What’s the difference between your face and body skin, and how to care for both this winter

We seem to all treat the skin on the face and the skin on our bodies a little differently. Or at least, if you look at the types of skincare products available, we’re being told that we should care for our body skin differently. And, in some ways, it’s probably a little true.

You’re more likely to take special care in treating hyperpigmentation on your face than your body, if only because the dark spots seem much more visible/prominent there. Breakouts and pimples on the face are also much more noticeable and therefore much more of an emergency. And, since your face is the first thing people see and recognise you by, you’re also more likely to focus most of your anti-ageing efforts on your face and neck.

It’s only logical. Your skin is different on various parts of your body and, given our human nature, the face is the first and most recognisable part of you. Others identify you by your face first. Only after that will people notice your body. And, if we’re to be perfectly honest, they’ll probably notice the shape of your body and figure first, before the quality of your skin. Perhaps that’s why we’re more likely to invest time in exercising and eating healthily for the body, focusing more on slimming treatments and feeling good and energised than we do on the condition of our body skin.

But, as anyone who’s had to suffer a skin concern in winter will tell you, neglecting the skin on your body can be detrimental. Skin is skin after all. The thickness and presence of glands may vary, but at the end of the day, your body needs the same or similar TLC as what you give your face. That’s why we’re looking at how different your body skin really is, and come up with a plan to care for it both easily and effectively.

How is the skin on your body different from facial skin?

The skin across your body varies quite a bit. The skin on your face, for example, is thinner than the rest of your body (the skin around your eyes being the thinnest of all). Except for the neck, where the skin is often thinner than most of your face – hence the need for special neck creams.

Your face also contains more sebaceous glands and hair follicles, which is why it’s usually more oil- and acne-prone. In fact, if you use medical grade products or acne products designed for the face on your body, it will eventually irritate your skin quite severely. That’s because moisture is a little scarcer in the skin on your body, and harsh products tend to rob your skin of moisture very quickly, especially in winter.

How is it similar?

But, for all the differences in the skin on various parts of your body, the rules remain the same. Skin needs proper care, cell turnover, collagen, elastin and hydration – all vital parts of the elements of healthy skin.

Being more prone to dryness and having a slightly slower cell-turnover rate that creates an ideal breeding ground for bacteria makes your body’s skin barrier quite vulnerable. Dryness, cracking, redness, soreness and a rough texture are all tell-tale signs that the skin barrier – a series of cells suspended in a waxy lipid layer – is disrupted. This leads to a vicious circle of increased moisture loss and a reduced ability to protect itself and your body from external contaminants.

Incidentally, that’s why most standard body creams are so much richer and oilier, to attempt to lock in the depleting moisture levels. The problem with this is that hydration alone cannot restore your skin barrier function.

That’s because, when the barrier becomes disrupted, the lipid bilayer (the waxy lipid barrier around the outermost skin cells) suffers damage and “holes” open up inside it, allowing moisture to escape. Moisturisers can merely attempt to replenish the depleting moisture supply, buy they simply cannot plug the “holes” in the barrier. For that, you need a much more specialised product.

Proper care for body skin: Serra Soothing Body Lotion

For many years, patients and professionals alike have trusted Lamelle Research Laboratories’ Serra range of facial products to effectively repair the skin barrier. Made with Ceramide-P, a patented form of the body’s natural lipid, Serra physically reconnects the various parts of the skin barrier, restoring it’s normal function while soothing and rebuilding the skin.

The good news is that now this same technology is available for your body.

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All-new Serra Soothing Body Lotion allows you to apply to your body the same advanced lipid-protective care you use on your face. Made with Lamelle’s patented Ceramide-P, Serra Body absorbs fast, leaving no residue, and acts quickly to soothe and restore dry, sensitive skin on your body, while restoring your skin’s barrier function to normal for winter-perfect skin.

Ask your doctor or therapist about Serra Soothing Body Lotion.

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