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October 23, 2020
Warning! If you're looking at your pores with a 10X magnifying mirror - STOP! Pores will look distorted with those things.
Enlarged pores are most common in people who have very oily skin - and - who don't cleanse regularly. Come on, fess up. We all have days we're just too tired. But if those days and nights keep adding up, our pores are expanding and that is not pretty.
What makes our pores look larger is the fact they are clogged. When they're clogged oil glands continue to pump out sebum that cannot escape. As a result, the edges of the pore stretches out to reach the surface of the skin to release the oil.
Skin with excess oil acts like a sponge and will soak up makeup, dead skin cells and environmental pollutants (dust, dirt, etc.). All of this contributes to larger looking pores.
When you have blackheads, known as open comedones, a chemical reaction with the sebum occurs under your skin. Melanin is oxidized and turns the clogged pores a black color.
Whiteheads are known as closed comedones. The follicles beneath your skin become filled with bacteria with a very small opening at the top of your skin. Air isn’t able to enter the follicle. This prevents the bacteria inside of it from undergoing a chemical reaction, so it stays white in color.
It is not good practice to force removal of blackheads and whiteheads. Allowing them to come to surface naturally and gently clearing is the safest home extraction method. Please have a licensed esthetician perform extractions to avoid scarring and further inflammation. Avoid blackheads and whiteheads altogether with proper cleansing.
While you cannot change the actual size of your pores, you can remove the debris inside and this reduces the stretching of the edges allowing pores to appear smaller and skin much smoother.
Follow these steps consistently, and your pores will smooth out and your skin will look fresh and renewed.
November 27, 2020
We're all stuck at home more than we'd like to be these days. So why not take advantage of this time to create your at-home facial contour massage treatment. It will feel great and you'll achieve some anti-aging benefits.
It's always best to start with clean skin so give your face a nice cleanse with your favorite cleanser. Let's start first with understanding facial anatomy.
November 23, 2020
November 13, 2020
You're making great progress in your skincare. You're seeing some bounce return to your skin, areas that were sagging are beginning to lift, and your skin tone is beginning to even out. So, don't sabotage your results over the holidays.
Skin is composed of collagen and elastin, which makes our skin supple and soft. Sugar causes cross-linking of collagen, resulting in stiffening and loss of elasticity of our skin. The more sugar we have, the more our skin starts to suffer.