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Is There a Difference Between Eye, Face and Hand Lotions?

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If you are like me, you have a cream for your face or eyes in a small container and use a separate larger bottle of lotion to spread on your hands or the rest of your body.

Additionally each summer, I use a “for faces only” sunscreen as a moisturizer/sun block for my face and then spread lotion from another bottle by the exact same company everywhere else. In a pinch, I use the body sun block on my face but why are there two lotions?

Can’t you just use the same lotion on your eyes, face and the rest of your body?

First, a quick review of the three main layers of the skin: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous tissue. The epidermis is less than one millimeter thick and protects us from exposure to the outside world. It is primarily made of keratinocyte cells (protein cells) that slough off and are renewed every three to five weeks. This is the layer that holds in moisture and makes us appear fresh.

The dermis is the middle layer, made up of collagen and elastin, providing the structural support of our skin. Capillaries, sebaceous glands, sweat glands and hair follicles are present here. Too little oil from sebaceous glands dries out our skin and wrinkles can form. If too much oil is produced, acne erupts.

The subcutaneous layer contains mostly fat, insulates us from shock and from heat or cold. Loss of the fat in this layer as we age contributes to wrinkles.

Facial skin is thinner than on the rest of the body and has numerous sebaceous glands making it more susceptible to blackheads and acne which usually don’t appear on the hands or many other places of the body. Facial moisturizers need to be lighter, noncomedogenic and may have additives to tighten skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in addition to UV block.

According to smartskincare.com, the skin around your eyes is even more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your face. The eye area has minimal sebaceous glands, is thinner than elsewhere on the face, has very little fat but has numerous capillaries making it more susceptible to puffiness. Eye skin is also constantly under stress from eye movement blinking and squinting.

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