3 Easy tips for a flawless visage. By Eugene Quek
1. Try a mask-and-oil one-two punch.
Bummed out over blackheads and blemishes? Extricate ‘em by using an ad-hoc mask fashioned from a face cleanser that you let sit on “hot spots” (think nose and chin) for 10 minutes or so. Ideally, you should gun for a creamy cleanser that comes with acne-alleviating superheroes like salicylic acid, which should get to action straight away to decongest pores and nuke angry red monsters.
Once you’ve splashed off your makeshift mask with warm water, top up with a blob of balancing facial oil. If your eyebrows are raised in consternation at the idea of lubing up with grease, you should know that using an oil product may actually reduce the amount your face produces by tricking sebaceous glands into cutting back on overproduction. Opt for skin-softening botanical blends like say, The Body Shop’s Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil, $65.90, which are designed to calm and comfort – with the added bonus of not feeling greasy and gross in the least.
Sequence-wise, I slot face oils in after my softener and serums as a sort of preventative measure, even when I’m enjoying good skin days. Plus they’re perfectly purse-friendly too, as a teeny-tiny bit will suffice for the entire face. A bottle will sustain your skin for months on end!
2. Expel ‘em with exfoliation.
The basic building block of a blemish-free face? Elementary, my dear: Exfoliation is where it’s at. These rinse-off pore-tightening poultices are excellent at eliminating excess keratin, the key culprit of milia seed formation, and affords me a noticeably brighter visage, even when I’ve been pulling all-nighters in the office.
What to try, what to buy? I’m obsessed with Estelle & Thild’s Biocleanse Micro Polish, $47, which boasts a carefully calibrated blend of botanical soothers and does an ace job of sloughing off dead skin without aggravating acne or exacerbating eczema. And yes, once again, you need only use the most minuscule amount for your mien, so it’s money-smart, too!
3. Clarify your complexion with charcoal.
Charcoal-based cosmetics are a crackin’ good choice if you’re looking for a deep clean, as the ingredient is superb for clearing out unwanted riff-raff clogging up your pores.
I’m in love with the cheap and cheerful Timeless Control Clarifying Black Charcoal Mask from top Taiwanese drugstore brand Timeless Truth, $4.50 per sheet, which sweeps away dullness and blackheads without leaving my face uncomfortably tight and stretchy. #DieDieMustBuy!
Right, then. These easy tricks should get you out of a spot of bother. You and your pores can thank me later!
This article first appeared on www.herworldplus.com.