If you tend to hide dilated pores under makeup, be aware that this only makes things worse, because you are filling the pores up with substances that block and irritate them. The pores allow the glands in your skin to release oils, which prevents infection. After you have washed your face with a gentle soap and water, try one of these masks to naturally close your pores!
1. Nourishing wheat and lemon mask
Opt for organic products if possible, they are better for your skin and for your health.
- A half a glass of lukewarm water
- 3 spoons of wheat flour
- The juice of half a lemon
The lemon, a powerful natural astringent, treats excess oils, blackheads and dilated pores.
Containing nutrients such as zinc, vitamin E and B vitamins, the wheat has a hydrating and nourishing effect on the skin. It reduces oiliness, hydrates and closes the pores.
- In a bowl, mix the flour, the water and the lemon until you have a fairly thick, smooth paste.
- Apply this paste to your face and leave for 20 minutes without touching it.
- Clean it off with cold water, and apply your usual moisturiser.
- Apply at night, twice a week.
2. Toning orange and aloe vera mask
- The juice of one orange
- One spoon of aloe vera gel
This is one of the most effective masks for treating dilated pores. Enriched with vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, the orange exfoliates, cleans and closes the pores -a fantastic 3-in-1!
The aloe vera gel, drawn from its sap, softens and tones the skin and reduces imperfections.
- Squeeze an orange.
- Gently heat the orange juice and gradually add the aloe vera.
- Mix until the mixture is smooth and allow it to cool a little.
- Apply it lukewarm to your skin with some cotton wool and leave it on for 20 minutes.
- Clean it off with cold water and moisturise.
3. Mask from bicarbonate of soda and egg white
- A half a glass of milk
- A spoon of bicarbonate of soda
- An egg white
A natural astringent, bicarbonate of soda treats and exfoliates the skin. The milk and the egg white nourish and tone your skin.
- Heat the milk until it is lukewarm
- Add a small spoon of bicarbonate of soda and the egg white.
- Mix with a whisk or a mixer until the mixture is liquid and smooth.
- Use some cotton wool to apply it and massage it into your skin for 15 minutes, making circles with the cotton wool to tone and stimulate your pores, and to work the bicarbonate of soda deeply into your skin.
- Rinse with cold water and moisturise.
- Repeat twice a week in the evenings.
Ideally, apply these masks after a hot shower, as the steam opens up the pores and allows the natural ingredients to really penetrate the skin.