Q: "Hi Jordan, I am a tom girl at heart. Working on cars, riding four wheelers and hunting/fishing. But during the week, I am an assistant manager at a hometown bank. I have to dress up everyday and wear make up. I have started to notice that my pores are very large and my make up looks very sloppy on my face. I have started to break out with acne too, which I never had as a teen or young adult. I have tried many face washes, and I have tried so many creams to shrink my pores, none of them with any success. Do you have advice on a product or home remedy to help with my skin/complexion and shrink my pores? Thank You!" - Shonna D.
Shonna, I am totally with you on this!! And thank you for the question. I have been pretty lucky to have pretty "normal" skin. But it hasn't always been that way. Especially when I was pregnant, I would break out all the time! I don't know where they say that "pregnancy glow" comes from, but it definitely isn't coming from your face. I am not sure about shrinking pores, but I can definitely share with you about what I use on my face daily. And I truly believe it has made a difference in my skin for the better. When dealing with your face, less is definitely more. Just remember the following three steps:
1. WASH - I use a couple things here. About once or twice a week, I like to exfoliate my skin. Just to get off all the dead skin cells, and start with a fresh new palette. I really like St.Ives Apricot Scrub. I have used this stuff for years, and it does a great job at eliminating blackheads and keeping blemishes at bay. For everyday washes, I like to use a more natural face wash. I typically like to steer clear of anything that uses alcohol or acids to clean skin. It is way too harsh, and totally strips skin of the natural oils that are needed to help prevent wrinkles. Every once and awhile I will dab a lil bit of salcylic acid on a problem area, but definitely not as an everyday cleanser. I used to use them more when I was younger, and after my skin got accustomed to it, my acne would clear up but then reappear and almost come back worse. So I had to almost retrain my skin. I found out the less harsh ingredients I used on my face, the better. That's why I use Purity by Philosophy. It's a little more expensive, but I've found it works best for my skin. The texture is so smooth and creamy, you don't even realize you are "washing" your face. It even removes stubborn eye makeup while conditioning skin to keep it feeling fresh and hydrated. They advertise this as a one-step cleanser with no need to tone or moisturize, but I still think you should include those steps. - $4 & $23
2. TONE - A lot of people forget this upmost important step in their skin care routine. And if you are remembering, odds are you might be using the wrong toner. I absolutely love Neutrogena's Alcohol-Free Toner. I have used it for years, and I will continue to use it for the rest of my life. That's how much I love this stuff. It doesn't strip your skin, but it's strong enough to even get off the leftover eye makeup and grime your face wash forgot. I also like to use an exfoliating cotton round instead of your typical cotton ball to really clean deep. The ones from CVS or Target are the best, and don't cost much either. - $8 & $4
3. MOISTURIZE - I have ranted and raved about St.Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer in a post before, and I am still sticking by my word. It works great for all over, and keeps you hydrated all day long without leaving your skin feeling greasy or oily. But your skin also needs a little something extra to face the day. Something with Vitamin C and a good SPF especially. That's why I love Lumene's Pure Radiance Day Cream. It has the Vitamin C you need to prevent wrinkles, along with SPF to face the sun. -$4 & $16 (20% off)
What face products do you swear by? I would love to hear, leave a comment below!