If you sang that title in the tune of Frozens “Love is an open door” then you might have 800 kids like me. Or the love for Disney movies. Either way. The song is now stuck in your head. And I may have tarnished the lyrics for you, forever. I do apologize.
But not unlike Disney movies, I’ve come to you with a fairy tail, and THE TRUTH! So get out your footed jammies and sit close, because you’re going want to hear this.
There once was a sweet innocent princess, who had perfect glowing skin. Until one day, she got into a bar fight with an evil witch who put a curse on her. The curse was that one day, when she hit puberty her face will become speckled with tiny holes that hold things like bacteria and oxidized sebum. To further her cruelty she would provide the princess with creams, and potions promising to shrink and close the holes. Only they would never close. They would never shrink. The sweet princess would spend the rest of her life and hard earned money trying to get them to, because she was told they would.
I wanted to add a heroic male role, but things would just start to get weird. So, I’ll just dub myself the fairy godmother and get straight to the point. And, this is going to hurt a little. But you need to know it.
(I tried to post these blog posts with pictures, but let me tell you. I googled pictures of pores and I found things that I can never unsee. I blink and I still see them. I’m forever changed. And not in the good way. But if I can save just one persons retinas, then my job here is done. So trust me. Don’t google it. Instead. Check out this adorable pony. Everyone loves ponies right?)
Can I get a raise of hands from the people who just talked baby talk to this fluffy ball of cuteness?
Pores are pores. They can’t open. They can’t close. They can’t shrink. Everyone has them. But due to our unfortunate relatives- some of us have larger ones than others. I, for instance. Have giant pores. Blackheads if you will. What are blackheads? They’re our precious pores that have been filled with sebum, which is an oil our skin produces to keep our skin moisturized. This sebum contains melanin which has been filled with bacteria and has become oxidized giving it a darker appearance. You can also get white heads. White heads are the sebum that has failed to exit the hair follicle/pore and builds up with bacteria. Despite our natural reaction to this- over washing will not make these go away. So step away from the exfoliating scrub.
There are SOO many products out there that promise to shrink, or close our pores. And it’s surprising they’re allowed to even advertise that. These products are products to stay away from. I realize it sounds like I’ve given you a whole lot of dark. Let me shed some light for you. You can extract the gunk which causes the darker or white appearance.
While we can’t get rid of our troublesome and unsightly pores. We can minimize the look of them. Some people swear by primers. There are a couple of great primers out there that help spackle over those holes. Like many if not most makeup products, one size does not fit all. So hop over to your local Sephora and see which one works for you.
Not a fan of primers? Great! Then you’ll love this tip. Which is amongst my favorites. Hiding pores with makeup. What you’ll need is a great concealer or foundation. And a fluffy brush. Target has some great ones by Sonia Kashuk, which are extremely friendly on the pocket book. If those are too rich for your blood, then any firmer bristled crease or blending brush will do.
What I want you to do is super simple but LIFE CHANGING! But before I divulge on of my most prized secrets. You must solemnly swear to wash your face at the end of the day after doing this… great. Lets move on.
After applying your moisturizers and foundation, place a pea size of whichever coverage type makeup you want to use ( I say this because I hate typing concealer because I always miss spell it, and lookie there. I typed it again anyway) and place it on the back of your hand. Dab the brush into the makeup and then dab onto your face in your high problematic areas. Now, but that stuff in. I mean it. In circular motions swirl, buff, whatever you want to call it, that makeup right over the dark spots. This will help fill them in evenly as to not draw attention over them.
Life changed. You’re welcome.
Moral of the story? Love is a well concealed pore.