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5 ways to effectively reduce your pores

If you suffer from uneven skin tone or your enlarged pores appear to be a permanent feature on your face, we feel you.

Believe it or not, many of us are as obsessed with our pore size, as we are with skin ageing! But why is it some of us suffer from large pores? And how can you shrink them fast?

As we age, our body produces less Elastin and Collagen and without these two, our skin becomes much less supple and starts to sag. It’s the collagen in our skin which actually strengthens the walls of our pores, making them tighter, so when this breaks down with age our pores become enlarged! And to make matters worse, when these enlarged pores become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, blackhead and whiteheads may form. When bacteria comes in contact with these two, a pimple is born! So something which we thought was associated with teenage years can return to haunt us when we hit our 30’s and 40’s +!

While your pore size is genetic (thank you parents!) and therefore you can’t alter its structure, the good news is there are a number of tips and treatments you can live by, which will help not only reduce pore size but leave you with smooth and even skin too!

 

  1. Introduce an exfoliating cleanser

And not just any old exfoliator, one formulated with AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) such as Citric Acid, Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid, and/or BHA’s (Beta Hydroxy Acids) such as Salicylic acid. These are the holy grail of ingredients when it comes to penetrating and cleaning out your clogged pores, and clogged pores look bigger, fact. So by unblocking them you are already halfway there in terms of reducing their size.

While all four acids exfoliate on a cellular level, Glycolic, Citric and Lactic works on a more surface level to brighten and smooth your skin, whereas Salicylic Acid penetrates much deeper to effectively remove dead skin cells clogged in pores.

For those who are more prone to pimples, we highly recommend Pevonia’s Clarigel Exfoliating Cleanser. Formulated with both Citric and Salicylic Acid, it delivers intensive cleansing for problematic skin, gently removing impurities and rendering skin clear, clean and smooth.

Pevonia Clarigel Exfoliating Cleanser

For those with enlarged pores we are loving Vie Colletion’s Renewing Exfoliating Cream. Designed to make the skin look renewed, radiant and youthful (yes please!) it smoothes away roughness while dramatically reducing large pores appearance!

3 VIE Collection Renewing Exfoliating Cream

 

  1. Use a skin primer

A good skin primer will become your lifeline if you are prone to oily skin. Not only will it stop your foundation from sliding off your face quite literally, it’ll keep your base smooth while reducing the appearance of pores (and fine lines!)

I’ve tried many a primer in my time but as a sufferer of oily skin and pores on the, let’s say slightly larger side! My go-to is the ELES Pore Perfecting Face Primer. It’s oil-free (of course), perfectly lightweight and seems to combat shine almost instantly. It contains a natural Dermat Complex which enables it to absorb oil and effectively reduce pore size in one hit.

ELES Pore Perfecting Face Primer

 

  1. Wear sunscreen daily

You hear this time and time again but we are serious. Do it. The number one cause of premature skin ageing is the sun. The less we wear sunscreen the sooner our collagen will break down causing skin to sag and pores to expand! Whether you choose to use a daily moisturiser or foundation with SPF is up to you, but using a sunscreen is paramount.

We are in love with ELES Cosmetics’ best-selling Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15, Free of pore-clogging oils, this silky, mineral-enriched liquid foundation with broad-spectrum sun protection, glides on velvety smooth but sets to a soft powder finish. It’s ideal for all skin types even those with really oily skin and perfects your complexion while protecting against future damage.

ELES Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15

 

  1. Opt for a pore perfecting moisturiser

Yes it’s a thing! If you aren’t already using one, you simply must now. Formulated to quite literally refine pores for a smoother, flawless complexion free of shine you won’t believe the results. Our go-to is Pevonia’s Age Correction Micro-Pores Refine Cream. It’s a mattifying treatment cream which reduces oil production and pore size, while providing long-lasting hydration at the same time.

Pevonia - Age Correction Micro-Pores Refine Cream

 

  1. Give retinol a go

Hailed THE anti-ageing ingredient of the skincare world, retinol is known to not only slow down the signs of ageing (as a result of its ability to increase your skin’s collagen production) but also simultaneously decrease oil production which leads to smoother skin, fewer breakouts and tighter pores!

If you haven’t before now, introducing a retinol cream at night will be a game changer for your skin, just be sure to opt for a more gentle retinol cream and slowly introduce it into your skincare routine as some can be a little sensitive to it at first, but the wait is soo worth it we promise!

We highly recommend the Medicalia L Retinol Smoothing Cream. Combining Retinol with Glycolic and Lactic Acids (ah yes those two faithful pore perfecting acids again!) it is a must for resurfacing and regenerating skin for a smoother brighter appearance!

 

Medicalia L Retinol Smoothing Cream

To understand more about retinol read our guide to the best anti-ageing ingredient.

5 products that will bring your dry skin back to life

If you’re like me, or the ‘old’ me should I say! You’re one of many who suffer from dry skin.  I’m talking dry, dehydrated and lacklustre, only made worse in the winter months thanks to the cooler, windy, weather, and constant need for indoor heating which let’s face it sucks the life out of our already devitalised complexions!

So if you need to breathe some life back into your dry, lifeless skin, these products, I personally promise, will be a lifesaver, what’s more, they come highly recommended by our customers and the BC experts too!

 

Pevonia Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream

Formulated with some of the best natural ingredients to counteract dry skin including pear seed extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen and Shea Butter, this deeply nourishing and skin smoothing cream diminishes dry and flaky skin while combatting fine lines and wrinkles for a truly rejuvenated, hydrated appearance.

“I have tried numerous products whose purpose is to hydrate and soften dry skin but this is the only product that I have found that actually accomplishes this goal. I have used this product for nearly five years and have no plans to use any other product than this in the future. Actually, I love the entire Pevonia Dry Skin line of products!” Sarah S

Pevonia Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream

 

Pevonia Vitaminic Concentrate

If you don’t have a nightly skincare ritual, start now by introducing Pevonia’s Vitaminic Concentrate. You will thank me later. This soothing, silky oil with the most amazing mandarin aroma, is worth its weight in gold! It’s fast-absorbing and radically combats dryness by locking in hydration and delivering moisture that stays! So you’ll wake up to smooth, supple and seriously glowy skin every morning.

“This product has saved my dry skin especially during the colder months. You put it on after cleansing and it is absorbed right away. It is a dry oil and is just wonderful.” Amelia G

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Vitaminic Concentrate

 

Phytomer Nutritionelle Dry Skin Rescue Cream

Salvation for even the most dry as a desert skin! This soft, silky rich cream incorporates a cocktail of marine and plant oils including organic glasswort, organic buckwheat, apricot kernel, shea butter and hydratfusion, to bring comfort and hydration all day long. Say goodbye to tight, uncomfortable and parched skin and hello to a suppler, soft and visibly plumped complexion.

“This is glorious. My skin feels so soft and plump after I use it.” Lisa D

Phytomer - Night Recharge Youth Enhancing Cream

Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Serum

Liquid gold! The powerhouse serum packs a punch as it delivers a burst of hydration to seriously thirsty skin. Formulated with one of the highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid on the market (12%) combined with marine collagen and hibiscus esculentus extract, it eliminates dryness almost instantly while maintaining surface hydration throughout the day. It leaves the skin’s texture softer, plumper, and firmer while looking healthier, luminous, and supple.

 “I have just started using this serum and the results are already noticeable. My skin is so much more youthful! Smoother, plumper and visibly radiant! I couldn’t recommend more highly!!”  Marie C

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Hydra Serum

 

Vie Collection Mesoforce Hyaluronic Acid Vitamin Mask

Taking its inspiration from mesotherapy – a technique which uses injections of vitamins, minerals and plant extracts to deeply rejuvenate and nourish your skin – this mask, rich in vitamins and hyaluronic acid, visibly revitalizes for a more radiant, smoothed and plumped complexion.

“My skin was feeling patchy with the changing seasons, but after one application of this mask it felt better moisturised and fresher. Dry, flaky patches were soothed and smoothed. I’ve used it once or twice a week since and my skin tends to feel plump and fresh for a good 4 days after using the mask. Very gentle and soothing.” A McBride

Serum

Why you need a serum: The best anti-ageing serums for every skin type

I’m a self-proclaimed skincare buff and for good reason. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in the industry for 18 years (oh my!) and try many an amazing products during this time. But the one product I swear by (aside from my daily moisturiser of course!) and know my skin hugely benefits from, is my serum.

Now you might well have your reservations when it comes to serums (or concentrates as otherwise known) because a) how does it really differ from your moisturiser I hear you say and b) because let’s face it keeping up with your daily skincare ritual can be costly and since you are already using a cleanser, exfoliator, moisturiser, eye cream and face oil, surely a serum isn’t necessary as well? Well if you want your skin to live its best life, I’m here to tell you it really will be worth that extra investment, but firstly, it’s important you understand why.

 

So what exactly is serum and what is its purpose?

Serums are like a shot for the skin. Firstly they tend to perform above and beyond many regular skincare products, this is because they are developed with a higher concentration of targeted active ingredients. Secondly the purpose of a serum is to target a specific concern.

Most often, serums are clear, gel-based or liquid formulations and are applied before moisturisers to help lock in moisture. Packed with potent anti-ageing ingredients, they have the ability to hydrate more effectively than even the heaviest of creams because the molecules are able to truly penetrate the skin and hydrate on the deepest level, while your cream tends to sit on and nourish the top layers of your skin. Serums do not however replace your moisturiser, but instead boost the effects of your moisturiser.

 

What serum is right for me?

There are a multitude of serums out here ranging from anti-ageing to anti-acne, hydration to skin brightening and more, so in order to work out what will be best for you, you need to decipher what it is your skin really needs from the serum. For dry complexions, look for formulas that incorporate hydrating proteins such as hyaluronic acid that attract water to the skin. While ageing, dull or combination skin will benefit from serums with both vitamin C and retinol.

Below we have selected our most loved serums for each common skin type and concern so read on to see which could be a game-changer for your complexion!

 

Pevonia Optimal C Complex

Best for: Photo-damaged, lacklustre skin

Targets: Dullness, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles

Hero Ingredients: Vitamin C helps to stimulate collagen production for younger-looking skin, Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and drenches skin with repairing antioxidants while Chitosan Ascorbate accelerates tissue regeneration.

This unique microemulsified gel boosts skins radiance and renders it bright, smooth and revitalized.

 “This is a beautiful serum. You only require two pumps and the coverage is excellent. Radiant looking skin instantaneously. Definitely worth the investment.” Deborah W

Optimal C Complex

 

Pevonia Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Serum

Best for: Dry, thirsty skin

Targets: Dehydration, lack of suppleness, fine lines and wrinkles

Hero Ingredients: Features one of the highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid on the market (12%), combined with the powerful anti-ageing duo of marine collagen and Escutox® (Hibiscus Esculentus extract which relaxes harsh wrinkles similar to that of Botox), to deliver immediate skin soothing results and deep hydration

The ultimate for seriously thirsty skin, this serum eliminates dryness almost instantly as it quite literally blasts even the most dehydrated of complexions with a surge of moisture, maintaining surface hydration throughout the day. By adding moisture back into your skin, this serum immediately boosts skin’s suppleness and combats ageing in multiple ways thanks to its skin-plumping properties.

 “I have just started using this serum and the results are already noticeable. My skin is so much more youthful! Smoother, plumper and visibly radiant! I couldn’t recommend more highly!!”  Marie C

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Hydra Serum

 

Pevonia Soothing Propolis Concentrate

Best for: Sensitive or breakout prone skin

Targets: Inflammation, rosacea, acne

Hero Ingredients: Propolis, lavender and vetiver oil to desensitize, decongest, heal and strengthen fragile skin.

With anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, Pevonia’s Soothing Propolis Concentrate is the perfect elixir for inflamed, sensitive or acne prone skin.

 “I love this product, I bought it while i was pregnant and had severe hormonal acne and it seemed to calm, soothe and reduce the “angriness” of my skin! Since having baby I have continued to use this product and it has since reduced my pore size and also made my skin more evenly toned. I recommend to anyone who has skin problems as it also contains anti-microbial properties and antibacterial to keep those yukky breakouts to a minimum!”  – Melinda I, Beauty Collective customer

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Soothing Propolis

 

Pevonia MyOxy – Caviar Timeless Repair Serum

Best for: Mature skin, all skin types with ageing concerns

Targets: Fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity

Hero Ingredients: Formulated with a high concentration of age-defying Caviar and Escutox® (Hibiscus Esculentus Blend)

An all-rounder for tackling advanced signs of ageing Pevonia’s Myoxy Caviar Timeless Repair serum works to immediately increase skins plumpness, softening and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Skin’s texture and elasticity is noticeably improved, resulting in a tighter, finer, resurfaced complexion and an unequivocal youthful radiance.

“I LOVE this stuff. Pricey yes but I noticed a dramatic decrease in my wrinkles as well as a smoother texture in a matter of weeks.” Tanya L

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Myoxy Caviar Serum

 

Medicalia Retinol Concentrate

Best for: Mature, photo-damaged, and hyperpigmented skin

Targets: Uneven skin tone, dark spots, lines and wrinkles, sagging skin

Hero Ingredients: Micro Retinol, Vitamin E, Vitamin C

Formulated to amplify results, this serum’s innovative ‘age-reversing’ Micro-Retinol® technology normalizes mitosis, boosts cellular performance, and restructures skin layers for visible rejuvenation. Skin appears dense and supple with a smoothed surface and diminished wrinkles resulting in brighter, more youthful looking complexion.

“This is the best product for ageing skin I have found.” Heather

Medicalia retinol concentrate

 

Pevonia Age Correction Intensifier Micro-Pores Bio Active Serum

Best for: Oily skin, enlarged pores,

Targets: pore size, oil excess, uneven skin texture

Hero Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, Red Clover and pseudoalteromonas ferment extract; a ground-breaking peptide that contains three skin perfecting amino acids; Glycine, Histidine and Lysine

Deeply hydrating microemulsified gel with a light texture. Formulated with bio-active breakthrough ingredients that work deep within hair follicles to normalise sebum production, reduce pore size for a matte and even complexion.

 “This is a wonderful product, it does exactly what it says. It minimises large pores and reduces oily skin around my nose and cheeks. Highly recommend!” – Rhiannon K

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Micro Pores Serum

 

Pevonia Age Correction Intensifier Collagen and Myoxy caviar

Best for: signs of ageing, dehydration

Targets: Fine lines, lack of suppleness, damaged skin cells

Hero Ingredients: Marine Collagen Polypeptides, Caviar Extract Hibiscus Esculentus extract

This rich silky-smooth gel formula in concentrated Marine Collagen and Myoxy Caviar, has been designed to combat signs of ageing in multiple ways by nourishing, oxygenating and plumping the skin. Luminous skin surfaces as cells are repairs and fine lines and wrinkles diminished.

“I absolutely LOVE this serum.  It gives my dry skin an instant boost! My skin is immediately hydrated and looks smoother with renewed luminosity.” Jo B

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Power Repair Collagen Myoxy Caviar Intensifier

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Team BC’s skincare must-haves for winter

We’ve all heard that just as you alter your wardrobe to suit the season, you should update your skincare to compensate for the change in weather, and for good reason – cold days, zero humidity and artificial heating can put undue stress on our skin in the cool winter months, leading to a dry, lifeless or super sensitive complexion.

So if you aren’t already, now is the time to introduce a number of winter skin saviours into your daily routine. Read on to find out what products the BC pro’s highly recommend to ensure your skin glows through the cold months ahead.

 

Vitaminic Concentrate

By integrating an oil into your nighttime routine during winter will strengthen your skin’s barrier, locking in hydration, preventing moisture loss and rendering skin plump and oh so glowy (seriously!) Oils are for everyone, so don’t be scared to use them. For many years now I have turned to my faithful friend Pevonia’s Vitaminic Concentrate during the winter months and I can honestly say it’s a game-changer for my skin. It’s a luxurious dry oil (so absorbs very fast!) with a mandarin aroma which is to die for, and it radically combats excessive dryness, dehydration, and premature aging all in one!

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Vitaminic Concentrate

Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream & Intensifier Collagen and Myoxy Caviar

If Hyaluronic Acid doesn’t already feature in your daily skincare routine, now is a great time to start! It really is a year-round essential, but is hands down my most-loved skincare ‘must’ during the winter period. This is because hyaluronic is the don when it comes to hydration – and dehydration is the no. 1 skincare issue during the cooler months!

My ‘cannot live without’ this season is Pevonia’s Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream. It combines both hyaluronic acid with marine collagen in a rich silky cream to infuse skin with moisture replenishing vital nutrients. Love love love it!

Use in conjunction with the Intensifier and you will reap the rewards. No more dry, lacklustre skin! Just radiant, moisture-rich skin instead.

Pevonia Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream

 

Phytomer Night Recharge Youth Enhancing Cream

Winter is the perfect time to introduce a nourishing night cream! Skin cells do their greatest renewal and repair whist we sleep, so applying much needed hydration at night is encouraged to maximise absorption and to enhance your skin barrier. In the winter months I use Phytomer’s Night Recharge Youth Enhancing Cream religiously because my skin demands that extra layer of rich moisturiser. The cream literally cocoons my skin in nourishing hydration and really does restore youthful vitality by morning. I simply love how my skin looks and feels when I wake up so why would I ever turn to another product when I’ve found my one!

Phytomer - Night Recharge Youth Enhancing Cream

 

Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant with Natural Enzymes

It may be the last thing on your mind when you have dry, itchy or sensitive skin but there are huge benefits to exfoliating your skin during winter. Not only does it slough off those dry, dead skin cells but it also helps you regenerate new ones! Just be sure to opt for a chemical (don’t let the name scare you) as opposed to physical exfoliant though. Physical – the kind that use granules to physically scrub off dead skin cells – can be too harsh for already vulnerable winter skin and in turn result in further dryness. No thanks! Instead use an exfoliator formulated with AHA’s, BHA’s or natural enzymes which gently dissolve the top layer of your dead skin. My winter go-to is the Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant with Natural Enzymes, it’s a soft and gentle exfoliant formulated with natural enzymes that encourage cell turnover without scrubbing or irritating your skin. I use it twice a week and my skin is always smooth, soft and visibly luminous after! Give it a go, I promise your skin will thank you!

Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant with natural enzymes

 

Phytomer Algodefense SPF 20 Multi-Protective Wrinkle Cream

I am a stickler for sunscreen and for good reason. Along with a few other key ingredients SPF is hands down THE most important anti-ager. Most will reach for a sunscreen automatically during the warmer months but it’s just as important to shield skin from harmful UV’s during winter. In the summer I like to use a lightweight moisturiser with higher spf for my face, however for winter I have used started using the Phytomer Algodefense SPF 20 Multi-Protective Wrinkle Cream and I’m in LOVE. It is nurturing and hydrating as well as protecting! And my skin is all the more better for it! It’s rediscovered its radiance. At the top of my go-to list for winter skincare now!

Phytomer Algodefense

 

Phytomer Oleocreme Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream

A good hand cream is an absolute essential for me in winter and hey why shouldn’t we look after our hands as we do our face and body? The thing is before I discovered Phytomer’s Oleocreme Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream I hated the feel of wearing hand cream and I’d want to wash my hands immediately after I’d applied it, so instead I used to bear the brunt of dry cracked skin! Not anymore! My favourite hand cream (and I’ve tried many) absorbs into skin immediately and intensely nourishes, soothes and softens my dry, damaged hands.  I take it everywhere I go!

Phytomer Oleocreme Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream

 

Pevonia Dry Oil Body Moisturiser

During the winter months I, like many, can be very guilty of neglecting areas of my body which I religiously attend to in summer! But it’s important to maintain routines all year around after all your body skin loses moisture just like your face! You know that tight itchy feeling we all experience all too often in winter?

Now, if you’re not one for applying rich body moisturisers I hear you. Yes richer formulations containing ingredients such a shea butter can be very nourishing and beneficial for your skin, but a dry body oil to ensure your skin doesn’t become dry and flaky can be just as effective and make a huge difference too! Pevonia’s Dry Oil Body Moisturiser is my go-to. It quite literally indulges my skin without an oily or greasy feeling. It is incredibly nourishing but absorbs immediately which I LOVE and my skin feels silky-soft after every application.

I think it’s best to apply it straight out of the shower or bath while skin is still damp to lock in moisture. Plus it’ll restore any moisture lost from standing under that super-hot water we all love to indulge in!

Pevonia Dry Oil Body Moisturiser