Since childhood, we are taught that drinking alcohol and using filthy words are bad habits. However, sometimes even routine everyday actions can have a bad impact on our health and body too. Moreover, those habits often disguise themselves as being healthy. For example, did you know that a relaxing bath with bubbles can be dangerous?
We at Bright Side got surprised at how seemingly harmless habits can affect our health negatively and we feel eager to share our discoveries with you.
11. Wearing nylon tights often
The frequent wearing of nylon tights and tight jeans can promote ingrown hairs on your legs and in the bikini zone. It all happens because the tight material prevents the hair from growing through the skin and instead it starts to grow inside it.
In order to avoid this, you need to regularly scrub and moisturize the skin, and wear cotton or bamboo fiber tights, instead of nylon ones. Cosmetic items sold in special shops can also help fight ingrown hairs.
10. Using a sponge for washing the dishes
Scientists calculated that 1 cubic cm of the dirtiest sponges contains about 50 billion microorganisms. They get on our hands and we then touch our bodies and faces, and as a result, provoke rashes and skin diseases.
Cleanse sponges with the help of boiling water or an alcohol solution. The best alternative is to buy an inexpensive jute sponge — it is 100% natural, decomposes fast, and lasts longer than an ordinary sponge.
9. Consuming a lot of soy products
The protein that soy contains can be a complete replacement for animal protein, while soybeans contain many vitamins that contribute to sustaining a healthy body. When consumed sensibly, soy products help decrease the risk of developing oncological diseases, as well as Alzheimer’s disease.
Still, we should keep in mind that consuming soy excessively can cause constipation, bloating, nausea, allergies, and a malfunction of the thyroid gland. If a mother overdoes it with the introduction of soy in her diet during pregnancy, she can harm the development of the child.
8. Wrapping your head in a towel after taking a shower
Using a towel for a long time creates a sauna-like effect. The scalp begins to secrete more fat, it gets dirty faster, and it becomes oily.
If you have dry or curly hair, we have an upsetting piece of news for you — a bath towel absorbs moisture and can overdry your hair. What to do? Replace the towel with a cotton piece of cloth or a T-shirt. Your hair will thank you for it.
7. Wiping your face with a towel
Many beauty-bloggers recommend replacing a terrycloth towel with a tissue, especially if you like to wipe your face after washing it or after taking a shower. It decreases the chances of traumatizing your freshly-steamed skin, which could cause wrinkles or micro-traumas.
Use tissues or an individual set of waffle towels by gently dabbing the water to dry your face.
6. Taking a bath with foam or bath bombs
It seems that there is nothing better than lying in a bubble bath or using a special bath bomb after a long workday. Unfortunately, they often contain dyes and fragrances that disrupt the acid-base balance of the microflora in your intimate zones.
That’s why it’s better to not take these baths too often and to choose bath cosmetics carefully, giving preference to the ones with a more natural composition. If the tag shows things like diethanolamine, triethanolamine, and ammonium laureth sulfate, it’s better to not buy and use these products.
5. Drinking bottled water
Some people prefer to drink bottled water, considering it to be more pure than tap water. However, bottled water is actually not subject to the same strict requirements as tap water. More than 50% of the water is still poured into the bottles from the tap, without additional cleaning, which can cause problems with your dental health.
That’s why it’s better to install a filter at home. It will help get rid of the unpleasant tastes and impurities that can get onto tap water due to the bad quality of water pipes.
4. Keeping cosmetics in the bathroom
Oftentimes, cosmetic items are kept in the bathroom. Due to the fluctuations of humidity and temperature, the expiration times of these products decreases and their consistency changes too. Moreover, the light that electrical bulbs emit can heat up and spoil the substances inside.
It is better to keep cosmetic items in a dark place like a drawer, for example, at a temperature between 50°F and 70°F.
3. Wearing flip-flops
When you wear flip-flops, your foot doesn’t have the normal support and this can lead to damage of tendons, pain, and arthritis of the ankle, knee, or thigh. When walking in flip-flops, your feet are constantly tense and this affects your posture and the condition of your joints.
Some flip-flops can be made of plastic that contains bisphenol A, which causes cancer. That’s why it’s better to give preference to more comfortable, better-quality footwear.
2. Dying your hair black
Many hair dyes contain paraphenylenediamine, which gives black and dark brown its tones. It can cause severe allergies, even coma, and the problem doesn’t necessarily appear right after the first dyeing. Dark pigments also have other poisonous elements. For example, coal tar provokes the development of cancer, while lead stays in the body and gets stored in the bones.
Pay special attention to the composition. Choosing hair dyes carefully can protect you from having health issues in the future.
1. Wearing long nails
It’s not for nothing that waitresses and nurses are forbidden to have long nails. Scientists have found that pathogens often accumulate under long nails coated with gel polish. There are more bacteria living under extended nails, than under natural ones.
The longer the nails are, the more complicated it is to clean the space between them and the skin during a regular hand wash. If you have these types of nails, wash your hands thoroughly and don’t forget about the zone under your nails.
What habits are you aware of that are damaging your health?
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