If enlarged pores are one of those not-so-ideal skin concerns you’ve been gifted with, don’t fret—there’s a fix! Perfect skin oftentimes doesn’t come naturally, so if you’re concerned about pore size, fear not: you can take control of your skin (and your pores!) with a few products and a diligent yet simple routine. While there’s nothing we can technically do to shrink our pores for good, there is a way to make them look smaller (airbrushing and perfect lighting not included!).
Written by Erin Gerlach of The Sparkle.
In the Buff: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: exfoliated skin is smooth and happy skin! A gentle exfoliator twice a week will buff the skin into submission, removing debris and keeping your pores sparkling, thus reducing their appearance. Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream ($35)
Just Add Clay: Applying a clay mask twice a week will tone and refine the skin, giving the appearance of tighter pores. Following your cleansing and exfoliating process, press a warm washcloth into the skin for two minutes to open the pores and apply the mask. Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mark ($50)
Shine-Off: A matte finish to the skin will automatically reduce the appearance of your skin’s texture, including the visibility of pores. Using a pore-minimizing mattifying serum in the morning will help keep both shine and large pores at bay. dr. brandt Pores No More pore refiner ($45)
Final Act: A trick used by makeup artists (and often overlooked by most of us!) is a finishing powder. A light dusting of loose, translucent powder diffuses light and blurs imperfections—those pesky pores in particular! bareMinerals Mineral Veil ($20)