In our next column with Renee Rouleau, skincare expert and mastermind of her eponymous line of editor-favorite skincare products, we’re talking pores. To put it plainly, there’s nothing good about pores. These pesky little follicles get clogged, which creates breakouts and blackheads, plus, they get bigger as we age. But, as we learned from Rouleau, there is a simple way to make them appear smaller.
“Pores aren’t like doors,” Rouleau told us. “They don’t open and close. But using the right combination of exfoliating products can help make them appear less visible. The best way to reduce the appearance of large pores is to exfoliate often.”
The secret to small pores? “By using a combination of both physical and chemical exfoliators on a regular basis you can remove dry surface cells so the opening of the pores are less deep,” Rouleau says.
Click through our slideshow for exactly what you need to make your pores look smaller!
The first thing you’ll need for this method is a physical exfoliator. That means, you need a product with small beads or granules that, like the name implies, will remove dead and dry skin from your complexion. Do this nightly after you wash your face.
Now that you’ve sloughed off the top layer of dry skin, it’s time to chemically exfoliate. This means you’ll want to apply a serum with alpha hydroxyl acids to your skin after your scrub. These have natural fruit acids that will take the exfoliation a step further, deep into pores to make them appear smaller. Bonus? A serum with AHAs will also help to keep your pores clear of blackheads and breakouts!
Kate Somerville ExfoliaKate ($85)
Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser ($20)
Korres Pomegranate Deep Cleansing Scrub ($21)
Boots Botanics All Bright Purifying Face Scrub ($9)
Renee Rouleau BHA Clarifying Serum ($47)
Ren Resurfacing AHA Concentrate ($45)
Freeze 24/7 Skin Smoothie Retexturizing Glycolic Pads ($75)
Philosophy Clear days Ahead Overnight Repair Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Pads ($40)