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Living in Singapore’s hot and humid climate, it’s no surprise that many of us grapple with the challenges posed by enlarged pores, leading to issues like blackheads and whiteheads.

The go-to solution for these concerns is the ever-popular clay mask. And while it works wonders for people with oily skin, those with dry or sensitive skin might shy away due to its excessively drying properties.

Before you swear off clay masks altogether, take a moment to delve into this pore mask guide, thoughtfully curated by our favourite beauty guru Ava (@glowwithava on TikTok).

Trust us, it’s not about the product itself but rather the technique you use, and you’ll see a reduction in your pores without irritating your skin!

Step-by-step Guide To Effectively Shrink Your Pores

Step #1: Use a Warm Towel

clay mask guide

Credits: @glowwithava/TikTok

Following your cleansing routine, use a warm towel to ease the tension in your facial muscles, enhance blood circulation, and gently open your pores.

During this step, pay extra attention to your nose. Ensure that the warm towel is pressed into your nose area so that the warmth reaches your skin.

Step #2: Apply a Non-Alcohol Toner

clay mask guide

Credits: @glowwithava/TikTok

Apply a non-alcohol and non-irritating toner to your skin after.

This will prevent over-drying and skin irritation, while also providing a hydrated and smooth base for your skin before applying a clay mask.

Don’t forget to firmly pat the toner into your skin for complete absorption!

Step #3: Apply Clay Mask Based on Your Skin Type

clay mask guide

Credits: @glowwithava/TikTok

Now, onto the fun step! For dry to normal skin, apply a thin layer of clay mask across your face to avoid excessive drying.

For combination skin, apply a thin layer on your cheeks, forehead, and chin, but opt for a thicker layer on your oily T-zone. If you have oily skin, apply a thick layer of clay mask all over your face.

Step #4: Wait for 8 to 10 minutes

clay mask guide

Credits: @glowwithava/TikTok

Be sure not to exceed the 10-minute mark to prevent excessive drying of your skin. Set a timer and let the clay mask work its magic!

Step #5: Remove with Wash Cloth or Cotton Pad

clay mask guide

Credits: @glowwithava/TikTok

After the clay mask has drawn out the impurities, avoid splashing water directly onto your face.

Following Ava’s advice, mist your skin with your favourite spray and then use a damp washcloth or cotton pad to gently soften the dry clay in circular motions.

This method helps to minimise any potential irritation during the removal process.

Step #6: Use a Blackhead Remover Tool

clay mask guide

Credits: @glowwithava/TikTok

Gently use a blackhead remover to scrape off the impurities like whiteheads and blackheads from your pores. Use a gentle pulling-down motion, avoiding any force to squeeze out the gunk.

Thanks to the combined effects of steam and the clay mask, most impurities would have already surfaced. A gentle scrape-off is all you need to achieve a clearer complexion.

Step #7: Apply Soothing Toner All Over Your Face

clay mask guide

Credits: @glowwithava/TikTok

Once your pores are decongested, apply the same soothing toner evenly across your face. Taking a tip from Ava, use a soothing toner pad and put it on your forehead, cheeks, and nose to create a DIY mask.

Let it sit for 15 minutes, then proceed to apply your moisturiser.

And there you have it – these seven steps are all you need to correctly use a clay mask without irritating your skin, and to achieve your clearest skin yet!

Where to Find the Products She Used?

  • Step 2: Rhode Glazing Milk retails for S$80.71 and is available on Amazon.
  • Step 3: Isntree Mugwort Calming Clay retails for S$27.33 and is available on Amazon.

Featured image credits: @glowwithava/TikTok