How to deep clean facial pores at home.
While cleanse, moisturize and protect is a good
principle to live by when it comes to basic skin care, there are times when our
skin needs more. Stress, pollution, and even normal hormonal changes can take a
toll on the complexion, leaving it dry and lackluster. While everybody can
certainly use a weekly spa day, this isn’t an option for most of us.
Luckily, there are ways to pamper the skin
inexpensively for when it needs extra TLC. Here are three tips on how to deep clean facial pores at home.
- Steaming. As a skin care routine, steaming is one of the most underrated treatments out there. Steaming is a very gentle way to clean out skin pores and add moisture. If you don’t have a dedicated face steamer at home, you can pour steaming water in a bowl, and add a few drops of peppermint, lavender, or green tea essential oil. Place a towel over your head, and slowly lower your face towards the water. Position the towel to trap the steam rising from the bowl. Continue for 10 to 15 minutes or until the water starts to cool.
- Masking. Two ingredients are especially good at drawing out dirt, oil, and skin impurities from pores: natural clay and activated charcoal. Either one is a godsend for those with oily and acne-prone skin. They are also pretty inexpensive, which means you can afford to treat the entire face and neck at least once a week. Some clay masks come as a pre-made paste but if you need extra pore-zapping powers, pick a dry clay powder and mix it up with some natural, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Do this and you can feel the skin tingling as it majorly sucks out all the gunk hiding in the skin.
- Double exfoliation. We’ve saved the best for last. Double exfoliation refers to the method of using mechanical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation back-to-back. It starts by cleansing the face with a face cleaning brush or sponge to remove surface dead skin cells so that the active ingredients in skin care products can absorb better. Afterward, apply toner with glycolic acid or AHA as a chemical exfoliator. Using a cleansing brush helps the exfoliating acid penetrate even deeper into the pores, so that accumulated oil, dirt, and old cells don’t stand a chance.
Do note that after a clay and cider vinegar mask, it’s normal for skin to be a bit red afterward, but unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the mask, the slight redness will subside in an hour or two. Still, if you have sensitive skin, you might want to give the vinegar a pass to be on the safe side; you can mix the clay with some distilled water instead.
- Take note though that this method can be harsh on the skin when done too frequently, so it’s best to do this no more than once a month. The use of chemical exfoliation will leave your skin more sensitive to the sun for a week or so afterward, so always use sunscreen even on cloudy days, or even if you don’t expect to be outdoors for long.
Pores on the skin help the skin breathe and excrete toxins. Keeping the pores clean and unclogged go a long way towards preventing skin problems like whiteheads and blackheads. It’s important to know how to deep clean facial pores at home to keep skin looking its best day in and out.