Balanced Skin
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."
 
Balanced Skin 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.

Handle with care 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.
 
Lifestyle
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. Circulation 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.
 
Protect 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.
Guard against elements 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 ...
Dry Skin
Our skin maintains a delicate moisture balance. We may lose this balance for a variety of reasons.
Read more ...
Oily Skin
Living with skin that produces more oil than it needs takes a bit of patience and understanding.
Read more ...
Combination Skin
Ideally, caring for combination skin requires a bit of knowledge about how to care for balanced, dry, and oily skin.
Read more ...
Acne
Skin conditions are often very uncomfortable, or even painful and beyond simply troublesome.
Read more ...
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Please note that the information shared within this website is not to be considered as any type of cure, diagnosis, prevention or medical treatment of skin conditions. We merely offer general guidelines and tips for maintaining healthy skin, as well as cleansing and beautifying.