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How to Achieve ‘Poreless’ Skin

Before I get any violent reactions to the title of my feature this week, please note how I use the term “poreless” loosely.  Pores, we all have them. If you are a living, breathing human being, then you have pores. Some people are just blessed with good skin and have almost invisible pores and minimal facial hair (Yes, we all have small hairs on our face, too). Sebum or oil is secreted by the skin through our pores via small hair follicles to keep skin naturally supple and moisturized. Oilier skins tend to have larger pores that are more visible even from afar because of the shine associated with sebum. I struggled with oily skin, breakouts and huge pores in my teens and I’ve always imagined how the pores would go away with the farewell of puberty. Well, the bad news is that there is nothing you can do to actually make your pores go away. I’m in my late thirties now and my pores still greet me in the morning when I look at myself in the mirror. But the good news is that there are products you can use to help minimize the appearance of pores and keep oil at bay.  Here are some of my favorites:


HAPPY SKIN Insta Beauty Blur Cream,
Beauty Bar

This primer foundation provides a light tint veil that corrects and blurs away skin imperfections by refining large pores and filling in lines and wrinkles.

It contains the tried and tested anti-aging ingredients Retinol and Peptides to make skin plump and smooth. Vitamin C helps boost the production of collagen while Vitamin E moisturizes and protects.


L’OREAL True Match Blur Cream,


Micro-blur technology blends imperfections, creating a soft focus effect on skin. It automatically adjusts to the texture of the skin to create a flawless finish. Oil-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested. Optically smoothens pores with a non-greasy weightless texture that you can barely feel on the skin. Use alone or before foundation/BB Cream by applying a small amount on visible pores.


E.L.F. Poreless Face Primer,
The Landmark

This reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines, and shine for a gorgeous airbrushed look. This clear, liquid formula infused with Tea Tree Extract is proven to keep oil at bay, while Vitamins A and E are known for their anti-aging properties. Apply to clean skin prior to makeup application by using a small amount and blending evenly all over the face to create a smooth and flawless base before applying foundation.


NYX Pore Filler,
SM Makati


This talc-free and oil-free formulation enriched with skin-nourishing Vitamin E, applies smoothly on the skin to control oil and dries to a soft, satin finish. Fine silicones leave skin matte and visibly reduce the appearance of pores. This translucent cream can be used as a base, over makeup during the day for touchups or even alone.


KIEHL’S Rare Earth Pore-Minimizing Collection,
Greenbelt 5

A skincare line complete with cleanser, toner, face lotion and a mask designed to detoxify the skin by reducing pore size.  Rare Earth’s key ingredient, Amazonian White Clay, removes dirt, toxins, excess oil and dead cells that can clog skin and result in enlarged pores. Majority of those who use this product reported that it minimized the appearance of pores and kept skin matte looking for eight hours.


BENEFIT Operation: Pore-Proof,
Central Square

Benefit’s priming, “instant porefection complexion” kit that minimizes the appearance of pores and shine comes with mini sizes of the Shy Beam matte highlighter, the iconic POREfessional pore minimizing balm, Dr. Feelgood complexion balm, oil-blotting stick and a shine-vanishing pro powder.  Everything you could possibly need to combat shine and disguise huge pores. The kit also includes a mini-booklet of tips and tricks to help guide beginners with the use of these POREfessional products.


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