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How To Get Rid Of Enlarged Pores
The second most asked questions we get from customers, after
“How to get glowing skin”, is “How to get rid of enlarged pores”.
While the ideal answer to this question would be “Apply this, this and that and
your pores will shrink overnight”, truth be told, minimizing pores is not an
easy task. In fact, enlarged pores are one of the most stubborn skin concerns.
It affects both men and women, regardless of their age, ethnicity and skin type.
The primary cause for the appearance of enlarged pores is
the formation of blackheads. When sebum hardens inside the pores, the formed
clogs expand pores’ diameter and make them look bigger. Apart from blackheads, other
factors that contribute to the formation enlarged pores are aging, genetic
predisposition and poor skin care habits.
Because we believe that every skin concern has its solution,
today, we’d like to share with you 3 basic (but essential!) tips to help you minimize
enlarged pores and achieve pore-free, flawless skin!
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Exfoliate & Tone
When dead cells build up on the skin surface, they make the
release of sebum from the pores more difficult. When sebum gets trapped in the
pores it hardens overtime and expands their diameter – in most cases permanently.
Thing get even worse when impurities “join the game” and you end up with a
face, full of blackheads. Not nice.
If you want to avoid the above-mentioned skin disaster, all
you need to do is get your hands on a good facial scrub (
suitable for your skin type) and start using it 2-3 times a week.
Note: I’d like to
mention that going overboard with exfoliation is not recommended, because it
can damage the skin and strip it of its natural oils, which, as you can guess, will
lead to more sebum being secreted.
Now let’s get to toners. The main purpose of toners is to
tighten the pores, refresh the skin and hydrate in depth. Thanks to their
astringent properties, toners visibly reduce pore size and make skin’s surface
look more even. The market offers a great variety of toners you can choose
from, but please have in mind that many contain alcohol, which is a big
no-no if you want pore-free skin (we’ll explain
why in a bit), so – shop smart.
What To Try: La Mav Purifying Toner
A dual purpose toner designed to refine the pores and assist in maintaining the skin’s natural pH balance. Formulated with Melissa water and Bilberry extract to tighten and firm, this toner delivers clean, smooth skin and promotes a younger looking appearance.
Control Excess Oil
Usually, enlarged pores and excess sebum secretion go hand
Clay masks are a great way of cleansing your skin in depth and absorbing excess oil, but what’s even better is to manage to “trick” your sebaceous
glands into producing less oil in the long run i.e. balance sebum production. Below are 3 very basic, but
proven-to-work, tips for oil-free skin:
- Avoid harsh cleansing products (especially those
formulated with SLS and SLES)
SLS and SLES disrupt skin’s natural lipid barrier which inevitably lead to increased sebum production. The
more sebum your skin produces, the more likely are your pores to get clogged
and later on, enlarged.
- Try natural vegetable oils
If your sebum is thicker (i.e.
more likely to clog your pores), chances are the levels of lanoleic acid in your
skin’s surface lipids are low. The most natural way to get the levels of lanoleic
acid back to normal is by
incorporating vegetable oils in your skin care routine. Oils that are rich in lanoleic acid include: Wheat germ oil, Tamanu Oil, Rosehip Oil, Hempseed oil, etc. Use them instead of moisturizer or for “oil
cleansing”. The results won’t be late.
- Stay away from products formulated with alcohol
Alcohol is extremely drying,
therefore, when applied topically it “stresses your skin out” making your
sebaceous glands secrete more sebum, in attempt to compensate the lack of
What To Try: La Mav Pure Oil Therapy Range
La Mav Pure Oil Therapy Range offers a variety of carefully selected, pure, organic, cold-pressed plant oil that are going to transform the appearance of your skin naturally!
With the age, the production of collagen and elastin decreases
and our skin starts to lose elasticity and firmness. Sadly, this also leads to the
appearance of enlarged pores that “compliment” in a very unpleasant way the
already bad situation on our faces.
If you have enlarged pores that are result of aging, rather
than hyperactive sebaceous glands, the best thing you can do is to stock up on
skin care products enriched with
antioxidants and collagen boosting
ingredients, such as:
- Vitamin C
- Hyaluronic acid
- Vitamin E
- Natural acids
- Natural peptides
Taking good care of your skin and providing it with all
important nutrients it needs always pays off and the results won’t be late. Be
persistent and patient – your skin will thank you.
Last but not least – don’t forget that it’s not just what
you put on your skin that matters. Sticking to balanced diet is crucial for preserving your skin youthful, glowing and healthy.
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