Facial Pores and Toner

Do you have pores on your face? Have you ever thought of reducing the pore or wondering what you can do to it? Have you heard of toner? Wondering what is it for? Well, here you get your doubt answered…

There is really no permanent remedy for open pores. Toner tightens pores temporarily, so make it a point to apply toner regularly, after cleansing. Also, wash your face with cold water. Apply foundation to hide open pores. Use a good quality foundation with sunscreen. Foundation is actually beneficial for the skin, because it acts like a protective layer between your face and the elements. This is the best way that you can conceal open pores. Wash off the foundation as soon as you reach home with face wash, and follow up with toner. Clean and Clear is a good face wash for oily skin. Also, open pores on your nose may mean that you have a tendency to develop blackheads. If this is the case, get your blackheads removed reguarly with the help of blackhead removal strips. Using a face scrub on your nose daily helps prevent the formation of blackheads.

There is no way to close your pores permanently. However, applying toner regularly helps tighten them temporarily. Also, splash your face with ice cold water everyday to tighten pores. Make sure you keep your face clean, as you may be prone to blackheads.

Boire strips help with blackhead removal, so if you have blackheads, use them. They are effective. Also, scrub your face regularly to prevent your pores from getting clogged. Make sure you use a scrub that suits you, becuase certain scrubs can cause a rash.

Is toner compulsory?

No, in a word. Many of us love the feeling of freshness that toner delivers. It feels satisfying to wipe some cotton wool over the face and see it come away grimy. But in reality, toners are an entirely optional part of your beauty regime – an area to cut back and save money, if you choose.
Beauty guru Eve Lom insists that whatever your skin type, if you are cleansing properly, you don’t need toner. In fact, if you have oily or blemished skin, overuse of a strong toner can be a bad thing. Leading facialist Amanda Lacey says, ‘The biggest beauty mistake oily-skinned women make is constantly trying to swipe away oil. If you keep stripping your skin, oil production goes into overdrive, worsening the problem’. Once you begin to use a toner, it becomes a vicious cycle. ‘Harsh astringents disturb the pH level, or the acid balance in the skin, while removing important natural oils,’ says Lacey. She also points out that the natural combination of oil and sweat forms a useful barrier that protects our faces from bacteria, pollution and other environmental assaults. It also helps prevent the skin’s own moisture from evaporating.

If you do decide to use a toner or ‘skin freshener’, then look for one that’s labelled ‘gentle’ or alcohol-free, as alcohol is ultra-drying to the skin. Avoid any product that refers to itself as ‘astringent’ or ‘refining’, as these tend to contain alcohol. Alternatively, scan the ingredients list (usually in tiny, eyesight-straining print), or if you’re at a beauty counter, ask the consultant’s advice. If you’ve been using a harsh toner thinking it will help blemishes or oiliness, you should try switching to a gentler version. You’ll probably find that your skin settles down as it rebalances. If shine is a problem, try a mattifying lotion or oil-blotting tissues, available at your local chemist.

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