The Difference Between Skin Care For Your Body and Face

Ever wonder why you can’t use your favorite body soap on your face? Believe it or not, the skin on your face is very different from the skin on the rest of your body.


Skin. From your head all the way down to your toes, your body’s largest organ  makes it possible for you to move safely around the world. Give it a big kiss, okay? It does a bunch for you. While you’re showing your skin some love, know that depending on where it’s located on your body, your skin may have different needs to help keep it functioning at its best.  

Interested in learning more? You’ve come to the right spot! In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about face skin and body skin -- and how we can best support our skin from the outside in.


The Anatomy Of Skin

Before we spill the tea on the differences between face skin and body skin, it’s first important to have a basic understanding of your skin’s anatomy. 

Your skin is comprised of three layers:

  • The epidermis: This is the outermost layer of your skin -- the skin you can see. It acts as a protective layer and essentially a waterproof barrier as well and is also responsible for your lovely skin tone. We stan.

  • The dermis: This important layer lies just underneath the epidermis. It contains the connective tissues and sweat glands, as well as the hair follicles. 

  • The hypodermis: This is a subcutaneous tissue made up of tiny connective tissues, mainly storing fat. 

The epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis on the face are very different from those on the rest of your body -- hence, why you should use skin care products made specifically for your face on your face and skin care products made specifically for your body, on your body. You’re unique and your products should be too.

<h3> How Facial Skin Differs From Body Skin </h3>

Hi boo! Are you wondering what the major differences between facial skin and body skin are? Well for starters, there’s actually quite a few. Keep scrolling to check them out.

<h4> The size of the skin cells. </h4>

The skin cells on your face are much smaller than the skin cells on the rest of your body. Since one of the key functions of your skin is to act as a barrier, smaller skin cells mean a smaller barrier area. This is less of a route through which chemicals going in and water going out has to travel. This actually explains why skin sensitivity on your face is much more common than on your body as less barrier protection is provided. The more you know. 

<h4> The number of hair follicles. </h4>

There are many more hair follicles on your facial skin in comparison to the same size area of skin on your body -- even though the density of the hair follicles is pretty high, the hair on your mug is very fine. 

When you sweat through these fine follicles, one of their many functions is to release toxins. With your follicles being so close together on your face, it’s essential to avoid clogging them as it can lead to pimples and acne breakouts. You don’t have to be upset about it all though. It happens to all of us and we’re here for you. 

<h4> The thickness of your skin. </h4>

Your facial skin is thinner than the skin on your body. Additionally, you also have a thinner layer of fat under the skin on your face. As a result, fine lines and wrinkles are much more visible on the face and neck. The skin around your eyes and eyelids are thinnest of all and can be extremely sensitive -- so this delicate area must be treated with extra TLC. 

<h4> The number of oil glands. </h4>

Did you know that you have a lot more oil glands on your face than on your body? And as a result, your face is often much more oily and shiny than the rest of your body. 

Oil on your face is produced to lubricate the skin as well as ward off bacteria. You see, oil has antimicrobial properties to protect and help heal our sensitive skin. This is why over-cleansing is never recommended because it can easily strip your skin of these natural oils, preventing it from functioning normally. Additionally, it can also cause your skin to produce even more oil to try and compensate for the dry environment. More oil can clog your pores which can lead to acne. So, the rule of thumb here is to never over-cleanse your face!


Why Your Facial Skin Needs Different Products Than Your Body

If you’re using the same products on your face that you use on the rest of your body, it’s time to stop -- like, yesterday. Here are a handful of good reasons to consider using skincare products more specific to your skins’ needs:

<h4> Facial skin is exposed to sunlight more often than your body skin. </h4>

The skin on your face is more often exposed to sunlight, making it much more susceptible to the aging effects of UV radiation. To halt the aging process, your face needs more love, care, and protection than the rest of your body. Regardless of your skin type, never leave the house without applying a layer of sunscreen to your face with an SPF of 30 or greater. Leave the sun’s intense glow up out of your skincare routine. 

<h4> Facial skin is much more sensitive to hormonal changes. That’s life.</h4>

Your skin can become unbalanced when the hormone androgen causes it to produce excess or a deficit of sebum -- aka oil. And when the production of oil isn’t stable, skin concerns such as acne and dryness can occur. 

Pimples and acne breakouts tend to occur much more frequently in the facial skin than the skin on the body because your face has the highest number of sebaceous glands per square inch. If these glands produce too much sebum, it’ll cause oily skin and acne. However, if the glands produce too little sebum, your skin will become dry, sensitive, and tight. Wow. 

By using the right skincare products for your skin type, you can balance out dry or oily skin. We love the Topicals Like Butter Hydrating Mask because it restores dry, flaky skin while fortifying the damaged moisture barrier. 

This ultra-thick, whipped mask is packed with powerful botanicals for skin so smooth, it’s like butter! 

Perfect for both dry and oily skin types, all you have to do is apply a thin, even layer onto your skin, allow it to sit for twenty minutes, wipe it off, and voila -- your skin will feel buttery smooth and deliciously soft. 

<h4> Repeated muscle movements in the face. </h4>

One of the many reasons why we tend to get wrinkles is because they are caused by a repeated facial action -- such as smiling. We may see fine lines and wrinkles appearing first around and under our eyes, as this is where the skin is thinner and more delicate compared to the rest of our body. So the next time some guy asks you to smile, just say no with 100% confidence.

<h4> Hold on!  Is the skin on your face really thinner and more sensitive than your body skin? </h4>

Since the delicate skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body, your sweet face requires quality products that are gentle and non-stripping. 

Many household soaps and body washes contain harsh stripping chemicals such as alcohol and sulfates, which strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it irritated, itchy, and angry. By avoiding the use of strong, harsh chemicals on your delicate areas, you’ll take care of your skin -- keeping it balanced and calm. Do it--you deserve that kindness.

Check out Topicals’ Brightening and Clearing Gel, Faded. This gel serum is made with gentle exfoliating acids to combat dirt and soothing shea butter to smooth and revive tired skin.


Bottom Line

The skin on your face and the skin on your body have their own unique needs, and it may be a lil tough on your skin to assume that a product that does wonders in one area will be as equally effective in other areas. 

Take care of your skin -- both on your face and your body -- with powerful medicated botanicals made just for you. 

Topicals is backed by science, aiming to change the way the world views skin. Because at the end of the day, nobody’s perfect, and life (and skin) is fluid and messy. With real information and dermatologist-approved skincare products, Topicals is your secret weapon to reaching ultimate skincare health!