We all have pores on our skin and on the face they can be very pronounced. In order to reduce the appearance of pores, it is important to cleanse the skin thoroughly to remove any impurities and makeup at the end of the day.
Exfoliating the facial skin helps reduce dry skin and dead skin cells which make the skin look dull. Exfoliating also helps to unblock the pores and clear them of dirt. In magazines people’s pores will normally be digitally altered to appear smaller or invisible. However, there are things we can all do to naturally minimise the appearance of pores.
There are many reasons why pores can look open. Large pores can be inherited; open pores can also be worsened by bad skin care, sun damage and lack of exfoliation. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to reduce the appearance of pores and close them up naturally, leaving you with more beautiful, radiant skin.
Beauty routine for enlarged pores
Here are a range of options for closing open pores, gradually eliminate the appearance of large pores and improve the texture and appearance of all skin types:
Exfoliate twice a week
Regular exfoliation ensures impurities are removed from the skin. This is important because it is impurities which cause spots and other blemishes.
There are many exfoliating washes that are good for removing dead skin cells or you can use a damp cotton flannel to gently rub the skin.
Do a steam bath once a week
Steam baths are excellent at reducing the appearance of pores. The steam helps to open the pores, which allows any impurities and dirt to be released.
Simply boil some water and sit over the bowel with a towel over your head. After the steam bath, your pores will close and reduce back to normal size.
Apply a facial mask
Facial masks work well to improve the appearance of your skin. Face masks are also idea to use after steaming your skin because the pores will be more open and ready to absorb the nutrients from the mask.
Clay masks are particularly good for skin because they absorb excess oil, dry out spots and reduce the size of pores.
Wash your face every morning
The first thing you should do on waking up is wash your face. This is because impurities on your pillow could damage skin and make it more prone to spots.
The face also benefits from fresh water as it stimulates blood flow and wakes up the metabolism.
Hydrate with aloe vera
Aloe vera is a miracle plant when it comes to caring for the skin. Aloe has many skin restoration properties which help to tone and protect the skin, reducing spots and excess oil.
Use the leaves from the plant or buy the gel ready-made from a health food shop.
Home remedies for open pores
Open pores can be a nuisance but there are many homemade face masks which work well at reducing open pores and leaving your skin clean, fresh and nourished.
To create an almond face mask, simply mix a third of a cup of powdered almond with water to form a paste. Pat this mixture onto the face gently and allow it to rest for 30 minutes before rinsing.
Buttermilk is a rich, highly nourishing formula for skin. This mix soothes skin and closes the pores naturally. Apply the buttermilk using a cotton ball and allow it to sit on the skin for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Use the inside skin of a papaya to cleanse the face. After cleansing, rub the inside of the papaya skin onto the face and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. This nourishes and cleans the skin, while reducing blemishes.
Mayonnaise is ideal for use on dry skin. Simply mix eggs, lemon juice and oil together to make your own or use ready-made mayo. Apply a small amount to the face and leave for 20 minutes.
Ideal for use at night, orange juice contains nitric acid which acts as an exfoliant to clean the pores. The vitamin C also firms the skin. Use juice or the inside skin of the orange.
The cold ice cubes help to reduce pores and close them. Only use ice cubes on the skin for a few seconds as any longer can cause unpleasant burning.
Mix baking soda and warm water into a paste then massage the face for 30 seconds before rinsing. It is always best to rinse with cool water to help close pores further.