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Why is Body Skin Different from Face Skin?

Mon, Aug. 08, 2016 Posted: 08:59 AM

Good skin care requires detailed knowledge of the skin structure and its variousfeatures on the different body parts;more specifically between the face and the rest of the body. Theskin on the face varies in thickness and oiliness from the skin at the rest of the body parts and as such requires specialized treatment. What exactly makes the skin from the two body areas differ? Whichever skin type you possess whether dry, normal or oily these factors are sure distinction between the two skin parts.

Body Skin versus Facial skin: The differences

1. Presence of hair

Hair follicles found on the face for both male and female are normally of very high density although they appear to be thin or fine. As for the rest of other body parts, the hair density varies from part to part; the hair at the back of the body and the feet have relatively less density of hair as compared to the head region where there is quite a lot. Extreme blockage of the hair follicles of the face is what contributes to development of acne.


The oil glands present in the face are responsible for lubricating the face apart from the fact that they possess anti-bacterial attributes that help protect the face from bacterial infection. It is the presence of these oil glands in the face that makes the face oilier than the rest of the body. This also explains why it is not advisable to wash your face too often and lotions designed for the body are too oily for the face.


The skin found at the face region is thinner than the rest of the body parts. This is majorly because the skin at the face does not protect many organs like the skin in other body parts, which protects muscles and organs. This is why lotions for the face are applied differently to those for other body parts. It is however important to note that the eyelids require an even different eye cream unique from the rest of the face due to the thin nature of the eyelids. On the other hand, the skin found below the feet area is normally thick due to the body weight it carries around.

Sunscreens for Face

The face is the first noticeable part of the body. Sunscreens for face contain specific ingredients to serve its purpose for the different skin types in addition to the fact that they do not possess odor or smell; odor is the common causes of skin itchiness for those who have sensitive skin. Sunscreen should be applied equally whenever the skin is exposed to the harmful Ultraviolet rays from the sun. It is meant to be appliedafter pre-determined durations of time to nourish the skin.

Choosing the Best Sunscreen

The following are the basic fundamental features to consider when choosing the best sunscreen for the face:

1.Protection from UVA rays

Ultraviolet rays can easily cause skin cancer as research has confirmed. Therefore, when it comes to protection from these harmful rays, always be attentive to the ingredients of the sunscreen to purchase as there is no rating formula for this protection. Consider sunscreens that contain one or more of the following ingredients that are known to block UVA rays; ecamsule, oxybenzone, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

2.Resistance to moisture or sweat

This is especially important to those who are involved in strenuous activities that cause sweating and are exposed to both water and the UV rays. Choose sunscreens that can withstand such conditions. Howeverit's important to note that the sunscreens are in no way water or sweat proof and will require constant re-application from time to time.

3.Ability to assist in skin conditions and allergies

If you have a very sensitive skin, then it is advisable to go for sunscreens with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide instead of those with oxybenzone and other related acids. Also avoid sunscreens with smell and alcohol.

4.Form of application

Sunscreens exist in lotion, cream or spray form so when shopping consider the form that best suits you. Spray sunscreen should not be sprayed directly on the face but on the hands and then applied gently on the face.


Even though the facial skin is different from the body skin they both need proper care and tendering. The facial skin does not require special lotion different from the rest of the skin either. All you need to consider is the type of ingredients that are in the lotions or creams before you make a purchase.

Claire John