Pores, pores, pores. The stubborn little things seem almost impossible to shift. Like skin type, the size of your pores is genetic (sigh). But before you go off and curse your mother for giving you crater-size pores, STOP – because there’s something you can do about it. In fact, ten things…
1. Cleanse Rule number one – if you want to keep pores looking smaller then you need to keep ‘em clean. Wash your face before bed with a good cleanser and makeup remover to wipe away all the grime of the day.
2. Wash Off That Sweat During a workout, sweat and dirt can get lodged in pores, so it’s worth remembering to give your face a thorough cleanse after you’ve hit the gym.
3. No Squeezing Do NOT, I repeat do NOT squeeze at those pores. As tempting as it may be, not only will touching your face add more dirt and oil from your fingers, but trauma to pores can permanently enlarge them.
4. Exfoliate Dead skin cells are another contributor to larger pores, so get rid of them with a good exfoliator. Buff away dead skin and reveal the glow (and smaller pores) beneath.
5. Mask It Clay masks are the great for pulling grease out of pores. Use once or twice a week to really combat problem areas. Una Brennan’s Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask, £8.99, contains dead sea mud to help absorb excess oil.
6. Steam It Out Steaming opens up pores, removing oil and impurities. Run a sink full of hot water and cover with a towel; after a while, place your head under for 10-15mins. The steam brings oxygen and moisture to your face whilst cleaning up those pesky pores.
7. SPF Another reason to include sun protection as part of your skincare routine – sun damage slows cell production, meaning pores get larger and become more visible. Try sun protection with some coverage– Estee Lauder’s Clear Difference Complexion Perfecting BB Crème, £34, has SPF 35, and will perfect those blemish at the same time.
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8. Prime Till Perfect If all else fails, why not just fake your way to smaller pores. A great primer can make any unsightly pores disappear – so makeup is magic. Smooth away those pores with Benefit’s Porefessional, £24.50 – does what it says on the tin.
9. Luminise With Care Only apply shimmery makeup to areas of face that naturally have small pores (such as the top of cheekbones and the bridge of your nose) – you don’t want to draw unnecessary attention to large ones! Keep makeup matte on pore-prone areas.
10. Pore Strips Target those pores head-on with Bioré’s Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, £7.99 for six. Watch those blackheads disappear, quite literally.