I’m not a fan of synthetic pore minimizers. They often have a temporary tightening effect, giving the feeling they are closing the pores, but over time, the results I have seen are not good. It’s as though they cause the skin to become stretched so that it looses some of its elasticity and you can end up with a bigger problem than when you started. So I only use natural products on my skin
These are the best natural pore minimizers I have found:
My recommendation is to look for products made from these natural astringents. They can help all skin types to:
- minimize the size of pores
- reduce eruptions
- restore pH balance
- sooth irritations
- leave skin refreshed and glowing
Hydrosol pore minimizers are ideally suited for dry skin, provided they contain no alcohol – some witch hazel extracts, for instance, often contain 14% alcohol. These are to be avoided in favor of alcohol-free extracts.
Along with minimizing pores, we also want to deeply cleanse them. Cleansers are often alkaline and can cause the skin to lose its protective, acidic mantle. That sets the stage for a whole raft of problems. The solution is to use a product that is pH balanced so the skin is left in good shape after the deep cleansing has been done. Botanical toners do the job very well.
I’ve found a natural exfoliant to be very helpful in getting deep into the pores and cleaning them out, The best I have found up to now are based on finely-ground salts – so finely ground they are like powder. That’s what worked for me back when I had acne, and I now use a natural exfoliant twice a week to make sure I get deeply into the pores and clean them. It makes a huge difference to my skin. Different oils can help to clean the skin, too. I especially like jojoba oil, as it dissolves any other oils that may be clogging my pores.
You can find out more about these products by clicking on the links in the Resources box on the right of the screen. I’ll be writing more about the individual ingredients and how they work to minimize the pores, and what you can do, naturally and simply, to create beautiful, luminous skin.