Boost your skin’s natural germ protection defenses
There are as many as 200 million bacteria on your hands after you’ve gone to the bathroom. What is even more worrying is that statistically, only around 66% of people wash their hands afterwards. Bathrooms are only one of many high-traffic surfaces we come into contact with on a daily basis. Doorknobs, keys, phones, shopping carts, ATMs and restaurant menus fall under this category, where there is a significant risk of coming into contact with germs.
Micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses and fungi are all classified as germs and over and above surfaces, they can be found in the air, on food, plants, animals, water and on the human body. As a defence mechanism, our bodies have immune systems to protect us against these infectious agents. However, poor diet, lack of sleep, stress and other factors can negatively affect our immune systems. Germs also have various strains and are constantly mutating, increasing the risk of contracting diseases.
Apart from surfaces, the human body also spreads germs. When a person sneezes, coughs, rubs their eyes, shares food, or touches infected surfaces, illnesses can be transferred to other surfaces or other people.
The body’s natural barrier
Working with the immune system to protect the body is your skin. The skin is made up of layers, with the outer layer called the skin barrier. This 0.0001-millimetre-thick protective layer defends the body against harmful external and environmental factors, such as UV light, temperature, and germs. It is important to protect and care for the skin barrier, seeing that it also keeps you hydrated by retaining water.
Because it is important to have a healthy skin barrier, one should be able to recognise signs that the skin’s natural defences may have been damaged:
Redness patches or dots
Sensitive or inflamed areas
Introducing germ protection soap
The good news is that there are several solutions you can implement as part of your lifestyle and skincare routine to simultaneously boost your skin barrier’s health and defend your body against germs.
One of the simplest ways is to wash your hands on a regular basis with anti-germ hand soap, such as the anti-germ soap Protex Herbal Soap Bar or anti-germ liquid soap Protex Liquid Handwash. Both of these handwashing solutions protect against 99.9% of germs, reduce germ accumulation for long-lasting protection and boost your skin’s natural anti-germ defences by 10x more.
Flaxseed oil benefits for skin
To naturally strengthen your skin’s ability to protect against germs, flaxseed oil is an effective and natural solution. Flaxseed comes from the flax plant, and flaxseed oil is extracted by cold pressing harvested flax seeds. This oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, an essential nutrient that boosts your skin’s natural defences.
Flaxseed oil’s benefits include:
Improving skin smoothness
Improving skin hydration
Controlling sebum production
Preventing pollutants from entering the skin
The Protex® Fresh Antigerm Bar Soap is a leading anti-germ protection soap as it offers you the best of both worlds: protection against germs and a boost of your skin’s natural defences. The natural benefits of flaxseed oil also improve hydration for smoother, healthier skin.