Battling Pores: Cleansing Skin & Minimizing Pores with Clarisonic, Benefit, Dior, L’Oreal & More!

Do you want healthy, glowing skin? Taking care of your pores is very important and can make a HUGE difference in how your skin ultimately looks. Whether weakened by sun damage or hormones, pores can get easily clogged and wreak havoc on your face. Proper cleansing is critical to ensure that your pores are not bogged down with oil, dirt, dry skin cells and other debris. Not having a good cleansing routine can lead to dull/sallow skin, blackheads and even acne….and who on earth wants that? Clarisonic is well known for their cleansing devices and now, they are coming out with a new daily cleanser and clay mask targeted for…..get ready ladies…..enlarged pores! 

Clarisonic’s Deep Pore Daily Cleanser ($27 CAD) is an invigorating foaming gel cleanser that contains a powerful blend of pore refining ingredients to help remove impurities and excess oil. It works without drying or irritating the skin and was specifically formulated to use everyday with your Clarisonic Cleansing Device & Deep Pore Brush Head ($31 CAD). The new Decongesting Clay Mask ($27 CAD) is a creamy, non-drying, botanical-based treatment mask that gently removes impurities from your pores, revealing smoother, softer-looking skin. This product helps exfoliate dead skin cells & rid your pores of harmful, pore-clogging toxins. 

In case you missed my review of the Clarisonic, I’ll mention it again….the benefits of Sonic Cleansing are numerous! Cleansing your skin daily using a Clarisonic has been clinically proven to clean your skin 6x better then with your hands alone. I absolutely love mine and don’t know what I would ever do without it!  

** When purchased on its own, the Clarisonic MIA2 retails for $180 CAD. Sephora has a great deal that includes the MIA2, and all 3 products you see above for only $200 CAD (free shipping). If you already have the device but want to try the Deep Pore range, you can pick up the Replenishment Set, which includes everything except for the unit. This option costs $78 CAD, which is slightly cheaper than buying the products individually.

Even when you’ve do a thorough job of cleaning your skin however, you may still have visible or enlarged pores present. So, to help minimize or mask their appearance, you should invest in a good pore minimizing product.  Here are some standouts from my personal collection. Each of these products work great at making skin look fresh & flawless all day long and help to minimize the appearance of pores. These products also prepare the skin for flawless makeup application. 

Pore Minimizer, Pore Review, Primer, Professional Balm, Dior Pore Minimizer, L'Oreal Miracle Blur, L'Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher, Garnier 5 SEC Blur, Pixi Flawless & Poreless, Benefit Porefessional

Depending on your skin type, you may prefer one or more of these to the other? They all have things that I really like about them but I think my overall favourite is Benefit’s Porefessional (since I’ve used it for over 2 years and continue to re-purchase it). It’s oil-free formula works instantly to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines and helps my makeup stay put throughout the day. It also contains Vitamin E which protects my skin from free-radicals. The Dior Pore Minimizer is another great primer that corrects imperfections by filling, refining and mattifying the skin. It has an ultra fine silicone-like texture and a nude colour that sheers out once you apply it. 

If you are looking for a pore-minimizing primer that is more hydrating and one that contains an SPF, then L’Oreal’s Miracle Blur is probably your best bet. This one’s texture is quick thick, but don’t let that deter you. It makes skin look great and also acts as a moisturizer. My least favourite is Pixi’s Flawless & Poreless (available at Target), only because it feels almost too lightweight and slippery. I like that it helps my makeup last longer but it makes my skin look too shiny for my taste. Those of you with oily skin may want to avoid this one. L’Oreal’s Youth Code Pore Vanisher does not contain SPF like Miracle Blur does but it does claims to strengthen and shrink the appearance of pores with continued use. That’s amazing if proven to be true. The product that most closely resembles Benefit’s Porefessional is Garnier’s new 5 Sec Blur Instant Smoother. It does a great job of concealing pores and improving skin texture but may have too strong of a scent for some? I actually don’t mind it and love how it makes my skin look and feel. 

For more information on these products, click on the following links:
L‘Oreal Miracle Blur $29.99 CAD
Benefit Porefessional $37 CAD
Dior Pore Minimizer  $42 CAD
Pixi Beauty Flawless & Poreless – $30 CAD
L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher – $29.99 CAD
Garnier Skin Renew 5 Sec Blur Instant Smoother $19.99 CAD (I found mine at Walmart for $12.97!)

How do you battle pores?