Normal Skin Type
What if you’re one of those lucky people who have truly normal skin, meaning no apparent skin concerns or problematic skin type to address?
Truly normal skin (meaning perfect skin) is the exception rather than the rule, what most people are experiencing is “normal skin plus”; that is, normal skin mixed with other issues that are unrelated to skin type, such as wrinkles, sun damage, and brown spots. Essentially, your skin may feel good, but it isn’t perfect, and over time it is changing.
So, what do you do when your skin isn’t dry, or oily, or both? What do you do when your skin really is normal?
The answer isn’t to do nothing. The answer is to address and get in front of the skin problems you don’t currently have on your face. Having good skin now doesn’t mean you don’t or won’t have skin care concerns that you need to take care of now with a great daily skin care routine or an occasional skin treatment.
When you are lucky enough to be one of those that has “normal” skin, we suggest you look at skin care products or treatment outcomes applying a subtle matter of degree, preferences and expectations. In other words, even those with seemingly flawless skin still can feel a bit of dryness or a bit of oiliness occasionally, or see signs of combination skin type with an occasional clogged pore or two. Think about it as mostly good skin plus a little bit of other minor, barely detectable issues. It won’t last forever without you being a good coach, keeping it fit and in shape. Remember…”age shall weary them”.
If you identify with either a little bit dry or a little bit oily, no matter how minor, that should point you in the direction of what types of skin care products or gentle skin treatments you should consider. For the little bit of occasional dryness you experience, consider products aimed at normal to dry skin. For the little bit of oiliness of clogged pores you experience, choose products labelled as being for normal to oily or combination skin.
You can also make decisions based on your personal preference. You may like somewhat more enriched or creamy-feeling products while others with good skin may prefer weightless fluid-textured products. Or you may want a lightweight daytime moisturiser but are fine using a richer cream at night. When your skin is good, texture preference is more about options than necessity to treat a condition.
Mostly what you want to avoid are products that will cause problems, creating a skin type you don’t want. If you’re using products that contain skin-aggravating ingredients or you’re using abrasive scrubs or stiff-bristled cleansing brushes, you will be damaging your skin. This throws your naturally normal complexion into a state of disorder you definitely want to avoid!
BASIC Skin Type Test
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and water. Use your hands to clean your face and avoid scrubbing too hard.
- Dry your face with a soft towel and leave your skin alone for one hour without applying any products or touching it.
|1 hour after washing my face, my skin||SKIN TYPE|
|Feels itchy and tight, with noticeable flaking||DRY|
|Is shiny and has a greasy feel, especially in the T-zone||OILY|
|Is oily in the T-zone, but dry around my jawline and cheek bones||COMBINATION|
|Feels even and smooth, with little oilness or dryness||NORMAL|
|Is itchy, inflamed or showing redness||SENSITIVE|
To Treat Your Skin Correctly
You Need to Know Your Skin Type
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