From hormones to prolonged unprotected sun exposure, several factors can cause your pores to enlarge, but we aren’t here to discuss that today.
What we are focusing on is how you can take care of your large pores in the monsoon. Excessive humidity and rains can cause your pores to get all clogged up, and that’s something you must avoid at all costs. So, to make sure you sail through this season like a pro, we have listed everything you need to keep large pores clean this monsoon. Read on…
- 01. Double cleanse your skin to unclog your pores
- 02.Tone religiously to tighten your pores
- 03. , Don’t skip moisturisation
- 04. Exfoliate twice a week, without fail
- 05. Use clay masks
01. Double cleanse your skin to unclog your pores
Just as the name suggests, double cleansing means washing your face with two different types of cleansers to unclog your pores at the end of the day. This Korean cleansing technique requires you to first wash your face with an oil-based cleanser like the Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Rinse Off Cleansing Oil. This helps remove oil-based impurities like makeup, sunscreen, sebum, dirt and pollution from your skin. This cleanser dissolves even waterproof makeup to give you squeaky clean skin this season.
Once done, it is time to wash your face again, but with a water-based cleaner like the Pears Oil Clear Glow Ultra Mild Face Wash this time. The second cleansing removes the sweat, grime, and dirt left on your skin and rejuvenates dull skin. It also makes sure that your other skincare products spread evenly and penetrate deeper into your skin. With lemon flower extracts, glycerin and no soap in its formula, this face wash removes excess oil from your skin and leaves it glowy and fresh.
02.Tone religiously to tighten your pores
Toning helps minimise your pores and balances the skin’s pH levels, so you should make it a part of your regular skincare routine (if you haven’t already) without second thoughts. Our go-to is the Lakmé 9to5 Moist Matte Mattifying Face Toner for this step. Enriched with green tea extracts and witch hazel, this toner is alcohol-free and gives you smooth, matte-looking skin.
03. , Don’t skip moisturisation
People with large pores usually tend to ignore the most important part of skincare during monsoon — moisturisation! Contrary to popular belief, slathering on a lightweight moisturiser like the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser won’t make your skin appear oily but will nourish your skin and prevent the sebaceous glands from producing excess oil due to lack of hydration. With borage seed oil, pro-vitamin B5, vitamin E and glycerin in its formula, this no baddie moisturiser hydrates and smooths your skin without clogging your pores. It is lightweight and absorbs quickly to give you soft and supple skin.
04. Exfoliate twice a week, without fail
Dead skin cells on your skin can clog up your pores and lead to acne breakouts and pimples. That’s why it is important to exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week. Try out the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant to gently exfoliate and brighten your skin this season. With no artificial fragrance or colours, the key ingredients in this scrub are rice bran extracts, liquorice, rice, grapefruit, papain enzymes and salicylic acid. These ingredients help gently exfoliate and brighten your skin while dissolving dead skin cells that can clog your pores.
05. Use clay masks
If you have large, visible pores, then a clay mask is your skin’s BFF. A good clay mask like the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Mineral Clay Mask helps remove excess oil, dirt, and dead skin deep from your pores and makes them appear smaller. Made with natural bentonite clay and kaolin and enriched with vitamin B3, vitamin C and microcrystals, this mask helps absorb oil and deep-set impurities to give your even-toned and brighter skin!
Pro tip: Avoid using a mask on the same day as your exfoliate as it may cause irritation to your skin!