Here are five clever skincare tricks that keep your complexion clear and your pores almost invisible.
To get the flawless face you crave, follow these five easy rules.
Keep skin clean
Never ever go to bed with your makeup on (it gets pushed deep into pores while you toss and turn), and when washing, spend a minimum of 30 seconds massaging in a cleanser. Use a face wash that suits your skin type — milky creams if you tend to be dry and foams or gels for normal or acne-prone complexions.
Dampen skin then lightly rub a facial scrub on areas prone to clogging; like the nose, cheeks, and chin using a circular motion. Exfoliating loosens dry skin that can cause blockage. For oily complexions, use a scrub that contains a chemical exfoliator, three times a week. If you have dry or sensitive skin, use a gentle, nonabrasive, creamy exfoliator twice weekly.
Clogged pore expand, so the opening becomes wider. To decrease blemish-causing debris apply a clay-based mask to your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) one or two times a week. Clay acts like a vacuum and pulls dirt and oil to the surface. Experts never recommend picking, but if you’re going to do it, use an extraction. The oval shape creates an even pressure that forces the debris up and out.
Absorb excess shine
Oil reflects light and brings more attention to a pore’s size. Soak up excess sebum with paper blotting sheets or a mattifying cream instead of reapplying a compact powder throughout the day. Layers of makeup will lead to congestion and breakouts.
Use oil-free products
If you have large pores, avoid cleansers and moisturizers that contain any type of oil, especially mineral oil or petroleum, which can create a clogging film. Skip waterproof and stay-put makeup as well since these formulas tend to be oil-based and aren’t easily washed off with a regular cleanser.