1. Make “Exfoliate!” Your New Mantra
You’ve heard it before, but it is incredibly important to slough off dry flakes and old skin cells. In addition to tarnishing your glow, they can also clog your pores, leading to breakouts and more oil production. Who’s going for that look? Not you! Clinique makes a great exfoliating cream scrub that refines the skin and preps your pores for moisturizer and other products.
2) Reduce the Look of Pores with a Primer
Philosophy makes a great tinted primer that will help fade your pores, and offers SPF 15, which eliminates another step in your routine. While it may not seem as important on cloudy days or in the fall or winter, wearing face products with sunscreen is essential. The sun’s rays reach the earth (and your face) regardless of how strong it feels or how overcast it is outside. Get in the habit of wearing sunscreen daily, and you’re guaranteed to covet the lack of fine lines on your face later on!
3) Consider a Full-Face Foundation Alternative
Sometimes completely covering your face in foundation isn’t always necessary. (Think of those really warm summer days, or a low-key shopping trip.) Another one of Philosophy’s great products, its tinted moisturizer, is a great alternative to foundation. Tinted moisturizer is effective enough to provide coverage, but is not heavy like some foundation formulas. This formula offers SPF 20 and offers a sheer tint of color, which may be all you need on some days (which helps keep your skin looking fabulous).