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Healthy Grooming 101

From cuticle care to flossing, do you know the do's and don'ts of personal hygiene? Take our quiz and find out.

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Healthy Grooming 101
Healthy Grooming 101
Question 1 of 20 Correct

How long should you spend washing your hands?

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The correct answer is: Wash your hands for a minimum of 15 to 20 seconds -- about he amount of time it would take to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. Remember to wash not only your hands, but also your wrists, in between your fingers and under your fingernails.

Healthy Grooming 101
Question 2 of 20 Correct

Are showers or baths better for you?

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The correct answer is: Both are the same. For most people, choosing between a bath or shower is a matter of personal preference. Other considerations are more important, such as spending only 10 minutes in either one and avoiding hot water, which can rob your skin of healthy oils.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Can cleansing your skin hurt it?

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The correct answer is: It depends. Overall good hygiene may help improve the health of your skin, but be sure to be gentle—use a mild cleanser applied with your fingertips, rinse with lukewarm water, avoid rubbing and scrubbing and apply a moisturizer.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

In a public restroom, is it cleaner to use the paper towels or the dryer after washing your hands?

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The correct answer is: A recent study put each drying method to the test and revealed that rubbing hands thoroughly dry with paper towels may give people the best chance of walking out of the restroom with germ-free mitts. No matter which method you choose, you won't be rid of germs unless you dry your hands thoroughly.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What should you do if antiperspirants don't help with excessive sweating?

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The correct answer is: Treatment options include medications, Botox or prescription-strength antiperspirants. If you perspire heavily and conventional skin care products don't help, talk to your dermatologist.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Blackheads are caused by bad hygiene.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Dirt doesn't cause blackheads. A blackhead is a form of acne that can occur when skin pores become clogged with dead cells and oil. Over time, a blackhead may become inflamed and turn into a pimple.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Does it matter what length your nails are for good hygiene?

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The correct answer is: Good nail hygiene, which includes keeping your nails clean and dry and well-trimmed, is one of the most important things you can do to keep nail conditions at bay. Dermatologists recommend keeping your nails trimmed short, and toenails also straight across to keep them strong and resistant to infections or damage.

Healthy Grooming 101
Question 8 of 20 Correct

How long should you spend brushing your teeth?

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The correct answer is: The average American brushes for 38 seconds a day, but you really need to brush for about two minutes and also floss daily.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: String floss is better than other types of floss.

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The correct answer is: This is false. There is no data showing that one floss is superior to another. To clean between your teeth, there are many options—string floss, interproximal brushes, toothpicks and water flossers. The best product is the one you like and can easily use on a daily basis.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: A medical condition could be causing your body odor.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If you follow good hygiene, but still have chronic body odor, see your doctor. Certain food, drugs, medical conditions and an overgrowth of a certain type of bacteria can also cause body odor may be behind it.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Is grooming pubic hair a necessary part of good hygiene?

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The correct answer is: The variety of grooming treatments available today can make it seem like reducing or removing pubic hair is a necessity, however, there is no single standard of grooming and no reason, hygienically speaking, to remove pubic hair.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Why is it bad hygiene to wear makeup to bed?

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The correct answer is: Wearing makeup to bed without washing it off increases your risk of a stye (eye infection) and acne.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Should you wash your hair every day?

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The correct answer is: You should wash your hair as often as your hair type and personal activities require. For example, if you work out or perspire daily, you should wash your hair daily. However, if you have very thick, dry or curly hair, you may not need to wash your hair every day.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: A wash cloth and soap can exfoliate the skin just as well as an exfoliating body scrub.

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The correct answer is: This is true. An exfoliating body scrub feels luxurious and leaves the skin smooth and moisturized, but a nubby washcloth and soap do just as well at exfoliating and cleansing. If you want to use a scrub don't rub it on too aggressively, and limit use to no more than once a week. Scrubbing your skin too often could leave it inflamed.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

How often should you wash bed sheets for good hygiene?

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The correct answer is: Make it a goal to change your sheets and pillowcases at least once a week, and wash them in hot water.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Do you really have to wash new underwear before wearing it?

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The correct answer is: "New" underwear you buy can be contaminated with many things, including dangerous bacteria and fecal matter. Wash it before wearing it, and give all underwear an extra rinse in the spin cycle.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Is there any time when douching is necessary?

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The correct answer is: For washing the genital area, either avoid soaps altogether or use very mild, unscented soaps. Douching is never necessary.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Nail polish can cause toenail fungus.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Make sure your toes are completely dry before applying nail polish, and always disinfect pedicure tools—even if they're your own. Toenail polish also prevents moisture in the nail bed from evaporating through the nail. Tight shoes that do not allow toes to "breathe" further aggravate the problem and can encourage fungal growth.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Besides washing, how can you further treat stinky feet?

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The correct answer is: If the 250,000 sweat glands in your feet cause excessive sweating or if you wear damp socks or shoes for too long, your feet can stink. Zap the overgrowth of stinky bacteria by applying a diluted solution of lemongrass or verbena oil after washing and drying your feet.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chewing gum helps bad breath.

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The correct answer is: Chewing gum only covers up bad breath temporarily. The key to reducing bad breath is to maintain good oral health.

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