We are unveiling a list of things we do wrong every day without realizing how dangerous they can be for us and our health. Most of these mistakes we make behind closed doors, that’s why no one points them out, so we continue doing them. But, no more games with your health. This article is going to help you find out your everyday mistakes. Read on to discover which habits you should drop right now and learn the correct way of doing things.
1. Using Sunscreen Incorrectly
We all use sunscreens to prevent skin damage, but if not applied correctly, it won’t benefit you. The sunscreen should be applied uniformly to all areas that’ll be exposed to the sun however, people tend to miss a few spots, not realizing that it could hurt their skin.
A recent study found that nearly twenty percent of the participants didn’t cover their eyelids when applying sunscreens to their bodies. The skin around your eyelids is thin and sensitive, failing to apply sunscreen around eyes could put you at risk of skin cancer.
There’s another category of people who forget to protect their lips. Your lips are very susceptible to damage caused by UV rays. Therefore, all dermatologists recommend using lip sunscreen or lip balm with SPF 15 or higher.
2. Brushing Right After Eating
Brushing your teeth immediately after eating prevents the growth of oral bacteria. It is what you have known for a long time, but according to new research, you should wait at least 30 minutes before grabbing the toothpaste.
If you brush your teeth quickly after eating food that contains a high amount of acid, it will damage the protective layer on your teeth. You can use plain water to remove the food particles left in your mouth if it’s hard for you to wait for half an hour.
3. Drinking Out of Plastic Bottles
Whenever you drink out of a plastic bottle, you are prone to ingesting chemicals from the plastic as these toxins can leach into the water over time. While more manufacturers are encouraged to offer BPA-free plastic bottles, but it can still be found in water bottles made from Type 7 plastic.
BPA is a chemical found in many manufactured products we use every day. Research suggests BPA can cause many health problems, including decreased fertility in both men and women, increased risk for various cancers as well as liver and kidney damage. Moreover, it’s often recommended for pregnant women not to drink out of plastic bottles (particularly from Type 7 plastic bottle) as it can lead to complications later in life for the baby in the womb.
Avoid using bottled water. Along with other benefits, tap water is even more environmentally friendly than bottled water.
4. Washing Your Hands For Less Than 20 Seconds
In a recent study, it was observed how adults over the age of 60 prepared food in a domestic kitchen. With the help of CCTV cameras, they were able to gather the following results;
- Only 30% of people washed and dried their hands properly before preparing food.
- 90% of people failed to wash and dry their hands correctly immediately after handling raw chicken.
- 62% of people failed to rub hands, palms, and between fingers when washing hands.
- 7% of people didn’t use soap during one or more hand washing attempts.
We are well aware of the importance of washing hands, yet some of us don’t do it, and those who do, they fail to follow the right procedure. It shows that very few people do it correctly.
The right way is to wet your hands with water first, lather with soap, rub together for at least 20 seconds, and then rinse with water. After that, dry your hands with a clean hand towel.
5. Eating Unwashed Produce
Vegetables and fruits are important for your body, but when unwashed, they carry harmful pesticides and bacteria that can make you sick. Before eating your favorite fruits or vegetables, wash them properly with water, remove all the dirt, and firmly rub the produce while it’s being rinsed.
A study published in Food Control found that a 10 percent salt solution eliminates the residue of four common pesticides present on the surface of produce, an easy and cost-effective way to clean fruits and vegetables.
6. Not Changing Your Pillowcases Once A Week
When you sleep, your pillow absorbs skin oil, old make-up, sweat, and hair oil. It may not look much dirty, but trust us, it’s. The dirt mites and microorganisms that grow in your pillow as a result of not changing the pillowcases will come in contact with your face and cause allergies and other skin problems. That’s why you should launder your pillowcases at least once a week and replace your pillows every six months to protect yourself from breakouts and other skin related issues.
7. Sneezing And Coughing Into Your Hands
Sneezing and coughing into your hands and then greeting people with a handshake can be a sure-fire way to pass on germs and illness. Moreover, you can even contaminate the objects you touch. The easiest way is, use tissue paper to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. In case you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. That’s how you can stop the spread of germs.
8. Using Mouthwash Too Frequently
Swishing it in your mouth for a correct amount of time, after brushing your teeth is an effective way to improve your oral health and smile appearance, however, using it too often can be harmful to your gums, inner cheeks, and tongue.
Mouthwash contains ingredients that kill bacteria. Some use alcohol, and those who don’t use alcohol to fight bacteria, they use fluoride or different forms of chloride. The overuse of these items can be unhealthy for you.
Most dentists recommend that you should not use mouthwash more than twice a day because it can give you the opposite effect.
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