I have a confession to make: I’ve been moisturising my face with the same product I use on my body.
It all started when I ran out of my Pixi moisturiser last month.
Having gone over-budget long before I should have, I couldn’t afford to splash upwards of £20 on a new bottle, so I started using my boyfriend’s moisturiser for very dry skin (which neither of us have, by the way) or skipping out on moisturising all together (I know, I know).
But my skin started to look awful, so I thought f*** it – I’ll use my body moisturiser.
Since then, my skin has improved massively – some might say it’s glowing.
But why do I still feel like I’m committing a cardinal sin every time I finish off my skincare routine?
I decided to ask the experts.
Do you need to use a different moisturiser for face and body?
In short, the answer is yes.
According to consultant dermatologist, Dr Ophelia Veraitch, the skin on our face is extremely different to the skin on our body.
‘The skin on the face tends to be thinner and more delicate than the skin on the body and also is exposed to different environmental factors (such as more UV and makeups etc),’ she explains.
‘That’s why it’s advisable to use different moisturisers for the face and body.’
Amish Patel, an award-winning aesthetics and skincare expert from Intrigue Cosmetic Clinic, agrees.
‘Using a body cream on the face won’t necessarily do you any harm on the odd occasion,’ he says.
‘But the skin on the face is a different texture from the rest of your body.
‘For best results, keep the body lotion for the body.’
Because of the difference in textures and general needs, the ingredients used in body moisturiser usually aren’t ideal for the face.
‘Body creams often contain fragrances that can aggravate your face, and they are usually heavier in consistency than a facial moisturiser,’ says Patel.
‘They also often contain petroleum and mineral oils that help keep the skin moisturised and lock in moisture but are not designed for the face’s more delicate and sensitive skin.
‘They may include some of the active ingredients we find in face creams, but the formulation will be different, and body creams are more likely to sit on the skin rather than be absorbed as easily as a cream or serum designed for your face.’
As for face creams, they’re more likely to contain more retinol and ingredients like hyaluronic acid to hydrate and brighten the skin.
‘Professional grade face creams contain ingredients such as retinol which can be found in some body creams on the market, but the concentration is likely to be different in your face cream,’ Patel continues.
‘Face creams will generally contain ingredients designed to hydrate and brighten the skin, including hyaluronic acid to help keep the skin hydrated.
‘You’ll also find Vitamin C, Glycolic and Salicylic acid commonly featured in face creams, all doing their job to rejuvenate and refresh the skin to give your facial skin a wonderful glow.
‘Many skincare products now also include SPFs to protect your facial skin from damaging UV rays.’
What about vice versa, you may ask?
Well, both Dr Ophelia and Patel agree that using face moisturiser on the body would actually be fine.
But, realistically, it’s not something anybody would recommend.
Despite being much smaller in volume, a good face moisturiser often costs a lot more than the cream you use for your body.
As Patel says, ‘using a face moisturiser on the body will be an expensive pamper experience’.
So, fine, I’ll admit defeat.
I need to bite the bullet and purchase a new bottle of moisturiser lest the skincare gods wreak havoc on my pores.