Teaching Elementary School Health Education/Personal Health and Physical Activity/Grooming

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Grooming is keeping the body clean and having a neat appearance. Good grooming practices require the regular cleansing of hair, skin, nails, and feet, as well as wearing clean clothes.

Hair Care[edit | edit source]

Hair is properly washed by wetting it thoroughly with warm water and working shampoo into the hair with the fingertips until there is a good lather. Thorough rinsing removes suds and loosen scalp flakes. A towel is then used to squeeze extra water from the hair and pat it dry.

Skin Care[edit | edit source]

  • Skin is the body's largest organ.
  • Skin protects the body from the invasion of microbial agents and ultraviolet rays.
  • Excessively dry skin can be treated with various lotions.
  • Excessively oily skin usually requires more frequent washing to remove collected oil and dirt from skin surface and pores.
  • Proper application of sunscreen may be important to avoid harmful sun exposure and sunburn. While sunscreen may reduce sunburn, the effectiveness of sunscreens to prevent skin cancer has been questioned.
  • Within the skin, there are millions of cells that make up nerve endings, blood vessels, and sweat glands.

Nail Care[edit | edit source]

  • The fingernails can collect dirt and bacteria.
  • The nails should be trimmed regularly to keep them clean.
  • Nails should be trimmed straight across and not too close to the skin.
  • It is important to not bite or pick at fingernails or cuticles.