"Skin pores open and close."
Pores are openings in the skin that allow oils (sebum) to reach the skin surface. Pore size is genetic so the size your born with is what you have. Do your pores seem larger? This can be due to dead skin cell build up or scarring from squeezing blemishes. Don't worry the appearance of pores can be refined. I live by Jan Marini Boiclear lotion. I apply this every morning and night to give my skin that airbrushed look. It has helped with my acne scarring and discoloration. Boiclear has really helped me with reducing dead cell build up and my clogged pores. I love this stuff! Glycolic acid peels or topical products that have Glycolic acid will also help with the appearance of your pores. Try Tu'el Glyco A Gel at nights before you go to bed. Or Sonya Dakar Pore Minimizing Serum.... love this one too! Instant results and they last.
"The higher the sun protection factor (SPF) rating, the better."
SPF ratings, will soon be revised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only refer to protection from UVB rays. Also the FDA states that products can no longer carry an SPF rating of 31 or higher or a waterproof claim. That is why you see a lot of SPF 30 and very water resistant. A higher SPF really just gives a false sense of security. Also the higher the SPF, the more harsh chemicals you are introducing into your body. An SPF of 50 is only slightly more protective than an SPF of 15; an SPF of 30 has around 2% more protection than an SPF of 15, and a 40 has about 1% more than a 30. Sunscreen must be reapplied every 90–120 minutes or they stop working! You need sun protection that has chemical and physical blockers, plus antioxidants. I recommend an SPF 30. Always apply your SPF after your moisturizer at least 30 minutes before you leave the house. Apply evenly and cover all exposed skin... face, neck, ears, behind the ears, décolleté, hands and forearms. Let it really soak in before applying makeup. Like I said in an earlier post I love the Jan Marini SPF for this. In addition to having an SPF 30 and very water resistant it has PhytoMelanin Plant extract technology and offers excellent additional UV and antioxidant protection. Touch up SPF ever 2 hours or right after water exposure. I carry a Colorescience Sunforgettable wand in my purse and just touch it up like I do my makeup. Check out the winter SPF rules blog www.doranpomaskincare.com/webblog/winter-spf-rules.html-0
The one thing I hear all the time and would love to clear up...
"Preservatives in skin care products are bad."
Preservatives aid in preventing the growth of bacteria and fungi that weaken a product’s effectiveness and spoil the product itself. Without preservatives the product would go bad and allow harmful bacteria to get on or in the skin. I know there is concern about the use of parabens, the research is not definitive that a topical application leads to harmful growth. Parabens are found throughout nature, many fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries. Additional study is needed to find out the true effects these have on the skin cells. That said most product lines are going paraben free. Be careful of product that claim to be all natural, organic or healthy for your skin. In the U.S. it is almost carte blanche on what you can put on your labels. Most products have 1 or 2 items that are natural or organic and are filled with other ingredients and still they will label the item "organic". Learn to read labels and research what you are really buying. In other posts I will go over key active ingredients to look for in your products and what to avoid. From drugstore to high-end there are some really great product out there and some really bad one.
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Have a great week!