There aren’t many products out there that fulfill their promise of shrinking pores and blemishes (as someone with oily skin this is heartbreaking) but every once in a blue moon (or supermoon?) a special product magically appears to solve my skin woes. Over the summer I had the most horrid outbreak of clogged pores and blemishes along my t-zone, most likely triggered by overwhelming humidity. While masks and facials provided temporary relief I’m sure we can all agree that ain’t nobody got time for that.
Enter StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner, the product that magically appeared in my mailbox one day courtesy of the brand. I can’t express how ecstatic I was when I received it. It was almost as if the PR team at StriVectin knew I was struggling with pores (seriously, how did they know?!). After just one application my skin felt smoother and after a week it looked dramatically clearer. The directions call to use it in the morning and evening but I only use it in my evening beauty routine because of the retinol.
First, I wash my face with my all-time favorite cleanser from Liz Earle which keeps my face moisturized even after a hot shower. Then I follow up with Murad anti-aging moisturizer tailored to oily/combination skin that also helps prevent aging (win, win). Finally, I apply the magical StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner. The whole process takes 2 minutes max, which is perfectly sustainable for any lazy girl with or without a busy schedule. In the morning I’ll apply Pores No More by Dr. Brandt or the Porefessional from Benefit (both are equally amazing) under my makeup for a smooth matte affect.
And there you have it! What’s your secret to minimizing pores? Let me know in the comments.