Coveting the smooth, porcelain complexions of celebrities like Emma Stone? There are a few ways you can get flawless-looking skin by minimizing pores — from a simple makeup option to a laser treatment by a dermatologist.
For the smoothest, most perfect-looking skin, you need to make your pores virtually disappear. When you look in the mirror, if you feel your huge pores are what’s keeping your skin from looking great, you can reduce their size in a few ways, ranging from one option you can buy at the makeup counter for a temporary fix, to a more time-consuming and costlier option that’ll offer longer-lasting results. Consider how much time, effort and money you want to invest, and get set for great-looking skin.
Hide pores with your makeup
If your main goal is to minimize pores, use a primer designed to prep your skin and help mask enlarged pores. Primers create a smooth surface that becomes the canvas upon which the rest of your makeup rests. If you’re mainly concerned about the pores in your T-zone, apply primer sparingly to this area only, and reapply it throughout the day over your makeup rather than powdering your face.
Another makeup trick to conceal pores is to apply your foundation with a fluffy medium-size brush. Use the tips of the brush to buff the makeup onto your skin to get a flawless complexion.
As a preventive measure to keep your pores from enlarging even more, wear sunscreen daily, since UV damage can lead to larger, more obvious pores.
Hide pores with your cleanser choices
Keeping your pores free of dirt and bacteria will help keep them looking small. Use a facial cleanser containing salicylic acid, which enters your pores and clears them out. Investing in a sonic vibration brush tool such as Clarisonic will also contribute to cleaner (and smaller-looking) pores. The gentle vibrating action helps to loosen and wash away dirt and makeup trapped in your pores, resulting in porcelain-like skin.
Hide pores with laser treatments
For longer-lasting results if you have the budget for it, a series of laser treatments with a dermatologist can help minimize pores. One type of treatment — photodynamic therapy — involves applying a chemical called ALA (aminolevulinic acid) paired with Blu-U light therapy. Alternatively, a laser treatment called Fraxel, which helps stimulate collagen production and resurfaces the top layer of skin, can also be beneficial at minimizing pores.