You might wonder, how can I diminish my pores when looking in the mirror. No matter how Instagram makes us believe that pores should be inexistent, they are here to stay. The good news is, pores are OKAY and important to release all the sweat and toxins from your body.
Many factors affect the size and look of your pores. We’re talking about age, genetics, skin type, and environmental aggressors. It is possible, however, to reduce their appearance.
We can see that you’re getting excited! Read on to discover the know-how guide.
1. Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse
Remove dirt and pollutants from your skin with a daily cleanse. While this is a very common step, it can sometimes be overlooked (especially after those long days). Do remember: find a gentle cleanser that lifts the gunk away without stripping off the important moisture!
We recommend our Australian Pink Clay Deep Pore Cleanser for AM and PM use. The magical gel-like formula contains all the right ingredients to draw out impurities, leaving your skin feeling oh-so-soft and juicy!
2. Weekly scrub
You might want to part ways with dead skin cells. Physical exfoliation plays an important role in getting baby soft, pore-refined skin. It’s highly suggested that you don’t overdo this part to guard your skin barrier.
We love bamboo and macadamia extracts in our Australian Pink Clay Flash Perfection Exfoliator that shed dead skin cells gently without worries!
3. SPF daily!
Harmful UV rays can reduce the elasticity and collagen levels of your skin, which can result in larger pores. Go for a gel-like formula to assure lightweight protection throughout the day!
4. Hands off your face
Old habits die hard. We all plead guilty and unconsciously do this now and then. By touching your face, the bacteria on your hands can transfer and go inside your pores. Trust us, it’s a no-go zone if you want clear-looking skin.
5. Leave oil-based creams behind
Oil-based creams clog pores more than we know it and can lead to skin congestion. Say goodbye to heavy formula, and make way for lightweight yet nourishing facial creams.
Our Tasmanian Spring Water Hydration Boost Cream knows what’s up! With a pleasant gel-cream texture, this multi-hyphenate skin essential hydrates and locks in moisture without leaving your skin feeling suffocated.
6. Chemical peel
Chemical exfoliation is as important as physical exfoliation. Known to improve skin texture and shrink pores over time, it gets rid of dead skin cells before you know it!
We want to find a product that contains super stable Ethyl-ascorbic acid and antioxidants to treat those congested pores. Sand & Sky’s Australian Emu Apple Enzyme Powder Polish works wonders under the surface of your skin to ensure effective skin exfoliation.
7. Avoid shimmery makeup
Shimmery makeup can do two things. Clogging your pores and highlighting them (we don’t know what’s worse). Keep the appearance of pores at bay by limiting luminizing makeup on areas with smaller pores like the upper cheekbones, eyelids, and upper nose bridge.
8. Opt for non-comedogenic ingredients
Not limited to facial creams, non-comedogenic products help pores to breathe better without the heavy feel. Avoid facial products that contain oily ingredients to minimise the risk of clogging your pores.
9. Clay mask away
A secret no more, clay masks are highly proven to shrink pores and release all the nasties on your skin. Oil and dirt buildups can make your pores look five times larger, so the importance of this step cannot be overstated!
Give yourself a masking session with our award-winning Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask twice a week. It’s a jar filled with magic! With the benefits of Pink Clay, Kelp, and Witch Hazel extracts, this mask will shrink and refine your pores in just 10 minutes.
10. Protect with antioxidants
Free radicals are healthy skin’s longtime nemesis. Boost cellular turnover with antioxidants to prevent larger-looking pores caused by the loss of elastin. Overwhelmed by the chemical terms? Why not try nature-powered ingredients that contain antioxidants such as Kakadu Plum, Australian Emu Apple, Riberry, and Pepperberry?
Try incorporating our Australian Emu Apple Super Bounce Mask and Dreamy Glow Drops into your routine for that bouncy, plump skin!
11. Visit a beautician
When in doubt, regularly visit your beauty specialist to extract the stubborn comedones and pimples. Avoid doing this on your own to minimise the chance of scarring and irritation.
12. Magnifying mirrors? Pass.
Magnifying mirrors can be your foe at times. Clearly, no one sees your pores as how they look in the mirror, let alone 10x closer than the actual size. So put it aside, stick to your routine, and you’ll be just fine.
13. Don’t forget to moisturise
Yep, you read that right. Moisturised skin prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL) which can cause more oil production. As we’ve said, avoid heavy moisturisers and opt for a lighter cream. Our Tasmanian Spring Water Hydration Boost Cream is suitable for all skin types and provides lasting hydration and skin protection.
14. The cool massage method
Facial rollers can help tighten skin and help your products sink in better. Let your facial roller chill inside the fridge and give your face well-deserved attention for that super soothing and firming effect!
We recommend: Sand & Sky’s Firming Face Roller.
15. Use products with Witch Hazel to shrink pores
Witch Hazel is an astringent that has pore-tightening properties. This essential plant extract is super useful for oily skin treatments as it controls sebum production and soothes inflamed skin.
This ingredient can also be found in our Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask, so mask away ladies!
Watch your skin become its best self 🦋