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the truth about "pores" 

There are two main factors that contribute to large pores: genetics and age. Given that we can not change our DNA or stop the march of time we wanted to know if products promising pore minimization really work. The good folks over at
Beauty Brains (two cosmetic scientists) recently reviewed the claims, ingredients, and cost of several different "pore reducing" products. The bottom line is that science tells us that there is really not much you can do to physically make your pores smaller, however there are some things you can do to help minimize the appearance of pores.

Instead of wasting time and money on “pore shrinking” products, we have you covered with these helpful tips.

Keep it clean! Tiny little hairs on our faces are attached to sebum producing glands. When dirt, excess sebum and dead skin cells build up they create an environment where bacteria thrives, giving way to blackheads, whiteheads and acne. Nothing like a splatter of little black dots to draw attention to your face. Gently cleaning make-up, dirt and daily grim from your skin will keep that pesky bacteria at bay.

Exfoliate! Twice a week try giving a scrub or mask a try. There is no doubt that regular exfoliation helps the skin’s appearance. Exfoliation is the process of removing excess dead cells from the top layer of skin revealing the younger, healthier cells underneath. 

Limit your sun exposure!  The more sun you've been exposed to over the years also affects the appearance of pores.  Sun damage, which typically accumulates with age makes your skin thicken. As your skin thickens, cells build up around pore openings stretching them out and making your pores appear larger. Your best bet is to stick to the shade.

Cover up!  If you don't mind wearing foundation, then there is always an option of using make-up as camouflage.  Avoid those ingredients clearly deemed unsafe  and go with a product that does not hide behind catch all labels such as "fragrance" or "perfume".  




the truth about "detox" 

Unfortunately whether it is a detox drink, diet or skincare product…there is very little scientific evidence that they help eliminate toxins from your body.   

So how does a healthy body naturally detox?   

Most detoxing happens through the liver and kidneys.  Your liver pushes ingested toxins into the bloodstream so that the kidneys can later filter and usher them into your bladder.  At which point they eventually get flushed down the loo.  

If the toxin amount exceeds the capacity your liver and kidneys can handle; the excess toxins get stored in fat. These toxins can be eliminated through a secondary system which is sweat. (Yep…exercise scores a point.) 

So why do so many people claim to feel better after detoxification?  It may be due in part that detox diets eliminate alcohol, highly processed foods and added sugars for a few days.  As most people would benefit from simply avoiding or cutting back on these high-calorie low-nutrition foods it should be a long term solution not just a short term goal.

For skincare products, the “detox” label is similar to claiming there is a direct link from the bladder to your skin (gross!) or that a skincare product can reach into your fat deposits and get you out of heading to the gym.