Skin Care at Home: 3 Remedies to Unclog and Minimize Pores
Keeping pores clear is important when it comes to maintaining a clear, glowing complexion, and while there are many professional skin care options available that can help greatly (such as our micro-needling service!), it’s always beneficial to have a go-to home treatment option if you don’t have the time or resources to schedule an appointment. Keep in mind that what works for someone else might not be the right solution for you, but here are a few pore-cleansing remedies to try out so that you can bring the spa right to your home.
Dry brushing has become a popular DIY method of exfoliating the skin; it involves using a dry brush to gently remove dead skin cells and toxins from the surface, helping to unclog pores and let new, healthy cells emerge.
How does it work? First off, wash your face and let it dry. Then take your dry brush and slowly and gently make circular movements, starting with your neck and moving upwards; apply enough pressure that you feel a tingling sensation but not enough so that it scratches or irritates your skin. After you do this for about a minute, wash the dead skin cells off with lukewarm water, and finish the process by applying a pore-cleansing moisturizer. For best results, do this at least once a week.
Icing the Face
People have been icing their faces in the name of beauty for years, and many individuals testify that the cold temperature helps rejuvenate dull looking skin and tighten up the appearance of large pores.
How does it work? Simply take one or two ice cubes and wrap them in a thin wash cloth (applying ice straight to your face can dry out and irritate the skin). Allow the ice cubes to melt a little bit and massage the cloth over your face for one or two minutes. You’re done; it doesn’t get more cost-effective than that! Try to incorporate this into your daily skin care routine.
Steaming from Home
Much like how a sauna works, steaming your face at home helps you sweat out impurities and toxins that are rooted in your skin and contribute to clogged pores, and therefore, it also allows products to penetrate your skin more easily and be more effective. The best part is that no special products or materials are needed, but feel free to add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to the water to increase the benefits of this process; tea tree and peppermint oil would be good additions to help reduce the size of pores.
How does it work? Start by bringing a medium sized pot to a boil, and either let the water sit for a few minutes to cool down or transfer it to another pot. Then, carefully take the hot water to a table and bring a towel with you. Arrange your seating so that you are comfortable, and lean over the water so that you feel the heat without being overwhelmed by it. Place the towel over your head and the pot of water and “steam” your face for about ten minutes (doing this for too long can dry out your complexion). Finally, cleanse your face to rinse off any sweat or impurities and apply your choice of moisturizer. Limit this remedy to one time per week to avoid dehydrating your skin.
Balancing home remedies with professional treatments can be an effective way to reduce the size of pores and keep your skin looking smooth and radiant. Have fun giving these methods a try, and always feel free to get in touch with us if you’re looking for advanced skin care solutions!