Every girl out there knows and reads all about skincare tips and tricks. The most important thing to do is to apply them. All those tips are useful in the daily/weekly/monthly routine. Therefore, you must hold on to them.
When it comes to skin concerns, if we’re not trying to tackle early signs of ageing, you’ll never treat it. You can’t shrink your pores because it’s genetically determined. But, there are steps you can take to minimize their appearance for brighter, smoother skin. Here is the full guide on how for perfect your pores an minimize them.
STEP 1: Unclog them
#1. Exfoliation: When you are trying to keep your pores clear, it can be tempting to over-exfoliate. However, this can actually have the opposite effect. It can irritate the skin, trigger the inflammation and keep pores open. Just swap gritty scrubs into a pre-soaked pads for a gentle but effective scrub. Watch out for glycolic acid and salicylic acid. These are particularly effective.
#2. Steaming: Home-facial is the best thing during the day. Although few of us have time to regularly indulge in an at-home facial, there’s been a strong interest in steaming. It’s an old-school ritual that involves immersing your face in a cloud of warm vapors to clean out pores. Respect this ritual for a couple of days a week and finish with a toner for the best results.
#3. Put a mask on it: Clay masks are a quick, gentle and often affordable way to banish oil from congested pores. The best way to do that is to use Rare Earth Deep Cleansing Masque (Kiehl) at the best price possible. It’s a skincare product meant to be included in the top favorites. Apply a thin layer to clean skin to eliminate surface impurities and toxins.
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STEP 2: Shrink them
#1. Peeling: The peeling is more than recommended but it must be done right. Peels aren’t as scary as they sound, even if it’s done at home or at the salon. New-generation peels work under the surface of the skin to give you an instant glow. It will clean out the pores to shrink them in the long-run. It’s possible to also have acne. Unfortunately, this leaves enlarged pores and scars. The recommendation would be Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion, available nationwide. Its exfoliating ground crystals will smooth the wrinkles and shock the skin into producing more collagen. This is essential for maintaining good pore structure.
#2. Use Retinol: Retinols are vitamin A-based products used in the beauty world for their anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle properties. They will banish wrinkles and help to minimize pores by increasing collagen production. The retinol will plump the skin and decrease oil gland production and size. It’s a thing to do to make pores appear smaller. Try La Roche-Posay’s Redermic Treatment, because it has concentrated formula but it’s also a gentle option.
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STEP 3: Banish them
#1. Sunscreen protection: The UV protection is the best key to minimize the pores in the long run. It’s the most important thing to do during summer but not only. Remember that the skin is sensitive to the sun. The UV damage enlarges pores over time by thinning the skin and affecting its collagen structure. But many facial SPF creams can leave skin with a certain glow. This exacerbates pore size, so choose a primer that contains SPF instead. NARS’ Pro-Prime Multi-Protect Primer SPF30 is the perfect solution. It offers sun protection and it has pore-shrinking properties.
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#2. Cleansing: The indicated thing to do is to cleanse your face twice daily with a pH-balanced cleanser. Just try the Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant and consider using a facial brush. The facial gel must be used every morning and evening before the hydrating cream. If it makes your skin too dry, just use it in the evening. In the morning, it may affect the look of your foundation.
The best facial brush is the one which has a deeper clean properties. Be sure to wipe down and gently cleanse your skin post-workout. This will prevent pores from clogging. As you well know, the dirt and the dust from the gym and the sweat will attack your skin in the worst way possible. Use facial wipes moistened with salicylic acid, so keep a pack in your gym bag every time.
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#3. Fix it quickly: For an instant fix, primers and BB/CC creams work wonders to smooth the skin’s surface and make pores appear tighter. YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer, will smooth skin in less than a minute and acts as the perfect primer under foundation. Read more about the BB/CC/DD creams in the previous article. The blurring primer is the best invention ever. It’s that thing between your skin and the foundation. It’s a shield that will give you an airbrushed look.
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