If someone claimed they could “open up your pores” to clean them out, they’re not entirely wrong. Technically speaking, pores can’t be opened; however, there are plenty of different things you can do to help unclog a clogged pore and give it the attention it needs at that specific moment in time.
This includes exfoliating with an abrasive cloth or chemical exfoliants that remove dead skin cells on the surface, which then helps reduce pore size in the long run.
Additionally, eating healthy and exercising is important to keep your pores clear from any unwanted bumps, though this isn’t an immediate solution for smaller-looking pores in the short term. Two easy methods apply here:
To wash your face for the clay mask, scrub it with a warm, damp sponge. Be sure the water is normal but not hot, as boiling water may cause irritation or burns.
Use a face clay mask
With your easy tips or a fan brush, apply a thin layer of the face clay mask onto your face as your skin absorb any other moisturizing product. Avoid your eyes and mouth. The simple way to use a clay mask is to apply it right after cleansing while the pores are still open and can suck up the nutrients you’re giving them.
Over time, if you want to toggle between using this mask before bed or anytime that’s most convenient for you, the frequency is only limited to how often you believe your skin might need an extra boost in hydration post-cleansing!
Wait for the mask to dry
Do not let the mask dry completely. It should start drying and get tacky, but not so tacky that it comes off on your skin when you touch it.
If your mask still feels wet a few hours after application, it’s time to remove your mask and wash off the residue left behind to avoid any damage to delicate facial skin.
Not use mask
Use water to soft the skin. Use a normal washcloth, scrub your face clean and ensure the mask is completely washed off with warm water.
Follow up the mask with moisturizer.
After washing your face, lightly apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer (something that doesn’t clog pores). This can help smooth out your skin, especially if you use a daily exfoliant.
Place hot water on a washcloth.
Run your tap until it’s hot. Thoroughly soak the washcloth and wring out any excess water.
Wring out the excess water
So you’ve just taken your shower, and now you are about to wash off your cares with a hot, wet washcloth.
If you have it set to “scalding” or “too glass-shattering for my ears,” the water temperature will be too hot for your skin. It could irritate and inflame the sensitive area around your fingers, toes, face, and genitals.
Repeat the process
Continue adding hot water to the washcloth once it has cooled down, and place it over your face again.
Remember, don’t hold in one spot too long to avoid damaging your skin, just over your problem areas. Hold the warm cloth over affected areas three or four times under a hot hand towel.
Wash your face.
To get clean, wash your face using a gentle foaming face wash. The hot steam you’ve used will soften the clogs in your pores and break them up.
Your cleanser is designed to remove that gunk, so make sure to use it to avoid a clogged pore appearance later on!
Wash a handful of fresh parsley.
Wash parsley leaves thoroughly to remove any soil or debris. However, be sure not to leave the stems on, as they are most likely dirty and could cause bacteria to spread through your pores.
Parsley is known for being astringent (it can help achieve a tight-looking appearance), so go ahead and chop up some parsley and use it as an ingredient in your next healthy smoothie!