Ugh! They are hell sent indeed. They not only make you look older than your are, but give you a dull complexion. Moreover, when these pores are embedded with impurities (which make them look larger), they aggregate into bigger evils which are blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. Pores are enlarged due to one of the following reasons, prolonged exposure to the sun, age, genetics and excessive oil production. So, here are few tips on reducing the appearance of these pores and keeping them clean to keep the above-mentioned problems at bay.
1. Scrub it off!
When pores are clogged with oil and dirt, they tend to appear larger. Hence, it is key to ensure that keep your face clean by exfoliating the dead skin off at least twice a week, depending on your skin sensitivity. However, you don’t have to spend money and invest in an expensive exfoliating scrub, you can make an effective one right at home. All you need is sugar (raw or regular) and a few drops of almond oil. Scrub in a circular motion to ensure you get the dirt off. Wash the scrub off with cold water and pat dry. Now take a cube of ice and rub it around your face. This should make your skin feel smoother and shrink those pores.
2. Clay masks or Multani Mitti
Clay masks or Multani mitti ( fuller’s earth) are both effective means of getting rid of excess oil in the skin, which is what we want to do to reduce the appearance of pores. Mixing these masks with either rose water or lemon would help enhance that glow further.
The best thing about these masks is that you almost immediately notice the results when your skin looks brighter and clean.
Yogurt is known to have skin tightening properties. Thus, this makes a great mask to tighten pores. Simply apply a layer of yogurt onto your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes and wash it off with cold water and apply an ice cube after. Cold water or ice cubes are known to close open pores hence combining it with this mask helps obtain better results.