#MyLittleSkincareProject - Normal Skin # 1

8 Sept 2013

Hands up, who wishes they had normal skin? I know I do! Those of you with normal skin are super lucky, because for the most part you won't have to deal with any of the nasty skin problems that those of us with oily, dry, sensitive or combination skin have to deal with. If you have normal skin, you'll likely recognise a few of the main traits of normal skin below. Remember - It's always best to get a professional opinion so pop to your newest department store and favourite skincare brand and ask for a complimentary skincare consultation, to find out what your skin type is for sure!
  • Normal skin has medium sized pores that are neither noticeable or unnoticeable.
  • Normal skin looks clearer than other skin types.
  • Normal skin is more even in tone than other skin types.
  • Normal skin is soft and smooth to the touch.
  • Normal skin can be supple.
  • Normal skin isn't tight nor oily or greasy.
  • Normal skin is not sensitive to any ingredients nor uncomfortable.
  • Normal skin very rarely experiences blackheads or blemishes.
Think you have a few tell-tale signs of normal skin? Then lucky you! Make sure to look after your normal skin and maintain it! My normal skin bloggers, Vanessa, Sophie and Rosie, are going to share their skin with you below. Have you got a cuppa ready? OK, let's go!

Vanessa has normal skin

"Having normal skin is new to me. I struggled with acne for ten years and was finally put on Roaccutane. This worked wonders, though had loathsome side effects. I've written about this in detail on my blog, so pop over if you want to find out more. Whilst I was on Roaccutane, my skin became very dry and since finishing the course last May, my skin is now what I consider to be 'normal'. I still get the odd spot or occasionally have a shiny nose, but as a rule, my skin is neither particularly greasy nor dry, so I've gone full circle and had a real range of skin types to contend with. Having normal skin is fairly easy to maintain and I don't need to use targeted treatment products. Having neither oily nor dry skin is great when it comes to makeup, as most products are suitable. My worries with my skin are mostly premature ageing. I want to banish fine lines for as long as I can. I use a few anti-ageing products, but mostly use skin care targeted to my age group (I'm 26!) and I use SPF like it's my religion. I've been taking care of my skin since I was 15, but I really stepped up my routine in my early twenties. My current routine is to cleanse, on alternate days exfoliate, tone, serum, eye cream and moisturiser followed by SPF in the mornings. At night I will double cleanse, once with an oil based cleanser to remove makeup and then again with a cream based cleanser whilst using my Clarisonic Mia 2 to work the cleanser into my skin. I then tone, use a facial oil, eye cream and moisturiser. I like to use a face mask at least once a week and I've learnt not to be afraid of adding oil to my face; I cannot rave enough about Clarin's range of facial oils. I find skincare choices to be really important and I tend to use more high-end brands than high-street. For me, it's not about the label, but how the products work for me. I've used some high-street products that have left my skin feeling very tight and dehydrated, and have been disappointed a few too many times. I like to try samples first before committing to a price tag and I think it's hard to know how well skincare is working in the present day, as I'm trying to maintain it's elasticity, rather than fix anything that's really wrong - as there isn't really anything wrong with my skin. For me, I think it's important to thoroughly cleanse each morning and night, use a good SPF daily, and everything else is a bonus."

Rosie has normal skin

"I blame beauty blogs for the rise and fall (it should be fall and rise, actually) of my skin. I have always had normal skin really - there's no other way to describe it. I can count on one hand the amount of spots I've had in my life, I don't get any dryness or oiliness and I have fairly even skin tone. My skin certainly isn't perfect, and to me that's not what having normal skin means anyway. I have wrinkles on my forehead and other signs of ageing - my next birthday is the big 3-0! I don't look the same as I did 15 years ago (unfortunately!) and my biggest skin concerns are wrinkles as well as ridding the occasional dark circles and a scattering of tiny bumps under my eyes. When I mean about beauty blogs, is that I didn't start wearing makeup until I was in my early-mid twenties. Then I started reading a lot of magazines, reading blogs and looking at other beauty and skincare related content on the Internet and I started to experiment with makeup, usually wearing a heavy coverage foundation such as Estee Lauder Double Wear. I've noticed my skin diminish a little over the last couple of years and I really feel that it's down to wearing makeup everyday. I've just noticed that my complexion isn't as perfect as it once was, and I've definitely started to develop wrinkles and the odd patch of redness here and there. Luckily, I've had the advice of all my favourite beauty blog reads (I count the lovely Tattooed Tealady/Sophia as high on that list!) to help me scale back my makeup and improve my skincare regime to try and take steps back to get my skin back to what it was previously. These days, I use the La Roche-Posay Hydreane BB Cream as it leaves my skin feeling really moisturised and nourished as well as providing a light coverage. My eyes are my main worry point in terms of imperfections, so I use  the much coveted Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to cover up dark circles. My skin feels much more like it can breathe with this new regime and I've noticed my skin tone improving now that I wear less makeup. I've also invested in lots of skincare products that have definitely helped - I'll be telling you all about my favourite products in the next post, but my key changes have been to wear products with a built in SPF to combat anti-ageing and using better quality cleansers and toners rather than my previous habit of a quick face wipe before bed! I have specific products I use to try and combat my under-eye circles and imperfections (I'd love to hear what your favourites are too!) and I use masks a couple of times a week to give my skin a boost. I also try and drink lots of water and eat healthily, as that's another thing that really has made an impact on my skin and how happy I am with my appearance generally."

Sophie has normal skin

"What with falling into the 'normal' skin category, everyone else seems to think this is some kind of blessing to me, but it doesn't mean I don't have my own skincare woes. My skin issues are probably self inflicted due to neglecting a skincare regime up until very recently, with uneven skin tone, fine lines and the occasional breakout being my main concerns. I think I probably don't pay much attention because I do fall into the 'normal' category. In the past I've only ever really used Clearasil or something along those lines to prevent spots, and a high-street own brand cleanser, toner and moisturiser. In my teens there were many a day when I now know I didn't take my makeup off properly, or even take it off at all! I even used to shower with a full face of makeup on until recently when I learnt how bad and damaging that can be to your skin, and I think the effects of this are already starting to show, particularly around my eyes. Now I've grown up a little, I've realised that the products I had been using were actually making no difference to my skin or were just not right for me. My new found love for skincare came with I interned with a beauty PR company this summer with worked with a couple of skincare brands, and after working with these products everyday, I soon became interested in a few and was lucky enough to be able to try some out. Before this, I had only ever really tried high-street skincare products aimed primarily at getting and maintaining clear skin, but I hadn't seen any long-lasting effects from any of these products. So whilst I had the opportunity to try new things, I thought it was about time to start taking care of my skin properly. A few years ago my regime was simply removing makeup with a makeup wipe, which I will now admit I very rarely did even that properly, as well as applying a 'skin clearing' product at night. Then I would cleanse and moisturse with cheap products in the morning before applying my makeup, if and when I remembered. In the years leading up until now, the only changes were trying out different Clearsail-esque products and very recently, using a Micellar water. But nowadays, things are very different. In the morning I cleanse with a Micellar solution, and moisturise before makeup application, and I will use either a BB cream or a skin perfecting day care cream if I'm having a no makeup day. If I have a pesky breakout brewing, then I will use something to combat this. In the evenings, or as soon as I know I won't be leaving the house again for the rest of the day, I now instantly remove my makeup thoroughly with a wipe, then use a Micellar solution to remove anything I've missed, before applying a night cream and an eye cream to protect my skin through the night. A lot of skincare products out there are aimed at a particular skin type and I think us 'normal' skin girls get a bit forgotten about, so it's important to research and test until you find products that really work for you!"

Thank you Vanessa, Rosie and Sophie for sharing your normal skin with us all! It's interesting because I always dreamed that normal skin would be the most stress-free skin, but each of you still have areas you like to focus on and which need extra care, just like any skin type. I also asked on Twitter for those of you lucky enough to have normal skin to share your top tips, product recommendations and secrets for maintaining normal skin with us, which I've included below! Thank you to everyone who tweeted!

@Wonderfully_O said... Cleanse, tone, moisturise! 
@BubbleSarah said... Sainsbury's Dirty Works Facial Scrub/Mask Wash! 
@Sparks_Serenity said... Elemis Fresh Skin Moisturiser or Forever Aloe Propolis Creme!
@BeautyB1tch said... Dr Perricone Cleanser, Declear Neroli Oil and Hydra Floral Moisturiser.
@TheMistyMom said... Clarins Lotus Oil! Or Josie Maran Argan Oil!
@MadeInHunters said... Estee Lauders Advanced Night Repair, it makes my skin glow every morning.
@Campbell_Hayley said... I've got pretty normal skin and I find Dermologica Special Cleansing Gel is the perfect face wash in the morning!

So, how are you normal skin lovelies feeling? Can you relate to the skin stories above? Why not share yours with us below in the comments and if you have any top tips or recommended products, I'd love to hear them! Next week begins a new segment of #MyLittleSkincareProject - We will all be recommending our favourite skincare products! So keep an eye out for lots of lovely skincare goodness and products which have helped our different skin types the most over the years!

I post daily, keep up to date with my newest posts by following me