Welcome to another week of the #softestskinever series!
Though your skin is the largest organ of your body, there are several differences between the skin on different parts of your body. This is because it has to perform to different extents depending on its location. There are even differences in the skin from one part of your face to the next. For instance, the skin on your eyelids is the thinnest skin found on your body! Today we'll be discussing in detail what differentiates facial skin to the rest of your skin and what it means for your skincare regime.
Facial skin is notably way more sensitive or problematic than body skin. It’s safe to use the word problematic, given the stats below:
This is not a coincidence, it can be attributed to the following factors:
Facial skin is thinner...
The outer layer of your facial skin is five times thinner than that on your body. The cells making up this layer are smaller as well. Due to this, water is lost from your face more quickly than from anywhere else on your body. This necessitates extra care to be taken to keep your face moisturised! Good moisturisers are those which can penetrate and hydrate the skin, thus improving its moisture retention as mentioned in last week’s blog post.
Dry facial skin conditions are very common and can be worsened by detergents found in cleansers and alcohols found in toners. Detergents and alcohols can destroy lipids which are found on the outer layer of your skin. Lipids are natural fats which assist in keeping your skin moist and healthy. Using gentle toners and cleansers that don't leave your skin feeling taut reduces skin dryness.
Facial skin is very rich in pores...
This, unfortunately, for most of us, means that our eating habits will be imprinted on our faces :(. The “toxins” you eat will most likely be released in the forms of pimples, acne, blackheads and other blemishes which are more likely to appear on your face than anywhere else on your skin. This is due to the face being more porous than the rest of your skin. Besides eating healthy and drinking lots of water, using products which don’t aggravate pore clogging, and exfoliating or deep cleansing your skin once a week will reduce pore clogging. African black soap is a highly recommended natural deep cleanser. ;)
Also, the density of hair follicles on facial skin is actually quite high, but most of that hair is very fine and hard to see, specifically in women. These follicles makes your facial skin more prone to bacteria clogging your hair follicles, thus leading to breakouts. The best way to curb this is by touching your face less often! Hands are the easiest and most effective transporters of bacteria and dirt to your face.
Facial skin is oily...
The skin on the face, as well as that of the scalp, has a lot more oil glands than other parts of your body. They secrete an oily, waxy matter called sebum to lubricate/hydrate your skin and hair. The glands can be found all over your whole body, except on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Over-cleansing your face can dry out your skin and cause the glands to produce more oil to compensate for the lost sebum, this will congest your skin and lead to pore clogging! It is sufficient to only cleanse your face twice a day and for a minute at most. Beware to also not scrub the face too hard, especially the sensitive skin around your eyes.
The above are robust fundamentals which differentiate your facial skin from the rest of your body, and are common for everyone. Other skin classifications that are based on the condition of your skin differ from person to person:
Ideally, all skin should be normal skin. The other skin types are essentially abnormal skin conditions. Nonetheless, they're also very important because they tell you about the health of your skin. The best way to figure out which type your skin is is by studying its appearance in front of a mirror and how it behaves after cleansing it. If your skin feels oily soon after cleansing, you may have oily skin. If it feels dry and taut instead, you probably have dry skin.
The secret to happy skin is all about knowing your skin and how it reacts to the environment, the products, and the techniques you use. Unhappy skin often exhibits pigmentation, fine lines and outbreaks. It can quite hard deciphering what makes your skin unhappy, using nurturing products such as our shea facial butter is a step in the right direction.
Next week we’ll be discussing different skin conditions, and first on the list is a very simple and common condition, ashy skin. Thank you for reading, we hope it was informative.
See you next week!