Healthy, clear-looking skin is idealized by both women and men as a sign of good skin care and beauty. Pores in the skin are natural and needed to keep the skin hydrated. Although your skin type largely determines the size of your pores, pores may increase in size with aging and sun damage. This can lead to oily skin and breakouts. In addition to cleaning your pores and a daily regimen for skin care, you may be able to minimize pores with the use of ice.
Wash your skin daily with a mild cleanser. Select a cleansing agent that suits your skin type, as skin may be naturally oil, dry or somewhere in between. Wet your skin and gently massage cleanser into the skin in a circular motion. Rinse using warm water and finish with a cool water rinse to avoid skin reddening or inflammation.
Use ice to temporarily minimize the size of your pores. Ice acts as a cooling agent that reduces inflammation in the skin by constricting blood flow and decreasing oil production.
Wrap ice in a washcloth that is made of cotton or non-irritating material. Use two to three small ice cubes, wrap them in cloth, and apply to facial pores with gentle pressure. Apply to one area of the face for approximately 30 seconds to one minute.
Avoid using ice that is taken directly from freezing temperatures. This can burn the skin or further irritate the face, causing skin redness and inflammation. Use cloths and smaller pieces of ice that contour to the face more easily to prevent this from happening. Follow up with a gentle skin moisturizer to avoid drying out the skin.
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Jennifer Andrews specializes in writing about health, wellness and nutrition. Andrews has a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Alberta as well as a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. She teaches yoga and pilates and is a recent graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
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