Pores may be an essential part of your skin, but that doesn’t mean that you want to see them. Unfortunately, when pores become enlarged, they’re so much more noticeable, making the skin look uneven and spotted.
If you can relate, chances are that you want to know what you can do to minimize pores. Read on as Venofye explains some simple tips that you can follow to smoothen and even out your complexion.
What Causes Pores to Look Enlarged?
When it comes down to it, pore size is determined by genetics. A quick look at your parents will tell you so much about what your pores will look like in the future. If they have enlarged pores, then chances are that you’ll also be dealing with the same issue.
That said, there are a few other factors that can also cause the pores to look larger than normal. Oil production is one, which is why the pores are usually more visible at the center of the face – a large concentration of oil glands are clustered here.
The aging process can also result in pores looking larger, which is why this is often a problem that people experience in the later stages of life. Due to how collagen and elastin levels in the skin drop, the skin loses its stretch and elasticity. This causes pore openings to turn lax and loose, making them look larger. Sun damage has the same effect due to how it accelerates the skin aging process and damages the protein fibers in the skin.
Hormonal fluctuations are to blame as well. Oil production tends to increase when a woman is going through her menstrual cycle, which can lead to clogged and enlarged pores.
Minimizing the Appearance of Pores
As mentioned above, your genes influence your pore size. So, although you may want to minimize pores, it’s important to understand that you can’t actually shrink how large they are.
That said, there are several steps that you can take to minimize the appearance of your pores. Keep reading as we explain exactly what you’ll need to do to make your pores look invisible:
Cleanse Your Face Twice a Day
Prevention is always better than cure, which is why one of the best ways to prevent the appearance of enlarged pores is to stop them from clogging up in the first place. This means cleansing your face daily, sometimes twice a day. By removing all of the dead skin cells, dirt, and sebum from the surface of your skin, you’ll be ensuring that they don’t delve their way into your pores to make your pores look stretched out and visible.
One cleanser that does this well is the Venofye Blossom Bee Clarifying Cream Cleanser. Although it’s creamy in nature, it’s a lightweight, sulfate-free formula that’s packed with hydrating compounds and botanical extracts. It’ll thoroughly cleanse the surface of your skin to help make sure that there aren’t any impurities around to clog up your pores. At the same time, it won’t dry your skin out in the way that many other cleansers do. That’s how this formula can safely be used on all skin types.
If you’re trying to minimize pores, then you’ll need to cleanse once in the morning and then once again in the evening. However, you’ll also need to do an extra cleanse if you’ve been excessively sweating. Whenever you sweat, your pore openings expand. In order for them to look small and tight once again, you’ll need to clear all of that sweat away. Allowing it to linger will only make your pores look larger in size.
Exfoliate Once or Twice a Week
Cleansing is great for clearing away any impurities that are sitting on the surface of your skin. However, what happens if some of that debris has already started making its way into your pores?
That’s where exfoliation comes in. Unlike a cleanser, which tackles the skin’s surface, exfoliants dive in a little deeper. They’re able to pull out clogs and gunk from pore openings. This then allows the pores to bounce back and look smaller once again.
As beneficial as exfoliating may be, you need to make sure that you pick the right exfoliant. An overly abrasive formula will only pull and tug at your pores. This will irritate them, making them even more noticeable.
If you want to minimize pores, then you’ll need to go with a gentle exfoliant that will clear away debris without irritating your skin, just like Venofye’s Blossom Bee Facial Peeling. It has a gel-like consistency that will draw impurities away from your skin, leaving your pores looking smaller. It’s also infused with glycerin for hydration, along with bee venom to give your complexion a tighter and brighter finish.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated and Moisturized
Applying a moisturizer to your skin may seem a little counterintuitive. After all, won’t all of that product settle into your pores and make them look even larger?
Well, yes, but only if you use a heavy, comedogenic moisturizer. Choose a lightweight formula and it’ll hydrate your skin instead without interfering with your pores. In fact, keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized can actually help to reduce how oily your skin feels. When skin cells are dehydrated, oil production increases, making a good moisturizer a simple way to mask the look of your pores.
How do you find a good moisturizer if your aim is to minimize pores?
Look for formulas that don’t contain any heavy plant oils. Sure, some plant oils can be very beneficial for oily skin with enlarged pores, but an oil-free formula will ensure that your moisturizer is as lightweight as can be.
Venofye’s Iron Bee Transforming Cream would be our top recommendation. It has a relatively short ingredient list consisting of humectants, vitamins, and antioxidant-rich plant extracts. From vitamin A, which will help to keep your pores feeling clear, to green tea extract, which will reduce the appearance of oxidative damage, to bee venom, which will revive your overall complexion, this moisturizer is one that you’ll be able to rely on on a daily basis.
Apply a Weekly Clay Mask
Exfoliants are a common go-to for people trying to minimize pores. However, it’s worth adding a clay face mask to your weekly skincare routine too.
Why? Because clay masks are revered for their cleansing properties. Clay is capable of absorbing excess sebum and pulling up impurities. This makes a clay mask a very useful tool when trying to reduce the appearance of pores as it’ll clear them right out.
There are several different types of clay out there, with kaolin being one of the gentlest. It’s still very effective at what it does, yet it won’t irritate your skin. In fact, kaolin is known for how it can also soothe the feeling of irritation. This will help your pores to look less inflamed, and therefore less noticeable.
Give kaolin clay a try for yourself with our Serpent Thermatox Masque, which you’ll find in our Serpent Thermatox Collection. In addition to kaolin, this mask also contains vitamins A, C, and E, along with a blend of plant extracts that have been selected for how they detoxify and purify the complexion. Use this mask weekly, along with the other two products that come with this skincare set, and you should notice that your pores start to look less and less visible over time.
Keep Your Skin Protected From the Sun
Did you know that sun exposure can trigger the skin into producing even more oil? As you can imagine, this spells bad news for your pores. After all, the more oil that’s emitted from them, the larger those pore openings need to be.
The inflammation caused by sun exposure can make things even worse. Pores that are already clogged will end up feeling inflamed and irritated. This will increase your chances of developing acne breakouts.
So, to minimize pores and prevent all of this from happening, keep your skin adequately protected from the sun. This not only means applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen every few hours – it also entails you staying in the shade when the sun’s strength is at its peak during the day. Additional sun-protecting accessories, such as sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat, will also help to shield your skin from the damage that UV rays can cause.
Try LED Light Therapy
If you would like to go the extra mile when it comes to reducing the appearance of your pores, LED light therapy is well worth a try. It’s a technique that involves the use of different light wavelengths, aka colors. Each wavelength helps the complexion in its own way. Red is revered for how it reduces the appearance of skin aging, while blue is loved for how it soothes the look of puffiness and minimizes the look of pores.
Traditionally, LED light therapy could only be carried out by a dermatologist. However, there are now many safe, at-home devices available. These will enable you to treat your skin from the comfort of your own home. Not only is this so much more convenient, but it will also save you a pretty penny in the long run too!
One at-home LED skincare device that people are currently obsessed with is the Jelessi Photonix-2 Eye Wand, which is available via Venofye. This device comes with two modes; red and blue. As a result, in addition to using it on your enlarged pores, you’ll also be able to turn to it whenever you want your skin to look smoother and firmer. It’s an easy-to-use device that will have a transformational effect on your complexion.
Minimize the Appearance of Your Pores With Venofye
At Venofye, we’re all too familiar with how frustrating it can be to try to minimize pores. Since there are so many different factors that can contribute to enlarged pores, with many of them being out of our control, it’s a quest that can take a while to achieve. However, if you regularly and consistently follow the tips that we’ve shared above, you should start to notice your pores becoming less visible over time, giving you the smooth and even appearance that you’ve been seeking.