Body Care Basics for Today’s Teens
So you have recently turned thirteen. Congratulations! Welcome to the exciting world of teenagers. As a teener you will notice and experience a lot of interesting changes. The most obvious changes would take place in your body. It is as if some sleeping thing has been rudely awakened and is now trying to break out and catch up for lost time.
Changes in your height, weight, skin, teeth, nails, hair will seem to take place all at the same time. You will also start to think “grown up” and start becoming more independent.
These are all normal. Now that you are experiencing these changes, it would be a good idea to learn how to take care of yourself, to fully enjoy your teenage years. This article will look at five of your basic body areas.
Lookout for your eyes
Do you need glasses? Some signs that tell you that you may are:
– frequent headaches especially while or after reading.
– difficulty seeing objects far away or up close
– double vision without crossing your eyes.
A visit to your eye doctor will help to clear things up.
Sweeten Your Smile
Teeth care is very important for teens, especially if you like to eat a lot of sugary stuff. Brush your teeth first thing in the morning and before going to bed. It is best if you can brush after eating, too. Don’t be in a hurry, proper brushing takes time. Change your toothbrush regularly,. after every few months , or when the bristles start to get droopy.
A Flair for Hair
Teeners lead very busy lives and it is therefore a must to keep your hair shiny and clean. Wash it several times a week. Choose a good shampoo that is right for your hair type (oily, dry, normal, etc.). To remove tangles, use a wide tooth comb while your hair is wet. Work in small sections-this will minimize hair pulling and damage. Use a hairbrush only on dry hair. And never share your brush with anyone-it’s not being selfish, it’s good hygiene.
Now Hear This
Ears are easy. They get clean whenever you shampoo or shower. Never stick anything into your ears, not even a cotton swab. The rule of thumb is, never stick anything in your ear that is smaller than you elbow. If your ears feel plugged, it is best to let your ear doctor check them and clean them out.
Pimples are a natural consequence of growing up. The best way to handle them is to just let nature take its course. Your oil glands are overactive during teen years. They will “calm down” after a few short years. In the meantime, keep your face always clean. Wash gently with a mild soap. Avoid picking or popping your pimples. Try to avoid staying out late nights and strive to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies.