Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
I can't stress it enough! Women over 40 usually complain that they feel like their pores are getting bigger and bigger everyday. This is not true!
Pores cannot be opened and closed like windows (at least that's what Joan Rivers says, and she ought to know!). The reason why they look so large is because you are not exfoliating. So how do you safely do this at home you might ask? Lucky for you, you have me to point you in the right direction. If you don't want to spend over $20 for a cleanser (remember I recommended Serious Skin Care's Glycolic Cleanser), then you have to look no further than your drug store. Neutrogena makes at least two cleansers that contain salicylic acid. One is a facial foaming cleansers made for those with acne, but you don't have to have acne to use it. I wouldn't use it to remove make-up, but you can use it several times a week in the morning, and you will slowly start to see in a difference in the clarity of your skin. If you want immediate gratification, several skin care companies including Neutrogena, Oil of Olay and Dove have introduced exfoliating kits for at-home skin micro-dermabrasion. These kits range in price between $20 and $30. These are multi-step programs (two to three steps depending on the product line) and should only be used no more than twice a week in the beginning. I would suggest reading the directions carefully before using any such kit, but I've done this at home with excellent results myself. Keep reading this blog for more great tips on how to have the very best skin ever!