I know, I know. You're not a fan of your pores. But it's important to remember we all have them. Skin texture is completely normal. The good news is we can minimise the appearance of our pores without resorting to invasive procedures or products that contain potentially harmful chemicals. So sit back, relax and read on as we reveal everything you need to know about pores and how to minimise their appearance.
First things first, skin texture is normal!
Everyone has texture on their skin, and it's about time we normalise seeing it. We love seeing more and more influencers go filter-free on major social platforms, avoiding contributing to an unrealistic beauty standard we see so much of on magazine covers and in advertising.
While we can minimise the appearance of our pores (more on that soon), we can't close them completely. We will always have texture on our skin, and that's okay!
Why do we have pores on our skin?
Our pores play a vital role in our skin health. They produce sebum (oil) to keep our skin silky soft, prevent transepidermal water loss and support our skin's natural barrier function.
If you've ever experienced stripped skin, you'll know first-hand how important it is to have healthy, balanced oil flow.
How to minimise the appearance of your pores
Now we know pores are normal, and skin texture is normal. However, things like excess oil production, dead skin cell build-up and sleeping in your makeup can cause clogging and congestion, leading to enlarged pores. So how do we avoid that?
Check out our line-up of expert skin hacks to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and unlock smoother, brighter, healthier, even-toned skin.
Your first cleanse removes makeup and sunscreen, while your second cleanse removes impurities and excess oil. Clearing your pores of makeup, impurities, and excess oil will prevent any build-up that leads to enlarged pores. Sticking to a consistent routine will prevent congestion and breakouts and lead to a clearer, brighter, more youthful complexion.
Did you know if you try to reduce the amount of oil on your skin by using a harsh cleanser, your skin will actually overcompensate by producing more oil? Instead, go for a product that assists with balancing your oil flow while keeping your skin clear and clean.
For best results, look for an active cleanser that combines Vitamin C and Citric Acid to target enlarged pores and improve skin texture.
Here's one we prepared earlier, Rejuvenating Foaming Cleanser.
Don't skip moisturiser
If you have an oily skin type, it can be tempting to skip moisturiser altogether, but this is a big no-no! The more you nourish and support your skin, the more balanced it will be.
Balanced skin = Reduced excess oil production.
And since excess oil production is one of the leading causes of enlarged pores, maintaining a balanced oil flow is everything when it comes to minimising the appearance of your pores.
Look for a moisturiser that's ultra-nourishing and hydrating yet beautifully lightweight.
Use a chemical exfoliant
A chemical exfoliant offers a much more advanced and effective exfoliation than a physical exfoliant (anything with beads or crushed almonds). Look for products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) to encourage cellular turnover and reveal brighter and smoother skin. Think of AHAs and BHAs like little Pac-Men on your skin, eating away dead skin cells and clearing your pores of excess oil, impurities and congestion.
Try our best-selling exfoliant, AHA Power Exfoliant.
Use this skin hero 1-2 times weekly for best results.
Invest in a retinol
Also known as vitamin A and tretinoin, retinol reduces fine lines and wrinkles, unclogs pores, brightens, improves elasticity, reduces excess oil production, removes dead skin cells and improves skin texture.
Is there anything retinol can't do? Not really. We love her!
If your goal is to minimise the appearance of enlarged pores, you can't go past a product with vitamin A.
Remember, skin texture is normal. We're working towards minimisation, not elimination.
Follow these easy steps to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and fall in love with the skin you're in.
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