This has been requested by a lot of people. && its good to keep your pores clean so that you don’t get acne and stuff like that on your face. Before you start exfoliating you need to know what type of skin you have. There are 3 different kinds and they all need to be taking care of differently.
– Oily. If your skin is oily, it will look greasy and shiny and feel heavy.
This skin type is prone to acne and often has larger, visible pores. Resist the temptation to wash your face hourly to get rid of excess oils.
Limit cleansing to morning and night, or the pores will generate more oil, which will make the situation worse.
Use a mild oil-free cleanser for oily skin, but make sure it is not too harsh.
Regularly using a 10-percent benzoil peroxide cleanser is too harsh for most skin types and will only lead to further problems. Use one with a lower concentration of acne-fighting ingredients, or just a mild cleanser. You can use a toner after you cleanse, but again, you don’t want one with harsh ingredients.
Even oily skin needs a moisturizer and SPF protection, so don’t skip this step regardless of your skin type. If you need extra medication, use a night cream with alpha-hydroxy acids that act as a gentle exfoliant to keep the pores clear.
– Dry. This skin type is the opposite of oily, and often feels dry and tight, particularly after washing. It feels as if it can’t retain moisture and may have flaky patches.
This type of skin needs to be cleansed with gentle cream cleansers that won’t strip skin of needed moisture. If you like to use a toner afterward, make sure it is gentle and does not contain alcohol.
Dry skin can use a heavier lotion, but you should make sure it contains an SPF ingredient for sun protection. Even more than other skin types, dry skin is prone to fine lines that sun damage will only accentuate.
– Normal. People with this skin type have smooth texture and even skin tone with no oily or dry patches. They may have a few pimples due to hormonal changes, but it is not an ongoing problem.
Normal skin needs to maintain this balance by keeping a clean face with mild cleansers and warm water. Unless you need extra exfoliation, you can skip the toner and opt for a good moisturizer with SPF protection. Any of the moisturizers should work for normal skin – experiment and find one with a texture you like.
Be sure to keep your products mild, or normal skin can flare up and find itself in one of the other categories.
– Combination. Despite the beauty industry’s categorization of “normal” skin, combination skin is actually the most common.
If you have oily patches on your forehead, chin and around your nose that are shiny, and dry areas on your cheeks and around your eyes, you have combination skin.
There are products out there that are balanced for this skin type, but you may have to experiment with different products for different areas of your face. Stick with products that are gentle, so they don’t cause irritation to either the oily or dry spots.
You can spot-treat with a product containing glycolic acids for exfoliation, or with mild acne treatments for the oily zone. As with all other skin types, you should use a good SPF moisturizer daily.
How to clean your pores:
1. The first step to clean skin is to use a mild cleanser formulated for your particular skin type. Use warm water, not hot, for cleansing.
2. Use steam to relax your skin. You can either let the steam from a shower do the work, or hold your face above a steaming bowl of water. Do this for several minutes.
3. In addition to regular cleansing, you can add a simple mask to the home remedies for cleaning your pores. These are usually made with things you already have in your kitchen, but can be surprisingly effective.
Masks to clean your pores with:
Baking soda- Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water and scrub face using circular motions, rinse well with clear warm water. This will deep clean your pores removing built up oils and make up that often cause acne. It will also remove dead skin leaving your face looking fresher and younger.
Oatmeal mask- This is great for gentle scrubbing of all but the most acne-prone skin. Mix ½ cup of cooked instant oatmeal (plain variety only – apples and cinnamon won’t work for this recipe) with one teaspoon of olive oil. Smooth it onto your skin and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wipe off and rinse thoroughly. Many like to rinse with cool or cold water. This will feel great, but it will not help to “close” your pores.
Eggs and honey- For dry skin, mix one egg yolk, one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of olive oil. Let this mixture sit on the skin for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Avocado- Avocados have natural oils that are great for hydration. Mash half an avocado and smear it on your face. While you are letting that sit for 15 minutes, you can make guacamole with the other half. Wipe the avocado off with a wet washcloth and rinse well.
Cornmeal- Mix cornmeal and water to make a paste and gently rub it on your face. Let it dry and rinse off. This is great for oily or acne-prone skin.
Some extra tips:
DO NOT touch your face a lot, cause it’ll cause dirt and bacteria to get on your face which clogs your pores.
Make sure your sunglasses and glasses are clean.
Remember to wash your makeup off before you go to bed, especially on your eyes no matter what. If you don’t, when you wake up your face will be all red and blotchy. If you wash it constantly you’re gonna get dry patches and breakouts all over your face because you’re getting rid of all the natural oils which are needed.
When you breakout or get a dry patch DO NOT clog your face with 50 products because it will get worse.
I hope this helped all of you ♥