If we were to ask your skin type, you might pick one amongst these: oily, dry, combination, acne-prone or sensitive. But then, there comes an elitist category, ‘normal’ skin type. These words are all over the skincare world—product packaging, labels, skincare articles—and yet, you will hardly come across anyone who identifies with a normal skin type.
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It seems that the members of this club are so exclusive, it's hard to tell whether they even exist or not. Considering the limited clarity regarding what normal skin is, it makes one wonder, is having dry skin or breakouts abnormal? Let’s resolve this puzzle together, shall we?
Normal skin is mostly problem-free, healthy and easy to maintain with a basic skincare routine. It has an even-toned texture, a good oil-to-water balance (meaning the skin is neither too dry nor oily), no sensitivity, minimal pores and is not prone to acne. Having a normal skin type might feel like hitting the jackpot, however, it's not as sorted as it seems.
Normal is a subjective word. Today, when skin positivity is pushing back on the idealistic and unrealistic standards of skin, it's safe to say that ‘normal’ skin doesn’t really exist. Numerous dermatologists back this school of thought by arguing that normal skin type isn’t really a clinical term, but in fact, a general guideline that is used to describe a skincare product. For example, when a skincare product reads ‘For Normal To Dry Skin’ it is suitable for people who have no major skin problems, extending to those who have dry skin.
It might not be the best pick for people who have oily or combination skin, as it might trigger oiliness. Describing a skincare product to be for ‘normal’ skin type often aids as a buying guide rather than describing a skin type. If you’re battling a skin issue or know your exact skin type, be selective with the products that you apply on your skin. Not all ingredients, even though beneficial, are for you.
It is also true that over the years, marketing tools have fueled the fire for ‘normal skin’. Indirectly making it the gold standard, urging people to purchase more and more skincare products. While having healthy skin should always be the goal, ‘normal’ or problem-free skin is not a static identity. Blemishes, dry patches or pigmentation can happen to ALL skin types. Along with that, a number of factors like genes, dietary and lifestyle choices, hormones and stress levels, all play a part in deciding the health of your skin. The closest you can come to the ‘normal’ skin type is by having minimal skin problems. This can be done by first identifying your skin type and problems and working with ingredients that are appropriate for you. Secondly, being consistent with the routine that works for you.
For the ‘normalcy’ of the skin to endure and to ward off any probable skin issues in the long run, it is imperative to follow a skincare routine. Having good skin doesn’t give anyone a free pass to skip essential skincare products. Along with a routine, it is also advisable to avoid smoking, the consumption of alcohol and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.
A skincare routine for this skin type will include a gentle cleanser, an antioxidant serum, a lightweight moisturiser and sunscreen for the AM routine.
Then, it's time to seal the deal (read: moisture) with our Protecting Light Moisturiser that blocks irritants and keeps your skin moisturised throughout the day. Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen at least 20 minutes before stepping out.
For PM, use the cleanser, serum, followed by our Simple Protect N Glow Vitamin C Brightening Under Eye Gel to rejuvenate tired eyes and reduce those dark under-eye hollows.
Lastly, lather our Skin Quench Sleeping Crème to replenish moisture overnight and wake up with dewy, bouncy skin every morning!
A. If your skin is balanced, meaning it is neither dry nor oily. You also do not have breakouts, blemishes or sensitivity. Your pores are smaller and your skin’s texture is smooth.
A. Yes, this is possible. Acne, dry patches and pigmentation can happen to all skin types. Moreover, if you have normal skin and you fail to follow a consistent skincare routine, your skin can develop issues over time.
A. Those with minimum skin problems can exfoliate once a week to get rid of dead skin cells and restore radiance. You can either use a gentle scrub or a chemical exfoliator to do the job.
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