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Does hand washing really kill germs and keep you healthy? You probably remember your mother saying, “Wash your hands.” Millions of mothers can’t be wrong! Hand washing is an easy, inexpensive way to stay healthy. It kills germs. It can increase your chances of warding off colds, the flu, respiratory infections, skin and eye infections, and infectious diarrhea.

How to wash.

Women who farm are always washing their hands. But like anything else, it has to be done correctly. To receive the full benefits of hand washing, remember to use soap and scrub every part of your hand. Be sure to include the palms and backs and wash thoroughly between your fingers and even under your fingernails. If working in a short-sleeved or sleeveless top, wash past your wrist too. Continue the washing for twenty seconds.

You pick up germs all day long from the farm, other people, surfaces you touch inside your home, pets, etc. So you have no choice but to make hand washing a habit throughout the day. This can become so routine that you think it is automatic and that you’re good to go. But all too often we skip washing when going to the bathroom, help a child use the bathroom, or even change a diaper. And what about after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose? Of course you wash your hands before eating as well as before and after you prepare food. But what about after disposing of any kind of garbage, tending to cuts and injuries or taking care of someone who is sick? These small things are not to be taken lightly. You are at the center of your family, the reason why they’re happy, healthy and thriving.

How to dry.

A study on hand-drying methods indicated there is no major difference in the effectiveness of one above the other. However, it is important that you dry your hands thoroughly. If they are damp after washing and drying, bacteria can still remain. If you are away from home and have to use an air dryer, do not rub your hands together. Doing so can bring bacteria in your pores up to the surface of the skin. If possible, fight against potential germs by using a paper towel to turn off the water faucet and open the door. It’s quite possible to pick up more germs on your way out of a public bathroom.

Sometimes you need to wash your hands, but you don’t have access to soap and water. Hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs, but they can certainly help. Use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Be sure to apply the it to every part of your hands, palms, back, fingers, and between fingers.

Whew! Now aren’t you glad you listened to your mother and washed your hands? Always remember that washing your hands correctly increases your chances of enjoying good health.

 

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Why You Should Add Rose Water To Your Skin Care Routine

If there’s one skincare product that almost every woman can agree on, it’s rose water. A deceptively simple product, rose water is both hydrating and cleansing. Use it on your facial skin, your hair, or as a body spray – it works for practically everything, and it also happens to smell lovely.

Rose water has been around for centuries now. Cleopatra herself is rumored to have taken baths with goat’s milk, honey, and roses. Now that modern women have caught on to the magic of rose water, you can find it in everything from face masks to toners.

But you don’t have to buy an expensive product with rose water to reap the benefits. You can simply buy a bottle of plain rose water at your local health store, or make your own. One bottle goes a long way, and there are seemingly endless ways to use it!

Here are 7 ways that you can use rose water in your skin care routine.

Daily hydration.

It’s summer time, which might mean your skin is especially parched. When your face gets dry throughout the day, reach for rose water over a moisturizer. Rose water offers tons of hydration, and it absorbs quickly into the skin without any residue. It feels refreshing, too.

Remove makeup.

Who needs makeup wipes? Rose water combined with coconut oil makes for the ultimate makeup remover. Your skin will feel soft and smooth afterward.

Tone your facial skin.

Because rose water is antibacterial, it renews the skin without drying it out. After you wash your face, spray your skin with rose water, or pour some on a cotton pad and wipe it across your face.

Calm red spots.

Rose water is anti-inflammatory and it contains antioxidants, which makes it great for those who suffer from acne or rosacea. Goodbye, irritation.

Nourishing baths.

For a skin treat, add some rose water to your next bath. You’ll smell great, feel ultra-relaxed, and enjoy soft skin afterward. Cleopatra did it, so it must be divine.

Soothe razor burn.

Rose water is a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It’s gentle, so instead of irritating your razor burn further, it will cool and soothe your skin.

Smell like roses.

Let’s not underestimate one of the main benefits of rose water – it makes you smell like roses! Spray your body with it or add it to your laundry, and enjoy the smell of roses all day.


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