In an ideal world, we would all have flawless, perfect skin all of the time. But even when your skin falls under the category of “normal,” following the appropriate skin care routine is key to maintaining your smooth, healthy look. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that there is an important distinction between skin type and condition, both of which can influence the way you care for your skin.
What Does It Mean to Have Normal Skin?
Normal skin is most accurately characterized by what it’s not. If your skin is generally neither dry, nor oily, it’s considered to be normal. But normal skin can also be susceptible to various skin conditions, like blemishes or occasional dryness or oiliness. Although these concerns may not be the norm for you, certain factors can impact your skin’s health if you’re not proactive about protecting it.
Some of the most common stressors that can alter your skin include:
- Hormone fluctuations. Even women who typically have very balanced, normal skin can experience breakouts and other skin problems that may coincide with hormonal changes. Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, can trigger excess oil production, while low estrogen levels can result in dry, flaky skin The International Dermal Institute).
- UV exposure. One of the biggest enemies of flawless skin is sun damage, which, unfortunately, can accumulate over time and leave even the most balanced skin in disarray. Because UV exposure has been linked to premature aging in all skin types, making a few lifestyle changes to protect your skin from sun damage can be the best line of defense (Journal of Epidemiology).
- Using the wrong skin care products. Even if you currently follow a regular skincare routine, the products you’re using could be doing more harm than good if they contain harsh irritants. When your skin becomes irritated and inflamed, not only can it result in acne breakouts, but it can also begin a vicious cycle of overcorrecting dry skin with excess oil production. Thus, your normal skin may appear to constantly fluctuate between these two conditions.
Caring for Normal Skin
To prevent unwanted conditions from cropping up on your normal skin, follow these three skin care tips for beautiful, glowing skin.
- Cleanse. Cleansing should be a regular part of any skin care routine, as it sweeps away dirt, oil, makeup, and other pollutants from your pores, leaving you with clean, fresh skin. Just be sure to choose a cleanser that doesn’t irritate your skin with harsh ingredients.
- Moisturize. Equally important is keeping your skin hydrated. Even if you don’t have chronic dry skin, daily moisturizing can help to keep your skin in perfect balance. Better still, if your anti-aging products also contain great natural moisturizers, you can combine two steps into one.
SkinBetter Daily Treatment EYE contains jojoba esters to keep your skin smooth, soft, and supple, in addition to a unique blend of peptides and vitamin C to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and under eye circles.
- Utilize AHAs. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and retinoids are two all-star skincare ingredients when it comes to anti-aging. But AHAs are also excellent for maintaining and caring for normal skin because of their ability to help retexturize, which keeps your skin looking and feeling fresh, smooth, and luxurious (Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology).
SkinBetter AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream contains a blend of AHAs and a retinoid to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and help improve the overall texture and tone of your skin.
The Bottom Line
Establishing and maintaining an easy, yet effective skin care routine can help to ensure that your normal skin remains smooth, soft, and healthy, no matter your age. When choosing the best anti-aging products for you, knowing the right ingredients to look for can help to not only smooth away the signs of aging from your face, but can also maintain your skin’s natural balance.