What Are Pores?
The pores on our skin are the openings at the base of the hair follicle which allow our natural oil, sebum, to flow to the surface and lubricate our skin.
Pores stretch due to genetics, hygiene, sun damage and diet.
You can’t actually shrink the size of your pores, nor open or close them. Nor would you want to. You can, however, reduce their look and improve your skin’s appearance
Usually, oil production begins at adolescents, and your pores may stretch if there is an abundant supply of sebum coming through the pores.
The neglect of proper care of your skin can cause pores to clog with sebum, dead skin cells and dirt, which also stretches the pores.
The cumulative damage of UV rays causes skin to ultimately lose collagen and elastin, which breaks down the structure of the pores cell walls. The skin around each pore is subsequently not as firm and collagen-rich as they once were. Firm skin supports pores appearing smaller.
The glycation process from sugar, refined flours, fried foods and alcohol causes inflation, breaks down collagen fibers and speeds up the aging process, of which one sign is enlarged pores.
We do have a solve! Good skin hygiene, exfoliation, retinoids, vitamin c, diet and sunscreen are all here to the rescue.
Back to basics!
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Wash your face and décolleté before your head hits the pillow!
Exfoliation can reveal fresh skin cells and prevent clogged pores and bacteria that can cause enlarged pores.
Using gentle 'acids' as in Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids (AHA's and BHA's) on a consistent basis will help to enhance skin tone and skin smoothness.
Retinoids are one of the most effective ingredients you can use in your skincare.
Consistent use can change the appearance of your skin, helping pores look less noticeable and scientifically proven to smooth lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin C has proven to stimulate cell renewal and collagen production. It can firm up connective tissue around pores.
Sugar, refined flours, fried foods, alcohol all lead to inflammation and the process of glycation; breaking down collagen fibers which speeds up the aging process, a part of which is enlarged pores.
Aim for eating a pound or two of fresh fruits and veggies daily.
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The breakdown of the structure of your pores is in large part due to cumulative sun damage.
You can protect and prevent up to 80+ % of this damage by consistently, daily, wearing your sunscreen in the proper amounts.
Wear a good Primer.
A Primer will help fill in your pores to help them look smaller.
It has many other benefits, to which you can find here.
Pure Primer is a clean, effective mineral based powder that will easily help to create a smooth silky canvas for your foundation.
Embellish Mineral Treatment Primer contains gentle kojac acid to help brighten and further exfoliate.
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