Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ask Kaylin: Minimizing Pores

Image: Chapendra via Flickr and Creative Commons 2.0
Whether you have acne scars or just natural skin texture, many women are self-conscious about the size of their pores. If you fall into this camp and want to try to minimize their appearance, read on for the best natural and pore-minimizing primers.

I have pores that can be seen from a mile away and some acne scars. I'm looking for a primer that won't harm me. I heard aloe vera can be used as a primer. Would it also help fill in my pores?

Aloe vera can definitely be used as a primer, and it can also help minimize pores. However, I'd recommend getting an aloe vera gel with 94% or higher aloe vera and use it in the following way as part of your nightly routine:
  1. Wash your face using your favorite natural cleanser.
  2. Pat dry using a towel.
  3. Apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel and allow to dry.
  4. Rinse gently with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
  5. Apply a natural moisturizer if desired.
If using as a primer, apply to a clean, dry face before foundation. It serves as a dual primer and moisturizer.

Pro tips:
  • Be sure to check ingredients when purchasing aloe vera gel. Natural grocers tend to sell gels with fewer additives.
  • Alternatively, you could also use a pore-minimizing primer such as Urban Decay's Complexion Primer Potion, which is vegan and rates a low 2 on EWG's Skin Deep database. However, I'd recommend the aloe vera gel first as it is gentle and affordable.
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