The Best Natural Remedy For Cleansing Pores
Oh and I also have a horrible habit of touching my face and always seem to fall asleep with my hands on my face.
Ugh...all that oil is just asking for trouble.
With all of this I still manage to have fairly clear skin and keep my breakouts to a minimal. I have a little mixture that I use before cleansing my face and the main ingredient is something that's probably sitting in your cupboards right now. (If not you can pick it up at your local super market for under $2)
That's right. It's baking soda! This stuff right here is amazing for treating breakouts because of it's anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Baking soda will open up your pores and eliminate bacteria. This is why I recommend using it as a pre cleanser before applying a face mask, it will be easier for the mask to draw dirt and oil our of your pores.
What you will need:
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp water
Mix thoroughly to create a paste. Remember to always do a spot test to make sure this doesn't irritate your skin.
If you really want to give your pores a deep cleansing you should start off by dampening a face cloth with warm water and letting it set on your face for a minute or two until the cloth cools down. The steam will help open up your pores giving you a head start.
Now you will want to apply this mixture by thoroughly massaging it onto your face being careful to avoid your eyes and mouth. Give it an extra rub in areas where you have more stubborn blackheads.
(Important to know: This mixture is for deep cleansing so it is recommended you only use it once or twice a week so you don't end up stripping your skin of it's natural oil.)
Once you have applied the mixture to your face use a damp cloth to dab off any mixture that made it's way onto your lips. That stuff won't hurt you, but it tastes awful.
You might notice a tingling sensation, that just means the mixture is working.
Now let it set for 3-5 minutes or until it's dry all over. If you have a store bought mask go sit down and have a break for a few minutes. If you're planning on making a diy face cleansing mask now is the time to mix it up.
The mask that I am making this time around consist of:
1 tsp green clay powder
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp rose water
If you don't have these ingredients don't worry. Check the link below about natural ingredients for skincare and find the perfect mixture for what your skin needs.
Once the baking soda mixture has dried wash it off with warm water so you keep those pores open. We want to get all that guck out of them!
Now apply your face mask of choice and let it set for approximately 15 minutes.
Once your mask has set wash it off with cool water to tighten those pores. That will make it harder for dirt and bacteria to get back in there. Now follow up with your usual moisturizing routine.
I start off by rubbing some rosewater on my face (as an all natural toner alternative) and moisturizing with Tarte Maracuja oil. I love this particular oil on makeup free days. It hydrates my skin without clogging my pores.
Tarte Cosmetics: Maracuja Oil (it is on the pricier side but it's amazing and you only need a little bit at a time so it's really worth the buy in the long run)
I was incredibly happy with my results from this mixture. My skins feels refreshed and has a healthy glow to it.
Give it a try and let me know in the comments below how it worked out for you!