The skin type referred to as "normal" is actually skin
that is "balanced" ... not dry or oily.
The care of balanced skin is much easier than that of dry, oily, or
combination skin, as there are not as many considerations in terms of
working at the "balancing act."
However, this doesn't mean that
your skin doesn't need special care at certain times.
Even the most "normal" skin can become dry or
sun or wind burned, or can have its occasional break-outs.
Keeping the balance for this type of skin can be easy ...
all it requires to stay healthy is cleansing, toning, moisturizing,
and nourishment. It can be as simple as using gentle, natural soaps,
a skin toner, a moisturizer, and a healthy diet. But, as with most things,
it isn't always so simple.
There is the unavoidable matter of time.
Even if your skin is protected against the elements and
well taken care of, your skin will continue to age.
We can't turn back the clock, but we can help
our skin stay healthy. Since we can never stop
it from aging, which, of course, is merely a natural process,
we can prevent our skin from aging prematurely ... that
is where the special care comes in.
Beyond heredity, one very important thing that dictates skin condition is lifestyle.
Certain to prematurely age skin is a diet low in vital nutrients, as well as the use of cigarettes and
excessive alcohol or drugs.
Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin which
reduces the skin's circulation and also depletes it of oxygen and
nutrients. Skin has a way of showing if it's cared for properly ...
healthy habits will usually always be expressed through the skin.
It has long been known that when there is good circulation,
skin will have a healthy glow. We can help bring increased
circulation to our face by doing some facial exercise or
massage. Massaging your skin helps you to relax,
restores your energy, and eases signs of tension or strain
that may appear on your face, helping to reduce deep wrinkles.
For instance, people sensitive to light may form "squint
lines" on their foreheads. Or, skin may appear dull or
"puffy" first thing in the morning, which a quick
massage can ease, as it invigorates the skin and brings
circulation back to your face.
Regular massages can help tighten and lift the facial muscles,
as well as increase radiance. Massage therapy has been used
since ancient times as it offers many positive results ...
you can perform a simple facial massage at home that can
relax you as well as your face.
A gentle massage is all that is needed, as you don't want
to pull, tug, or stretch the skin. Starting off with clean
skin and a light oil, your session needn't last more than
about ten or fifteen minutes, but, even if you only have
five minutes or less, a quick face massage can do good things
and still be rejuvanting.
Also ... don't forget about your neck!
Lift your chin and use light, upward strokes
to help your neck to stay in shape!
Gentle touch is all you need and for
the most part, with the use of a light oil. Some oils take
longer to absorb than others, so this may be one of the
determining factors in the oil you select. For instance,
macadamia nut oil or jojoba oil absorb fairly quickly and
are oils that will allow you to massage for at least five
minutes, but, if you want an oil that will soak very quickly,
rice bran oil may be the oil of choice, often used in
massage, and non-staining, making it a good candidate for
a face massage before bedtime. Work in soft, upward strokes
or circular motions. This is simply some very brief
information, we'll have more about face exercises
and massage in the near future.
Everyone's skin is unique to the person, and we all have a
varying degrees of water content, which is what determines the
skin's suppleness; oil content, which nutrifies and protects;
and sensitivity, which is what causes some of us to be more
reactive to certain substances and also dictates our tolerance
to environmental factors. In other words, normal skin can
still have its sensitivities and require protection.
So, simply put ... we not only need to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and moisturize,
we also need to protect.
Protection from the elements is crucial ... whether it's from the sun, exposure
to cold, dry heat, wind, or even too much water, especially
salt water, which can dry the skin ... your skin needs to
have some sort of layer of protection. What you use,
of course, is dependent upon what you are going to
be exposed to, for instance, a sunhat on a summer's
day, a knit hat, scarf and gloves on a winter's day, body
oil if going swimming, work gloves if doing rough work,
absorbant socks if hiking, rubber gloves if putting hands
in soapy water, etc. It will never fail that if you think
you don't need to protect your skin, that some kind of
damage will be done. And, of course, there is the matter
of protection from ultraviolet rays due to photoaging
(damage over time) and skin cancer risk from too much
of a good thing. Sunlight is crucial to our health,
but an over-abundance can be trouble. Note that sunscreens
cannot fully keep out harmful ultraviolet rays, so wearing
garments that keep your skin out of excessive sun exposure
really helps; and, know that damage can still occur even if
you do not show any signs of sunburn.
Here are some other practical skin care tips ...
Our advice is to "go easy on the foundation and powders" ... allow your skin
to "breathe" and emit its natural balanced glow!
To remove any eye make-up, use a gentle cream,
avoiding petroleum jelly, and never use a tissue.
Instead, use a face cloth, or some soft cotton,
as the paper fibers can irritate your skin and
make it rough.
Remember that fruits and vegetables are
beneficial to the skin.
Avoid harsh cleansers that can strip your
skin of natural oils.
Be aware of the elements and cover up in
extreme cold, high winds, or hot sun.
Always wear sun protection and try to avoid
the sun during mid-day sun if at all possible,
keeping in mind that ultraviolet rays are
present on cloudy days.
Information regarding other skin types ...
Our skin maintains a delicate moisture balance.
We may lose this balance for a variety of reasons.
Read more ...
Living with skin that produces more oil than it needs takes a bit of patience and
Read more ...
Ideally, caring for combination skin requires a bit
of knowledge about how to care for balanced,
dry, and oily skin.
Read more ...
Skin conditions are often very uncomfortable,
or even painful and beyond simply troublesome.
Read more ...