Here’s a question I get asked a lot:
Pores are tiny openings in the skin that allow our skin to breathe.
Our pores are also busy doing another job – they help the hair on our body grow.
This is because pores create the opening for the hair follicle to grow through.
Since every pore allows a hair follicle to grow and every hair follicle has an oil gland…
…pores enable this oil from the gland to travel up to the skin’s surface, moisturising and nourishing it all by itself.
Just imagine if your skin had no oil. It would be very dry, tight and uncomfortable.
The glands that make this oil that comes out of our pores are called the sebaceous glands and the oil the glands produce is called sebum.
Sebum works really well…(most of the time) to help keep our skin feeling and looking soft.
Many women I meet complain about having oily skin.
Yet oily skin is truly a gift from the beauty gods! For oily skin will age slower and form far fewer wrinkles over time.
Our pores allow sebum oil to reach the surface of our skin which in turn helps keep our skin youthful and nourished.
Quite simply, our faces need the extra natural moisture from the sebum oil and, as such, the pores on our faces can be larger than on other parts of our bodies to allow this oil to travel through.
The larger the pores, the more oil is produced…
…the more oil that’s produced, the more moisturised your skin will be, which helps it look younger for longer!
As we age, our cells renew themselves more slowly, so we can get an unnecessary build-up of dead skin.
These dead skin cells get trapped in our pores and stretch out our pores, making them larger.
As we age we lose Collagen in our skin making our skin less bouncy, less elastic and thinner. As such the perimeter of our pores enlarge and loosen because of this loss of Collagen.
Think about how the neck of a turtleneck jumper stretches and becomes wider and looser the more we wear it – this is what happens to our pores as we age and lose collagen!
Unfortunately, you can’t “shrink” your pores.
BUT – here’s the good news!
We can help make our pores look smaller.
With the right skincare habits and carefully chosen products, we can minimize the look of them, improve the texture of our skin and prevent them from becoming larger in the future!
Exfoliating 2 – 3 times a week will definitely make your pores appear smaller.
If you’re regularly exfoliating and removing the dead skin cells that clog your pores, your pores won’t even have a chance to stretch out and look larger!
The gentle way to exfoliate is to use a clean muslin cloth with your usual cleanser.
Simply buff in small circular motions. This action helps buff away dead skin cells, unclog pores and allows new fresh skin cells emerge to the surface!
If you’re looking for a deeper exfoliation, I swear by Derma Tx Microdermabrasion – it makes skin look and feel incredible! Almost instantly!
Use it twice to three times a week for the smoothest skin of your life, and, with continued use, your pores will look smaller over time.
When you exfoliate, you’ll need to use a UV skin protector daily, since removing dead cells can make your skin more sensitive to UV light, which could lead to UV damage which can speed up wrinkles deepening/forming.
I like to use a skin-saving UV protector – every day to protect new skin cells from ageing from UV radiation (the number 1 cause of wrinkles!).
If you have oily skin too much oil travelling through our pores can sometimes clog the pores and stretch them out.
If you feel your skin is too oily, here’s a way to regulate how much oil your skin produces.
Let me introduce you to your new friend – Jojoba Oil!
It’s pronounced “ho-ho-ba” and applying it twice a day works wonders in helping regulate how much oil your skin will produce! Clever eh?!
Jojoba Oil isn’t actually an oil (although it’s called one!).
Jojoba Oil a wax ester, made of long, straight chains of wax molecules, making it perfect for overly oily skin!
If you apply Jojoba Oil to your face each night, it helps regulate your oil production by tricking the skin into believing it’s produced enough oil.
Since the molecules of Jojoba Oil are so similar to your own natural sebum, your skin thinks that it has enough oil and doesn’t need to make any more – which in turn makes your pores produce less oil, preventing them from stretching out and becoming clogged and looking larger!
If you feel your skin is too oily, use Jojoba Oil instead of your night cream and or serum.
I only apply a high-grade organic Jojoba Oil on my skin.
A clever pore-minimising primer worn under your foundation makes a great pore camouflage!
I like to apply a silicone-based foundation primer as it temporarily fills in tiny pores, so skin appears much smoother looking.
A foundation primer sits on the surface of your skin after applying moisturiser BUT before applying your foundation. It creates a barrier between your makeup and your skin – helping skin look smoother and foundation stay on for longer. YAY!
After applying a pore minimising foundation primer, your skin should appear a little smoother, creating the perfect surface for foundation and stopping it from getting trapped in your pores.
Take a peek here at the foundation primer I like to use on skin with large pores.
It’s incredible how much the right foundation can make an instant difference to the look of pores on our faces.
A dewy or luminous finish foundation can bring attention to the natural texture of the skin, and whilst I love a dewy foundation for the beautiful glow it brings to the skin, the dewiness can illuminate the uneven texture of large pores – almost highlighting them!
If you like to wear a foundation or BB cream; make your pores appear smaller by using a translucent mattifying powder just over the parts of your face where you feel your pores look large. For example nose and cheeks.
A translucent mattifying powder will take down any sheen or dewiness in the foundation that can illuminate the texture and size of pores.
If you like your foundation to look dewy/illuminating, simply press the translucent mattifying powder over areas where you feel pores look enlarged and leave the rest of your face mattifying powder free!
I use this amazingly weightless mattifying powder, which magically disappears while it mops up the shine that can highlight and make pores look enlarged!
It’s so lightweight, that it never feels like anything extra on the skin, plus it won’t cake or settle into creases, nor will it dry out your skin.
As we age, our bodies produce less collagen – which is bad news for our pores.
Collagen is a structural fibre that helps to keep our skin and the perimeter (or outer circle) of our pores tight and firm.
As we age our bodies don’t produce as much collagen and so the perimeter of our pores become looser, making our pores look larger!
That’s why taking a collagen supplement, which replaces lost collagen from ageing, can really help to keep the perimeter of our pores nice and tight, making them look SMALLER! Hurrah!
I’ve tried and tested many collagen supplements and THIS is, in my view, the BEST on the market for reducing the appearance of pores PLUS…
…when taken every day without fail over time, fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced too! It’s a WIN-WIN!
I love drinking THIS collagen supplement every day, as I feel safe in the knowledge that not only am I helping my pores appear smaller, but I’m helping to slow ageing and keep my skin looking YOUNGER for LONGER, too!
I hope my tips will help you love your skin just that little bit more!
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