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How To Shrink Pores

Pores – we all have them, but what exactly are they and how do we go about minimizing their appearance? With our handy how-to guide, we’ll go through what they do, why they do it and steps you can take to make them appear a little less obvious.

Pores – we all have them, but what exactly are they and how do we go about minimising their appearance?
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What Causes
Large Pores?

Each of our pores contain a sebaceous oil gland, which produces the skin's natural oil - sebum. If your sebaceous glands are having a grand time and overproducing sebum, this causes large pores, which can lead to oily skin. Although sebum acts as a natural moisturizer for the skin, all this excess production can be a big nuisance.

On a nitty-gritty level, when dirt, makeup or oil build up on the skin’s surface, these impurities can easily sink into our pores and get lodged in there. This clog then effectively stretches the skin around the pore, and so, pores appear larger. So if you have naturally oilier skin, your excessive sebum is more likely to weigh down pores causing you to notice them more.

Where you live or work can impact what you see in the mirror, too. Drying air conditioning, extreme heat or even sun damage can be culprits in making pores seem enlarged. When skin gets dehydrated, the oil glands can kick things up a gear to compensate, which, not unlike over-watering your plants, can be problematic.

5 tips for minimizing the appearance of pores

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1. Remove Dead Skin

Buffing away dead skin cells is the first step to help unclog pesky congestion in your pores. Use an exfoliator, like our Drops of Youth™ Liquid Peel, which leaves your skin feeling cleansed, free from impurities. An innovative gel-to-peel texture, it’s infused with Community Fair Trade moringa seed oil and a blend of three plant stem cells – edelweiss from the Italian Alps, sea holly and criste marine from the Brittany coast.

When you massage the sumptuous gel into the skin, it transforms into noodle-like clumps that help to trap impurities and residue, leaving skin feeling fresh and healthy-looking.

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Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask

2. Help Remove Impurities From Skin

Coming up against the elements and urban grime many of us face on a daily basis can make you feel like your skin is particularly grubby – and pores clogged. How to reduce pores on faces was the question we were obsessed with when designing our vegan Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask. It’s enriched with Community Fair Trade aloe vera and dandelion extract alongside matcha green tea, and is best applied with our Facial Mask Brush for even coverage. Using this mask 2-3 times a week can help to deeply exfoliate the pores of everyday impurities and reveal more radiant-looking skin. We can’t all live next to green fields and babbling brooks, but it’s certainly possible to help your skin feel like it’s been kissed by nature’s goodness if you treat it right.

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Camomile Cleansing Butter

3. Always Remove Makeup Before Bed

Want to learn how to make your pores appear smaller? Simply follow good old classic advice and always-always-always remove your makeup before bed. It’s essential that makeup particles don’t dig into those small outlets in the skin’s surface while you sleep. There’s a reason our Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is our best-selling makeup remover. Simply massage this buttery formula into your face, mascara-laden lashes and all, and remove with a damp muslin cloth or reusable cotton pad. Skin is left feeling cleansed and refreshed in time for bed. Now, that’s snoozing smart.

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4. Moisturize and Help Protect Your Skin From The Sun

In learning to reduce pores’ visibility on the face, another unsurprising tip is to always wear SPF (no matter the weather) for sun protection for skin. Sun damage is not just dangerous, but can also dry skin, making pores seem larger. When you’re under the sun’s rays, skin tries to up its barrier function by producing more sebum, which can put pores at risk of becoming clogged. And, UV rays can break down skin’s collagen and elastin, making the skin look less firm and pores larger. Lots of radiance-compromising reasons to use our Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion SPF 30 religiously, alongside your main sunscreen of course, to help protect skin and re-plump with moisture. This little bottle, designed for dull, uneven skin, helps to moisturize and add vitality, as well as helps to protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays without any stickiness or comedogenic effects (a fancy scientific word for pore-blocking). Talk about putting you in a sunshine state of mind.

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Tea Tree range

5. Balance Excess Oil

For a cleanse specially formulated for faces prone to excessive sebum, our Tea Tree range is the one. Start with our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash for a refreshing lather, enriched with Community Fair Trade tea tree oil. It’s suitable for everyday use, helping to rid pores of excess oil every morning. Our Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask helps to battle blemishes and sebum-saturated skin alike. Use as a foaming face wash, exfoliator or mask as your skin needs to reveal more mattified and clearer-looking skin. Lastly, our bestselling Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask is designed to take care of overexcited sebum production while you slumber. Smother it on pre-bed and let the formula, infused with salicylic acid, get to work on helping to balance skin’s natural oils, reduce blemishes and get skin looking refreshed and purified.

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The Benefits of our Tea Tree Oil & Charcoal Ranges for Reducing the Appearance of Pores

Using our products with tea tree and charcoal in them means a double whammy in the pore unclogging department. These two ingredients have got more centuries of skincare creds than you can shake a stick at, which is why we infused them into our Charcoal and Tea Tree ranges.

Our Tea Tree range, enriched with tea tree oil from Kenya, helps to battle blemishes and soak up extra oil. Our tea tree oil is ethically sourced via our Community Fair Trade program, ensuring that when we bring you our bestselling Tea Tree range, we’re also supporting the community to make a sustainable living from their local resources.

Our Charcoal range helps to attract impurities and wick them out of the pores. The bamboo charcoal we use in our products comes from the glorious Himalayas. Bamboo charcoal is prized not just as a hotly-tipped skincare ingredient, but as an environmentally friendly resource, as it’s the fastest growing woody plant in the world.

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Charcoal Face Mask

Excellent product, leaves skin glowing and feeling extremely clean. Skin feels soft to the touch and pores appear minimized.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Bev G

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Best Skincare Routine For Reducing the Appearance of Pores

Step 1: Cleansing is the crucial first step in any skincare routine, washing away whatever has landed in your pores throughout the day.

Step 2: Use an exfoliating mask 1-2 times a week for a targeted treat to help minimize the appearance of pores.

Step 3: Follow up with a toner to help pores be as clean as they can.

Step 4: Moisturize to help your skin maintain its natural oils to reduce the chance of your sebum production revving up to compensate for a lack of moisture.

Oily skin

What Is Oily Skin?

If you think your skin is emitting more radiance than you’d like in the form of oiliness or shine, it could be that you have oily skin. We've rounded up our tips and tricks, as well as products designed with you in mind including oily skincare and foundation for oily skin.

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