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5 Steps to Smaller Pores

How to minimize pores using makeup and skin care in 5 easy steps

Written by: 100% Pure®
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When you get a close-up view of your skin in the mirror, what’s the first thing you notice? For us, it’s our pores, and how they seem to grow larger by the minute. As we age our pores become more noticeable, especially for those of us with oily or combination skin types. While large pores aren’t considered the worst skin issue, they can spell trouble when ignored. Wondering how to shrink pores, and avoid unnecessary skin woes? You’ve come to the right place!

5 Steps to Smaller Pores

Breakouts, dull skin, and makeup can all emphasize the appearance of large pores. The trick is to treat the skin first, day and night, on a regular basis. You can finish with makeup products uniquely made to blur and minimize the appearance of pores. Check out our tried-and-true 5 step strategy for how to minimize pores:

Step 1: Exfoliation

Exfoliators are great for shrinking pores for a variety of reasons. Using a facial scrub feels like particles are vibrating on the skin while you wash, giving a super deep clean that keeps our skin smooth and soft. Stuffed pores are large pores, and a gentle scrub helps to loosen trapped oil and dead skin creating the appearance of larger pores.

One of the other, added benefits of exfoliation is its ability to decrease the appearance of age on the skin. The buildup of dead cells on the skin’s surface enhances wrinkles and fine lines. It also causes the skin to look duller rather than smooth and radiant. Exfoliating helps to keep collagen flowing in the skin for that bouncy, supple, youthful look and feel.

To use a scrub to minimize pores, apply a half dollar sized amount into hands. Using gentle circular motions, massage into the skin of face and neck for a minimum of 1 minute. Rinse immediately with warm water, or leave on for an additional 15 minutes as a facial mask.

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Step 2: Astringent

If you’re wondering how to minimize pores, first look for an astringent. They shrink pores by constricting them, which also stops the secretion of excess sebum. Astringents can also dry out excess oil in the skin, thanks to their component of alcohol or witch hazel. For those of us that are breakout prone, astringents can reduce acne with their antiseptic and antibacterial properties. One thing to note is that astringents are very potent, and won’t be needed by everyone. We recommend using an astringent if you have acne prone, oily, or combination skin. Normal, dry, or sensitive skin types won’t need to use an astringent as often, if at all.

Our Tea Tree & Willow Acne Clear Astringent is a great option for even sensitive skin types. We recommend this formula because it doesn’t use overy-drying alcohol, but witch hazel instead. This vegan recipe employs witch hazel, willow bark, and tea tree to help purify and neutralize the skin. Soothing essential oils help balance the skin’s pH for decreased oiliness, and consistently smaller pores with continued use. Tea tree is very antibacterial and helps prevent breakouts, plus it has a very invigorating feel on the skin. Witch hazel is anti-aging (our favorite type of anti, tbh) and stimulates healing activity on the skin.

After cleansing or exfoliating, pump astringent onto cotton pad. Gently sweep onto face and neck, and allow to absorb before starting your next steps.

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Step 3: Retinol

The main reason we love retinol* in our pore-minimizing routine is because it shrinks pores by resurfacing skin. By stimulating skin cell turnover, retinol cleans old debris and dead skin that have been deep-set in pores. As we know, a clogged pore is a big-looking pore, and retinol can clarify without leaving you skin tight or dry. Retinol is to the skin as what a great pair of shoes was to Carrie Bradshaw. It makes for happier skin by shrinking the appearance of pores, brightening skin, and boosting collagen production.This means a brighter, tighter, more youthful glow. Yes, please!

To use a nighttime retinol treatment to shrink pores, you have a few options. You can use a high potency retinol balm for heavy duty results, a retinol cream for deep moisture, or a retinol serum for a lightweight pore-minimizing and anti-aging treatment.

*Retinol is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult your doctor for more information.

Step 4: Sunscreen

A mandatory step after using pore-minimizing retinol is to add on a layer of sunscreen the next morning. Because retinol helps to create new skin, it can leave the new cells on our faces vulnerable to sunlight. Be sure to use your retinol products in the evening, and lather up with the SPF just for good measure.

More than that, sunscreen helps to protect the qualities in our skin cells that maintains youth and tightness. Overexposed skin has a leathery look, because UV exposure degrades collagen and elastin in skin. And when UV exposure damages your skin’s matrix of collagen and elastin, pores become more relaxed. Why? Well if your collagen and elastin levels drop, so will your skin -- literally. These key elements of youthful skin keep things firm and perky, including your pores. So before you step out (every single day), be sure to protect your skin’s matrix and pores with a natural sunscreen. We recommend a full coverage sunscreen with physical UV blockers to protect the skin from environmental pollutants. An application of our Tomato Lycopene SPF 20 Moisturizer will have you feeling fine and looking divine.

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Step 5: Powder

Looking for a quick fix to large pores? Our Bamboo Blur Powder does the trick every time. It comes in 4 translucent to semi-translucent shades and is great for all skin types. The bamboo silica in the powder literally blurs fine lines, uneven texture, and excess shine -- so a regular powder won’t have quite the same pore-minimizing power. Leave the ladies room after powdering your nose with a smooth, perfected complexion.

To use Bamboo Blur Powder to minimize pores, you can apply it alone or on top of face makeup. Circle your Cruelty Free Kabuki Brush onto the mesh to pick up the powder. Tap off excess powder and sweep from the center of the face outward, or anywhere you feel your pores are more apparent.

When it comes to pores (especially large pores), the best defense is keeping them clean. That doesn’t mean a quick fix isn’t a good option in times of need. Using astringent once or twice a week, plus powder on oily, enlarged pore days can definitely show instant, yet somewhat temporary results. Ultimately, a combination retinol, SPF, and exfoliating will result in long-term improvement. If pores are a big issue for you – no pun intended – staying consistent with these products is going to work best. Now that you’ve got our pore shrinking secrets, what products are you adding into your routine?

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