How to Minimize Noticeably Large Pores

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Some people only experience large pores when it’s hot and their pores are gasping for air. However, there are some other people who deal with this constantly. People with oily skin tend to have larger pores on the oily areas. It’s easy to feel unattractive when your skin looks like it has the texture of an orange peel. Aside from the way it looks, you don’t want your face welcoming dirt and bacteria with open pores. If you need a way to minimize pores, there are some simple options.

The Number One Solution: Exfoliate
Exfoliation cleans out the pores and reduces the amount of dry skin cells that hold onto the edges of the pores, making the openings appear larger. Recommended product: Dr Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner 1oz, $35.

Exfoliant for Dry or Damaged Skin: AHA
An exfoliant with AHA dissolves dead skin cells and delivers a bit of moisture. Recommended product: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser 6.75oz, $26.

Exfoliant for Oily, Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin: BHA
An exfoliant with BHA gets through the oil clogging the pores to successfully clean them out. Recommended product: Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads 8.5oz, $36.

Professional Solution: Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion removes the outer layer of skin and, using suction, helps clear blackheads that cause the appearance of enlarged pores. Recommended product: DDF Revolve 400 X Micro Polishing System, $71.25.

Temporary, Quick Fix: Cold Water
If you need a fix while you’re at the office or just away from home and you don’t have anything to exfoliate with, just splash some cold water on your face.

Please share any other reliable solutions to minimize pores!

How to Clean Your Hair Styling Tools

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Should you clean your hair styling tools? Most definitely! By hair tools, I’m referring to hair brushes/combs, hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons. There are so many advantages to keeping your hair styling tools clean.

For starters, build up of hair product or substances on your hot tools causes them to heat unevenly, which ultimately leads to hair damage. Dirty or greasy hair brushes lead to breakouts. You wash your hair to keep it from getting dirty, so it only makes sense to keep the styling tools that you put through your hair clean, as well. Hair styling tools collect dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Aside from transferring dirt and grease to your hair and scalp, passing that along can also clog pores and hair follicles. Here is the best way to clean…

Flat Irons and Curling Irons
Wipe with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball. For any hard-to-reach-places, you can use Q-tips. Use a clean towel to wipe dry.

Hair Dryers
Remove the air vent on the back of the hair dryer and clean out the lint with an old toothbrush. Then, rinse with hot water.

Hair Brushes and Combs
Pull out hairs from the hair brush/comb. Then, wash it with shampoo and rinse with conditioner. For combs, use hot water to rinse. Gently towel-dry a bit and then let it completely dry, standing teeth-down on a towel.

Questions? Suggestions? Comments welcomed!

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