is some basic, common sense advice about personal hygiene for
Showers & baths: Maybe it’s totally
obvious, but you should take a shower every day or every other
day. When you were a little girl, you didn’t have to take
as many showers, but now you might notice that if you skip a day
or two, you feel grimy and gross. Well, that’s because your
body is going through changes that make it necessary for you to
pay extra close attention to your hygiene, and that means taking
showers. In the shower, clean yourself with soap and water. Changes
going on in your sweat and oil glands make it especially important
for you and other teens to take special care about showering. Did
you also notice that you sweat a lot more lately? Are you getting
kind of paranoid about having body odor? Well, that’s also
a natural part of growing up. Your sweat glands are starting to
work overtime, and your body chemicals are beginning to smell different.
Washing yourself with a good, mild soap will help cut down on
body odor by nabbing bacteria that might make the smell worse.
Deodorant & antiperspirant: If you are totally
freaking out about the sweat and smell factor, relax. That’s
what deodorant and antiperspirant are there for. Antiperspirant
is used to stop sweating by drying up your sweat glands. Deodorant
masks the smell with a “pretty” fragrance, like baby
powder or flowers. You can find a combination of both antiperspirant
and deodorant in one product, which works very well. When you first
begin using deodorant, you might want to try different brands to
see which one works best for you.
Hair care: During puberty, it may seem like everything
in your body is changing, even your hair! Perhaps your hair and
your scalp feel oily, and
you have to wash your hair more often. This is all part of your
body’s hormonal changes—the same thing that causes
All girls have different types of hair, so there isn’t
one way to care for it. Some girls only have to wash their hair
a week, or even less frequently—and some girls notice they
have to wash their hair almost every day to keep it from getting
oily. This is based on genetics, something that you can’t
control. Girls of different ethnicities have different concerns
regarding hair care, so be sure to pick a washing routine and hair
care products that work best for you (not what your friend or your
favorite celebrity uses).
If you have an oily hair problem, however,
you can help control that by washing your hair every day or every
other day. This will
help clean out the oil from your scalp and hair. Choose a mild
shampoo, use warm water, and be sure to let the shampoo bubble.
Then, rinse well but don’t scrub too much because you could
irritate a sensitive scalp. Using too many products can also contribute
to oily hair.
If your hair is dry, you’ll need to care for
it differently. Dry hair can be easily damaged with the wrong shampoo,
or by washing
too frequently. Dry hair might be softened with the right conditioner
and a mild, moisturizing shampoo.
Shaving: By now, you’ve probably noticed
all that hair growing on your body in different places. If you
want to shave, talk with your mother or a trusted adult to get
her advice on shaving. You should find a protective shaving cream
so that you don’t irritate your skin with the razor. There
are special brands for sensitive skin. You should also find an
easy-to-use razor that you feel comfortable controlling. When you
start to shave, pull from the foot up for the best results. Be
careful around your knee and ankle, where the skin is bumpier and
it’s easy to cut yourself. If you do happen to cut yourself,
don’t be alarmed. The blood comes very fast in shaving accidents.
Put a band-aid on after you dry your leg to help stop the bleeding.
If you’re concerned about hair in other places, try a mild
home bleaching kit or check out the salon for alternatives like
waxing. Be careful with these procedures because you could irritate
your skin. It’s best to talk to a dermatologist for advice.
Ways to Care for Your Body