Normal Skin: What It Means And How To Care For It
You might be wondering if normal skin is actually attainable. Who doesn’t have oily, dry, or sensitive skin? Well, you might be surprised that you can achieve (and maintain) normal skin with the right products and routine!
What is “normal” anyway? In this article, we’ll discuss some characteristics of normal skin and factors that might affect it.
After all, just because you have normal skin and none of the common skin problems that accompany other skin types, it doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to good, consistent skin care.
Here, you’ll discover some ways you can care for your skin to keep it in tiptop shape with the right products.
Types Of Skin
To determine your skin type, you have to first know about the common types — normal, oily, dry, combination, or sensitive — and what makes them each unique. Let’s take a look.
If your skin is oily, it’s producing too much sebum, which is the natural oil all skin produces. You need sebum for a healthy complexion, but too much of it leads to oiliness.
If your skin is dry, it’s not producing enough sebum. This skin type can be hereditary, but it’s often caused by environmental factors.
If you have a combination skin type, you likely experience a combination of oily, dry, and normal skin.
If you have sensitive skin, you’ll find it’s easily irritated by environmental factors (think: laundry detergent, rough fabrics, weather, etc.), and you might have frequent breakouts.
Normal skin is just what it sounds like: skin that (usually) doesn’t suffer from oiliness, dryness, or sensitivities.
What Is Normal Skin?
Normal skin is skin that’s well-balanced. But what exactly does that mean?
When we say “well-balanced,” we’re talking about the right mix of sebum and moisture on your skin. You don’t have too much or not enough — the levels are just right.
Normal skin also isn’t sensitive or prone to breakouts, and it doesn’t deal with any specific skin conditions or concerns, like eczema or psoriasis.
In addition, your pores are barely visible, so your skin appears and feels smooth. Basically, it’s the skin type that everyone dreams about!
Factors That Affect Normal Skin
Just because you have normal skin doesn’t mean it remains unaffected by environmental and lifestyle factors. Even the most well-balanced skin can become irritated under the right (or wrong!) circumstances.
Some factors that can affect normal skin are:
- UV rays - Not giving your skin the right protection while exposed to the sun’s rays.
- Chemically formulated skincare products - Using skincare products that are made with harmful chemical ingredients can damage your skin. Avoid parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. Instead, look for natural ingredients, like aloe vera, coconut oil, and shea butter, to name a few.
- Inconsistent skincare routine - Only washing your face a few times per week is not healthy for your skin. Also, not moisturizing with lotion daily is a recipe for disaster.
- Unhealthy diet - What you put in your body affects the appearance of your skin as well. Choose healthy foods that will keep your skin looking fresh!
- Not drinking enough water - If you’re not hydrated from within, your skin will show the consequences! Drink plenty of water so your skin doesn’t become dehydrated.
- Age - Unfortunately, your skin loses elasticity as you age, so it may begin to look saggy or wrinkly.
- Weather - Cold weather can easily dry out your skin, and windy weather can leave it chapped.
- Hormones - Fluctuating hormones can affect the overall health and look of your skin throughout the month.
- Stress - When stress builds up, things start to build up under your skin. In fact, stress is a common cause of breakouts.
How To Care For Normal Skin
Maybe you’ve discovered you have normal skin — that’s great! — but it still needs proper care. If you want your healthy, normal skin to stick around, there are a few things you can do. Take a look.
1) Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
It doesn’t matter what skin type you have, protecting your body from sun damage is a must! This is especially true if you want to maintain a healthy, normal complexion and not have any skin problems in the future.
Stay safe in the sun by giving your skin the right SPF protection. Our Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50 is the perfect sun protection solution for the entire family.
It’s lightweight and made with a hypoallergenic formula, including organic aloe vera and calendula, to soothe and moisturize your skin.
If you’re looking for something specifically formulated for your little one, try our Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen - SPF 50. This sunscreen glides on clear and is made with 100% non-nano zinc oxide. It’s great for your little one, but it’s also ideal for those with sensitive skin.
And don’t forget about your lips. You want to keep them healthy, too! Our Lip Tint Conditioner will leave your lips feeling smooth while also protecting them when you’re in the sun!
2) Maintain A Consistent Skincare Routine
Your skincare routine matters even if you have normal skin. This is how you maintain your problem-free complexion! It’s important to wash your face every day and keep your skin hydrated by moisturizing it.
Part of a consistent skincare routine is using the right skincare products, too. One great product is our family-friendly Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream that soothes and protects skin.
And to maintain a smooth skin texture, try our Skin Repair Nutri-Firm Treatment Oil. It’s great to have around for aging skin or to improve the appearance of stretch marks!
3) Apply A Face Mask Weekly
As you can see, there are steps you can take to maintain normal skin daily, but you can also do some weekly maintenance. For example, apply a face mask once a week to cleanse and purify your skin.
Also, try exfoliating once per week to scrub away any dead skin cells and stay on top of your skincare game.
4) Get Ahead Of Potential Problems
Part of caring for normal skin is addressing skincare problems before they actually become a problem.
Be mindful of the weather, like when you’re going out in the sun or in really cold or windy conditions. The sun, wind, and cold air can affect your skin health.
This is also why it’s important to stay safe in the sun by using SPF, as we mentioned earlier, and to moisturize daily so your skin is already protected from the elements before you ever step foot outside.
Stress also affects your skin, so take breaks as needed and stay in tune with your body and mind when things get to be too much for you.
Try to stay ahead of the game and give your skin the right protection when needed — no matter what comes your way!
Keeping Normal Skin In Tiptop Shape
Identifying your skin type will help you care for it the right way. Dry, oily, combination, normal, and sensitive are all common types. Once you know which you have, you can correctly care for it.
Normal skin is more about what your skin is not rather than what it is. But you’re not off the hook when it comes to good skincare even though you may not have excess oil or dry patches!
Factors like the weather, your age and diet, chemically formulated products, stress, and an unhealthy skincare routine can all affect normal skin types.
Always protect your skin from the sun with a safe sunscreen, like our Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50. And stay consistent with your skincare routine — don’t slack off with washing your face or moisturizing your skin daily.
It’s also important to apply a face mask weekly and be proactive by protecting your skin against the elements.
Finally, there’s no need to stress. You can care for your normal skin and keep it in tiptop shape by using Babo Botanicals skincare products!