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15 Pore Minimising Products You’re Missing Out On

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I get asked this question fairly often: How can I make my pores look smaller? I know only too well how annoying large pores can be. First in the line of several peeves is they are so large that they make skin look aged; since they are open they attract dirt and sweat, get clogged, and aid in the formation of blackheads; their tendency to get clogged means they only get bigger (aargh, could it get worse?); clogged pores roughly translates to acne; and they eat up foundation like nobody’s business. Obviously, we hang on to every little nugget of information that will shrink pores.

Large pores are usually a dead giveaway of oily skin. However, age also has a lot to do with their appearance. As we age, collagen and elastic production decrease and skin begins to sag, pulling the walls of each pore along with it. However, all hope is not lost yet. First you’ve got to ensure that your pores are clear of dead skin, dirt and excess sebum (basically anything that can clog and stretch it out). You can use pore clarifying and tightening products to make them look smaller. You may also use primers and mattifiers to soften the outline of pores. Here’s a round-up of some of the best products to do the same:

 

Benefit The Porefessional License to Blot_Hauterfly

1. Benefit The Porefessional License to Blot (Rs 790)

License to Blot works on the premise of blotting papers that suck up excess sebum, but with a twist. The solid balm-like product comes in an easy-to-use, retractable tube that you glide over any excess sebum and see how it immediately mattefies your skin while blurring the appearance of pores.

 

Loreal Paris Derma Genesis Pore Minimising Serum_Hauterfly

2. L’Oréal Paris Derma Genesis Pore Minimising Serum (Rs 790)

This is a lightweight serum that controls oil production without clogging pores. It spreads and blends easily, makes skin soft, smooth and reduces the pore size.

 

Votre Advanced Pore Minimising Toner Hydra Mist_Hauterfly

3. Votre Advanced Pore Minimising Toner Hydra Mist (Rs 850)

This toner-meets-face mist delivers what it promises. Use it after a steaming/blackhead degunking session, or as a pick-me-up around midday to reduce the size of pores.

 

The Body Shop Seaweed Pore Perfector_Hauterfly

4. The Body Shop Seaweed Pore Perfector (Rs 1,082)

When applied on freshly cleansed skin, you will feel a subtle tightening of your pores followed by smaller looking pores.

 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser_Hauterfly

5. The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser (Rs 1,495)

TBS’s Tea Tree range has been quite a success, with women loving most of the products from this range. The Pore Minimiser soothes irritated skin, evens out skin tone and texture, and reduces the size of pores.

 

Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub_Hauterfly

6. Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub (Rs 1,500)

A gentle scrub, it clears and minimises pores and makes skin clearer and brighter after several uses.

 

Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher_Hauterfly

7. Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher (Rs 1,610)

The gel-like serum is very lightweight, making it easy to penetrate into skin. Using it continuously for two-three weeks will make pores shrink to 1/3rd of their original size.

 

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector_Hauterfly

8. Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector (Rs 1,678)

Press or dab a teeny bit of this on your problem areas before you start your skin care and make-up routine and see a marked difference in the appearance of pores.

 

NYX Pore Filler Primer_Hauterfly

9. NYX Pore Filler Primer (Rs 1,690)

Use it only in the areas you have large pores and then use your regular primer over it followed by your make-up. This doesn’t work as a stand alone primer but works wonderfully on any pores and pits in your skin.

 

Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion_Hauterfly

10. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion (Rs 2,140)

This product is great for all of those who struggle with really large pores. It’s not very moisturising, but it delivers on the pore minimising front.

 

Elizabeth Arden Visible Whitening Pore Minimizing Toner_Hauterfly

11. Elizabeth Arden Visible Whitening Pore Minimizing Toner (Rs 2,466)

This alcohol free toner has ingredients like witch hazel, glycerin, and camellia sinesis leaf extract, and is wonderful for soothing irritated skin and reducing the appearance of large pores.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Pore Putty_Hauterfly

12. Peter Thomas Roth Pore Putty (Rs 2,945)

The Pore Putty temporarily fills and blurs pores and fine lines, the fragrance-free formula is a boon for combination and oily skin types because it manages to control excess shine.

 

Shiseido Pureness Pore Minimizing Cooling Essence_Hauterfly

13. Shiseido Pureness Pore Minimizing Cooling Essence (Rs 2,962)

Use it under a moisturiser to reduce the appearance of large pores. It works well when used regularly and continuously over a period of time.

 

Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Refiner_Hauterfly

14. Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Refiner (Rs 3,117)

A Holy Grail product for people who can’t keep their make-up from disappearing, reviewers claim they “can’t live without this product”. When a product invokes this kind of emotion you just know that it’s darn good.

 

Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Serum_Hauterfly

15. Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Serum (Rs 3,621)

This wonder product is known to make pores tighter, and shrinks them with continual use. It also makes the skin soft, supple, and hydrated in the process.

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