Zap Open Pores: Top 10 Glowing Skincare Tips!
Clogged, enlarged and open pores are a beauty no-no. They make our skin texture look irregular, our complexions cruddy, and provide the perfect breeding ground for blackheads. So how can we close them for good? Here are some tips on how to restore your flawless glow - close up. Very close up!
1. Ice Cubes
It's not just an old wives' tale - gently running ice cubes across your pores for 15 to 30 seconds tightens your skin and closes your pores.
If there's only one daily beauty ritual you do, then make it a good cleanse. Cleansing helps the skin get rid of impurities, leaving it even-toned, with a smooth texture. Carefully cleanse your face with a gentle product such as micellar water, which won't harm your skin.
3. Take Off Your Makeup
Make sure you remove your make up before hitting the sack. Even if you're worn out, take the time to remove every single trace of makeup. If you don't, any pores that get clogged by makeup residues may become enlarged and your skin won't be able to regenerate overnight.
Applying a facial toner will reduce the appearance of open pores and leave you with firmer skin. Try the L'Oreal Paris White Perfect Whitening Moisturising Toner, which gives an instant boost to your skin, leaving it smoother & more tender.
Apply a gentle scrub once or twice a week to unclog and close pores. Go easy, or it could backfire and make matters worse. The L'Oreal Paris White Perfect Anti-Dullness Scrub boosts complexion by minimizing visible pores & refining the skin.
6. Face Masks
Masks are a skin pampering superhero. A purifying clay face mask will absorb excess sebum and unclog pores.
Open pores often result from dehydrated skin, so moisturising is key. Opt for a light, mattifying, non-comedogenic cream. The new L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence is a water-based formula that penetrates up to 10 skin layers to reveal bright, radiant, crystal clear skin.
8. Blur Cream
For an instant, smoothing action, apply a blur cream to naturally 'Photoshop' the texture of your skin. Rich in silicone elastomers, they fill pores and wrinkles without clogging them, mattify skin tone and reflect light. Apply it just before your makeup - a final skincare treatment to set you up for the day.
What's the best type of foundation to hide enlarged pores? A mousse! If you're not a fan of these, then opt for a light texture that's oil-free or formulated for oily skin. Apply your foundation with a brush, starting with your T-zone and working out from the centre of your face.
You can also go for a mineral-based powder. Simply apply it with a brush, using circular movements.
10. Natural Enzymes
Soak a flannel in a mix of fresh lemon and pineapple juice, press it on to your face and leave for a minute. Lemon and pineapple juice contain natural enzymes that purify and firm up skin, whilst closing enlarged pores.
Large, open pores are a common skin complaint and a breeding ground for dirt and grime. Practicing good skin hygiene and following a daily skincare routine is key to reducing your pore size and protecting your skin’s texture. Follow these 10 tips to shrink large pores and get smooth and flawless-looking skin.