Who wouldn’t want to make pores less visible? The problem with them is that pores can easily become clogged with sebum, makeup residue, and dirt.
When this happens, we all lose our glowing complexion. Also, the accumulation of too much buildup in the pores could contribute to problems like acne.
Keeping pores clean is one of the most essentials for maintaining ideal complexion and acne-free skin. There are several great possibilities for in-depth pore cleansing, and I’ve compiled a list of my favorite natural options.
① Herbal Steam
Steaming is great for the pores since it opens them up and allows for the “extraction” of the dirt and the buildup. Herbal steaming is even better.
Depending on the herbs that you choose, it’s possible to cleanse the skin, minimize the pores and reduce the irritation and inflammation associated with acne.
What To Do:
Boil some water or add the right kinds of herbs to it. Put a bath towel on your back and pull the upper corners so that it covers your head. Lean over the container that holds the hot water and your herbs of preference.
Make sure that the steam isn’t too hot. Steam your face for approximately 10 minutes. Once you’re done, exfoliate the skin with an exfoliating scrub or gentle face wash and use a toner or astringent. Moisturizing your face should be the last step of the process.
Other option for Steaming:
Some of the best herbs you can use for steaming your face and cleaning your pores include calendula, lavender, chamomile, rose petals, frankincense essential oil, sandalwood essential oil, rosemary, sage.
When using herbs, grab some of the herbs mentioned above and boil those in 4 cups of water. Let them steep for 20 minutes before starting with pore cleansing.
Strain the liquid into a large bowl, and position your face about 12 inches above the water. Make a tent over your head with a towel to catch the steam, and stay in place for three to seven minutes.
After steaming, wash your face with an exfoliating scrub or face wash to clean out your open pores, and follow with a toner or astringent to close the pores again.
② Tomato Facial
The tomato contains all kinds of skin beneficial substances that can help cleanse and rejuvenate your skin. It is rich in vitamin C and lycopene, which can brighten your complexion and help you do in-depth pore cleansing. Also, tomato facials restore the natural pH of your skin.
What To Do:
Cut a tomato in half and rub the juicy part on your skin. Concentrate on the problematic areas like your forehead, the chin, and the nose region.
Allow the tomato juice to dry on your face and wash it off. Use a toner and moisturizer after you’re done.
③ Sugar Scrub
Homemade scrubs are great for removing dead skin cells from the surface, thus gently exfoliating and cleaning your pores.
What To Do:
A sugar scrub is a great DIY exfoliation option. You’ll need one teaspoon of sugar, one teaspoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of water. Stir together. You should get a thick paste. If necessary, add a bit more water.
Use your fingers to massage the paste into your face gently. Let the scrub stay on your skin for up to five minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. If your skin is very irritable or acne-prone, you may consider replacing the water with honey in the recipe.
④ Warm Compress
Just like steaming, a warm compress is great for opening up the pores and doing in-depth cleaning.
What To Do:
Pour hot water in a container. Soak a cotton towel in it. Wring out the excess amount of water and place the towel on your face. Let it stay there for a couple of minutes and remove.
Use your favorite exfoliant scrub immediately after removing the towel. Rinse your face with cool water, apply a toner and moisturize.