We know how pesky clogged and enlarged pores can be, especially when they are on the face and seem to be the only issue preventing you from attaining a flawless complexion or a perfect makeup look. Whether you are looking at cleansing your pores, shrinking them or treating yourself to a quick mask session to give your skin some much-needed rejuvenation, we have four simple homemade pack recipes that you can make right at home without breaking a sweat. Read on and give them a try today!
Yoghurt & Besan
This is as simple as it gets. Reduce the size of your pores with yoghurt while cleansing and toning them with besan. Simply just mix the ingredients listed below into a paste and you are good to go! Get your hands on:
- 2 tablespoons of organic greek yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon besan
Mix all the ingredients together into a paste. Apply it onto your face and let it stay on for about 15-20 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Easy, peasy!
Turmeric & Besan
Known for their ability to help your skin rid impurities and bacteria, besan and turmeric powder would be the second combination on our list of home remedies to rid clogged and enlarged pores. Besan is a wonderful ingredient that helps absorb all the impurities that clog your pores and leave your skin feeling lighter. With the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of turmeric, this mask can help even out your skin tone, moisturise your skin and shrink those pores in a jiffy! To make the mask, you will need:
- 2-3 drops olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon of Besan flour
- A pinch of turmeric powder
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl till they are thoroughly mixed. Pop the mixture in your refrigerator and ensure it is covered for approximately 15-20 minutes to chill. On a clean face, apply the pack on your face or those areas of concern, paying special attention to avoid your eyes and lips. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off with room temperature water. Follow up by running an ice cube all over your face and slather on your moisturiser. Add this mask session into your skincare routine with a twice a week schedule and watch your pores tighten.
Cucumber & Rose Water
If this combination sounds like a refreshing drink that you can have on a hot summer day by the pool to keep you hydrated, you bet that it can do the same for your skin. Rose water has astringent properties to tighten your pores and fade fine lines while cucumber, on the other hand, is loaded with vitamin-E and natural oils that are effective in hydrating and nourishing your skin. To make this refreshing mask, all you will need is:
- 1 tablespoon of fresh cucumber puree
- 1 tablespoon of rose water
- 2 tablespoons of raw brown sugar
Mix the cucumber puree and rose water in a vessel. Next, stir in the brown sugar till they are well combined. Apply the mask onto your face and avoid your eye area and do not rub the mask into your skin as it may cause abrasion. Leave the mask on for 12-15 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Pat dry and apply toner and moisturiser after.
If you enjoy this mask and love to have it on every night, multiply the recipe and make a larger batch. Store it in an airtight container and make a fresh batch every 2-3 days. Remember to store your pre-made masks in the refrigerator to ensure freshness of the pack!
Oatmeal, Honey & Rose Water
Oatmeal is perfect for cleansing your skin and eliminating the build-up of oxidative stress with its antioxidant content. Pairing it with rose water, which has astringent properties to reduce the appearance of fine lines and minimise your pores alongside the benefit of balancing the pH levels of your skin, this quick and easy mask is not only great for shrinking and cleaning pesky pores, it is also an amazing scrub that is gentle for daily use. With the addition of honey and lemon juice for a boost in removing gunk from your pores and lightening your skin tone, we are sure this mask is going to be your next holy grail scrub and homemade mask. You will need:
- 2-3 tablespoons of oats
- ½ teaspoon of honey
- 2 teaspoons of rose water
- 1 teaspoon lemon of juice
Make a paste with the listed ingredients and spread it evenly onto your face. Leave it to dry for about 15-20 minutes. To remove the mask by wetting your fingers and gently massage the pack with circular motions for 3 minutes. Finally, rinse your face with cold water. Pat dry and continue with your toner and usual skincare products.
Multiply the amount by three or more times and use this pack as a scrub before your shower to exfoliate dead skin cells and reveal your smoother and brighter skin. Use this scrub twice a week for optimal results.