The Difference Between Face and Body Skin
The skincare routine and skin care products used for your face shouldn’t be the same as the skin on the rest of your body. Why? As a result of your facial skin being much thinner and more delicate than the rest of your body’s surface.
Your layers of skin
We all have three layers of skin, the hypodermis, demis, and epidermis. Each of these layers plays a different role.
- Hypodermis: Composed of tissue, fats, and sweat glands, the hypodermis is the innermost skin layer.
- Demis: The next layer is the dermis. It is the layer where our nerves and blood reside.
- Epidermis: The outermost layer that protects us from bacteria and foreign substances. As a result, this layer will vary in thickness on different parts of our body, especially if it has too little fat.
Let’s take a quick look at the difference between these layers on your facial and body skin.
Thickness: Epidermis skin on our face and neck is much thinner than on other parts of the body. Example: Eyelid skin is only 0.5 millimeters thick. The Dermis skin on eyelids is 0.6 millimeters thick.
Sensitivity: Your face is exposed to oil, dust, and dirt from the environment, make, and other things daily simply because of exposure every day to these elements. As a result, this increases the chances of enlarged pores.
Pore Size: Your face is exposed to oil, dust, and dirt from the environment, make, and other things daily simply because of exposure every day to these elements. This increases the chances of enlarged pores.
Sensitivity: Thinner skin means a greater chance of sensitivity to weather, dust and dirt, cleansers, and other things. Facial skin is much thinner and sensitive than body skin.
Exposure to UV Rays: Your facial skin will likely be exposed to the sun daily, even when the sun is partially hidden. This can make it susceptible to sun damage from UVA, UVB, and UVC Rays. Each with a different impact.
- UVA: Come from the sun and tanning booths/beds. Rays penetrate the dermis and cause wrinkles and signs of aging.
- UVB: Impacts the epidermis and is responsible for sunburns. Cancer is a risk factor.
- UVC: Usually from man-made sources like tanning booths/beds. Not a risk factor for cancer.
Thickness: Our epidermis skin layer is thicker. Example: The palms of the hands and soles of the feet can be 1.5 millimeters thick. Dermis skin on your back, palms of hands, and the soles of your feet are 3 millimeters thick.
Pore Size: Most of our body is covered up daily, reducing the chances of excess oil and dirt from irritants. This means your pores on our body are less likely to become enlarged.
Sensitivity: Your body’s skin is thicker and less prone to being sensitive. This does depend on the area of your body as some parts will have a thicker epidermis than others.
Exposure to UV Rays: Your body is susceptible to UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Also, but because your skin is typically covered and your skin is thicker, it typically will be more protected.
Just as all of the parts of your body are different, so too is the skin on your face and body. Consequently, makes both vulnerable in different ways and severity to damage. Your skin care products like cleansers, day-time, and night-time moisturizers, and sunscreen will differ depending on if they need to be applied to your facial or body skin.
Understanding the difference between skin types, areas, and problem areas, especially at different ages, like in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and after 60. can help you to make the best decisions for your face and body skin care routines.
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