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The Difference Between Face and Body Skin

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Let’s take a quick look at the difference between these layers on your facial and body skin.

Facial 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.
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Moira is a contributor for Your Brand Of Beauty and founder of Lead-Her-Ship Group, a content strategy and marketing company. She writes for various top-tier digital publications and business blogs. Moira is a mom, sister, friend, business professional, passionate about beauty & wellness, especially for women and men over 40. Her connection to beauty and wellness started way back at the beginning of her career as a trained hair stylist with certifications in esthetics.

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