There are many external aggressions that put a strain on your skin: pollution, wind, UV rays ... This is all the more true with the winter cold that attacks every part of your face. Dehydration and a feeling of tightness are common but general symptoms. To effectively help and protect your skin, it is important to take into account the characteristics specific to each part of the face. Indeed, the structure of the skin of the neck, the contour of the eye, the forehead, the edges of the nose or the lips is not the same. Our article will help you better understand the reactions of certain parts of your face to the cold and, therefore, adopt the right beauty routine.
The skin has a unique structure
The skin is characterized by being more or less thick depending on the part of the body. Thus, the skin thickness is approximately 0.5 mm on the body. The thicker the skin, the more resistant it is. This is why the parts most prone to assaults and micro traumas, such as the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet, are about 1 mm or more thick depending on age and gender. On the face, on the other hand, the skin is only 0.12 mm thick. EIt is 4 times thinner on the lips and around the eyes and can be as much as 0.1 mm on the eyelids. You therefore better understand the importance of providing appropriate care to every part of your face.
The reactions of the main parts of the face to the cold
The neck, a part too often forgotten
The neck is a part too often overlooked when applying moisturizers, sun protection and other skin care products. Along with the lips and the eyes, the neck is nevertheless an attractive part but also the most seen and exposed. Among Renaissance artists, a woman's neck is the very representation of finesse, delicacy and gentleness. Gmaintaining a young and firm neck is often part of our aesthetic concerns.
Unfortunately, this part of the body is particularly prone to aging. With age, the collagen and elastin, which are responsible for the thickness, elasticity and suppleness of the skin, decline. Their decline has a more intense effect on the neck, making it more vulnerable to wrinkles, sagging, blackheads or hyperpigmentation. Of course, everyone ages differently. Some people develop wrinkles and see spots appear on their face, neck and chest. In others, the neck can become a zone of accumulation of fat.
The aging of the neck is caused by the collapse of the connective tissues and the rupture of the band separating its vertical muscles: the platysma. When it contracts, this muscle allows your face to have facial expressions, to open and close your mouth, to frown ... It starts at the base of the torso, goes up to the front of the neck and ends at the bottom of the face, at the bottom of the chin.
It is one of the most erogenous areas on the surface of our skin that activates at the slightest touch. Both external and internal causes can accelerate the aging of the neck. Some techniques and tips are useful for limiting sagging and aging of the neck without surgical treatment.
be aware that sun exposure damages the skin on the neck and gives it even more wrinkles. So remember to use sunscreen, and not just in summer. In addition, choose a moisturizing cream or serum that you apply to your entire neck, especially at night for better penetration of the active ingredients. Our Well-Aging redensifying serum Elixir Bonheur, for example, is an anti-aging repairing serum that acts against cellular aging, softens, firms and hydrates the face and neck.
Contrary to what you might think, no physical exercise of the neck will make it younger. Some exercises can even stretch the skin even more and promote sagging. On the other hand, facials can be beneficial and affect blood circulation, although they won't make your neck look younger or remove wrinkles.
The eye contour, one of the thinnest parts of the face
Due to its low content of sebaceous glands and the virtual absence of hydrolipidic film, the eye area is a drier area than the rest of the face. Poor in collagen and elastin, it is also less elastic. But the skin around the eyes is very vascularized. During the aging process, it becomes thinner and the blood vessels are more visible. External and internal factors, such as smoking, fatigue or stress, can make this phenomenon worse. Stress alters the tone of the blood capillaries, toxins accumulate and the blood stagnates, causing dark circles to appear. With age, blood circulation around the eye area is also less fluid. This is why it is important to hydrate well and especially to boost circulation by choosing moisturizers and an anti dark circles eye contour.
Choose a light-textured cream for the day and a richer, more dense treatment for the evening. Finally, opt instead for draining eye contours because the anti-aging or moisturizing action is often provided by a good day cream.
The forehead, one of the parts of the T zone
The forehead belongs to the famous "T zone", also made up of the nose, the wings of the nose and the chin. All forming a T when you draw it ... But why differentiate this area from other parts of the face? The skin in the T zone has a different composition and is more oily than the rest of the face. The sebaceous glands are particularly numerous at the level of the forehead and are responsible for producing the sebum which constitutes the hydrolipidic film. With the cold, the production of sebum is slowed down and the water content of the skin is abnormally low. The T zone, which is normally more oily, dries up and a feeling of tightness is felt.
Remember to moisturize and free the pores to deliver essential nutrients to your skin while avoiding tightness, we have formulated the gentle exfoliant Pépite de la Palmeraie. Rich in polyphenols and composed of aloe vera and honey, this treatment leaves a clear skin, a luminous and fresher complexion.
The edges of the nose, a part very exposed to the cold
The skin of the nose is not fundamentally different from the rest of the face. On the other hand, it is a part of the body that is very exposed to the cold. When it is cold, blood circulation is concentrated on vital organs. The blood vessels constrict to limit heat loss to the outside, causing all extremities (nose, fingers, toes) to become cold and dry. The ridges of the nose are also prone to redness and irritation, especially when you keep blowing your nose in winter.
It may then be useful to take our nourishing balm with you Secret Nomade to apply at any time of the day and as much as needed on small dry areas of the face (avoiding the eye area). Thanks to the "roll-on" ball in the bottle, the application is fun and practical!
The lips are directly affected by the cold
The lips have the particularity of being devoid of sebaceous glands. They therefore do not benefit from a hydrolipidic film to protect them from aggressions and the cold. The lips are thus directly affected by the effects of the cold and need ultra-protective care. The ideal is to opt for a protection based on wax, butters or oils. Liquid jojoba wax, for example, is non-greasy but has a strong moisturizing and restructuring power, it is one of the flagship active ingredients of our Secret Nomade balm.
To learn more about the factors that attack your skin, also see our previous article: "Skin aging, you can take action!".
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