Pores for Thought.

Have a read of this interesting article from our friends at Elemis.

Pores: Officially defined as an opening in the skin that allows sebum, sweat, and make-up debris to be transported up to the surface. Yet while we may think we know a lot about them, the truth is, these little openings are cause for some of the most prolific skin misconceptions. Which is why we thought it was high time to take a pause for thought – and sort the fact from the fiction…

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1. They don’t ‘grow’ and ‘shrink’: They merely look more obvious, thus appearing larger. Oily skin types tend to suffer from more visible pores, simply because the excess sebum – along with dead cells, sweat and old make-up particles – clog up the opening, giving the illusion of enlargement. Similarly, even if you don’t always have oily skin, hormonal changes such as your period, pregnancy or the menopause can increase sebum production – causing pores to become more prominent. Cleansing and gentle exfoliation are the way to tackle this. Our Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash helps remove dead skin cells whilst topping up moisture levels so as not to cause irritation.

2. They don’t ‘open’: How often have we been told that steam ‘opens’ pores and cold water ‘closes’ them? In fact, pores are not a trap door. The truth is that steam helps loosens the debris clogged inside the pores. When the debris clears as a result, pores end up looking smaller. Once you’ve helped this process by effective cleansing and exfoliation, it helps to apply something soothing to the skin. Our Balancing Lavender Toner purifies skin whilst nourishing it, restoring harmony to your complexion.

3. Age does matter: The size of our pores largely comes down to a matter of genes. Yet as we age and the skin starts to slacken, it can make pores appear larger and more visible. So it’s worth being aware of this potential change, and implementing a preventative visible pore skincare regime as you enter your 30s or 40s. Dynamic Resurfacing Gel Mask is a great way to prevent the onset of pores. Balancing sebum levels, it also helps unclog pores and leaves skin feeling smooth and supple.

4. Make-up mistakes: When visible pores and blackheads rear their ugly heads, it’s easy to get caught in a vicious cycle of applying heavy, long-wear foundations to cover them – and in doing so, making them even more clogged. Instead of reaching for that thick foundation, prep skin with a pore-minimising primer that will help absorb excess oil and create a blurring effect, making pores appear smaller. Then simply top with a light, oil-free BB Cream or tinted moisturiser. To kick-start your make-up regime, apply Hydra-Balance Day Cream – an ultra-light moisturiser that simultaneously hydrates and balances oily skin.

5. The truth about “non-comedogenic”: This word is often bandied around as being the Holy Grail for oily, visible pore-prone skin – but what does it actually mean? In simple terms, it defines a product that does not have a tendency to block pores. However, this claim is not regulated according to what markers a product must meet. In general, richer textures such as creams and balms are more likely to clog pores, while lighter gel products tend not to. If you want to get more specific, highly comedogenic ingredients to avoid include Isopropyl Isotearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Myristyl Myristate, Laureth-4, Oleth-3, Lanolin and most oils.

NOW YOU KNOW FACT FROM FICTION, POWER UP YOUR PORE PREVENTION PLAN NOW… Call HEAD to TOE on (01865) 730044 to book your Elemis facial.


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