I’m a proud Harley Davidson rider and this past summer I took an extended ride to visit the famed Sturgis Rally held in South Dakota. From my home in Texas, the ride took three days there, my husband and I spent three days at the rally, and it would take us three days to get back.
If you’ve read about my personal skincare routine (read How Does Renée Rouleau Care For Her Own Skin?), you know that exfoliation plays a big part. Knowing that acid serums and peels increase sun sensitivity by up to 45%, I didn’t want to be over exposing my skin to the elements for those nine days. I stopped using ALL exfoliating products four days before the trip, and for nearly two weeks I just used cleanser, toner, serum, sunscreen and moisturizer.
What did I notice during that time? My pores appeared so much bigger and more noticeable than usual. Yuck! Because I wasn’t exfoliating, the dead cell buildup was causing them to look indented and deeper than they really were. So while I had an amazing time on the trip, I was excited to get back home to get my skin looking back to normal. (I use Triple Berry Smoothing Peel, AHA Smoothing Serum 17% and Mint Buffing Beads.)
If you are concerned about large pores, look into a good routine of exfoliation that includes surface as well as chemical exfoliation treatments. I’ve always known the right program can really help make pores appear smaller, but vacation was just another reminder for how important exfoliation is to lessen the appearance of large pores.
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