Can You Use Body Moisturizer on Your Face? What to Know

Face and body moisturisers may look identical, and sometimes, it gets tricky to differentiate the two, especially when they are out of their bottles, tubes, or pots. Well, even though they may seem to look the same, they are very different, and there are reasons why you shouldn’t use your body skincare from head to toe.

HOW ARE FACE AND BODY MOISTURISERS DIFFERENT?

Due to our facial and body skin differences, face, and body moisturisers are formulated for various purposes beyond just hydrating and softening. Body moisturisers are formulated to address concerns like firming, cellulite, or spider veins. While on the other hand, face moisturisers are formulated to focus on concerns like pores, dark spots, oiliness, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Body formulas are made with many ingredients that are often too heavy for the face. Apart from that, some body moisturisers contain fragrances, which can irritate the facial skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. On the other hand, face creams or moisturisers contain more specialised active ingredients that cater to delicate skin, which is why they are always expensive. Beauty experts explain that the high price tags of face skincare products are due to the thorough testing those ingredients undergo. They are screened not only because of the sensitivity issues but also to prove they can do what the brand says they will, like reduce pore appearance or minimise dark circles.

REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN’T USE BODY MOISTURISER ON YOUR FACE?

(1) CAN CLOG PORE

Body lotions contain a thick body formula, and if they are applied on the face, not only will your facial skin find it difficult to absorb, but it will also attract a lot of dust and dirt, clogging your pores and eventually leading to acne.


(2) MAY CAUSE ALLERGIES

When applied to the face, body moisturisers can cause allergic reactions on the delicate skin of your face. Body lotions contain certain chemicals and ingredients that are far more potent and can be pretty harsh on your facial skin, causing redness and rashes, especially on sensitive skin.


(3) CONTAINS FRAGRANCES THAT CAN DAMAGE THE SKIN

Body moisturisers are made with artificial fragrances, and when applied on the face, they can trigger allergies on your face.


CONCLUSION

Even though using body lotions on your face every so often won’t kill you, it is important for you not to make it a habit. Always try to follow directions when it comes to skincare or makeup, just as you would with any medical prescription. If you are confused or have any questions about the best options for your skin, a dermatologist should be your go-to guide on figuring out a personalised routine.

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Dorcas Akintoye is a versatile writer with a passion for beauty, fashion, relationships, and culinary delight. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, she adds a touch of elegance to every topic she explores. She is a writer at THEWILL DOWNTOWN.

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Dorcas Akintoye is a versatile writer with a passion for beauty, fashion, relationships, and culinary delight. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, she adds a touch of elegance to every topic she explores. She is a writer at THEWILL DOWNTOWN.

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