Excuse Me, But Do My Pores Look Big In This?

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LOP_PoreVanisher_Pores101_Liya_596x596Let me just start by saying that you can’t make your pores get any smaller. Not really. Let me repeat this bigger so you can hear me.


You can’t. I’m sorry. Your pores are the size you were pretty much born with. Like shoe size or finger length there are certain factors that may have increased pore size as you were growing up like humidity, uncontrolled oiliness, or just bad skin health. But honestly, even that is a minor factor in their overall size. Mostly it’s just genetics. It’s not like you had small pores and then lived in Florida and now have craters on your face. No, you might have slightly larger pores because of something you did when you were young, but what you’re born with is what you get. That’s all.


In this day and age of Photoshop, filters, and HD cameras, pores have become the evil holes that lurk inside our skin. But let me tell you a secret. We all have pores. *gasp* All of us. From Angelina Jolie to me. And you know what? Almost all of us think they are big. Even GIGANTIC!

I’ve been an esthetician for over a decade now and I’ve never heard someone complain to me about their tiny pores. No one has ever cried to me and said, “Oh Cybil, my tiny pores are making my skin all congested and bumpy because I’m not getting enough oil and my pore is so small that everything gets trapped in it. Please help me!”  Even a client with this particular skin condition due to the small nature of their pores has come into me and complained about their big pores.

And the reason? We all have pore envy. Although most of us have normal, average sized, pores we think we should have the smooth, poreless skin of a magazine cover. Sure I occasionally get some large pored people in, but most common are the people who have enlarged pores because of the wacked crap they’ve been doing to their skin.


So Why Are We All So Crazy?

janeiredal_pore_imageWell I think the media  has a lot to do with this. As I said before Photoshop and such gave us unrealistic expectations of what skin should look like in a poreless state.  Where I look at the photo to the left and see uncanny valley, many of my readers come to me seeking this perfection.


But this is okay everyone because really we all look the same. We all look like humans and not like this in real life!



So, Like I Have Big Pores

(No I Do! I Really, Really Do!)

Now What?

First, you don’t have big pores. (Dammit, why am I even writing this article?!) But in the off chance you do, come to terms with them and help them look smaller. Seeking the advice of a  skincare professional like me is a great start. Stop watching crazy videos and doing self treatments at home is another. Did I mention the wacked crap earlier?

Dirty, oily, abused, dehydrated, and clogged pores will make pores look bigger. Washing 2x a day with a gentle cleanser, following up with a hydration serum and SPF and using a good for your skin makeup (Jane Iredale is my favorite) can do wonders to keep your pores looking smaller. I know other people will say scrub and stuff, but Just Say No.  Stick to an enzyme based exfoliating mask or Clarisonic/Foreo face brush 1-2x a week. In the end though, seek a good skincare professional. They will show you the way.

How To Apply Jane Iredale Pressed Powder

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Learning to apply Jane Iredale Pressed Powder is easy once you have the proper tools. I like to use the Flock Sponge since it gives me the most coverage with the best control. Apply with a pressing down, stippling technique. I use a taco shape on the sponge with my two fingers pressed into the back of the sponge for the best control.

To apply Disappear I like to use the Crease Brush with as little of the product on as possible. Just dab it onto the spot then remove excess. Then you want to feather and blend around the spot blending it out. Try not to mess with the spot itself at this point. So many people apply concealer then mess with the concealer and next thing you know the concealer is everywhere but WHERE you want the concealer to be! So watch out for that.

Once that’s done. Be sure to apply more powder on top and most important set with a Jane Iredale setting mist. The setting mist is MOST IMPORTANT! Without it the powder just falls of your face. So be sure to use it!

How To Create Your Own Tinted Moisturizer

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You can totally make your own tinted moisturizer using Jane Iredale’s Pressed Powder.

Learning to create your own tinted moisturizer is easier than you think especially with a product as versatile as Jane Iredale’s mineral makeup. Since it’s all rocks it mixes with nearly any creamy moisturizer and her setting mist for tinted moisturizer that flawlessly covers and hydrates your skin while protecting with an FDA approved SPF.

To create your tinted moisturizer you’ll need:
Jane Iredale’s Pressed Powder or Amazing Base in your color
Jane Iredale’s setting mist
A creamy moisturizer
Something to scrape the powder out with like the back of a makeup brush


1) Put a nickel size amount of moisturizer in your palm
2) Scrape out some powder and dump it into your palm with the moisturizer
3) Apply 3-4 spritz of the setting mist
4) Blend together until creamy

Voila! You’ve done it! You have your very own tinted moisturizer! Watch the video for bonus techniques and more specifics and comment or questions are always welcome!

What To Expect at That First Facial

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Ready for your first facial? This soothing and cleansing treatment is a favorite of many, but if you’re a first-timer here’s what you can expect during your appointment.

After you arrive, you’ll be guided to a comfortable room for your facial. You’ll be asked to put on a robe and get comfortable. You’ll fill out a health form, which will help our aesthetician understand your skin type and issues.

Your facial will begin with a cleansing treatment. This is meant to remove any makeup and dirt to prep your skin for the facial.

Some form of exfoliation, usually an enzyme that digests dead skin cells and is packed with antioxidants and other nutrient-rich ingredients, will be applied to your face. This process is usually followed with a hot towel or steam to soften the skin for extraction.

Blemishes are removed, including blackheads. You’ll experience some pressure during this process, but it shouldn’t be very painful since the skin has been prepped for this through the first part of your treatment.

Expect a soothing massage of your head, neck and shoulders. This is not only relaxing, but it promotes blood flow and muscle relaxation which helps reduce wrinkles over time.

Depending on your skin type and the needs of your skin, a custom mask will be applied to your face. There are a variety of masks to pick from. For example, a hydrating mask can help with dry skin. A clay mask can treat oily skin, and an oatmeal mask can help irritated skin.

Before you go, special serums and moisturizer will be applied so you are as hydrated and glowing as possible.

If it’s daytime an appropriate SPF will be put on you. Sometimes even some skin care makeup to keep you looking good all day.

If you liked your facial, schedule another one before you leave. A monthly facial can keep your skin looking bright and youthful. Call to schedule your appointment today.

The Importance of SPF

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We all know the importance of wearing sunscreen, but which SPF is best? A walk through the sunscreen aisle reveals dozens of options, with varying SPFs. The highest SPF protect is 100, but does that make it the best? It’s just one of the many questions consumers have when it comes to the dizzying array of sunscreens. Check out these frequently asked questions to learn more.

What does SPF measure?
SPF, or sun protection factor, measures the product’s ability to block the sun’s UVB rays. Those rays can turn your skin into a fiery-red hide. It does not take into account UVA rays, which can damage skin and lead to certain kinds of cancer.

Does SPF 100 offer the best protection?
People assume the higher the SPF, the better the protection. Sunscreen with SPF 50 offers twice the protection of SPF 25, right? Wrong. Sunscreen with SPF 15 blocks 94 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. SPF 30 blocks 97 percent, SPF 50 blocks 98 percent and SPF 100 blocks 99 percent. Yes, SPF 100 offers the highest protection, but it’s not significantly more than its double-digit competitors. Anything higher than 15 or 30 SPF needs chemicals to make it work which can cause allergic reactions and is often what most people hate about the “gross feel” of sunscreen. Plus, doctors fear consumers who buy products with SPF 100 apply it less, making it less effective than other options. No matter what the SPF, you should apply sunscreen every two hours and as soon as you get out of the water.

When do I need SPF?
Whether it is a day at the pool, walking from your car to the mall, or an afternoon walk in the park, make sure that you are arming yourself with sun protection so that you can enjoy many sunny days ahead. It’s also good to remember that you can burn in the shade. UVA rays penetrate in the shade, through windows, and even through many fabrics. If you’re going to be outside a lot look into SPF clothing and be sure you wear your SPF every day!

What to look for?
Rather than focusing on the SPF number, look for a broad spectrum sunscreen with as little chemical as possible. You want the first ingredients to be Zinc or Titanium Dioxide. These will protect against both UVA and UVB rays, offering full protection without chemical. Sometimes a chemical SPF is needed for extra sticking power during sweating or water activities. In these cases aim for something that still uses Zinc and Titanium Dioxide but also with a little chemical. The jury is still out of most of these, but the least disturbing to me is Octinoxate. It doesn’t clog and has a very low allergy report.

Need To Have Makeup Tools

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When it comes to makeup, tools and compacts can add up. Let’s face it; there are a ton of useless do-dads that help apply makeup. Which ones are actually useful and worth splurging on? Here’s a list of the top four makeup tools you should have:

Eyelash curler
For eye-catching lashes, you’ll need a curler. While you can buy a cheap curler at any department store, there are other options that last a bit longer. The award winning Kevyn Acuoin lasher curler is my favorite non heated curler. The patented red pad helps you see where your lashes are laying before you curl. The silicone material is also long lasting and replaced easily with an email to the company.

This multi-purpose tool is a must-have. Your tweezers can remove stray hairs from your face. They’ll be put to good use on your eyebrows, as stray hairs appear in between waxing appointments. Pick a metal pair with a slanted head for the best results. Many have free sharpening too which is great since once they get dull they start breaking hairs more than tweezing them.

Foundation Brush
If you’re applying a cream or liquid foundation, primer, or even a tinted moisturizer a large Foundation Brush is your ticket to smooth success. Get one that isn’t too fat and has pointed tips so you can really get product into the pores.

Eye shadow applicator
Yes, you can use your finger to apply eye shadow, but an eye shadow brush is better. A brush allows for sharper edges and a cleaner look. The small applicator that comes with most eye shadow compacts will work, but a bigger brush, the size of your eyelid below the crease, is often more helpful.

As always, I can guide your makeup decisions. From tools to application tips and tricks, I am up-to-date on the latest makeup trends. Book a Makeup Consult today!