The Best Pore Minimisers For Everyone

The Best Pore Minimisers For Everyone
While the words ‘summer skin’ may conjure up images of a dewy, bronzed complexion, the reality is that UV rays and humidity in the warmer months can also leave you with enlarged pores - especially if you’re oily. The solution? Level up your skincare routine with exfoliating, mattifying and blurring formulas that ensure your skin stays velvety smooth and shine-free all summer long. No filter necessary. Here are the best pore minimisers that work for everyone…

01

Paula's Choice

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, $14.50

There’s a reason this Little Black Bottle is a staple in many a skincare wardrobe: it delivers. The hero ingredient is salicylic acid – an oil-soluble chemical exfoliant that gets deep into the skin to unclog pores and remove any build-up. Apply twice daily with a cotton pad and expect to see smoother skin within weeks.

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02

Kiehl's

Oil Eliminator Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men, $36.00

Keep shine at bay with this lightweight, oil-free moisturiser from Kiehl’s that’s specifically formulated to restore balance. True to its name, it wicks away excess oil and sweat while ensuring skin stays hydrated and can help minimise the appearance of pores over time.

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03

Dr. Dennis Gross

Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel, $14.00

Dermatologist-to-the-stars Dr. Dennis Gross is best known for his peel pads, but this enzyme-rich, non-drying cleanser also packs a punch. Used as the first step in your pore-refining routine, it’ll help remove grime from the skin’s surface, promote cell renewal and slow down the secretion of sebum – thanks to a winning combination of AHAs, BHAs and barosma betulina leaf extract.

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04

Medik8

Pore Minimising Tonic, $38.15

Not only is Medik8’s pore-shrinking toner packed with mandelic and lactic acid, which speed up cell turnover to reveal smoother (and brighter) skin underneath – it also contains red clover extract, which gets to the crux of the problem by halting the overproduction of sebum. One for all year round.

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05

IT Cosmetics

Bye Bye Pores Powder Pressed, $34.00

While it’s not possible to erase pores entirely (they’re there for a reason, after all), an ultra-finely milled mattifying powder can help you achieve the airbrushed look you’re after. This one from IT Cosmetics knocks back shine, not glow, and has blurring technology that smooths over uneven texture while setting makeup in place. Most importantly, it’s imperceptible on all skin tones.

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06

The Ordinary

Salicylic Acid 2% Masque, N/A

The ingredients list for this multitasking mask reads like a dream for those with congested skin: kaolin clay and charcoal powder, which absorb excess oil and give pores a thorough cleanse, plus salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and even out texture. Apply to clean, dry skin for a matte complexion in minutes.

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Posted: Monday, 28 June 2021

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