1. Sponges & Facecloths
Useful for lathering soaps and gels, they help in dislodging dirt and grime from your body. Wash your facecloth regularly, though, you don’t want to end up with pimples because it’s not clean, and allow it to dry completely between your uses. Squeeze out your sponges after use in warm clear water to ensure it’s clean and allow it to dry.
2. Pumice Stone
These are made from porous volcanic rocks and work best if you lather up with soap before rubbing at hardened areas of your skin in circular motions. Be gentle, though, or you’ll make your skin sore. Little use, but often, for best results.
3. Loofah or Back Brush
Try using loofah as an exfoliator because it’s perfect for all those hard-to-reach areas. They are actually the pod of an Egyptian plant and need some care if you’d like them to last a bit. Rinse them thoroughly after use to avoid them going black and mouldy.
Back brushes are also great for areas that are hard to reach, and are easier to maintain compared to loofahs. Simply rinse them in cool water after use and leave them to dry.
4. Soaps and Cleansing bars
Effective for cleaning your body, choose ones that have moisturizing ingredients to prevent your skin from getting dry. If you have particularly dry skin, choose one with balanced pH values.
5. Bathroom Basics
There are certain tools that you need for a well-stocked bathroom.
- Toothbrush: Choose the right one, and perhaps one with a small head so you can easily clean your back teeth. A soft or medium brush is best as harder brushes can damage your enamel and gums. Change your toothbrush every 2-3 months!
- Dental Floss: Use floss at least once a day to clean the areas between your teeth a toothbrush can’t reach. To floss, slide it gently between two of the teeth, taking care to press it against the side of the tooth. The gently slide it towards the upwards out of the teeth, removing any food particles. Repeat for all teeth.