Personal Hygiene Routines for People with Dyspraxia

Updated: Sep 15

BY AZRIN MANZUR

Personal hygiene is an important part of everyday life, but it can get overwhelming with all the different products and steps involved in even ‘simple’ routines. Because of this, it can be hard to remember which products you’ve already applied or the order of your routines, which is especially true for people with dyspraxia. To help with this, try writing down your routines in a step-by-step list before starting, or arranging your products in front of you in the order you want to use them. This can help ensure that you don’t apply the same products twice or forget a step. Here are a couple of simple routines for skin, hair, and teeth that you can use if you’re not sure where to start.

 

Skin care

Makeup remover.

If you’re already wearing makeup, make sure to remove it before attending to your skin.


Cleanser for your skin type (oily, dry, sensitive, mature, etc).

Wash your face gently with a cleanser of your choice. Keep towels around the sink or nearby for easy clean up.


Moisturizer for your skin type.

Evenly distribute moisturizer on your skin after drying with a soft towel.

 

Hair care

Shampoo for your hair type (moisturizing, anti-breakage, volumizing, etc).

Work a small amount of the shampoo into your scalp until it forms a lather, then rinse out of your hair.


Conditioner.

Apply a small amount of rinse out conditioner from the middle to the end of your hair.

  1. If you mix up your shampoo and conditioner often, try putting them in different looking bottles in different areas of your bathroom. If you tend to drop bottles in the shower, try stretching thick rubber grips around the middles, or getting pump bottles.

Drying.

Squeeze excess water from your hair with an old t-shirt, and then air dry. If you have to blow dry, try using the cool setting rather than putting extreme heat on your hair and potentially damaging it. Additionally, try to use a small or travel size blow dryer to minimize the chances of it slipping out of your hands.


Styling with heat (i.e. using a curling iron) can be dangerous and you should try to avoid it.

However, there are ways to achieve similar looks with heatless products such as silk ribbons that can curl your hair overnight.

 

Dental care

Brush your teeth.

This should last at least two minutes. Pressing too hard with your brush should be avoided so you don’t damage your enamel or gums. It can help to get an electric toothbrush with a timer and a pressure sensor that flashes when you’re pressing too hard.


Floss.

Using floss picks can make flossing much easier. . Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it the first few times! It can be difficult, but it’s important to keep practicing.


Mouthwash.

Swish mouthwash around your mouth for around 30 seconds (try using a timer!) before spitting it out.


Keep in mind! These are not the only routines to use for your skin, hair, and teeth, and what you need might differ from what is listed. You should experiment to find out what’s best for you!