Tips for Large Pores

Monday, 27 October 2014

One of the major skincare concerns people commonly share is enlarged and noticeable pores. They can cause your skin and makeup to look uneven and are often genetically inherited. There are many treatments available to treat this concern but if you don't have big bucks in the bank, here are some of my tips for minimising the appearance of pores.

1. Use an exfoliating or pore-minimising cleanser daily

Gentle exfoliating cleansers clear dead cells from the surface of the skin and allow a deeper penetration to extract dirt and oils that can make pores appear larger. When using the product, focus on the areas that you're most concerned about whether that's your nose, chin, or forehead. Use circular repetitive movements to thoroughly cleanse the skin.

Recommended products: REN Rosa Centifolia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser; Olay Pore Minimising Cleanser + Scrub

2. Use a clay or charcoal based treatment

Clay and charcoal are ingredients used in many treatments, especially masks, to deeply penetrate and extract dirt and oils from the pores in your skin. This is why they're marketed to acne-prone skin in order to clear clogged pores and prevent inflammation. A deep treatment like this, used two or three times a week, can add a boost to your cleanser and minimise the appearance of your pores to a greater extent than daily cleansing alone.

Recommended products: Biore Self-Heating One Minute Mask; Sanctuary Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask; Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

3. Use pore-minimising primers

After the introduction of Benefit Porefessional, heaps of brands have come out with similar products to minimise pores and give a smooth base to apply makeup over. You can use these products on their own, though, to give a flawlessly smooth texture to your natural skin. Some even have a bit of a tint to allow the product to blend into your skin better.

Recommended products: Garnier Perfect Blur 5 Sec Smoothing Base Perfecter; Benefit Porefessional; L'Oreal Skin Perfection Blur

4. Avoid products with shimmer

Shimmery, dewy products can tend to catch the light and emphasise the appearance of pores around your nose and cheek areas. Try using matte powder finishes to smooth out the skin and cover your large pores more effectively.

Are you someone who struggles with large pores? Do you have some tips to share?

xx Julia

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