Testing Beauty Hacks: Deep Cleaning Pores

Hi! I had a great vacation last weekend and have recovered from LASIK really well. The only downside is that I haven’t been able to use skincare in about two weeks. Because I knew I wouldn’t be able to use any skincare for a few days to a week after LASIK, I weaned off about two weeks ago. My skincare makes my skin sensitive to light, and I didn’t want to get sunburned on vacation without my SPF, so it was best to put it all on hold.

Now that I’ve gotten the green light on skincare from my eye doctor, I wanted to start by getting all the gunk out of my pores. I use chemical exfoliation a couple times per week, so before jumping right back into my old routine, I thought it would be good to remove the bulk of the dirt and dead skin. I found this deep pore cleaning routine on a skincare blog called Fifty Shades of Snail and thought I’d try it out!

I already had the right skincare products on hand and know they don’t break me out, so I was ready to go. If you want to try this but don’t use any of these products already, I highly recommend doing a patch test on your skin and introducing these products one at a time to make sure you don’t have any negative reactions. There’s no worse feeling than slabbing on some new skincare product only to have your face burning and itching a couple minutes later.

Watch me try out this routine:

Here is the full list of products I used, both in the video and afterwards:

  • Stridex Maximum Strength pads (I’ve seen some mixed reviews, but the consensus seems to be that they’re cruelty-free, please correct me if I’m wrong)
  • Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask (not cruelty-free)
  • Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm (not cruelty-free)
  • CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (cruelty-free)
  • Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion (no animal testing, but might not be cruelty-free)
  • First Aid Beauty Hydrating Serum (cruelty-free according to their website, but there’s some debate)
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer (cruelty-free according to their website, but there’s some debate)
  • Origins Eye Doctor Eye Cream (not cruelty-free)

Overall, it went well, but my skin was a bit irritated afterwards. I think it was the combination of the mud mask and more rubbing than usual. I was hoping that it would calm down by morning, and luckily, it did. I still had the bumps on my forehead and around my nose, but they were starting to flatten and were no longer itchy. My makeup didn’t affect it at all, either.

So was it successful? The clay mask and oil cleansing weren’t the most gentle treatment, but at the very least, getting all those grits and dead skin out was incredibly satisfying. My skin had definitely shed some nasty stuff, so I’m calling this routine successful!

What do you think of this hack? Do you think you’ll try it out?

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