Hands up if you feel personally attacked by your pores. Sure, your skin might look flawless after you’ve put on your makeup, but reality hits you the moment you look into a mirror a few hours later. Those glaring holes on your face? They’re real.
As if blatant pores aren’t already annoying, they can even look bigger, no thanks to collagen loss as you age (your skin sags hence stretching your pores) and accumulated dirt, gunk, and other unmentionables (these clog up your pores making them even more noticeable).
Of course, all hope isn’t lost. Diminish the appearance of your pores and ensure your complexion stays fresh with these simple steps:
1. Invest in a makeup primer.
Since you can’t actually reduce the size of your pores, making them appear smaller is the next best thing. Before applying your makeup, prep your face with a primer that evens out your complexion and temporarily fills in your pores.
2. Wear light-coverage makeup.
Thick, heavy oil-based makeup has the potential to clog your skin, so go for water-based products instead. Needless to say, always remove your makeup at the end of each day to prevent clogging and breakouts.
3. Cleanse your face properly.
A quick splash of water just won’t do. Pores that are filled with dirt, oil, and gunk easily stick out, which is why it’s important to erase every trace of makeup and sunscreen on your face with an oil-based cleanser at the end of every day. Follow it up with facial wash to remove dirt and leftover residue.
4. Exfoliate dead skin away.
Excess sebum and dead skin cells are a killer combination—and not in a good way. Put these two together in a tight spot (like your pores) and you’ve got the perfect breeding ground for breakouts. Slough off dead skin cells to prevent them from accumulating and combining with oil to wreck your complexion.
5. Don’t forget the toner.
Toner works three ways: first, as the final cleansing step that swipes away any remaining dirt; second, to bring moisture back to the skin after rigorous cleansing; and third, to help even out your skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots.
Since collagen loss goes hand in hand with aging, it’s essential to choose a toner that targets this concern. kojie.san DreamWhite Anti-Aging Facial Toner with Collagen aims to plump and brighten your skin for a fresh-looking face. It’s great on pores too, since it helps tighten and minimize their appearance.
6. Revitalize with a face mask.
Once or twice a week, use a detoxifying and clarifying mask to draw out impurities from deep within your pores. While there are a lot of variants to choose from, masks formulated with charcoal and clay are best, as they pull bacteria, dirt, and excess oil to the surface.
7. Don’t skip the moisturizer.
Moisturizer might seem counterintuitive when you have oily skin, but it’s actually the lack of moisture that sends your oil glands into overdrive to compensate for the dryness. While it’s important to wear moisturizer during the day, don’t forget to apply it before you go to sleep to lock in moisture and prevent skin from drying out overnight.