Normal skin describes a near-perfect skin with no visible imperfections.
Normal skin, it is as elusive as unicorns.
Flawless, dewy, and wrinkle-free, – one can certainly dream.
If we were to say there is no such thing as normal skin, I wonder how many would agree?
You see, normal skin is a thing, but it is very rare unless you are a new-born baby that is.
It is unusual for an adult to have perfectly balanced skin, simply because there are so many intrinsic and extrinsic factors at play, that can cause skin concerns.
The normal skin test
- your skin has never seen a pimple or breakout
- your skin constantly maintains a healthy glow
- your skin is naturally moisturised, neither too oily nor too dry
- you don’t have the slightest hint of hyperpigmentation or sun damage
- the little bit of oiliness or dryness you do experience is rare and easily resolved
- your pores are not invisible, but they’re not enlarged or obvious either
- there are no signs of premature ageing; you think crow’s feet are something that birds have
- the term “Oily T-Zone” means nothing to you; you’ve never seen a blackhead or whitehead
- you never have to blot your skin or touch up with powder throughout the day, and you think the daily shine is something the sun does
If you have answered no to any of these questions then congratulations, you have hit the GENETIC JACKPOT, because normal skin is the exception, not the rule.
What is normal skin
In terms of whether normal skin exists when compared to a combination, dry, or oily skin it is absolutely a skin type, an unusually rare one, but it does exist.
Normal skin is when someone presents with no dry or oily areas, they are very few imperfections like visible pores, breakouts, clogged pores, fine lines, brown spots, eczema, and so on – see why we say it is extremely rare and more associated with babies skin.
Normal skin type is characterized by a radiant complexion, that has that lit from within glow – which indicates good blood circulation. It has a smooth, balanced texture, and the skin’s elasticity is strong. In addition, the production of sebum (oils), moisture content, desquamation, and keratinisation is well-balanced, so its plump and nicely hydrated.
Normal skin can change however because at some point problems will occur that require very specific skincare consideration. For example, all of us will struggle with hyperpigmentation at some point in our lives, because of menstrual cycles, UV, and environmental toxins – unless you live in a cave that is.
Why are there skincare products targetted for normal skin types?
When skincare companies market their products to “normal” skin types, they are generally directing them at those people who meet a few of the specific criteria: those who have few to absolutely no breakouts, no redness or sensitivity, those who are lucky enough to have no visible pores, and balanced hydrated levels in their skin.
Their skin types rarely feel oily or dehydrated, they rarely break out, and their skincare maintenance is minimalistic.
I find the majority of people have some combination skin, certainly up until about the age of 30.
When we hit 40 and above, our skin becomes drier and thinner, as natural ingredients within the skin like ceramides, lipids, cholesterol, urea, and hyaluronic acid start to deplete; for this reason, we formulate products with skin-identical ingredients to replenish the skin
If you have normal skin, then it is important to preserve the water content of your skin and maintain hydration, Sodium Hyaluronate can hold up to 10 times its own weight in water and helps prevent water loss. H2O can be used morning and night and is especially suited to a skin that is feeling a little dry.
Ideally, you should moisturise regularly; fortify and ceramide barrier repair balm both contain the perfect balance of ceramides, cholesterol, and lipids naturally found within your skin, helping to revitalize tired-looking skin.
Bio lipid complex is an effective anti-oxidant, it helps to repair the damage caused by free radicals whilst also improving dull, depleted complexions.
Does my normal skin require a routine?
Most skincare advice revolves around attempting to fix, minimize, or control whatever skin type or skin concern you’re struggling with.
But if you’re one of those lucky people who have truly normal skin, meaning no apparent skin concerns or problematic skin type to address, its not ideal to completely ditch your skincare routine
We recommend taking precautionary measures, to avoid any potential skin related problems. If you feel you are someone with normal skin, then you will know you can become quite complacent with its care. Over time skin will naturally become drier with age and develop age-related conditions such as wrinkles and sunspots.
The balance of oil-to-water in the skin is the ultimate goal for healthy, youthful-looking skin. If you are lucky enough to have normal skin then you fall into this category, because your skin naturally produces the ideal amount of water and oil. This balance of oil and water needs to be maintained with a good hyaluronic acid product, which will help to keep your skin plump and hydrated.
Because your skin is a dynamic organ that is constantly changing, it should never be taken for granted. Maintaining your skin is key, and you can do this by feeding it the right products topically and delivering the right amount of moisture, and continuously protecting it from the sun.
So, how do you maintain your normal skin? It’s all about addressing and getting in front of all the problems you don’t currently see on your face. Because having normal skin doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t or won’t have skincare concerns in the future.
The good news is, we have created an entire article on how to look after your normal skin, so you can maintain your skin health for now and many years to come.
So the take on all of this is, that normal skin is a thing but it is as rare as hen’s teeth.
It’s virtually impossible not to have any skin conditions like; sun damage, signs of ageing, breakouts, or sensitivity on your skin.
In a clinical setting, the big problem with using the term “normal” is that it isn’t specific enough to help clients decipher what products and routine will work best for their skin. For this reason, we carry out individual facial analysis, on all of our clients.
If you’re not sure about your skin, take the normal skin test above, or reach out to us via email with a picture and we will get back to you with a personalised skin diagnosis.
Want to find out more about normal skin? Then this is a great in-depth article to get you started.