they are thought to have serious effects on the bladder and kidney in women. If you have any form of urinary tract or kidney disorders, you should totally bypass bubble baths. You can definitely enjoy a nice, warm bath without this bubble, so do not compromise your health.

Bath oil is fragrant and lightly coats the skin with a film of oil. A few drops of oil in your bath will help to soothe dry or chapped skin.

Have all your articles of clothing (robe, wrap, towel), and toiletries (soap, razor, washcloth) within reach before you start your bath.

Choose a soap that both cleans and softens your skin. Hypoallergenic soaps for sensitive skin are sold in most drugstores and in many beauty supplies stores.

Relax for a few minutes before you start cleansing – this is the best part of the bath. It eases tight muscles, relaxes taut nerves, and loosens soil, perspiration, and body salts from the skin.

Give special attention to your elbows, heels, and the bottom of your feet. Consider using a pumice stone on calluses that may have developed in these areas.

Rinse yourself off in cool to lukewarm water or stand under the shower for a few seconds if you prefer. This rinses off any remaining soap residue and closes your pores leaving you feeling fresh and clean.

Dry yourself briskly with a towel after you step out of the tub. To help loosen dead skin, rub your heels and elbows briskly also.

Gently push back the cuticles with an orange wood stick wrapped in cotton.

Moisturize your entire body, especially during the dry, cold months. In warm weather, dusting a little powder on after moisturizing will help to absorb perspiration and keeps you feeling cool and fresh.

Bath powder after the bath prevents chapping. Using a puff, generously apply powder all over the skin. Sprinkle powder in bras, stockings, and other undergarments so they will go on smoothly and will not become uncomfortably damp with perspiration. The fragrance of bath powder is not long lasting but its cool effect does last.

Moisturizing lotions lubricate the skin, making it soft and pliable by retarding evaporation of moisture from the skin’s surface. If you have dry skin, take shorter baths or showers with warm rather than hot water and use bath preparations and moisturizing lotions. Some moisturizers also contain fragrances to lightly scent your skin.

Showering:

If you prefer to shower instead of bathing, many of the same suggestions apply. Showering usually requires less water and time than bathing. Be sure to lather all parts of your outer body and rinse thoroughly.

Deodorants and Antiperspirants

Your bath or shower cannot keep you feeling fresh all day. Deodorants are needed to avoid body odors caused by perspiration. Deodorants neutralize odors, while antiperspirants temporarily stop the flow of perspiration. The underarm should be able to breathe without this interference of antiperspirants – sometimes. I usually use it in the daytime and go without it at nights. Both will work best if your underarms are free of hair.

Deodorants and antiperspirants are marketed in various forms: creams, roll-on sticks, gels, and pump sprays. There are also soaps available on the market today with deodorant and antiperspirant agents as well. It is best to experiment with several different brands to find one that works best for you. If you get a rash or any irritation, switch to another brand immediately, as a rash is a clear indicator of an allergic reaction. The most important feature of a deodorant is that it works well with your skin and is effective all day.

Ladies, there are special feminine hygiene deodorant sprays available to counteract menstrual odors. If you use tampons, then this may not be a concern of yours, as menstrual odors usually are not a problem since it only occurs when the flow comes in contact with air which is highly unlikely to happen with tampons. If however, you prefer to use sanitary napkins, you may try spraying these feminine hygiene deodorants on the napkin before using it. There are some deodorant feminine napkins available on the market but I find them to be very telling.

You may find it beneficial to experiment with tampons and sanitary napkins to decide what product suits you best. Tampons are usually less bulky and uncomfortable, and provide more freedom for sports activities (especially swimming) – very convenient. It really is a matter of personal preference.

Occasional douching may also be useful to prevent vaginal odor. Daily douching is not recommended. The strong chemicals in douches destroy the normal chemical balance of the vaginal lining. It is best to consult your physician for advice on douching. There is also the occasional steaming, which I like to do, that can provide the essential benefits douching does, without the actual chemicals.

There are so many deodorants and antiperspirants available in stores and even online today, there is absolutely no doubt you will find several that work well for you.

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11 Responses to Personal Grooming: How to Care for Your Body Capapie (Part 1)

  1. Katherine on March 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I am not sure if I could live for very long without my baths. With long hours sitting, doing chores and running errands, a bath is the best thing to soothe away all the stress and anxiety that builds up throughout my day. I also do not apply antiperspirant after my evening bath. I think using it in the daytime when I am more active, is enough. My moisturizers and powders are already scented to keep me feeling fresh.

    As far as douching, I say we can all do without it. Unless recommended by a doctor in unusual situations.

    One thing I would add is, we should all remember to clean our ears (as far as is reachable), the nostrils, and behind the ears as well.

    I enjoyed reading this post :)

    • Marie on March 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Baths are really sensual, if you may. I take refuge in them after a day running around.

      The inner ear is self cleaning, so yes, the outer ear should be cleaned with Q-tips as far as the eyes can see. Behind the ears can be washed when bathing or showering, taking care not to let water enter inside it.

      The nostrils should be cleaned as far as a damp cloth could reach. I also find that the nostrils tend to let you know they need cleaning by being uncomfortable.

      Thanks for your input Katherine :)
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  2. Janice on March 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Yes, moisturize your skin ladies, especially at nights. It adds a special it to my skin while keeping it soft and suptle. Also, if you are able to use tampons, use them, they are better in every way.

    Water has so many positive effects on the body, it is imperative to have water drench our body at least once per day.

    • Marie on March 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Indeed Janice, water is not only a miracle to the inside but the outside as well.

      Using a moisturizer at nights should be second nature. We have to replenish our skin so it can remain beautiful way into our sixties – and beyond.
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  3. Charles on March 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    This post is for you too men (well some of it), groom yourselves well. Gone are the days when you can be sloppy.

  4. Chelsea on March 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I enjoy bathing and occasional steaming too girl. I think the steaming kinda purify my lower interior and sorta brings it together.

    Pumice stones really come in handy. I keep them close to the bath area. I am not sure what else smooths like pumice stones.

  5. Cathryn on June 26, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    There are some people around who definitely need to read and apply this, Marie. We should all know how to care for ourselves but unfortunately not all of us do. So, nice share!

  6. Fran on June 27, 2015 at 2:36 am

    So basic and important Marie, yet so may people do not pay attention to their body and its hygienic needs.

  7. Fredrick on June 27, 2015 at 9:20 am

    It amazing that in today’s day and age so many people do not take their hygiene seriously. Way too many products are available for there to be any excuses!

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