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There’s no point in denying it: not everyone knows how to take a bath properly. Take Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who once claimed in an interview that the body purportedly has ways to clean itself naturally, thus supposedly negating the need for regular showers. While beliefs like Gyllenhaal’s might seem silly, they can have serious effects since a solid, consistent showering or bathing routine — or the lack thereof — can impact your health greatly.

That said, taking a bath doesn’t require any rocket science — all you need is a clear sense of personal hygiene and cleanliness. So, how does one properly take a bath? Check out some of Manifesto’s tips below:

When Taking a Bath, Shampoo Your Hair First

It may seem like it runs counter to the things you learned as a kid, but you should know that men should wash their hair first when hitting the showers after a long day.

Your scalp probably needs the most cleaning at the end of a long day. The body releases a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) when you sweat. This chemical is known to accumulate in the scalp, where it can cause male pattern baldness and thinning if left there for an extended period.

The scalp also collects a lot of dirt, sebum, and grime throughout the day. This buildup can lead to irritation and issues like . To solve this, use CLEAR Deep Cleanse Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men. Specifically made for men, this shampoo has Activated Charcoal and citrus peel, both of which deeply clean pores and leave your scalp clean, fresh, and dandruff-free all day long.

Use an Antibacterial Wash

There's nothing wrong with just using regular soap and water when taking a quick bath. However, antibacterial wash exists. For example, Lifebuoy Antibacterial Bodywash Total 10 offers the same benefits as taking a bath with regular cleansing agents, plus more. It has Activ Silver+, a germ fighter that protects your body and cleanses your skin.

Use a Loofah or Bath Sponge

When you want to cleanse your body and remove deep-seated dirt, hindi puwede ang pahid-pahid lang. Use antibacterial soap for your face and body. You can maximize your bath by squirting some Lifebuoy Antibacterial Bodywash Total 10 on a loofah or bath sponge, then use it to scrub your body down. It helps remove the dead cells from your skin and cleans your body more deeply.

Use Deodorant!

Maintaining good hygiene does not stop at taking a bath — you also have to actively protect your body from dirt, sweat, and odor throughout the day. One way to do this is by applying a trusty deodorant like Rexona Men Quantum Dry Roll-on Antiperspirant Deodorant after every bath. Formulated with MotionSense technology that activates with movement, this deodorant doesn't just help ward off bad smells — it also helps keep you feeling fresh and clean all day long.

Now that you know these tips, go and take a bath regularly. Turn it into an integral part of your daily routine and reap the benefits of proper hygiene.