A Pore State Of Affairs

25th April 2014

Fact: Blemishes are a universal skin care concern, across all ages, ethnicities and genders…

but if you’re a sufferer, that’s not much consolation. A multitude of reasons cause blemishes to surface on even the best cared-for skin. Environmental pollutants, bacteria, excess oil and improper cleansing can all lead to clogged pores and cause breakouts. Getting wound up about it doesn’t help, either. Blemishes are also linked to stress, hormonal changes and fatigue, which can make them very difficult both to predict and control, and the use of concealer can clog pores even more. You’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

Many treatments can be too harsh for sensitive skins, though, or have side effects that could even aggravate the problem, but here’s a range of solutions that promise to be gentle on you…

Clinique, always a pioneer in dermatological concerns, has a new (and, research suggests, highly effective) approach: the Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel, a fast-drying, oil-free formula that promotes healing, and helps prevent future breakouts. It combines exfoliating and anti-blemish agents with sebum-controlling and anti-irritant agents in a unique alcohol and water base that provides quick absorption, with witch hazel water to help minimise any excess surface oil and tighten pores.

AEOS Realive Serum helps minimise pore size and, as an added bonus, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. Luxurious and intensive, it’s a blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and the energies of gems and crystals that provide a multi-layered delivery of hydration and moisture. The key active ingredient is naturally derived hyaluronic acid, included for its role in plumping the skin. Lavender, rose and rose geranium all help to minimise the signs of ageing and encourage a radiant complexion.

American-based Nu Skin International describe their Tru Face® Revealing Gel as ‘the next generation of anti-ageing skin care’. It’s formulated with gentle, patented, polyhydroxy acid (PHA) technology, to reveal a radiant, refined, youthful-looking complexion without irritation. Its gentle exfoliating properties eliminate flat, dull and dead skin cells surrounding pores, exposing younger, plumper cells, and stimulating cell renewal, resulting in an even skin texture and reduced pore size.

www.clinique.co.uk • www.aeos.net • www.nuskin.com

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