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Skin Care Solvers: Our 5 Favorite Pore Refiners


Large pores can be a big problem. Unless you are one of a lucky few, you no doubt spend a good deal of your skin care and makeup routine trying to hide them. We’ve found five great products that not only cover but also correct. So your skin is soft, smooth, and most importantly, pore-free.

1. Caolion Pore Minimizing Pack, $35
Pluses all around for this skin-softening mask: It doesn’t give you that leather-face feeling while you’re wearing it, helps control oill, evens skin tone instantly, and absolutely does shrinks pores. Just be patient, ladies—I’ve been using this for a month now, twice a week, and just recently noticed the difference, but it’s a big one.

2. Skyn Iceland Pure Pore Minimizer, $35
Iceland has some of the most amazing skin care products in the world, and Skyn Iceland, which is available in the states, is no exception. It’s an excellent choice for women who tend to break out, because it’s silicone-free—an ingredient which is known to clog pimple-prone pores.

3. Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer, $30
A great makeup base and pore concealer in one, Tarte’s Clean Slate Poreless Primer is waterproof, so it’s a great pick for summer. Plus, it contains skin-soothing avocado oil, which is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E and protein.

4. Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Pore Refiner, $45
I’ve mentioned this formula before, because while it is a great pore minimizer, it’s also a fantastic mattifier. It sops up oil the moment it’s applied and works really well under makeup—creating a seemingly pore-less base for you to apply your foundation, powder, bronzer, etc.

5. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional, $30
Benefit’s amazing pore concealer literally fills in those stubborn little spots with almost no effort—it’s truly amazing. The formula is oil-free, contains free-radical fighting vitamin E, and can also be applied on top of makeup with ease. Plus, its tiny tube is purse-friendly and perfect for midday touch ups.

Susan Linney

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