What is it about pores and their love of showing off? Wish your glow would be as noticeable as those tiny dots that seem to grow for no reason? Well, there is sense as to why they’re making such a statement – even if it seems to be the wrong one. Firstly, your pores are the openings to your hair follicles and even if those teeny, tiny baby hairs on your face can’t really be seen, your pores have things going on beneath your skin’s surface. Each one has a sebaceous gland, meaning there’s oil (sebum) being produced. And where there’s oil, there’s a chance of too much. That’s why skin types do play a role in how large or small pores appear. Oily skin? You may find yours seem bigger. And then there’s also where on your face those pores are located. Oilier areas (like your T-zone) where your sebaceous glands are bigger can mean bigger pores. Throw a pimple into the mix and that can also affect how your pore behaves. Especially because they may be clogged. This happens when dead skin cells, dirt or oil gets trapped in your pores. Voila! A recipe for pimples that can stretch out pores. Yikes! So, what to do to shrink them. Start with good pore health.
Perfecting Performing Pores: Understanding the Basics
The first rule of pore care – so they look smaller – is keeping them clear. Committing to a strict facial cleansing routine and using products that don’t clog pores (non-comedogenic) including heavy moisturisers and make up. Mineral oils may make pores look bigger (avoid them) and can even irritate your skin. If you sweat – after a run or work out – wash your face. And also make a pact to exfoliate, up to three times a week with an exfoliating scrub. Remember the way to prevent blackheads from forming in your pores is to prevent them in the first place. So, clearing away pore-enlarging dead cells from the skin's surface is one of the simplest ways to do this. When you exfoliate, you need to use SPF daily, since removing dead cells can make skin more sensitive to UV light.
Your Pore Shrinking Skincare Routine Explained
Cleanse (and Scrub and Mask):
Bacteria naturally live in your pores. It’s the build-up that’s the problem. Add to the mix dead skin, excess oil and make up and you have a recipe for pimples and that means stretching out pores. Keep germs at bay with NIVEA Perfect & Radiant 3-in-1 Detox Cleanser which can be used as a face wash, scrub or a mask.
Look to a gentle polishing granule like rice in NIVEA Daily Essentials Exfoliating Rice Scrub. Remember, no harsh rubbing required!
Look to your skin’s conditions (uneven skintone and dark marks or anti-ageing needs) select the right moisturiser with added pore refreshing benefits. To help with dark marks and spots reach for NIVEA Perfect & Radiant Even Tone Mattifying Day Cream SPF 30 and for de-ageing rewards like reducing wrinkles, NIVEA Q10 Power Anti-Wrinkle Power Pore Minimizing Day Cream SPF15 helps refine and firm skin.
Pore Minimizing Tips
You’re born with the pores you get. And while you can certainly make your pores look less noticeable, it’s very tricky to make them actually disappear. Apart from excellent skincare products, use warmth to extract any build up. Do this before you exfoliate. Apply a clean, warm face cloth to your skin before you sweep on your scrub to help open pores and remove the grime.