May 11, 2020
The truth is, our pore size is genetically determined, thus its size cannot be physically changed. In addition, because pores are not muscles, contrary to popular belief, they do not open or close.
Then why do they say steaming opens pores, whilst cold water can help shrink pores?
That is merely a myth and misconception. First of all, steam can help loosen the oil, wax and dirt inside pores, making them easier to be cleansed away, but won’t actually open the pores like a door. Same goes with cold water. It can temporarily cause the skin to tighten, like goosebumps during winter, but it won’t affect your actual pore size whatsoever.
So what can we do to minimize the appearance of pores?
Sebum, oxidation, and blackheads make pores more noticeable. Also, when we age, our body's natural production of elastin and collagen drop, and ultraviolet rays further weaken the collagen that supports pores and keeps them tight, making the pores appear larger.
Therefore to minimize the appearance of pores, first of all, exfoliate regularly with AHA, PHA and enzymes, and unclog pores with BHA and clay. Without dirt, sebum and dead skin cells clogging and enlarging them, the pores will easily appear smaller.
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Purifying Manuka Mask <- Click to shop
Rich in New Zealand therapeutic grade UMF16 Manuka Honey, which is naturally filled with enzymes, Activated Charcoal and Willow Bark Powder, as well as skin-regenerating and healing Helichrysum, Gotu Kola, Hibiscus, Turmeric Root and Roman Chamomile, the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory mask is perfect for treating acne, blackheads and congested pores while soothing irritations and renewing skin texture.
The London Mask <- Click to shop
With kaolin, as well as squalane, rice starch, comfrey, mallow, panthenol, allantoin, and sunflower seed oil, this highly moisturizing purifying mask helps in unclogging pores, eliminating toxins and repairing skin damage, while providing soothing and skin softening actions.
No. 9 Exfoliant <- Click to shop
Contains natural effective yet gentle AHAs, BHAs and PHAs, together with Goldenseal, Licorice Root, Mulberry, and Aloe Leaf Juice, etc., it removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores and prevents acne, while providing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial actions.
Gentle Matter Daily Moisture Cleanser <- Click to shop
Fortified with anti-inflammatory Gotu Kola, detoxifying and anti-acne Dandelion, enzymatic Papaya, antioxidant powerhouse Green Tea and White Tea, soothing Calendula, Gingko and Irish Moss etc., the ultra-hydrating formula delicately cleanses and lifts impurities while maintaining moisture levels.
Then use products that can effectively encourage skin cell turnover and stimulate collagen production, such as retinol, niacinamide and peptides, to help support the collagen around the pores, so they will stay tight, thereby preventing them appear large and dragged down into an oval shape.
Stellar Restoration <- Click to shop
Featuring 1.5% Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark (both being BHA) and 1.8% Encapsulated Retinol, along with Niacinamide, Licorice Root, Gotu Kola, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate and Squalane, the powerful yet gentle serum stimulates collagen synthesis and rejuvenates skin to effectively reduce wrinkles, acne and hyperpigmentation, smooth skin texture, slow aging, and minimize pores in a soothing, hydrating way.
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Skin Quencher <- Click to shop
Enriched with 16% olive-derived Squalane, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmyitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin and Aloe Vera, it stimulates collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production, smooth wrinkles, firm, increase skin elasticity, hydrates and reduces glycation and inflammations.
Immersion Serum Concentrate <- Click to shop
Besides having a wide range of ultra hydrating ingredients, the serum is also packed with 3 forms of Peptides to stimulate collagen synthesis and micro-circulation, improve skin barrier and hydration, reduce wrinkles and inflammation, regenerate collagen fibers, and rejuvenate skin. Whilst, Niacinamide, Reishi, Gotu Kola, White Tea and Chamomile etc. are added to brighten, fight free radicals, hydrate and soothe.
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