Which Facial Skin Ages First?

Our skin varies in thickness all over our body with the soles of our feet having a skin thickness 8-10 times that of the skin around the eye.

As you guessed, the eyes are therefore one of the first to show signs of ageing. That’s why it is extra important to keep the skin around your eye moisturised throughout the day and into the night. There is plenty of literature to show that oilier skins wrinkle slower than drier skins. There’s also the well-known forehead expression lines that appear because the skin structure is thin in that area. Again, moisturisation is key. A tip? One of cosmetic science’s favourite ingredients to help moisturise and help reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the skin is Vitamin B3 (or Niacinamide). Ensure a reasonable concentration of this ingredient is contained in your creams, like in the Elethea creams.

In general, the skin on the face is more sensitive than the skin on the rest of the body, and this is because the skin cells in the epidermis layer are smaller than the rest of the body. (Another reason to make sure you don’t skip on the SPF protection every 4 hours!)

But we’re here to mention a part of the face that often gets overlooked. The skin between the sides of the nose down to the edges of the mouth. This is a very sensitive part of the face: in fact, if you have ever used an alpha-hydroxy acid peel to exfoliate, you will notice that this is one of the first areas to react. So, change your moisturising technique and don’t ignore this area the next time you massage your facial moisturiser or oil into your face. Use long strokes with your index finger from the sides of your nose down to your chin and make sure your products are fully taken up by the epidermis.