I wish there was a way to guarantee to never get clogged pores. The best thing we can do is take action by exfoliating a few times a week with a facial scrub. I use Image resurfacing masque, it has 17% AHA’s to soften, brighten and clean pores. Exfoliating will also get rid of dead skin build up and help prevent enlarged pores. Also get a facial at least quarterly to have your pores cleaned out. Dirt, oil, and sweat can all build up in the pores and cause them to enlarge. This is why you have to get your pores cleaned out in a facial regularly.
If you live in Texas there is always a fight against sun damage. This is the time of year to focus on lightning your dark spots. Try an all natural lightener like the Image Lightening Serum, which has a combination of the strongest natural lighteners. Another more aggressive approach is to go with hydroquinone. Image Bleaching Serum has 2% hydroquinone and glycolic acid to reduce damaged skin and brighten and tighten with quick results.
I would like to send you all a message of hope for your January skincare problems. If you’re anything like me, you may have over consumed carbs and sugar around the holidays. I also started working out at the beginning of January to work off the weight I gained over the holidays. My skin is having some breakouts which is normal when you start a new workout routine. As I sweat and work out my body is releasing toxins and bacteria comes through my pores. When you see a breakout arise, spot treat the breakout, do not put a harsh cream all over your face if you only have one or two breakouts. Unfortunately because of the weather my skin is also very dry right now. If you see or feel that your skin is dry, use a heavier night cream. I have also been using a heavier serum during the day underneath my day cream. Do not worry this too shall pass!
With the season of gift giving having just calmed down, many people are asking me if its good to use their new clarasonic brush. I personally have one and I love it. It exfoliates and stimulates collagen at the same time. I noticed it quickly made my skin softer and as a bonus I use it with my exfoliant when I need a deeper pore cleanse. No more than once a day and use it with your cleanser. Keep it clean and enjoy!
As we dedicate ourselves to getting fit for the new year, remember when you sweat it release toxins and opens your pores. Its best to wash your face within 20 minutes of a workout. Put an extra cleanser (face wash) in your gym bag. If you do not wash before those pores close back up then you are susceptible to bacteria spreading and causing breakouts.