It’s important to know your skin and how much you should be exfoliating.
You know those magnifying mirrors they have in hotels. Well I looked in one and now I have a mental picture of the pores on my face looking, well… MAGNIFIED. I say this with sheer horror. Since we cant get rid of our pores all together, thankfully, there are ways to shrink them and I’m on board.
Dead skin clogs pores. Clogged pores equals the appearance of bigger pores. Sorry for the math problem. Conclusion: we should be exfoliating more. I honestly love exfoliating. *Nerd alert* It is so satisfying to stimulate circulation and cell turnover. My skin is softer and my pores smaller in return. It’s important to know your skin and how much you should be exfoliating. Exfoliate anywhere from once a week to everyday. Sensitive skin should not use exfoliators with large gritty sand-like grains because these will be too abrasive. Gentle enough for sensitive and dry skin, Origins Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion contains skin refining rice starch and is non irritating. Avoid over exfoliating as micro tears can occur in pores. Clay masks are also considered be exfoliators. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is a TGH favorite. Charcoal peels are also a great alternative.
Retinol. You may have heard of it as one of the best anti agers. It also speeds cell turn over and resurfaces skin. Meaning oil glands are cleared and the dead skin the clogs does is removed. RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream will do the trick. Be careful to use only a couple nights a week to start as cream can burn skin. Do not exfoliate and use retinol products. Pick days to do one or the other.
Lets not forget a good toner and moisturizer. Oil absorbing toner minimizes pores. Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic will do the trick! Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion absorbs excess sebum and is oil free. So later pores! Miss you. Love you. Not really. Bye.