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Okay, so once you have no­tice­able pores, there is no ‘clos­ing’ them, but you can use some in­ex­pen­sive tricks at home to help shrink them. The best main­te­nance for af­fected ar­eas is a reg­u­lar clay mask. Kaolin is a clay com­monly used in face masks for oily/com­bi­na­tion skin; check your lo­cal chemist or health store. Fail­ing that, paint a lit­tle whipped egg white on your skin for 10 min­utes and rinse. Ul­ti­mately, keep­ing pores clear of de­bris is cru­cial to pre­vent­ing black­heads and ever-ex­pand­ing pores. If you can af­ford it, pro­fes­sional ex­trac­tion is won­der­ful or, at home, the Bliss Pore-fec­tor Sys­tem, €150, is a unique pore-clean­ing de­vice. Fail­ing that, the old-school pore ex­trac­tor from a chemist is still bet­ter than at­tack­ing your skin with your fin­ger­tips. When fin­ished, swipe the area with as­trin­gent witch hazel to shrink the pore and re­move any bac­te­ria.


Slather­ing on foot cream but get­ting no closer to smoother soles? Then you need a new rou­tine. The soles of the feet are no­to­ri­ously dry and be­come rough eas­ily be­cause, with 2,000-plus pores per foot, mois­ture is con­tin­u­ously lost. Tackle the hard skin in two ways: af­ter show­er­ing, while your feet are still warm and damp, buff the skin with a crys­tal foot file; or use a stain­less steel ver­sion on dry feet. Brands such as Vichy and Scholl have spe­cific heel and foot creams that will give the skin ex­tra mois­ture; these are great for feet that are re­ally suf­fer­ing. For ev­ery­one else, a daily dose of body lo­tion, but­ter or foot cream should suf­fice ahead of san­dal sea­son.


In a bid to get in bikini shape, many of us are try­ing to eat more sal­ads. And what’s good news for your waist is of ben­e­fit to your face, par­tic­u­larly if you keep it colour­ful. Na­ture’s finest food is great for the hair, skin and nails. Green leaves like rocket, spinach and cress are great sources of vi­ta­mins. Toma­toes, car­rots and yel­low pep­pers have an­tiox­i­dants that fight skin-age­ing free rad­i­cals. And su­per cool cu­cum­bers are rich in sil­ica, which aids col­la­gen for­ma­tion, es­sen­tial for strong bones and bet­ter hair, skin and nails.

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