We need to talk about pores

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This one goes out to all those girls with large pores. So for all you other delicate-faced lovelies, move along now. Nothing to see here.

I’ve been waging a war with my pores for the best part of three decades. In fact, I was so obsessed in my twenties I could have listed “peering at pores” under Interests on job applications.

Sadly, my time spent examining my face has considerably reduced these days as, well, it’s generally frowned upon among normal people. But I’m still regimented in my pore-cleansing routine – my T-zone is so oily that even if I take one day off, the blackheads return. So today I wanted to show you a few of my old reliables and new loves in my skin care arsenal.

Mario Badescu Silver Powder
Ah my first love – you never really get over it. This stuff is seriously the business for tackling blackheads. I ordered my first tub over a decade ago from its New York home on 52nd Street after reading Jennifer Aniston was a fan. These days you can order it from Urban Outfitters.

It contains just three ingredients (calcium carbonate, kaolin and zinc oxide) which help draw out impurities. I usually mix this with a little water in the palm of my hand and apply to my nose and chin (if needed) for ten minutes or so. Pores are considerably reduced – especially if a thin film is left on overnight. It’s recommended to use this once or twice a week but I actually use mine most nights to help keep my T-zone under control. Love!

La Roche-Posay Serozinc

This wonder mist has been all over the Irish blogosphere since it became available to buy on our shores in April. Naturally I had to have a bottle too after getting sucked into the borderline hysteria over its purported miracle properties.

Serozinc contains just thermal water and sodium chloride (salt) with healing zinc sulphate. It promises to target and heal blemishes and help prevent new ones forming. And it can even be used for nappy rash or razor burn.

It’s still early days for me but so far I’ve found the spray helps mattify my T-zone and pores look smaller. I usually mist my face in the evenings after cleansing in place of a toner and let it dry before applying my usual serums and night creams. I can see this becoming a much-loved staple in my pore routine – let’s hear it for the French!

Ogra Peat Face and Body Mask
With our pale, Celtic complexions, who better to treat our skin then homegrown Irish experts. I love when I hear about new Irish companies utilising our natural resources. Ogra skin care is a lovely range that uses Irish peat in its face and body products.

Anti-oxidant peat has renowned healing and preservative properties – think of all those perfectly intact thousand-year-old ‘bog men’ who’ve been found in peat bogs. So if it’s good enough for Old Croghan Man, then I figured it’s good enough for me.

I was recently given a jar of the face mask to try out. The peat mask itself is shiny, dense and dark, all packaged in a beautiful dark glass jar with gold lid and lettering. My favourite time to apply this is during a Netflix binge. Believe me, there is nothing more terrifying than walking in during True Detective with my peaty face looking back at ya.

The mask tingles slightly upon application, which is apparently down to the peat’s ions reacting with the ions in our skin. It can be used all over the body (although if your bathroom is white, be warned! This is seriously dark stuff).

After rinsing, my skin felt thoroughly cleansed but not dry or tight. Used regularly it will help clear out those pesky pores and heal blemishes.  Overall, I’m really impressed with the mask and I’m excited to try other products in the range.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
I’ve waxed lyrical on this blog countless times about my love for Effaclar Duo. A cross between a serum and a cream, it is designed for oily/blemish-prone skin and can be used as a moisturiser, a primer or just to target specific problem areas.

Effaclar Duo is non-comedogenic, contains no parabens and is enriched with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to soothe skin afterwards. I use mine on my T-zone morning and night to keep those pores under control. Quite simply, it’s genius and I wouldn’t be without it at this stage.

So ladies, what are your favourite pore products?

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