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how to minimise your pores


We’ve sorted out the essential make-up products that get you as close to possible to perfect skin. In the age of selfies and Instagram filters, the pressure to have clear satin skin without visible pores is more difficult to alleviate than ever. In our digital world, ‘perfection’ be instantly captured by every camera lens, but how can we feel confident in our skin all day? We barely have time to get dressed in the morning, let alone put a full face of make-up on. Some of us try to use the ‘I’ll just do it in the car at red lights’ trick too, don’t deny it!

Clarins have created two new products to give us a solution, with the launch of Skin Illusion SPF 15 and Pore Control Pore Minimizing Serum. Both are making waves in the skincare industry, and we can see why. By reducing our pores and then smoothing them over with a natural looking foundation, our complexion is back in our control. Yes, even with stress spots and bags under our eyes from a night out!

To meet the need expressed by women of all ages, skin types and ethnicities, Clarins offers new skincare treatments which are specifically designed to target and help reduce the frustrating presence of blemishes and give your face a healthy appearance. A barely there, flawless radiance is hard to achieve, but we think Clarins have cracked the code. We owe them a lot for this major favour, this can cut our make-up routine in half at least.

Skin Illusion SPF 15:
A foundation veil with a serum texture and unique bare skin finish, the Skin Illusion SPF 15 is your ticket to uneven skin texture. Tell your skin that nude is in, and feel naturally smooth all throughout the day. It contains the ideal amount of pigments in a blend of silky, non-greasy oils. The foundation allows the skin to breathe and gives the illusion of barely there natural beauty. We are hugely impressed with the difference this foundation makes to your daily make-up routine.

Skin Illusion is next level translucent boosting. It’s also available in 22 shades to suit all skin tones. Skin Illusion is designed in collaboration with Clarins make-up artists worldwide and come in neutral, gold-beige and pinky-beige tones to deliver a personal, invisible correcting effect from the fairest skin to the darkest. Inclusivity is key in the beauty world, we all deserve foundation that matches our skin colour.

Pore Control pore minimizing serum:
Smooths skin texture to give you a radiant glow. The expert serum is enriched with two major physiological and plant advances to reduce the appearance of pores and illuminate the face, promoting beautiful looking skin. Clarins Laboratories observed that skin surrounding the pore showed a lower expression of collagen and elastin, leading to loss of density and elasticity and contributed in making pores more visible.


Clarins then decided to use plant innovation obtained by a green biotechnology to reduce the look of pores. Extracts of vine flower cells and organic strawberry tree fruit help in making pores appear less visible. By utilising tamarind pulp acids to help remove dead cells that can clog pores, the skin surface is smoothed and skin texture is refined. This is your newest best friend, we promise!

Thank God(dess) for Clarins and their skincare range. Both products are now available at all Clarins counters nationwide! Hurry, before they sell out.

Skin Illusion SPF 15: €35

Pore Control Pore Minimizing Serum: RRP €50 30ml



Large pores are a problem that plagues so many of us.

There is nothing worse than when you have had your make up on for a few hours and you go to check yourself in the mirror, and all you can see staring back at you are big pores glaring under your foundation.  

They occur for a number of reasons. Mainly, it is genetics and loose collagen in the skin that cause the unruly blemishes.

But luckily, there are methods to reduce their size and to help them from becoming blocked.

Take a look at these five steps to minimising and unclogging your pores.

Keep them unblocked

Pores that are unclogged are more likely to look smaller than those that are blocked. One of the best ways to remove any unwanted oil and dirt from your pores is with a clay mask. When you apply the clay mask, leave it on for around five minutes (depending on your chosen brand) and you will start to notice your pores appearing through the mask. When you pull the mask off your face, the clay should take what was blocking them with it.

Deep cleansing

As tempting as it may be, squeezing out blackheads can actually result in the damage of the skin. Deep cleansing pore strips should remove the blackheads you are trying to get at, but without damaging your face. However, do not use them more than twice a week as then they can then be quite harsh on your skin.

Use oil-based cleansers

Despite what you may think, oil-based cleansers actually work best for cleaning out blocked pores. The oil that appears on our faces is more easily dissolved in oil than in water.

Sun cream and other UV protective creams

Over time, UV damage will make the pores larger. This is because the sun’s rays thin the skin and damage its collagen. If you do not want to load your face with sun cream before putting your make up on, many primers and foundations have an SPF in them to protect from UV rays.

Limit the shimmer

Shimmering, or “luminizing” make up can emphasise the pores when it is applied in the wrong spots (or, all over the face). To avoid this, use matte products and only apply shimmering make up to areas with naturally smaller pores, such as the bridge of the nose, or the cheekbones.