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An Esthetician Answers All Your Skincare Questions

Is it possible to shrink pores?

A few weeks ago, we asked our social media followers for their skincare questions to settle once and for all.  To help us out, we have skincare expert Rianna Loving, the founder of natural beauty brand Organic to Green and a California licensed esthetician. She shares the secrets behind shrinking pores, treating acne and preventing aging like a pro.

Skincare Advice From Esthetician Rianna Loving

 

But seriously, is it really possible to shrink pores?

Yes, I do think it is possible to minimize pores. Keep in mind, your skin is naturally changing on its own. Depending on your genes, your pores will change over time. Also, pores become more prevalent during your adolescent years. If you had large pores during adolescent years, you might see your pores naturally diminish as oil production decreases in your late 20’s and 30’s.  On the other hand, if you are someone with larger pores well into adulthood, I find that there are products and treatments to help diminish pore size.

If you are actively trying to work on reducing pore size, I highly recommend monthly microdermabrasion treatments with a skin expert to help reduce oil production along with a weekly gentle exfoliating scrub.

Does our skin build a tolerance to skincare products?

I’m less concerned about building a tolerance to product, and more concerned with changing your routine based on the season or other lifestyle factors.  For example, what your skin needs in summer might be different than what it needs in winter. Or if you are under extra stress, become pregnant, or have an allergic reaction, etc.

Aside from adjusting to these circumstances, if something works in your regimen, you should continue to use it. Too much change can cause irritations and reactions and make it harder to pin down the root cause. If you do change products, change them one at a time. That way if there is a negative reaction, you have a better chance to pinpoint it.

What can I do to avoid wrinkles?

Prevention is better than repairing. Some tips are:

1. Use a sunblock with UVA and UB protection and reapply often.
2. Exfoliation using acids or gentle scrubs is important since you want to encourage cell turnover and remove dead skin cells.
3. Nighttime moisturizers are important at any age.
4. I recommend using products high in hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.

One of my favorite products to prevent aging is our rose coco oil. Rose is a natural anti-aging ingredient. It contains a high level of vitamin C for brightening, and antioxidants to protect skin from free radicals. Coconut oil has remained a favorite ingredient is because it contains high amounts of Vitamin E, good saturated fatty acids and proteins.  Finally, it repairs the skin’s collagen layer for a natural moisture barrier and smoother skin.

What skincare tips do you have for acne? Is it okay to pop?

With acne, there is a misconception that you want to dry out the skin with harsh cleansers and treatments.  It is actually better to treat acne like sensitive skin and keep it hydrated to remove as many irritants as possible.  In regards to popping, I recommend seeing a skin expert and getting a facial so they can properly perform extractions without causing damage to your skin.

How can we minimize and prevent dark spots?

That type of hyper-pigmentation is usually caused by sun damage.  Again, as with wrinkles, the key to this is prevention. Wearing a hat and using sunblock will help. Some of us are naturally prone to dark spots due to genes. To minimize, I recommend exfoliating.  If you have significant brown spots I recommend microdermabrasion, peels, or even lasering.

If you are at in the early stages of spotting, you may be able to prevent this with brightening Vitamin C products and gentle exfoliators.

The way product is applied in a facial is so relaxing. Are there any techniques we can replicate at home?

First, it helps to pretend it’s not your face so you will be more gentle. Then, always use upward strokes. Self-facial massages are great for improving circulation and also relieve tense muscles.

One of my favorite at-home treatments is spending more time with a hydrating mask. With these I apply the largest amounts around the eyes while taking a bath and allow the steam to open pores.

How often should we exfoliate and what’s the best method?

Once a week with a gentle exfoliator, if you are not as sensitive you can do 2-3 times per week. It depends on your skin type really. My favorite exfoliant are products based with oatmeal, sugar and lactic.

Which Organic to Green products do you use on a daily basis?

I am usually in such a rush that having one product that does it all is big for me. My favorite are the coco oils. I use them as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer. They are good for sensitive skin, non-greasy and don’t clog pores. We have 6 different coco oils for different needs.  Lemon, I love using in the shower to cleanse my body and under the arms.  Ginger also contains some aloe and is great after the sun to heal sunburns and redness.  At nighttime, I like to mix our Rose coco oil with the ARCTIC shea moisturizing balm, which helps diminish wrinkles, repair and heal acne scars.  I also use our Rainforest Sugar Scrub twice a week to keep my skin clean, rejuvenated and healthy.

A Special Offer For HUM Readers

If you’d like to try any of Rianna’s Organic to Green products, please use the code HUM15 for 15% off at organictogreen.com.

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Zena Wozniak is the Senior Content Editor at HUM. She enjoys hot yoga, bath bombs, and making a mess in her kitchen. You can find her @zenawoz on social.
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