Best ways to minimize pores!
Pores are the small openings on your face that many of us wish to shrink for that porcelain skin look. Smaller pores can result in flawless makeup application, smoother-looking skin, or a more even skin tone. But pores aren’t the enemy: the reality is that they exist to help your skin breathe, and since their size is determined by DNA, there are no permanent solutions to physically minimize pores.
Although your base pore size is genetically determined, you can minimize their appearance and effectively shrink them back to their normal, pre-stretched state with the right treatments. Which, lucky for you, I’ve meticulously laid out in painstaking detail, below.
To ‘Unclog’ Pores
It’s important to always wash your face with a gentle cleanser, especially before bedtime, to remove any extra dirt and grease.” Using a facial cleansing brush can help remove every ounce every grime, oil, and makeup.
Exfoliate your face twice a week
While keeping your face clean is so important, it’s the act of getting rid of dead skin cells that really keeps your complexion looking its best.
Look for “gentle cleansers containing low concentrations of salicylic acid (.5% – 1%) or lactic or glycolic acid (2.5% – 5%) will stimulate cell turnover and keep pores clean.”
Remember to be gentle on your skin
Regular exfoliation is important, but being too rough on your skin can also damage your pores.
Moisturize twice a day, every day
Bow down to sunscreen
The sun breaks down your skin’s collagen, which is responsible for keeping your face firm and elasticized, so you’re left with larger pores and stretchier skin after repeat exposure
Use a makeup primer to smooth pores
you can camouflage the appearance of pores with makeup, and primer is great option (especially if you have dry skin). “Silicone-based primers can fill in large pores (and small scars, and fine lines), but they can also be comedogenic (a.k.a. pore-clogging, which makes sense) and irritating to anybody with sensitive skin.
If you have dry or sensitive skin and large pores, don’t worry: you still have options. “A water-based primer can be helpful to anybody who has dry skin, but in my opinion, there is no substitute for a good old-fashioned water consumption to really assure adequate moisture.” So drink up: good hydration can brighten skin and shrink pores!
Use a pore camouflaging powder
Adding a layer of powder before or after your makeup can help to blur out fine lines and pores. Make sure to pick a formula with ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, antioxidants, since other powders cab settle into the skin and actually emphasize pores and lines.