Unclog-pores

Can Charcoal Give You Clear Skin?

Has the secret to clear, flawless skin been in charcoal all along? It has been applauded for its antibacterial properties (who knew), and is also amazing at absorbing oil from stubborn pores and clearing acne.

Now, don’t get ahead of yourself and leap for the nearest charcoal pit – there are specialised products which gently yet effectively clean your skin without damaging it.

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The scrub

The name scrub might seem a little scary, especially for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin, but we promise it’s not that bad! The formula is super light-weight and is packed with spearmint and rosemary fragrance for a fresh scent first thing in the morning.

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Origins Clear Improvement Mask, $34

The cleanser

Featuring concentrated charcoal, this is the ultimate daily facial mask for oily to combination skin. The formula won’t leave your skin feeling too dry, but should be followed up with a hydrating cream afterwards to lock in moisture.

Can Charcoal Give You Clear Skin?

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, $10.99

The detox mask

Treat your skin to a quenching detox mask, which is the perfect way to unwind after a busy working week. Just think about all the makeup that’s been on your face! Apply onto damp skin, then simply sit back and relax. It should slowly feel like it’s warming up, then all you need to do is remove it gently with lukewarm water and a flannel.

Can Charcoal Give You Clear Skin?

Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask, $19.99

The mud mask

Although we have previously raved about GLAMGLOW before, there is nothing quite like their Supermud clearing mask. Even though it’s quite difficult to get (usually sold out online), it contains concentrated amounts of activated charcoal which helps to absorb impurities and leave skin feeling soft and clean.

Can Charcoal Give You Clear Skin?

GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment, $75

Have you tried any of these charcoal skin care products? What are your recommendations?

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How To Naturally Minimize Your Pores

Large pores are very common for teenagers or even women in their late 30s. The most popular areas include over the nose, directly under the bottom lip near the chin, and even on the forehead.

Have you ever wanted to minimize your pores without resorting to expensive treatments? Follow our tips and tricks to say bye-bye to irritating pores on your skin!

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What are pores?

Pores first begin as tiny hair follicles found in the skin. Although, when exposed to oil, dirt, and an inconsistent skincare regime, pores can often become clogged and appear bigger than they actually are.

Apple cider toner

The thought of applying apple cider to the face is enough to make you cringe in horror – but it’s really not that bad! Mix 30ml of apple cider and 2 tablespoons of mint leaves until you have infused a fine liquid serum. It’s better to let it marinate in a glass bottle for a few days, but is also great if made fresh.

Use as a toner and apply with a cotton pad over the nose, forehead, and chin to unclog blocked pores.

Steam

A gentle dose of steam over the face is enough to open the pores and unclog problem areas without causing additional damage to the skin. Simply boil a pot of water, take it off the stove, and put your face over the hot steam.

Make sure to keep your head 30-40cm away from the water itself, and use a towel to contain the steam to your face. After just a few minutes, the steam will help to open pores and de-clog dirt and oil locked into the skin.

Sugar scrub

Combine one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of sugar, and a few drops of lemon juice into a small container. Mix until you have a fine paste, then carefully apply to your problem areas (making sure to keep the mixture away from your eyes). Leave on for 3-5 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water.

If you will be using lemon in your skincare routine, it is important to note that you should limit your exposure to the sun. Lemon does make the skin more prone to sun damage, so stay out of the sun right after using this treatment, and keep your skin hydrated with a rich moisturising day and night cream.

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