These Simple Tips Will Make Your Pores Look Smaller

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Large pores can leave you looking older and feeling insecure. When pores are enlarged, it makes it easy for oil and dirt to become trapped, causing blackheads which will actually make your pores look even bigger!

Pores are how our skin breaths and for most of us they are a fact of life. Today we’re going to break down the easiest way for you to deal with enlarged pores and how to shrink them safely at home.

Exfoliate

SKINCARE, ANTI-AGING, PORES, EXFOLIATIONDon’t underestimate the results a proper exfoliation can have for your pores! When you exfoliate your skin, the rough texture of your exfoliant will help clear dirt, oil, and debris from your skin and pores.

For those with sensitive skin, make sure you only exfoliate once a week to avoid redness and flare-ups. For normal or oily skin, start with exfoliation twice a week and slowly work your way up to every other day to allow your skin time to adjust to this change in your routine.

SkinTip: Apply your Repair & Release Cream generously after exfoliation to avoid your skin becoming dry and flakey. 

Let Your Pores Breath

pores, skincare, makeup, anti-agingJust like our lungs, our skin needs to breathe. If your skin is covered in makeup, pollution or dirt, it’s just going to clog your pores more and make them look even larger than they are.

The best way to avoid this is by applying thin layers of skincare and makeup to your face and making sure you remove all your makeup at the end of the day. When your skin is clean, it has the opportunity to purify itself naturally and work to resolve any built up bacteria clogging your pores.

Use An Oil Cleanser 

oil cleanser, south beach skin lab, pores, skincareMany women have turned to oil cleansing as a way to gently remove makeup, soothe sensitive skin, and tame unrelenting breakouts. Using oils instead of traditional soap or detergent cleansers can also help protect the natural lipid layer of the skin and the good bacteria that live there.

Oil cleansers work like a magnet to attract the dirt in your pores without disrupting your skin. Even the most sensitive or oily skin types praise oil cleansers for the powerful cleansing ability but gentle application.

By using an oil cleanser like our Olive Oil Cleanser twice daily, you will help shrink pores by giving them the most thorough but gentle clean possible. After a few days, you’ll notice pores look visibly smaller and skin looking much younger!

Avoid Self-Tanner Mistakes With These Easy Tips

Self-Tanners are making a comeback these days thanks to all the information we now know about sun protection and avoiding UV rays. You can find them in Sephora, drug stores or even online, but applying them like a pro takes some practice.

If you’re reaching for self-tanner to give yourself a perfectly bronzed glow, follow along with these easy tips to avoid looking like a streaky mess!

Exfoliate First

self-tanner, tanning mistakes, moisturizer, skincareSelf-tanner looks best when applied to clean, soft skin. To achieve this, exfoliate the part of your body you plan to use the self-tanner on before applying anything.

For your face, use a gentle exfoliator the night before application so your skin has time to relax from any sensitivity or inflammation. For your body, you can use a tougher exfoliator in the shower with a glove and wait until skin is completely dry to apply your tan.

Moisturize

self tanner, tanning, white spots, skincareIf you’ve ever tried self-tanner before you may have experienced small spots of uneven color on your skin. These spots are the result of dehydrated patches of skin that are desperate for hydration.

If you’re applying self-tanner to your face, make sure your skin is well hydrated by using a daily moisturizer like our Repair & Release Cream for at least 7 days before application. For your body, a few days of using a heavy moisturizer or body butter will do the trick. This should help you avoid any uneven patches of self-tanner that could give away your faux-glow.

Lemon Can Fix Mistakes

self tanner, how to, skincare, uv protectionIf there is one thing almost guaranteed the first time you try self-tanner is a little mistake or two. While it’s a great alternative to tanning your skin in the sun and causing major damage, it is also no easy task for first-timers.

If after you apply your tanner you find any spots, streaks or areas that need a quick fix, reach for the lemon! Lemon has lots of acidity which breaks up the darker color and evens your tan out with your natural tone.

Just cut the lemon in half or slices and apply directly to the uneven color. You can also re-apply as many times as you need to fix your self-tanned mistakes.

 

Have you tried self-tanner before? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Can You Believe Tomato Is The New Secret To Amazing Skin?!

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We’re always on the hunt for tips and tricks to help our skin look it’s best but we were so surprised when we stumbled upon a tip that Tomato is a secret weapon for skin, and it’s been hiding in our kitchens this whole time!

For this experiment we used fresh, grocery store bought tomatoes and cut them in quarters to rub on our faces. We have to say, the results were great but you for sure want to do this in the privacy of your own home. While it can be a messy and silly looking process, we noticed tons of benefits to our skin after applying it! Here are some of the best things we noticed from our “Tomato Facial”.

It’s A Natural Exfoliant

exfoliation, skincare, anti-aging, skincare foods, diyTomatoes tend to be high in sugar and enzymes, but that’s not a bad thing! When you rub the tomato on your face, the mix of enzymes and sugar gently exfoliates even the most sensitive skin to remove dead cells, dirt and impurities. To increase the effects of exfoliation, dip the park of the tomato you’re rubbing on your skin in sugar before applying it to your skin. The softness of the sugar in the tomato will work on almost every single skin type and provides fast results.

Exfoliating makes skin glow but often store-bought exfoliants are really harsh, even if you don’t suffer from sensitive skin. This is a perfect remedy to dull skin and it’s so gently, you can do it multiple times a week if you want to! The best part is that it is 100% completely natural.

It Can Reduce Dark Spots and Sun Damage

dark spots, sun damage, skincare, diy skincare, anti-agingThe only way to prevent further UV damage is to slather on SPF but what about the damage that starts showing up from years past once you get older? While you can dull the appearance of them with antioxidant skincare, Tomatoes have shown amazing power in reducing and even clearing sun damage.

Tomatoes contain a special ingredient called Lycopene. Lycopene helps the skin recover and repair both sun damage and free radical damage. It’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties will restore your skin to a youthful and glowing canvas and will diminish your dark spots and keep breakouts and clogged pores at bay.

It Helps Shrink Pores

tomatoes, skincare, diy skincare, anti-agingStop spending your hard earned money on primers and foundation to mask your larger pores. Tomatoes have a knack for shrinking pores almost instantly and all it takes it a few easy steps in the kitchen. Tomatoes work effectively on pores when applied as an astringent, similar to a toner and this is one of our favorites for having skin that looks so airbrushed, you can skip makeup that day!

Step 1: Mix one spoonful of tomato juice with 4-5 drops of lemon juice

Step 2: Apply gently to your entire face with your fingertips or use a cotton pad if needed

Step 3: Rinse with lukewarm water to shrink open pores

Step 4: ADMIRE!

Have you used Tomatoes in your beauty routine before? Tell us about it in the comments below!