Ahhhh visible and enlarged pores… aren’t they just lovely?
The worst part is that, unlike blemishes, you can’t reduce them nor get rid of them. In fact you don’t want to get rid of them because they play an integral role in maintaining healthy skin. Pores are actually small openings on the surface of the skin, face and body, that help release oils and sweat and keep the skin naturally moisturised and supple. Without them, you’d look like a prune instead.. I mean, I would choose enlarged pores any day of the week if it means not looking like a prune… ew. Bottom line, you can’t get rid of pores, they’re there to stay and if anyone tells you that their product can get rid of pores THEY’RE LYING TO YOU.
The cosmetic issue here is the APPEARANCE OF ENLARGED PORES, not pores themselves. How do pores get enlarged, you ask? Well, they can come from:
· Aging (decreased elasticity)
· High sebum excretion
While we can’t tackle genetics and aging, we can certainly change up our lifestyle and skin care routine at home to effectively minimise the appearance of enlarged pores.
Here are 5 easy tips!
1. First and foremost, do yourself a favour and ditch the magnifying mirror.
Honestly, no one, absolutely no average person, will look at you with a magnifying glass. By viewing yourself through a magnifying mirror you’re bound to self criticise. You’ll be shocked to know that a magnifying mirror will make your pores look enlarged even though they’re not. So please, be kind to yourself. Your skin is doing it’s thing, it’s protecting you and it’s doing perfectly fine!
2. Don’t be afraid to use acids
From time to time, we need to help and give our skin cells a little push to rejuvenate. New and fresh skin cells help our skin look radiant, bright and smooth but the connections between old cells are quite stubborn. If we don’t clear out these old cells they can cause our pores to become clogged. When they are clogged, there’s accumulation of sebum and/or dirt in our pores, causing it to stretch and look enlarged. Thus, whip out the AHAs, BHAs and PHAs to dissolve the stubborn connections to help remove dead skin cells. AHAs (glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid) work on the surface of the skin to smooth out rough skin texture and improve dull and uneven skin tone. BHAs (salicylic acid) work a little deeper in the skin and can penetrate into the pores to dissolve and get rid of dead skin cells. PHA is also an effective chemical exfoliant but it’s more gentle than AHA and BHA, thus it’s more suitable for sensitive skin.
3. No matter how tired you are, do not sleep with makeup on!
Or if you’ve just been binging on Netflix until the wee hours of the morning you need to cleanse your face. Better yet, double cleanse if you can. This is so self explanatory - wash of the dirt/makeup/excess sebum of your face = clean and unclogged pores = minimal appearance of pores. It will be a bonus if you use a clay mask to purify your skin 2-3 times a week. If this doesn’t make sense, please email us.
4. Wear sunscreen, even in those rainy, dark and gloomy days!
“But it’s not even sunny?..."
PSA, yes the sun is a fundamental source of vitamin D and endorphin production BUT it’s also the number one contributor to premature aging. Sure, with minimal exposure you’ll get the occasional sunburn but the more exposure you have the more it’s going to break down integral proteins in your skin, in the form of free radicals, and cause skin sagging, increase in wrinkles, roughness, dullness, age spots, the list goes on. Too much exposure without any form of protection will increase your risk of skin cancer. Skin sagging or lack of elastin stretches out the pores and makes them look bigger. We’re being so serious, please wear sunscreen even when it’s a dark and gloomy day.
5. Introduce ABC to your skincare routine
Retinol (Vitamin A): Helps with skin cell turnover, curb excess oil and also stimulate collagen production. However, only use retinol at night as it’s photosensitive and you probably only need to apply it maybe 2-3 times a week if you’ve got dry or sensitive skin.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): An amazing and multifunctional vitamin that helps with minimising enlarged pores, regulating oil production, improve skin tone, decrease fine lines and wrinkles, and diminish dullness.
Vitamin C: Potent antioxidant that not only boost collagen production but also curb those pesky free radicals from wreaking havoc on the skin.