Is there anything worse than being cramming into packed train full of people with bad breath and body odour? Unfortunately, according to a new study, we’re more than likely to rub up against those foul smells as a huge chunk of the population regularly neglects basic hygiene in its daily grooming routines.
Everyday personal grooming activities such as brushing teeth, basic foot care and using deodorant are neglected by too-busy Brits, according to a new report by Scholl.
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The ‘Britain on show’ report found almost one in six of us forget to brush our teeth in the morning and more than a tenth of us forget to use deodorant.
Apparently we’re more likely to spend more time preening our hair, face and hands in the morning and forget about hygienic care when getting ready.
“People will go to great lengths to conceal misdemeanours – chewing gum in place of brushing teeth or hiding in closed toe shoes, even in hot weather!” said psychologist Jo Hemmings.
Other activities forgotten when pushed for time include shaving, washing your face and ironing clothes.
The report also revealed that foot care was the most likely thing to be neglected, with nine out of 10 Brits confessing their feet are not in good condition. Surprisingly, 60 per cent of women manage to find the time to wash and moisturise their feet, and now the sun is out, the rest of us will be forced to turn our attention to our neglected toes.
Instead of trying to paint over the cracks in your everyday routine Hemmings recommends a head to toe grooming session at least once a week. “Setting aside some time each week to care for the parts of the body that are regularly neglected, but in much need of TLC, can be empowering,” she said.
“Looking after areas of your body that are often hidden, such as your feet, can have a wider impact on you wellbeing and self confidence.”
How long do you take to get ready in the morning? What are your tips for a speedy yet complete grooming routine?