Another one of Google’s top-searched beauty questions of 2014 was, “how to minimize pores.” Now, some of you might think that you don’t need the answer to this question…but you do. Pores are actually hair follicles, which means we all have them. Some of us just have pores that are larger and more visible than others. And if you’re ready to make them shrink (no matter what their size), read on:
Keep a clean face. Wash your face twice a day with warm – not hot -water and your favorite cleanser. If you find that your skin is still acting strange, you may need to change your soap. Some soaps may be causing skin inflammation. Pat your face dry with a soft towel and moisturize.
Clay isn’t just for pottery. Use masks with Kaolin clay once or twice a week to shrink your pores over time. We suggest starting with just once a week to see how your skin reacts to the mask, then increasing your use as needed.
Steam clean. Open up your pores and clean them out with a steam treatment. Boil some water, add some herbs and rose petals for a true spa experience, cover it with a towel for a few moments, then take the towel off and ease your face over the bowl or pot, covering your head with the towel. Stay put for about 10 minutes, then rinse your face and pat dry. Plus, it could help with headaches and sinus issues.
Get Retinol. It’s usually found in wrinkle-fighting serums and moisturizers, but retinol can actually help rid your face of debris so the stuff clogging and enlarging your pores will be removed, and your pores will shrink.
Wear makeup? Prime first. A good base is the key to any great makeup. But in case you need another reason to use primer, it’ll help smooth and reduce the size of your pores. It even acts as a base between your makeup and skin so foundation won’t sink into your skin and clog your pores.
Don’t just wash off makeup. Make sure you use a makeup remover to take off your second face after a long day. You don’t want any old makeup settling into your pores and causing enlarged pores or even acne.
Sunscreen is your friend. Sun exposure can actually slow down cell prodcution, which in the end makes your pores appear bigger. So, if you are out and about, make sure to use a moisturier with sunscreen.
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