How is Facial Skin Different from the Rest of Your Body?

by - 16 May

*This is a contributed post. All opinions are the writers own.
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The skin covers the entire body but is not the same everywhere. Understanding the differences between facial skin and the skin of the rest of the body can help you to treat it appropriately.

Key Differences

Skin varies by thickness, with the thinnest areas being the most fragile. Facial skin is much thinner than other parts of the body. The thinnest part of the face is the skin on the eyelids.

The skin around the eyes, in general, is very thin, which means it needs extra care. The skin’s outer layer or epidermis usually has about 1mm of thickness, while it is considerably less than that at 0.1mm for the eyelids.
The skin under the eyes and other parts of the face is also more delicate than other parts of the body. It is also more prone to wrinkles.

Given the sensitive nature of the facial skin, it is highly sensitive. However, it is also most likely to be in contact with the sun, which explains why it is susceptible to harm from UVA and UVB rays.

Types of Facial Skin

There are also various facial skin types. There is normal, oily, dry, and combination. Interestingly, your skin type can change over time.

The normal skin type has little to no imperfections and no sensitivity, while dry skin has a dull complexion, red patches, and less elasticity.

As for combination skin, it can be oily in some places and dry or normal in others; the pores look bigger than normal and skin is shiny. Finally, dry skin has many visible lines, as well as red patches and a rough complexion.

Depending on the type of facial skin you have, how you wash and caring for it will differ.

Best Care for Your Facial Skin

The above-noted differences in the skin will help to determine what products you use for your face, which won’t be the same as for the rest of the body. Given the fragile nature of facial skin, using a body wash on it would be too harsh for it and could cause irritation.

Also, pay attention to facial skin conditions to react as quickly as possible to them. That way you can maintain balanced, healthy skin. You can find out more at Zo Skin Health about skincare solutions to maintain healthy skin at any age.

Finding the right moisturizer for your skin type is essential. Avoid putting fragrant lotion on the face as it is generally more sensitive than the rest of the body.

Finally, creating a facial skin care routine based on your skin type and adhering to it morning and evening can minimize skin issues, such as dryness and acne.

Final Words on Facial Skin

By now it is clear that facial skin is different from the skin on other parts of the body. Selecting products that fit your skin’s sensitivity and type can keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

No matter what skin type you have, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and wear sunscreen to protect against harsh damage from the sun.
What do you do to look after your skin? Let me know in the comments below and while you are here why not check out more of my beauty posts?

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