Other than blackheads, another dilemma that’s sweeping the nation would be enlarged pores. You may have a clean fresh face from afar but when you take a few steps closer to take a look — uh oh! You’re in big trouble with those blocked and enlarged pores.
Everybody wants a flawless looking face but the truth is you can’t completely close out your pores. Pores are, after all, essential. What we can do is minimize them. Let’s zoom in and talk about ways you could try to reduce the size (and appearance) of your pores.
Holey Molly! Why are my pores so big?
That’s because of a number of reasons. One of those is, well, you’re born with it — it’s all in the genes. Another would be the damage and aging our skin goes through. The walls of our pores become less firm with damage and aging so when oil and debris become stuck inside, the pore stretches and becomes bigger.
Another reason we can think of is the lack of personal hygiene. Even if you don’t have a good skin regimen, you should at least keep your face clean by washing it everyday.
#1 way that you could try to minimize your pores is a good skin care regimen. CLEAN, EXFOLIATE, PROTECT and MOISTURIZE — we say!
CLEAN: Use a PH balanced soap with salicylic acid. It’s good to wash your face 2 times a day to unclog the pores. Over-washing your face strips it from it’s natural oils making it dry so twice a day is ideal.
EXFOLIATE: Exfoliating once a week will help minimize your pore size. It also helps in cleansing the face from debris such as dead skin cells, revealing a more youthful skin.
PROTECT: Any skin type, whether it be oily, normal, or a combination should always protected from the sun. Avoid direct exposure to sunlight. If you must (like in summer) make sure that your moisturizer has SPF 15 or 30.
MOISTURIZE: Applying moisturizer after washing helps the skin retain it’s moisture but make sure you have the right moisturizer for your skin type. Example, oily skin types need moisturizers that are oil-free.
#2 way that you could try to minimize your pores is with the use of baking soda. Yes, baking soda. It’s not just for cooking anymore!
Step 1: After cleaning your face take about 2 tablespoons of baking soda and place it on your palm.
Step 2: Drizzle enough water to it to make a paste-like consistency.
Step 3: Rub the baking soda all over your face. Rub gently, not vigorously for 30 seconds to a minute.
Step 4: Rinse thoroughly.
Do this for about a week. You will definitely see results in just one week! How amazing is that? You can add this step to your skin care regimen, preferably after cleansing your face.
There you have it!
Having great and flawless skin doesn’t happen overnight. Make sure to stick to your skin care regimen and add a healthy diet to the equation. Remember to rehydrate as well and don’t stay under the sun too long. You’ll have great skin with close to invisible pores in no time!