I thought this would be a good time to talk about our pores as we continue to look at the best skin care over 50. Where did those holes in our face come from? What happened to the smooth skin of our youth? Is it really possible to get rid of them?
Today we’ll talk about how this happened and what is the best way to shrink pores.
First Off…Give Yourself a Break
This may come at you in a good or a bad way…but it really comes down to genetics. Ouch! There it is…go ahead and blame your parents. Now that you’ve had your moment let’s move on.
While the size of our pores are inherited, we CAN temporarily shrink them with the proper treatments. This has been an obsession for me the past nine months and I’m proud to report that I have seen a drastic difference. This is, however, an ongoing process. Remember those genes? Sorry to bring it up again, but they do fight against us so we’re in an ongoing battle.
Something else to keep in mind…I’m bad about this…is that we tend to look at our skin through a magnifying glass…and I mean literally. It’s great for applying makeup…not so good for critiquing our skin. Keep in mind that when other people look at our face they are seeing it from a normal view. Good news, right?
Keep It Clean
As I’ve discussed in my previous posts, cleaning your face is so important. Our pores are more prominent when they are clogged and oily. We have so much working against us – like makeup, the environment, and for some the natural production of oil – that we must wash our face at least twice a day.
Another way our faces get dirty during the day is by touching. I know it’s hard not to do, but try to minimize the amount of times you touch your face during the day. I’m bad about resting my face in my hands while reading, so I have to make a conscious effort not to do so.
Scrub a Dub Dub
Another good practice is to exfoliate. Dead skin aids in deepening your pores by deflecting light. Which is why our skin looks dull, so you’ll want to be sure to include this step. And dead skin just sounds gross, doesn’t it? I have to admit that sometimes I get busy and forget to exfoliate and it shows.
For dry, sensitive skin this should only be done once a week. If you still have oily skin or you really need to get a few layers of dead skin off then exfoliate twice a week…just be gentle so you don’t over do it.
Let’s Apply It
So…now that our skin is clean and bright we’ll want to apply products that will help to restore what we lose with age and the environment.
First, you’ll want to avoid oily products, even if your skin is dry. I know you’re thinking that I recommended an oil-based cleanser in a previous post…not to worry though. An oil-based cleanser is different from an oil based moisturizer. Oil actually works better at removing oil than water does. The instructions for the cleanser I use, Deep Cleansing Oil by DHC, says to apply and message on dry skin. This lifts off all the oil, makeup, and any other dirt before rinsing with water.
A vitamin C serum will help with clearing pores and the growth of new skin. It will also decrease the irritation in pores, helping to make them look smaller. I use the Vitamin C Serum with Vitamin E & Hyaluronic Acid from Truskin.
Another ingredient crucial to restoration of our skin is collagen. Collagen works to restore the elasticity in our skin, which helps in stretching out our pores to make them appear smaller. For my day moisturizer I use the Super collagen Cream by DHC. The night cream I use, the Extra Nighttime Moisture also by DHC, has collagen in it as well.
Another beneficial product is sunscreen. Exposure to the sun can cause the breakdown of collagen in the skin. While many moisturizers and foundations have sunscreen in them, an extra layer of protection is a good thing, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun. A product that I’ve found to be light and not add more bulk to my skin is the Sun Protector SPF 30 by Maelove. It goes on perfectly…not leaving any trace of oiliness or heaviness.
The Sum of It All
There are definitely more ingredients and products out there that will help, but this should get you on the road to shrinking your pores. Just remember…
- Embrace the pores you’ve been dealt with by family
- Don’t be too critical on yourself…put down the magnifying glass
- Clean your face
- Scrub away that dead skin
- Apply products that will restore your skin
- And lastly…smile and hold your head high as you see those pores shrink
Please leave a comment and let me know what you’re thinking or any questions you may have. Please have a look at my previous posts if you haven’t done so.
Happy pore reducing!