Dilated pores are the unsightly holes that speckle the skin. Depending on the person these pores can be more visible than for others which can make your life miserable. They are often caused by genetics, bad skin hygiene, an unhealthy lifestyle, too many black heads that widen the pores, dehydration, hormones, sagging skin caused by age, too much sun… However in the end no matter where they come from we just don’t want to have them! Here are three natural masks to try out to help reduce dilated pores.
1) Aloe vera and orange
Aloe vera gel stabilises the skin, tones it and combats any imperfections. Orange juice exfoliates, cleans and reduced pores with the help of Alpha-Hydroxy acids.
What you need :
- An orange
- A tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel
1) Collect the orange juice and the aloe vera gel from the plant if you have one.
2) Heat up the juice a little and while mixing slowly add the aloe vera gel.
3) When it has become smooth, leave to cool and apply to you face with cotton wool or pad.
4) Rinse your face with cold water and moisturise your skin after leaving it to rest for 20 minutes.
2) Plain flour and lemon
The astringent qualities of the lemon helps to treat sebum excess and dilated pores. Plain flour is full of good nutrients (vitamin B and E, zinc) and will help hydrate and promote skin elasticity. Make this mask 2 nights a week.
What you need:
- Half a glass of warm water
- 3 tablespoons of plain flour
- Juice of half a lemon
1) Pour the ingredients into a bowl and mix together forming a smooth paste.
2) Leave this mask on your face for 20 minutes. Keep your face rested.
3) Rinse with clean water and moisturise.
3) Egg whites and bicarbonate of soda
Bicarbonate of soda exfoliates and treats pores thanks to it’s astringent qualities while the other ingredients help to nourish and tone the skin.
What you need:
- Half a glass of milk
- Table spoon of bicarbonate of soda
- An egg white
1) Heat up the milk in a pan so that it is warm or in the microwave and then add the other ingredients.
2) Mix together until the mixture becomes smooth.
3) Apply the mixture with cotton wool as it is quite liquid.
4) Massage your skin for a few minutes with soft circular movement to help the bicarbonate of soda to get into the depths of your pores.
5) Rinse with cold water and moisturise.