DECEMBER 17, 2020 • WRITTEN BY TONYMOLY NEW ZEALAND
How many of us complain about pores? Summer is here which means it is a MUST for Pore Care! As the weather gets hotter, pores are bigger as they are widened and loosened 😨
WHAT ARE PORES?
Pores are connected to our hair follicles and are small openings in the skin that release oils and sweat. They are the tiny dots you see on the surface on your skin.
Pores are very important for healthy functioning of the skin as it allows the skin to breathe and helps the body get rid of toxins which is super important for clear skin!
Fun Fact: The normal person has about 5 million pores on their body and 20,000 of them are on our faces! 🤯
WHAT CAUSES CLOGGED PORES?
Clogged pores are the result of dead skin cells getting trapped in your skin. When pores are clogged, they are widen and loosen. Therefore, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, acne and breakouts are formed.
Here are the common causes:
Build-up dead skin cells and trapped dirt and grime.
Sweat and excess oil and sebum.
Not having a good skin care regimen.
Wearing makeup on a daily basis and leaving old-makeup residue on your face.
WHY ARE MY PORES BIGGER AND YOURS ARE SMALLER?
You may be comparing your pores to someone else's. But generally speaking, it comes down to skin types and how well you take care of your skin.
People with more Oily Skin will generate more sebum in the pore which will look more enlarged. This means properly cleaning your face is important.
People with more Dry Skin already do not produce as much sebum to begin with; which is why the hair follicle or pore size is already smaller. This means they work harder in restoring all the oils on their face and importantly not to strip the skin when cleaning.
People with Combination Skin you will find for the most part the pores on your t-zone will be enlarged compared to the rest of your face.
HOW CAN I GET CLEAN AND TIGHTEN PORES?
TIP 1: Double cleansing
Double cleansing a two-step method that is at the heart of Korean skincare routine. This is the most effective way to remove makeup, gently exfoliate and remove any excess oil and dirt from the day. First, use an oil-based cleanser (such as The Chok Chok Green Tea Sherbet Cleanser) which helps breaks down any makeup and helps soften the oils that are trapped in the pore. Next, follow up with any water-based/foam cleanser to ensure your skin is squeaky clean!
*Remember to cleanse your face twice a day; in the morning and night. In the morning, use a more gentle cleanser.
TIP 2: Exfoliate 2-3 times a week
Exfoliating is key when it comes to unclogging your pores and removing excess oil from the skin’s surface.
TIP 3: Face steaming
When your skin is exposed to hot temperatures, your pores expand. Face steaming is simply using hot steam and opening your pores so it will loosen the debris that is filling in the pore, such as dirt, oil, whiteheads and blackheads.
Grab a face towel and wet with hot water and put it over the area where you want to extract OR Drape a towel over your head and the pot and steam your face for 5-10 minutes.
TONYMOLY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS
We have some amazing products to help you with your summer pore care!
#1 Tako Pore Series
Our Tako Pore Line is perfect during the summer time as it targets pore care! It helps to control oily skin, deeply cleanses pores, and soothes tired skin.
A scrub stick that exfoliates troubled spots like the nose and chin that are prone to whiteheads and blackheads.
*Best used after face steaming to open the pores for better cleansing and exfoliating.
An innovative the dual-ended stick contains a solid cleanser on one side and a silicone brush on the other side to achieve an easy deep cleanse!
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Gentle oil to first break down makeup ➡️ Oil transforms into fine bubble foam ➡️ Balm melts into a nourishing oil ➡️ Oil transforms into a fine bubble foam for the final cleanse.
A wash-off mask that creates a bubbling effect as it touches the skin. Formulated with natural Rotorua Mud and Charcoal Extract to unclog pores from dirt and excessive oil and sebum.
A non-greasy and lightweight gel cream that absorbs quickly. Not only controls oil and sebum, but it nourishes the skin to provide refreshing hydration and leaving skin smooth and ready for makeup!
A powerful suction peel off pack that lifts dirt, blackheads, and excess oil. The nourishing combination of Marine Plant Extracts and purifying Charcoal Extract to detoxify and clarify the skin.
This water-based cleanser that is specifically great for oily or sensitive skin. With a single pump of soft bubble foam, it will effectively cleanse your skin, removing the surface oils, dirt and makeup.
Stop using your ordinary soap as it may excessively remove the layers of oil from your face.
#3 Egg Pore Series
Get brighter, cleaner, smoother and firming-looking skin with our Egg Pore Line which focuses on minimizing pores.
A wash-off mask created with clay and egg shell powder to deep clean, minimize the appearance of pores and manage excess oil and leaving skin feeling soft.
A powerful, self-heating balm that targets and removes impurities, blackheads, and dead skin cells through a steaming effect in as little as 3-5 minutes!
Use our Vita Vita 12 Poresol Ampoule which contains Vitamin H to keep skin nourished and Salicylic Acid to minimize and control pores and breakdown built-up dirt and oil.
*Use as booster before putting on a sheet mask - e.g. Our I’m Red Wine Mask Sheet which helps to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.