I'm quite lucky in that I don't really suffer from enlarged or open pores. However, when my skin goes through patches of dryness and/or dehydration, I notice that the pores, especially those around my nose area, become more visible.
As the weather has gotten colder and my skin has started to enter into a period where it feels unbalanced and lacking in any real moisture, I have once again noticed these more defined pores rearing their ugly heads. To combat it, I usually reach for some kind of pore perfecting, ultra hydrating serum to bring some life back into my skin and blur the particularly obvious pores. Today I wanted to take you through three serums that do just that in case you feel like your skin needs a helping hand or if you just want to create a perfect, poreless canvas.
L'Oreal Skin Perfection Advanced Correcting Serum - €16.66
The L'Oreal Skin Perfection range launched this year to much fanfare and it was mostly warranted as it is one of the only budget (ish!) lines that targets skin that, while young, still needs a helping hand. The standout product for me was the Advanced Correcting Serum and it's not hard to see why.
The serum works to perfect the skin (through a variety of complicated sounding ingredients!) while also delivering a huge boost of hydration. L'Oreal promise that pores seem to fade and skin texture appears more even and smooth. For a cheaper alternative, this serum delivers on every claim. It's also identical to another, more expensive, serum I will introduce you to below!
No7 Beautiful Skin Pore Minimising Serum - €20.75
I'm consistently impressed by the No7 Beautiful Skin range of products. You know I love the Pore Vacuum Mask and the Pore Minimising Serum is of equally as good quality and, like the mask, does exactly what it says on the tin.
This serum specifically targets enlarged and open pores, promising to disguise their appearance and, in the longer term, tighten pores and remove excess oils. I can't really attest to the long term promises of the product as I don't have oily skin and, once the pores get a few hits of hydration, they become less noticeable but, I absolutely agree that the pore minimising effect is almost instantaneous. This particular serum is also wonderful as it is non-greasy and the only one I can wear successfully under make-up.
Vichy Idealia Life Serum - €38.50
Remember I said that the L'Oreal serum is a cheaper version of another serum? Well, this is it. Vichy Idealia Life Serum is virtually identical in every single way to the L'Oreal as far as I can tell! They both contain what is suggested to be a wonder-ingredient, LR2412, and they both have the same effect on my skin.
The idealist in me likes to think that there is more to the Vichy offering to warrant the higher pricepoint but, the realist in me knows that, even if there is, it's probably so marginal as to not make much of a difference. I don't find either of these light enough to wear under make-up, especially when I don't have time to let it soak in in the morning but, whichever you choose, the Vichy or the L'Oreal, both are good at what they do.