3 Differences Between Body Skin And Facial Skin

Most of us pay special attention to the skin on our faces, but body skin needs care too.

Body skin tends to benefit from protection against UV rays because we cover it up, but it is different to facial skin and as a result, requires special care. Here are the three main differences between facial and body skin:

  1. Skin Cell Turnover Rate. Dryness and decreased environmental exposure result in a slower skin cell turnover rate in body skin. The result is less natural exfoliation resulting in often thicker, scalier skin. 
  2. Sebaceousness (Oiliness). Body skin is less oily than facial skin because it has far fewer sebaceous glands. Dryness may be more problematic.
  3. Skin thickness. The facial epidermis is about 0.12 mm thick, while body skin is thicker, around 0.60 mm. This environment can lead to a build up of dead skin cells and helps to proliferate bacterial growth.

For these reasons, it’s a good idea to have on hand products that are designed with body skin in mind. Whether you suffer from dryness (such as eczema), body acne, hyperpigmentation or keratosis pilaris, we’ve got you covered. View our full selection of body care products here.