Did you know that your skin is an organ? In fact, the skin is the body’s largest organ and plays a critical role in your well-being. Some of the primary functions of the skin include:

  • Regulating the temperature of the body

  • Holding many nerves and blood vessels

  • Allowing the body to sweat

  • Providing sensation such as touch

  • Protecting the body from microbes from the external environment

Since it has so many important jobs to do, it’s easy to see why keeping your skin healthy is a wise choice. You can help your skin to work efficiently and uncommonly aid your skins’ protective role by protecting the skin itself.

Here are 7 ways to protect your skin using proper cleansing techniques:

1. By Removing Dirt

If the skin isn’t dirty, it has less to protect the body from in the first place. That’s a major reason why regularly washing your skin to remove dirt is important. It is recommended first and foremost that you wash your hands often. General rules of thumb include washing your hands after you use the bathroom and before you cook, eat, or practice personal hygiene.

Showering on a daily (or almost daily) basis is also recommended. Many people wash their faces on a regular basis as well. For basic washing to remove dirt, use mild soaps and rinse well.

2. By Rubbing Off Dead Skin Cells

Although simple washing is essential, it rarely removes everything from your skin. Dead skin cells, for example, often cling and stick around. They can clog the pores and lead to infections and dry, itchy patches. To remove these cells, it is best to exfoliate using a specialized product and pumice stone (for hard skin, such as on your feet). Just don’t exfoliate more than once a week or you may cause wrinkles and fine lines.

3. By Disinfecting the Skin

Some forms of dirt are visible. Other impurities can be difficult to notice and to remove, even when exfoliating and washing effectively. That’s why disinfectants and anti-bacterial products should also be used to protect the skin.

Designed to destroy impurities including organisms like bacteria, which hide out in the skin, you can often find a variety of skin care products and soaps that have anti-bacterial qualities. Many ingredients used to make skin care products at home are also anti-bacterial. Coconut oil, for instance, exhibits this helpful trait.

4. By Moisturizing the Skin

Water is a vital nutrient for the skin to be healthy. Like any other organ in the body, the skin needs to be hydrated to function properly. When the skin is dehydrated, it is weaker in its defences and less able to perform efficiently. To keep your skin properly hydrated, you need to be moisturizing it. Not only does moisturizing make your skin softer and more attractive, but by hydrating the skin, it also makes it healthier.

Use a moisturizer after showering, spending time in extreme temperatures, and after cleaning the skin. Any of these activities can deplete the skin of its water and of nutrients that help hold the moisture in.

5. By Balancing the Skin’s Levels

The skin is healthiest when its oils are delicately balanced. Skin lacking in oils cannot hold in moisture. It may dry, crack, itch, and otherwise be uncomfortable. On the other hand, skin that is overly oily can easily have clogged pores and acne breakout. Oily skin can have a greasy appearance and feel. The balance of these oils affects the pH levels of the skin as well. These levels are related to the bodies ability to fight off germs and environmental issues.

To protect your skin from such problems, make sure its balance is just right. Use pH balanced cleansers, moisturizers, and other skincare products. Look for products that include antioxidants in particular. Anti-oxidants help to restore balance to your skin’s pH levels naturally.

6. By Guarding Against Harm

If your skin is damaged, it is not able to perform as well. This is the case in the rest of your body as well. For example, when you are over-tired, your body cannot defend itself as well because it’s using up self-defense energy to keep you awake. Allow your skin its full energy levels and potential abilities by protecting it from harm in the first place. Your first step: use sunscreen.

7. By Working Gently

It can be tempting to press hard when cleaning your skin. However, that can push dirt deeper into your pores. Likewise, pressing on pimples and other skin blemishes can spread bacteria, leading to breakouts later on. Always be gentle when cleaning your face to achieve the best results. Move in circular motions and allow your skin care creams, masks, and cleansers to do the work.

Article written by Adonia Dennis.

Adonia Dennis (@adoniadennis), is a professional Health, Beauty and Skin Care adviser focusing on solutions to health and beauty problems. She is a passionate blogger and writer also contributing to the Huffington Post and She knows Publications. She was also recently selected to work as a content coordinator for Glozine latest lifestyle news. To know more about Adonia, follow her on LinkedIn,Google+, and Pinterest.

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