Wondering how to minimize pores? The size and look of your pores depend on quite a few factors— things like genetics, skin type, exposure to sun, and age are all part of the equation. Regardless of their size, they actually serve an important purpose. Pores allow the skin to breathe, and are the passageway between the inside of the body and the outside.
Okay, so pores are totally necessary for our skin, but we can make them less noticeable — and shrinking their appearance is not as hard as you may think! Read ahead for tips that will have your pores looking flawless.
Put away the magnifying mirror
First of all, this has to be said: No one sees your pores the way you see them in the mirror. What to you is a glaring connect-the-dots game on your face to everyone else is normal skin. So the first step in dealing with your pores is mental: Loosen up! But the next steps are very real and give you very real results, taking your possibly-slightly-visible pores down to the definitely-need-a-microscope-to-see-them level.
Daily cleansing and regular exfoliation are the best ways to keep pores clean. Makes total sense: Pores free of gunk are going to be way harder to spot. But first, you need to coax those suckers to open up so you can get everything out. Heat or steam is the best way to get the job done—try applying a warm washcloth to your face before scrubbing up.
You can cleanse twice a day or once a day, but if you cleanse once a day, choose the night time. At the end of the day, your skin will have a buildup of dirt and/or makeup, and it’s critical to clean that all out before going to sleep.
Add a scrub to your weekly skincare routine
Incorporating a scrub into your skincare regimen is also beneficial. Just be careful not to over-exfoliate the skin—a scrub once a week is fine. That being said, look for a gentle exfoliator like the Lumière de Vie Volcanic Exfoliating Mask.
Keep your hands off your face
Unless your cleansing or in the middle of other skin care, keep your hands off! The bacteria on your fingers can transfer to your face and make their way into your skin, so it’s best to minimize the time you spend touching your face, let alone picking at it. Picking at clogged pores can be tempting, but ultimately, it usually results in an angrier blemish, blood, scabbing and even scarring.
Use a retinoid cream
Whether prescription strength or over-the-counter, retinoid cream will help boost skin cell turnover, which makes for happier pores. You’ll see noticeably smaller-looking pores in a matter of weeks.
You’ll be happy to know that the Lumière de Vie Retinol Crème is coming very soon for you to enjoy!