CW Beauty Talk: How to reduce the appearance of pores?

CW Beauty Talk

Hi Couchwasabi,

I’m 16 and I seem to already have enlarged pores. I use pressed powder during the day to keep my face matte but I’m looking for a better solution to improve my skin’s dull appearance.

– Mari

Hello there Mari,

Teenage skin can be challenging. Hormones are usually going wild at this age, which may lead to skin thatโ€™s exactly how you described it: dull and oily, with “notice-me!” pores.

Pores that are clogged with dead skin cells, excess oil, dirt, and debris can develop a larger appearance and can give your complexion an unsightly look. While this may be hereditary, it is important to know that pores appear more pronounced as we age. As you get older, oils and skin cells can build up in your pores, causing them to expand.

The first thing you have to do is to keep your face clean and free from too much dead skin cells. With this, I suggest for you to use a good daily exfoliant. I suggest Paula’s Choice 2% BHA, which will be available in Zalora soon. Avoid using strong astringents on your face. These harsh products dry out the complexion and lead to overproduction of facial oil that may irritate pores causing them to enlarge. If your skin doesn’t feel clean without it, try witch hazel–a natural gentle toner. I get mine from Ladelu.

Make sure to use sunscreen daily, with a minimum strength of SPF 30, as sun damage and lowered skin elasticity can make pores appear larger than usual over time.

Before you apply any makeup, make sure to use a good primer. I suggest for you to try Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper. It has an instant mattifying effect so you don’t have to layer too much facial powder during the day.

When applying makeup on your face, make sure to use a downward–never upward–motion. Upward motions cause color to become trapped inside of the pores, thus giving them a larger and more clogged appearance.

Also, forget about thick makeup foundation. Heavy makeup can often magnify the appearance of pores. Instead, opt to use tinted moisturizers, BB creams, or a lightweight foundation. You may set it with your favorite translucent powder. My favorite’s Virginia Olsen HD Mineral Mattifying Base.

During the day, take control of your skin by using blotting sheets or oil-control paper. These are very handy and convenient. It gets rid of the excess oil instead of looking cakey from having too much layer of pressed powder.

Let me know how it turns out for you. For other beauty concerns, just shoot me an email at couchwasabi[at]ovi[dot]com.

xx, Couchwasabi


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