Normal skin is smooth, blemish-free and evenly toned. The pores of normal skin are typically small compared to people with oily skin. This skin type has a balanced oil and water content, and is not overly oily or dry. It looks and feels very vibrant, elastic and supple. Normal skin can be maintained with a daily skin care regimen including cleansing and moisturizing.
Common features of normal skin include:
- Even tone
- Clear complexion
- Not too oily or dry
- Tiny pores
Use a gentle facial cleanser to keep the skin clean and clear. Avoid soaps, especially bar soaps, as they will cause dry skin and may damage the skin barrier. Instead, opt for mild soap-free cleansers, preferably in liquid form. These cleansers will gently remove dirt, excess oil, bacteria and cosmetics without damaging the skin barrier. Use cool-to-warm water, as hot water can actually dry out the skin. Moisturizers help to restore and maintain the skin’s natural moisture levels. Look for moisturizers specially designed for normal skin. Frequent application of moisturizing creams can help keep the skin soft, smooth and evenly textured.
All skin types are susceptible to sun damage caused by over exposure to UV rays, so it’s important to take preventive measures before spending time outdoors.
Limit sun exposure: Reducing your time in the sun is perhaps the easiest way to avoid damage to your skin caused by UV rays. When outdoors, set a time limit and seek shade when necessary. Also keep in mind that UV radiation is the strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Use Sunscreen: Sunscreens are an essential part of protection against the sun. Look for sunscreens labeled “Broad Spectrum”. They are often the most effective and offer protection against both UV-A and UV-B rays. Apply generously and frequently.
Cover and protect: Wrap-around sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats and clothing that covers your arms and legs can offer extra protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Look for any changes in your skin: If any changes in moles, or new skin growths are noticed, consult with a dermatologist immediately.