Why Is My Face Darker Than My Body: the Reasons Behind

face darker than bodyHave you ever experienced getting all dolled up for an event and then noticed that your face is somewhat darker than your neck and chest?

It annoyed you since you have carefully considered your neck when applying your foundation.

So, you decided to have a makeup retouch to have your skin appear even. During the event, you excused yourself for a quick restroom break.

You were surprised to see your face got a little bit darker again.

You start to wonder, “why is my face darker than my body?”.

Can it be cured?

Would I ever have an even skin tone?

Why Is My Face Darker and How to Avoid It

There are several reasons why you have an uneven skin tone on your face and body. It can be as simple as using the wrong shade of foundation on your face, or it can be as serious as the hyperpigmentation of the skin.

Whatever the causes that we may expose in this article, we will discuss how to cure them as well and prevent them from causing your skin harm in the future.

Cause No. 1: Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is one of the most pertinent factors why your face is darker than your body. If you come to think of it, your face is the most exposed part of your body. It is the most exposed to dirt, pollution, and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

While there is a myth that sun exposure is beneficial to your skin, the sun’s UV rays these days can cause more harm than benefits to your skin. Going out under the sun may give your skin healthy glow and a natural blush to your face. But, long period of sun exposure can affect your skin’s natural even tone and can cause hyperpigmentation.

Sun Exposure

Hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone is the irregular skin discoloration brought about by excessive production of melanin, which is the natural pigment of the body giving color to the skin, hair, and eyes.

One of the major causes of overproduction of melanin is the sun exposure. Since your face is the most exposed part of your body to the sun, it experiences the overproduction of melanin which gives it a darker shade.

Solution No. 1: Apply Sunscreen Daily

You have read it a thousand times from beauty blogs. Your favorite celebrity swears by it, too. There is no better way to avoid the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays than to protect your skin by applying sunscreen daily.

Even when the sun is not out and hiding, you should still apply sunscreen. UV rays can still penetrate your skin even when it is cloudy outside. The recommended sunscreen that you should use on your face even when you’re staying inside should contain SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 30 factor.

When you regularly use sunscreen, you protect your skin from discoloration and avoid unwanted uneven skin tone. Just always remember, even if you’re wearing sunscreen, you should not expose yourself to the sun for a long period of time to avoid skin damages.

Cause No. 2: Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal fluctuations can usually occur to women who are pregnant or to those who just started using a birth control pill. Changes in hormones brought about by these two occurrences can trigger melasma.

Melasma is a common skin problem. It causes brown to gray-brown patches, usually on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip.

When melanocytes – or the cells that cause skin pigmentation, are stimulated by abnormal levels of progesterone and estrogen, it can cause the occurrence of melasma. Then when melasma occurs, it can cause overproduction of melanin which in turn, results in skin discoloration.


Solution No. 2: Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells trapped in the outermost layer of your skin. When you exfoliate, you help soften the hardened dead skin cells and allow them to be easily removed. These dead skin cells that cause the skin discoloration should be removed to allow your skin to breathe and rejuvenate.

There are a lot of home remedies you can use as face exfoliator. One of the most popular is using oats. Oatmeal is not only a go-to meal for breakfast but  it has also been widely used as exfoliator thanks to  its soothing and nourishing feeling when used on the face. Because of its texture, it can effectively dig up dirt on the face which causes dark spots and uneven complexion.

Simply add warm water to a tablespoon of oats and wait until the oats become soft. Apply gently to face in a circular massage motion for two minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Rinse off with cold water afterward to close your pores. Do this regularly to give your skin a radiant and brighter appearance.

Cause No. 3: Wrong Shade of Foundation

The simplest reason your face is darker than your body is that you are using the wrong shade of foundation. You might have spent hours choosing the right shade for you when you bought your foundation.

However, few hours after applying it, it does not really compliment well with your skin. Your face got darker than the rest of your body.

It’s horrible, right?

Good thing, we’re going to discuss the correct way of selecting  the right shade for you.

Solution No. 3: The Correct Way to Choose the Right Shade of Foundation for You

When deciding what shade to buy, you probably put on sample foundation at the back of your hand, or on your cheeks to try if it will blend in with your skin color.

Well, that’s probably why your foundation let you down. Take note, the color on the back of your hand differs with the skin on your face. So, you really wouldn’t get the right shade that way.

Same thing with applying sample on your cheeks to test. Your cheeks could be dry or oily so you wouldn’t get the right shade that way either.

The correct way to test if a foundation is right for you is to apply it to your jawline. Draw a perpendicular line onto your jawline and find the best shade that perfectly blends in with your skin.

In conclusion, answering the question, “why is my face darker than my body?” is up to you. You should know your body more than anyone else. If it is caused by as simple as the wrong choice of makeup product, you can easily sort it out by being knowledgeable about different beauty products.

If a more serious skin problem causes it, you may want to have a visit with your dermatologist for you to know better. Being aware of one’s skin health is not all about being beautiful but also about loving yourself enough to take care of it.