Sometimes less is more. Coming from us here at Got Beauty, that may be hard to believe, but when it comes to skincare, it’s true. If you are over exfoliating or cocktailing products that shouldn’t be stacked on top of each other, you could be doing more harm than help for your precious pores! We break down the mistakes you might be making with your skincare routine, and suggest ways to fix them with products we think you’ll love. Read on to learn how to keep your skin pore perfect in these winter months.
1.) Over cleansing. This sounds basic but you could be stripping your face of the oils that it needs, excess oil and sebum will occur when we take away the oil.
2.) Don’t use blotting papers or powder constantly. We know they’re satisfying, but your face naturally produces oils, if you keep taking them away your face will keep creating excess oil making your pores look enlarged.
3.) Don’t pick at your skin. This one should be obvious, but if you see a blemish brewing, don’t try picking or popping it because it could rupture under the skin and hurt the skin barrier, making it red and look even more irritated. Try a spot treatment, we really like the Eminence Acne Advanced Clarifying Mask. You can use it all over your face as a mask, or as a spot treatment when you see a blemish on the rise. (If you’re using it all over your face though, try and limit use to once a week, it has powerful salicylic acid that could over dry your skin if used too often).
4.) Don’t over exfoliate. Pores will make more sebum because you keep taking oil away every time you exfoliate. You should exfoliate once a week to keep skin healthy and bright. There are 2 types of exfoliants, physical and chemical. Physical actually has a grit to it, usually finely ground seeds. If you use physical exfoliants too often, they can cause micro tears in the skin causing it to age faster. Scrubs like this are great and they do work, but you must be gentle and kind to your skin when using them. Try GLAMGLOW’s TropicalCleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser.
A chemical exfoliant unsticks the glue that hold the dry patches together. Examples of chemical exfoliants are serums or peels. Chemical exfoliants also aid in cell turnover. Try Eminence Bright Skin Licorice Root Exfoliating Peel. It exfoliates and brightens the skin (which we can all use in the winter time) and also aids in hyper pigmentation.
5.) Don’t retouch or powder your face too often. Creating a cake layer effect, makeup dirt and bacteria gets trapped under the powder every time you powder it down. Be sure to change the compact sponge often, even if it came with the sponge, its will get nasty and trap bacteria. yuck.
6.) Don’t let your skin dry out. Keep the skin hydrated, healthy and plump with serums and oils. In the winter time, oils won’t penetrate down deep enough into the skin, so try something with Hyaluronic acid. This holds and stores moisture in the skin instead of sitting on the surface. It is essential to moisturize after cleansing, because we have taken oils away from the skin, moisturizing will ensure balance so our skin isn’t over compensating with oil and sebum production. If you struggle with redness after cleansing, look for products with Centella Asiática. This will reduce redness and calm the skin. Dermalogica Instensive Moisture Balance with Bioreplenish Complex is a great option. It has Hyaluronic Acid, Echinacea, and Centella Asiatica which all calm the skin and provide deep hydration while the Bioreplenish complex helps to re-build the lipid complex on the surface of the skin.
7.) Avoid Comedogenic Moisturizers. Comedogenic vs. Non-Comedogenic
Comedogenic can block your pores. Even though these products may seem like they will be doing good, they could be a double edge sword. Examples of comedogenic, coco butter, coconut oil, Lanolin. Using these could cause millia, if your skin is prone to it, which are those tiny little white bumps that usually occur under the eyes. If you have acne prone skin this is not for you. Stick to non-comedogenic moisturizers, for example Jane Iredale’s Glow Time BB cream is a great non-comedogenic moisturizer that adds a healthy glow to your skin!