Your pores and what they could be telling you
Pores, we all have them. In fact, your body can't live without them though some of us wish it could! Pores are what allow your skin to breathe and to expel toxins. Yes, some people have more prominent and visible pores than others, and there are four main contributing factors to this.
Excessive sebum: This is when your sebaceous gland overproduces oil, leading to oily skin.
Decreased elasticity around the pore: Due to ageing and loss of collagen.Increased hair follicle volume:
This is when the pore at the end of the hair follicle becomes clogged.Genetics: If there are prominent pores in your family, then you're more likely to have them.
Considering that three of the big four reasons for visible pores are within our control, you can do a lot to lessen the appearance of your pores. There is also a lot you can do, which makes the situation worse.When you don't tend to your skin correctly, pores become clogged with oil, dirt, dead skin or makeup. Along with too much UV, all this increases their appearance. Proper skin care is essential and the actives in Cellular Hydration, Clean Collagen and Elemental Cleanser all work in synergy to lessen the appearance of pores.
Hydrate your skin
You might think that dry skin and oily skin are two opposites. They present as such, yet the cause of both is traced back to hydration.
Dry skin is due to your skin's inability to retain moisture, often due to a disrupted skin barrier function. Oily skin is also due to a lack of hydration, yet this results in your skin producing more oil to compensate. It's this excess oil that can clog pores, making them appear larger and also be the instigator of breakouts.A lot of skincare for oily skin incorrectly harshly strips away oils from your skin. This may work for a brief period but only makes the problem worse long-term by further drying out the skin. Cellular Hydration addresses dehydration in your skin at the cellular level. It works to aid the skin in retaining its moisture, repair your skin barrier function, and bring skin into balance so your skin naturally produces the right amount of oils. It also contains an anti-microbial to prevent breakouts and keep pores clear.
Use Natural Retinol
The strength and elasticity of your skin directly relate to your pore health. You want to choose ingredients in your skincare that help to regenerate your skin and support its overall elasticity.
Bakuchiol in Clean Collagen is readily absorbed by your skin and is proven to be as effective as synthetic retinol but minus all the downsides. It works not only by supporting the structure of skin elasticity but also significantly improves tone and texture. Clean Collagen contains 4% bakuchiol which is proven to be the most effective amount.
Cleanse & Exfoliant Gently
Removing excess oils and environmental toxins from your skin is vital to maintaining healthy pores. But too much exfoliating or aggressive scrubbing overly strips your skin of its oils, which leads to dryness and more pore-clogging dead skin cells. Elemental Cleanser is designed to be gentle enough to use daily. The Kaolin Clay absorbs excess sebum maintaining its PH balance, removing unwanted toxins while dissolving the bond between dead skin cells and the skin and leaving necessary oils intact.
Like everything with your body, a holistic approach to health is when we see the best results. Stress reduction is a big one, sleep, hydration and a healthy whole food diet. If you want to dive deeper, we've written on all of these in the past. It's empowering to know that your genetics are not your destiny when we create a supportive environment for our skin, indeed, our life.