And whether you’re hopping into the shower for five minutes, twenty minutes or even longer, the time of the day that you decide to get clean will have different implications for you both mentally and emotionally.
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Most people remember to lather up the important parts of their bodies: faces, nether regions, armpits — but what about your belly button? A 2012 study published in PLOS One suggests that the bacteria found in belly buttons are highly diverse, with more than 2,300 species of bacteria burrowed in the navel — 1,458 of which may be new to science.“It’s an area that’s warm and moist so it can grow yeast as well,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett, a principal dermatologist at DLK Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Clinic. She tells Yahoo Canada that people who are larger in particular need to clean underneath the folds in their bodies to help prevent bacteria buildup.“After (cleaning), I get people to often use a cornstarch-based powder in that area just to keep it dry,” Kellett adds. “Because areas that are warm and moist are more prone to growing candida, which is a type of yeast.”In addition to the belly button, click through the gallery to see other body areas Dr. Kellett suggests people should wash (but are likely missing) when they shower.Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram! ALSO SEE: The biggest hair care myths debunked!
The Environmental Protection Agency says that 1.6 gallons of water are wasted every time we flush the toilet. If the average adult urinates around seven times daily, this means that 42 litres of water are being used to flush the urine away.
To get some answers, I chatted with Dr. Jessica Shepherd, a gynecologist and women’s health expert. This area has a healthy pH balance of between 4 and 4.5 while most traditional shower washes and bar soaps have a pH between 6 and 10.” She explains that most washes and soaps contain glycerin, which is great as a moisturizer for your face, but because it is sugar-based – and yeast loves sugar – it isn’t ideal for your nether regions. But, I love the rich cologne smell of my partner’s wash! “Traditional body washes, whether they are for men or women are usually the wrong pH and formulated with ingredients that could be potentially irritating for this sensitive area,” Shepherd says. She warns to avoid harsh cleansing ingredients like sulfates, which have high pH values that don’t jive well with a woman’s chemistry. Should men also be thinking about pH balance? The short answer: no. “Men do not have the same issues with pH balance as their genital tracts are shorter and not as exposed to the outside environment.” Can this wash be used on the entire body or just feminine areas?
Getting in a workout before arriving at the office can be tricky, but there’s a simple way to save yourself some time.It’s easy. You don’t shower.Before you turn your nose up in disgust, hear me out. When you’re on the nine-to-five grind it can be difficult to get your workouts in. Personally, I’m not a morning person, so the idea of waking up before the sun rises to hit the gym, shower and then head off to work is just not going to happen. I also prefer group workouts but really early morning and post-work classes are a total nightmare – packed to the rafters with other nine-to-fivers trying to squeeze in some cardio. It’s the worst. But it doesn’t have to be. This morning I attended a 45-minute high-intensity workout put on by Nike. It started at eight – a little late for most pre-work exercisers – and by the end of it I was literally dripping. Because of the timing, I didn’t have time to go home to sneak in a quick shower before heading to the Yahoo Canada office so instead, I hopped on my bike (still decked in my sweaty gymwear) and went directly to work. Okay, before you start judging, know that I surveyed my co-workers before writing this and many of them were totally unaware that I had even worked out this morning. Sure, I came in with some extra baggage and my hair had more of a wave to it than normal, but otherwise, it was just another day at the office. Click through the gallery above to learn my tricks for getting in your workout before work without waking up crazy early.