Pore Perfection: Expert Tips for Refining Pore Size

Sydney Solon

Global Marketing

4 min read

Expert Advice

Let’s talk about refining pore size.

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Everyone’s skin has pores, but for some, regardless of whether their skin is oily, normal or dry, they become enlarged. Enlarged pores can be caused by anything from excess oil and the sun to ageing, genetics and hormonal changes. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as the physical reduction of pore size, but you can refine their appearance with the right products and skincare routine. These can help to visibly reduce the appearance of pores and leave your skin feeling smoother and healthier.

Step 1: Cleanse

So, let’s take a look at enlarged pores. Sometimes, they might not be much larger in size than “normal” pores but appear bigger because they are clogged with sweat, oil, and other impurities. Enter our superstar cleanser, Kombucha 2-in-1 No-Rinse Cleanser & Prebiotic Treatment. This one-step cleanser and treatment will put you on the fast track to porefection by removing these pore-clogging impurities. Formulated with antioxidant-rich kombucha and prebiotic inulin, you can say goodbye to pollutants, makeup, and sunscreen while these powerful ingredients feed the skin’s microbiota. The result? A stronger natural barrier and a clean, balanced complexion with a smooth texture. Simply saturate a cotton pad and gently wipe it across the face and eyes until it comes away clean.

Step 2: Mask

Only have five minutes to spare? The Umbrian Clay Pore-Purifying Face Mask can purify your skin in no time. It deeply cleanses and refines pores without stripping your skin. Exclusive to fresh, mineral-rich Umbrian clay mask spreads easily and effectively absorbs pore-clogging impurities and excess oil while soothing skin and reducing redness. The cherry on top? It’s a non-comedogenic formula that acts as a mask, face wash, and spot treatment for all skin types*, absorbing impurities while soothing your skin.

Step 3: Balance

Next up in your porefect daily routine is the toner. Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Toner is our toner of choice when it comes to balancing and nourishing your skin while strengthening the skin’s barrier. No wonder it’s one of our bestsellers. This alcohol-free product is filled to the brim with the potent effects of the rose, with rose fruit extract, damask rose extract, and rose oil – and infused with real rose petals – to give you an instantly smoother, more even complexion. The toner assists your skin in retaining moisture to limit the absorption of impurities, and you are left with soft, supple skin all day long.

Step 4: Treat

Another natural reason why pores size can visibly increase is simply down to ageing. While there’s no way to stop it, there are ways to diminish the signs of ageing, and strengthening the skin’s barrier is one of the best ways to do this. The answer to increased skin resilience? ​Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum. This potent product builds resilience to help your skin bounce back from life’s stressors. Powerful ingredients like Adaptive Phytocompound Tea (APT) Technology™, 5kDA hyaluronic acid, and Ceramide III moisturise and strengthen the skin, but it’s niacinamide that really gets to work on refining your pores. It’s a type of vitamin B that increases skin’s elasticity and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores. After eight weeks, our customers saw a 61% reduction in visible pores**​

Step 5: Hydrate

Excess oil is another clogging culprit and can make pores seem enlarged. This is why it’s important to choose a non-comedogenic moisturiser. Our suggestion? Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Emulsion. It has a weightless texture and a smooth finish that delivers instant, deep hydration despite how light it feels on the skin. This is the ideal product for oily and combination skin, and it can double up as a primer for makeup application.

Step 6: Maintain

If your skin feels its best right after your morning skincare routine but is prone to an oily sheen buildup throughout the day, then Rose Pore-Minimising Hydration Mist will be your best friend. If you’re after hydrated, dewy skin all day, then you can't go wrong with this refreshing face mist. Damask rose extract and rosewater help this multi-purpose mist to refine pores and replenish the skin at the same time. Simply spritz on the face and neck and enjoy the gentle scent of rose as it washes over your skin. This face mist can be used to prime, set, and refresh makeup all day.

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Explore more of the fresh range for the best skincare products that work to reduce pore size. Whatever your skin concerns are, fresh is here to help.

*normal, dry, oily, combination

**observed results, self-assessment by scoring, 33 subjects, eight weeks.

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blog author Sydney Solon

Sydney Solon

Global Marketing

Sydney is a NYC-based marketing strategist and skincare enthusiast. With experience at brands including Glow Recipe, Dr. Dennis Gross, and fresh, Sydney brings products from concept to bathroom shelf through consumer-first messaging directives and impactful campaign development.