Did you know pores are important to your skin health? Yes, this is true! They allow hair, which keeps our bodies warm, to grow through the skin. They are also responsible for secreting an oily substance known as sebum that keeps skin moisturized and protects it from germs and environmental damage.
Ahh! But we know that enlarged pores feel like more of a nuisance than a benefit! Hard to cover up, and even harder to shrink, large pores can put a damper on all your makeup plans and your confidence too.
Wondering if you can actually shrink your pores? According to skin care experts, genetics and excessive sebum are the main culprits behind enlarged pores. And while some people may think of laser treatments to minimize pores, you should be aware that you could do so with a few simple skin care changes.
Enlarged pores are an all-too-common skin care concern for many of you. The good thing is, there are skin care products you can use and essential steps you can take in your skin care routine to help minimize the appearance of enlarged pores.
Pores are small openings in the skin that release oils and sweat.
There are conditions where your pores appear larger. It may be because of:
Although you cannot change the size of your pores, some skin care techniques can help minimize their appearance. Here is how.
It may be time when you need to switch up the skin care products that you use on a regular basis.
If you are using any products specifically designed to clear excess sebum and acne, you could be working against yourself. But long-term use of such products can actually irritate your skin.
These products rely on active ingredients to remove the top layers of your skin. This produces a drying effect, leading your pores to look smaller. But if your skin becomes too dry, your sebaceous glands increase sebum production to replenish the lost moisture. This leads you back to oily skin.
To avoid this, only use the following products for a couple of weeks at a time:
Also, make sure that all your products are non-comedogenic and are sourced from botanical ingredients. That means that they are water-based. Comedogenic, or oil-based products are especially off-limits if you have oily skin. Too much oil resulting from it can lead to large pores.
The best types of cleansers get rid of excess dirt and oil without completely stripping your skin of moisture. For large pores related to oily skin, you should look for a gel-based cleanser. Normal to dry skin can equally benefit from lightweight cleansers.
No matter what skin type you have, completely avoid cleansers that contain soap or harsh scrubbing agents. These can make pores look even bigger.
But remember that even the best cleansers won’t do you any good if they are not used properly. So, be sure to:
To treat your pores effectively, you can use Australian Tea Tree Face Wash from Oriental Botanics. This face wash eliminates all traces of grime and grease and refreshes the skin. Packed with the goodness of pure Australian tea tree oil, this face wash is highly effective in removing the deep-seated dirt and product residues and enhances the clarity of the skin. The mild exfoliating agent in the face wash gently sloughs off the dead skin and brings out the natural radiance of your skin. This is the ideal face wash for the troubled skin. The bioactive constituents of the face wash work synergistically to soothe the irritated skin. The antioxidant activities of the botanical ingredients help to minimize the harmful effect of city pollution on your skin.
Excessive amounts of dirt and oil can clog pores, making them appear larger and giving skin a greasy “orange peel” texture. To avoid the appearance of large pores, it is recommended to exfoliate the skin a few times a week to slough off debris.
Use products with botanical ingredients to maximize your exfoliating benefits. They can also penetrate deep into the pores to treat acne.
Try Oriental Botanics’ Australian Tea Tree Face Scrub. This face scrub gently scrapes away the dead skin cells and removes the deep-seated impurities without irritating the skin and drying it out. It helps in tan removal, reduces blemishes, brightens the complexion, and is useful in treating the pores.
One of the most common mistakes people with oily skin make is to skip out on moisturizer for fear that it will add more oil to their face. This not true! Moisturizing products actually help your natural sebum to penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin. This in turn not only reduces the appearance of oiliness, but it also helps to condition your skin effectively. Without a moisturizer, your skin could produce even more oil.
When it comes to large pores, the key is to choose a light, water-based moisturizer. You can use Oriental Botanics’ 99% Aloe Vera Fresh Soothing Gel. The nutrient-rich gel forms a transparent film of moisture on the skin that protects against pollutants and environmental stressors. It can easily penetrate your skin and nourishes the skin tissues, thereby leaving your skin thoroughly nourished. It cools the inflamed and irritated skin and helps to heal the skin damaged by overexposure to sunlight. This natural skin-conditioning agent locks moisture in the skin and adds suppleness and firmness to the skin.
Face masks infused with natural ingredients can help to remove oil, dirt, and dead skin deep inside your pores to make them look smaller. You can use these once or twice per week, but avoid on the same days that you exfoliate. Exfoliating and using a mask on the same day can be tough on your skin and increase your risk of irritation.
One of the best masks that is suitable for all skin types is the Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Peel Off Mask from Oriental Botanics. It deeply cleans the skin, absorbs the excess oil, clears pores, removes blackheads & whiteheads, and leaves the skin hydrated, nourished, and balanced. It lightens complexion and adds a healthy glow to the skin.
We all know that sunscreen is a must-have for everyone, so do not let oily skin hold you back from using it. Damage from the sun not only increases your long-term risk of cancer and wrinkles, but it can also dry out your skin and make your pores appear larger.
Use a product with an SPF of at least 30. You can also opt for moisturizers and foundations that contain SPF in them.
Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Mattifying Moisturizer SPF 30 from Oriental Botanics is a skin-loving product. It is the product your oily or acne-prone skin craves for. It absorbs easily into the skin and provides the moisture required by the skin to regain its natural hydrated state. The non-greasy moisturizer forms a light film of moisture on the face so that your skin feels supple and free from greasy residues. It feels light on the skin and gives the facial skin an oil-free and clear look. The healthy moisture barrier helps to protect the skin from environmental damage.
Falling asleep with your makeup on is a disaster for your skin. When left on overnight, makeup can combine with dirt, oil, and bacteria left over from the day and clog up your pores. This can make them look larger the next day when you wake up.
That is why it is so important to wash your makeup off at night, no matter how tired you are or how late you get home. For added benefit, you can also use a makeup-removing product before cleansing, such as micellar water.
You can try Oriental Botanics’ Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Micellar Water. The deep-cleansing action of micellar water easily rids the skin of heavy and greasy makeup, long-lasting foundation, waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick and sunscreen without leaving behind product residues or stripping the skin of its natural oil.
For flawless looking skin with minimum pores, a good rule of thumb is to adopt a good skin care routine with essential botanical products. Browse through our list of amazing products click here:
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