Your Weekly Beauty Recap | December 15, 2019
CosmeticPerks is bringing you the latest on industry trends, wellness news, and the latest treatments for your concerns.


How to Get Smaller Pores: The Pore Minimizers and Treatments You Need to Try (12/2 Cosmopolitan)

  • The size of pores is determined by genetics. Although it is impossible to get rid of pores, there are several ways to make them appear smaller.
  • Exfoliating regularly can help remove dead cells and excess oil from the skin, and therefore minimize the appearance of pores. You can try at-home chemical exfoliants, or you can try an in-office exfoliating treatment such as the HydraFacial and microdermabrasion.
  • Use products with Retinoid in order to stimulate collagen production. This will help strengthen the walls of the pores, eventually making them appear smaller.
  • Using face masks on a regular basis can be beneficial for minimizing your pores. Charcoal masks are especially good to remove all impurities from pores.
  • Wash your face before and after exercising. When you sweat, your pores dilate- washing before and after is important in order to avoid stuff from getting trapped inside your pores.
  • Try a silicone makeup primer. This is not a long-term fix but will make your pores look smaller while you are wearing makeup.
  • Use sunscreen every day! UV exposure can lead to larger pores.
  • Consider in-office procedures such as microneedling, laser treatments (such as Clear and Brilliant), fillers, and “micro” Botox.

The Tweakment Tart: Microneedling Hurts but It’s Worth The Pain (12/2, Grazia Daily)

  • Microneedling is a procedure that involves small needles being reputedly punctured on your skin. “By forcing the skin to heal around the punctures, microneedling forces a surge in collagen production which reduces pores, lifts and tightens anything the has had the audacity to sag and/or droop, and gives excellent glow (any product applied in the direct aftermath will penetrate better than usual, on account of those punctures)”
  • Usually, a numbing cream will be applied to the skin before the procedure. This will help to avoid discomfort. However, some areas do hurt more than others because of the thickness of the skin.
  • Microneedling ranges between $100-$700 (you can get it for 20% off with CosmeticPerks), and although it can hurt, this multitasking procedure is amazing for your skin!

The Right Order to Apply Your Skin Care Products. It Matters! (12/3, Huffpost)

  • In order to get the most out of your skincare routine, it is important to pay attention to the order of application.
  • Dermatologists recommend applying your products from thinnest to thickest.
  • A morning routine should focus on protecting the skin from the environment and pollution. You should apply your morning products in this order: 1) Cleanser 2) Mist/Spray 3) Serum 4) Moisturizer 5) SPF
  • A typical routine at night has this order of application: 1) Cleanser (double cleanse at night to fully remove makeup and dirt) 2) Spray/Mist 3) Acid pad, toner or chemical exfoliant 4) Retinol, if using (don’t use retinol on the same night as acid) 5) Serum 6) Moisturizer or oil