A pang of envy grips you whenever you see a beautiful, blemish-free face pass by. You wonder how that came to be and you question why you don't have that. Let me tell you then that there are very few people who are blessed with naturally beautiful, great looking skin that is devoid of any skin problems. Most others will have experienced some skin problem at some point of time in their lives and a majority will be dealing with niggling skin problems every single day.
Even though the problems might have long gone, there is still a need to take proper care of one's skin in order to keep it free of any problems. Following a good skin routine is the answer to great skin health and many believe that cleaning one's pores forms the base of the same. This is because the pores can trap dirt and oil and thereby lead to a host of skin problems like acne and blackheads. Deep cleansing pores needs to be undertaken; and in the following article, we will concentrate on how to deep clean your pores to usher in great skin that is problem-free.
Deep Cleaning Your Pores at Home
Our skin is made of pores which are like openings into the skin. It is in these openings that excessive dirt, dust and oil can get trapped and lead to acne and other skin problems. People who are exposed to pollution and dirt, have oily skin, and/or consume a diet that is rich in fats, spices and oil are at a greater risk of developing skin problems. Cleansing the pores ensures that the skin is rid of all impurities and trapped dirt and oil and thereby prevents the onset of skin problems. In the following sections, we will concentrate on the ways in which to clean your pores fast and effectively.
Step 1 - Cleaning
For a complete and deep cleansing of pores, there has to first be the intensive cleaning of the face. First, take some cleansing lotion or milk, and dip a moistened cotton ball into it. Run it over your face and neck gently to clean the face of the layer of dirt and dead skin. Next, use a face wash that suits your skin type and gently clean your face with the same. Pat dry with a soft towel.
Step 2 - Steaming
In order to clean the pores deeply, the pores have to be opened. This is done by steaming the face. Boil a vessel of water and then place your face directly over the vessel, while covering your head with a towel. Remain under the vessel and take a steam till you can bear it. Continue to do this till the water is hot enough. Steaming opens up pores and allows for deep cleansing. This is the best method for opening up the pores because they remain open for long. Many wonder whether sweating is an effective way for opening pores for cleaning. Does sweating clean your pores? Not really. While sweating opens up the pores to regulate the raised temperatures of the body, they can close the pores just as fast, thus trapping dirt and oil in the pores. Sweating can only clean pores if the pores are closed with cold water at the earliest and the dirt is prevented from leading to clogged pores.
Step 3 - Exfoliation
Exfoliation is one of the important steps that is often ignored as far as skin treatments are concerned. Exfoliation is carried through by using natural scrubs which get rid of the layers of dead skin as well as clear the face of the trapped dust and dirt.
Step 4 - Masks and Treatments
Steaming opens the pores and thereby allows for a deep treatment. This includes, blackhead removal by using specialized treatment forms, as well as using special masks and treatments. These facial masks will clean the pores, infuse the skin with natural nutrients, tighten the skin and thereby restore the shine and luster. After the mask has dried, wash the face of the dried mask and rub the face with ice cubes that have been wrapped in a cloth. This will close the pores and prevent clogging of the same. It is very, very important to close the pores or you're just inviting the dust and dirt to trap in.
Step 5 - Moisturizing and Toning
Once the face has been treated, use an astringent to tone the face and close the pores further. Then, use a gentle moisturizer and gently massage the face. This will restore the lost moisture and hydrate the face and neck well enough.
Along with understanding the tactics of how to deep clean your pores, it is also important to avoid certain things, like staying away from pollution and dirt, using makeup that is non-comedogenic (that which does not block the pores), washing the make up brushes to get rid of the dirt and following a good cleansing routine. So also ensuring that you clean and wash your face at least twice a day is important. Follow these steps well and you'll have a healthy and flawless skin soon enough.