Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered how a pore (or pores) could be so large?
You’re standing there contemplating your best lipstick choice and the next thing you know – boom – you find yourself questioning not only your pores but life as well!
Ok, we won’t get that philosophically deep today (only a few face layers of depth on this one, we promise), but we’re definitely going to talk all things pores, how to minimize them and our favorite pore refiner product.
Ready? Let’s do this.
What, Exactly, Is a Pore?
Aside from the ability to make a lot of good puns with this word, according to the dictionary, a pore is simply, “a minute opening in a surface, especially the skin or integument of an organism, through which gases, liquids, or microscopic particles can pass.”
Don’t worry that’s all the science words we’re going to use, but there are some things to take into consideration about these tiny openings on your face.
Here’s what to keep in mind about pores:
• Pores are hair follicles.
• You guessed it, genetics plays a big role in determining pore size.
• Other factors play a role as well, such as skin type (oily, dry, combination, sensitive), the aging process and your environment.
• Even though you may not love the appearance of your pores, they support and maintain healthy skin (everything plays a role in our body, right? Pores are no different.).
• Definitely cleanse your pores, but over-cleansing can actually increase the production of more oil and clog pores even more.
Now that you have the lowdown on what the function of pores really are, let’s talk the best treatment and maintenance for your pores (especially if you want to minimize them).
How to Minimize Pores
• Cleanse your skin – 1—2x/day is plenty, particularly if you’re not wearing make-up. Remember less is more: over-cleansing the skin can increase oil production and the next thing you know, your pore (see that pun) skin starts freaking out.
• Make sunscreen your friend – your very close, never-leave-home-without-it friend. When the skin is damaged by the sun a breakdown in collagen occurs and that can create saggy pores; we know you don’t want that!
• Exfoliate – but be gentle, please; no rubbing your face off. Looking for an exfoliation suggestion? Retinols and peels can work wonders for penetrating the skin and sloughing away those dead skin cells.
• Laser those pores – as in Laser Genesis those pores. This non-invasive, mild laser is perfect for minimizing pores and helping skin even out tone and texture. We love you, Laser Genesis.
• Pore Refiner – you didn’t think we’d leave you hanging without shouting from the digital rooftops our favorite pore refiner product, did you? No way.
• Refines enlarged pores
• Minimizes the amount of oil on the surface of the skin for a shine-free, matte appearance
• Helps smooth skin texture + reduce imperfections on the skin
• Works to exfoliate dead skin cells around pores, helping to prevent congestion, which can lead to breakouts
Pore genetics (look at those puns, again) or not, these pore minimizing tips and products should have you smiling in the mirror (deep conversations on the meaning of life are totally optional).