Are large open pores ruining your looks? If it makes you feel any better, you’re not alone. Open pores - often located right in the middle of your face, around your nose, cheeks and chin are a bane for many. While they may start out as just barely visible, age, skin damage, genetics and excess sebum production make sure they only get larger. Well, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news first. You can’t get rid of your pores. The good news; you can make them look like they’ve disappeared. All you need is a fab skincare regime and some handy makeup techniques.
Here’s how to put an end to your open pores problem once and for all:
Keep Your Face Clean
The science is simple clogged pores look larger. Wash your face twice a day with a Salicylic Acid-based cleanser to get rid of the oil, dust and debris. Alternatively, a facewash with Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid like the O3+ Glycolic Acid 10 % Face Wash
will work wonders in cleansing your skin and minimizing your pores.
Exfoliate Just Right
The most important thing you can do when you have large pores is make sure the dead cells and debris that accumulate in your pores get sloughed off regularly. The answer? Exfoliation. But remember not to overdo it or you’re going to have both open pores AND massive inflammation. Who wants that, right! Use the Inatur Charcoal Face Scrub
not more than twice a week for smaller pores and happier skin.
Moisturizing Is Key
Amp up your skincare routine with moisturizers that contain ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid to deal with your large pores. Try the L'Oreal Paris Hydrafresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel
by day and by night you might want to add a cream that is flush with Retinol. A Vitamin A derivative, Retinol aids collagen production which visibly reduces large pores. The L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Night Cream
is our tried and tested fave!
Use A Primer
It’s really all about that base. Start off your makeup routine with a primer that helps to fill in your pores leaving your skin looking (and feeling) super smooth. We swear by the Wet n Wild Cover All Face Primer - Partners In Prime
. With White Sapphire as its miracle ingredient, this primer works wonders in minimizing the appearance of pores, so your complexion looks crystal clear. Magic in a bottle!
Befriend The Matte Foundation
Let all your luminous makeup take a backseat ‘coz all it’s going to do is draw attention to your pores. Oh, hell no! It’s time to say hello to your new BFF a matte foundation that won’t reflect light so your problem areas (read large pores) can be happily ignored. Which is why we never go anywhere without our trusty Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
Blend And Buff
Bye-bye makeup brushes, hey there blender. Brushes can leave behind brush strokes that enhance your already large pores. That’s why blenders come to the rescue. Use the Nykaa BlendMaster All-rounder Makeup Blender Sponge
to dab and then roll your foundation on to your skin to blend it in. Ta-da! You’re left with no visible pores and seamless coverage.
Follow Up With A Powder
All you need now is a loose and translucent setting powder like the L.A Girl HD Pro Setting Powder
. It sets your foundation perfectly, mattifies your skin and gives you the flawless finish you crave.
Matte Blush, Setting Spray, Done!