NEW YORK — Women claim to have a better understanding of how to care for their hygiene than men (57% vs. 42%). A survey of 1,000 men and 1,000 women looking at the differences in how the genders care for their hygiene reveals that on average, women also put one more hour a week into caring for their hygiene. In all, the average woman spends 10 hours showering, shaving, moisturizing, etc., while men spend 9 hours doing the same.
The survey also shows that while 73 percent of all respondents think hygiene care is easy, one in 10 women say the opposite.
Conducted by OnePoll for INTIMINA, results show that most respondents agree that proper personal hygiene care should be taught as early as possible (87%) in life. That said, 38 percent think people who don’t know how to take care of their hygiene shouldn’t be shamed or embarrassed because of it.
In fact, 40 percent say they’re comfortable when talking about their personal hygiene with close friends or family members. Because what’s a good conversation with your social circle without some acne talk, areweright?
What does everyone wash most?
Across the board, people prioritize washing their hands (90%) and body (90%) the most, followed by brushing their teeth (87%) or applying deodorant (84%). While women are more likely to prioritize washing their “intimate areas” (85%) and their skincare routine (84%), men are more likely to stay on top of cutting their nails (69%) and shaving their face (74%).
Perhaps surprisingly, men are more likely to wash their hair more than twice a week (76% vs. 65%).
“Hygiene routines can vary from person to person, regardless of sex. There are numerous reasons for this, starting from cultures, education, habits, and possibilities,” says Danela Zagar, global brand manager at INTIMINA, in a statement. “Either way, maintaining personal hygiene is the key to feeling carefree and healthy. It can sometimes be difficult for women – especially when speaking about feminine hygiene, which issues are rarely discussed. For example, it can be challenging to maintain high standards during menstruation, particularly when traveling or being at work and school. But all women should know the best ways to care for their bodies to feel fresh and confident, even in their most private moments.”
Sex and hygiene go hand-in-hand
Hygiene matters when being intimate, too, with 73 percent sharing that they use the bathroom immediately afterward and 66 percent change into clean clothes.
Time and place may affect how respondents are able to care for their hygiene. Generally, survey-takers described their bodily hygiene as more challenging to care for as they get older, especially men.
Four in 10 agree that it is harder to care for their personal hygiene when they’re away from home, like when they’re at work or on vacation. When people are away from home, they’re most likely to bring their personal care items with them (81%) and wash or sanitize their hands often (72%).
Half of women also believe it’s more challenging to care for their personal hygiene when menstruating. Just over a fifth of women know their menstrual products can be harmful to the environment (23%), and a similar percentage expressed interest in utilizing sustainable options.
Since respondents spend so much time on their hygiene, most would be interested in using more sustainable hygiene products (62%), especially women (66%).
“There should also be room for sustainability when speaking about proper personal hygiene and routine,” Zagar says. “There is a widespread myth that sustainable products are not doing the ‘right magic,’ but this is due to a lack of knowledge, education, and advertising. Sustainability absolutely doesn’t mean being less hygienic, just the opposite – conventional products are often wasteful and toxic and not good for our bodies.”