Even if you have normal skin—not too dry or not too oily—you should still follow an anti-aging skin care routine if you want to keep it that way. Normal skin may not need the level of care that other skin types require, but a bit of maintenance can do wonders. Fortunately for people with normal skin, there’s a wide variety of products available out there. Although a bit of effort is required, keeping your normal skin beautiful and healthy has never been easier.
Start with a pH-balanced cleanser. There are many on the market so don’t be afraid to test a few out to see what feels the best on your normal skin. You can also turn to everyday products in your home for simple yet effective—and not to mention affordable—skin care solutions for normal skin. Natural, homemade cleansers can be made from any number of ingredients including honey, yogurt, rose extract, and lemon.
For normal skin, you should ideally cleanse twice a day—spend two minutes cleansing your normal skin when you get up in the morning, and again before you go to bed. Blot rather than wipe your skin dry for even better results.
The next step in anti-aging skin care for normal skin is toning. Like cleansing, this should be done twice a day. For this step, you can also use simple products to create your own homemade toner, like chamomile, witch hazel, rosewater, aloe vera juice, and even green tea. Using a cotton ball, apply the toner over your face starting with the T-zone, which tends to get the oiliest even with normal skin. Then lightly go over your cheeks. Give it time to absorb before moving on to the next step.
Once the toner has settled into your skin, apply a light lotion or moisturizing cream. Don’t overdo it—you need enough for your skin to absorb it well, but not so much that you’re left with a creamy residue. For normal skin, moisturize twice daily after using your toner.
To keep normal skin healthy, regular steaming is also recommended. For normal skin, you only need to perform this step once, at most twice a week. Boil a small pot of water and add a tablespoon of the herb of your choice, or four to five drops of an essential oil. Some of the better essential oils for normal skin include lavender, neroli, jasmine, rose, or geranium. Good herbs for normal skin are calendula (marigold), chamomile, and witch hazel.
Next, put your face over the hot water and cover your head with a towel, letting your skin soak up the steam for several minutes, or until the water starts to cool and the steam dissipates. Aside from being really relaxing, steaming helps cleanse normal skin, increases circulation, and unclogs pores.
Many anti-aging skin care specialists encourage exfoliating for normal skin, but like steaming, it only needs to be done once a week. There are many products on the market, but avoid anything that’s too grainy, as it can be too harsh for normal skin. Instead, try a natural oatmeal scrub—ground oatmeal mixed with salt or brown sugar, and water or olive oil. Using an oatmeal scrub on normal skin is an easy, affordable, and natural way to keep skin looking healthy and radiant.