They can ruin the most flawless makeup look. Even full coverage foundation doesn’t stand a chance. So how do you nix pesky pores and flaunt a smooth complexion?
Here’s how to get rid of pores on face:
#1 Vacuum-clean your skin
Time to wage an all-out war! Large pores and excess oil go hand in hand. When dirt and oil get stuck in your pores, they cause them to stretch. Quick way to nix this is by busing a charcoal-based face wash that literally sucks the bad stuff out. Did ya know charcoal can bind 800 times its weight in dirt and oil? Get Aloe Veda Activated Charcoal Deep Pore Detox
#2 Buff your stuff
Common mistake: extra vigorous exfoliation. This inflames pores, making them even larger. You need a mild but tough exfoliator infused with chemical exfoliants like Salicylic acid or Glycolic acid. The stimulate cell turnover and keep pores clean. Use not more than twice a week. Try O3+ Glycolic Acid 10 % Face Wash.
# 3 Tighten up
Have you noticed your pores look larger in your 30s than they did in your 20s? That’s because skin loses collagen and elastin — the building blocks for tight skin—as you age. Hydrate yourself inside out: drink lots of water and use a hydrating serum. This shrinks pores by plumping up the surrounding skin. We tried The Face Shop Chia Seed Moisture Recharge Serum
and loved the moisture surge it gave our skin.
# 4 Sun protect
The sun too plays a big part in how big your pores become. Direct sunlight tears up collagen in skin, making pores larger. Simple solution daily mattifying SPF to structural skin damage before it happens. Give VLCC Matte Look SPF 30 Sun Screen Gel Crème
# 5 Add a retinoid to your routine
It’s time to say hello to the wonderkid of skin care: retinol. A vitamin A derivative, this stimulates the metabolism of skin cells and encourages collagen production. Use daily to visibly reduce the appearance of brown spots, wrinkles and large pores. Pure Retin A is available at chemists. Add a drop to your night cream. Or simply pick up retinol infused skin formula like L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Night Cream.
#6 Primer first
A must before putting on your foundation. While you're waiting for results to kick in from the treatments above, invest in a pore-minimizing primer. These wonder formulae contain optical reflectors that mattify skin and visually fill in pores so they look smaller and smoother. We love the super light, matte NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer
that doesn’t clog pores. Then look for a blurring foundation like Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation
#7 Last resort: The dermatologist!
All else fails, head to the dermatologist for a laser treatment. The only proven way of ACTUALLY reducing pore size. A series of treatments with non-ablative lasers can reduce pores by building collagen, plumping the skin and shrinking pores. Bonus: The treatment has minimal downtime.