Normal Skin

If you have normal skin, consider yourself lucky.

Normal skin is well-balanced with a smooth texture that looks neither greasy nor dry. There are no visible pores or blemishes on the surface of normal skin. Normal skin typically can be identified after physical activity by pink cheeks. This flush of color appears as a result of good blood circulation.

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However, even normal skin can change with the seasons. For example, constant exposure to harmful UV rays, air pollution and even stress can cause normal skin to become dry, oily or aged. Therefore, treat your normal skin to a regular skin care routine to help stop it from becoming slightly dry or oily.

After cleaning your face with mild cleanser, moisturize it with a light cream or lotion. Toner is only necessary if your skin feels tired, dirty or oily. Also, normal skin is healthiest when it gets a chance to breathe. Give your skin a break and air out your pores by going makeup-free whenever possible. Always shelter your skin from harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen throughout the year, even in winter. Also, keep in mind that UV radiation levels are very high in spring, so don't wait for the hot weather to start before you break out the sunscreen.

Cleaning, moisturizing and protecting are only three of the four necessary steps to ensure you continue to enjoy healthy skin; you'll also have to exfoliate on a regular basis. Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from the surface of your face, and it should be performed weekly. You'll notice an immediate difference once you start to do this. To exfoliate, use a retinoid scrub or a home microdermabrasion kit once per week. If you can afford the price of a trip to your local day spa, a light chemical peel can take years off your appearance as well. Over-the-counter chemical peels are also available at most pharmacies.

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