Shrink your pores

  • From news services
  • May 12, 2012 - 2:12 PM

No, they're not growing, but as skin becomes less firm each year, pores can spread open so they appear bigger. Here are expert solutions that might help:

Stop scrubbing. "Aggressive exfoliation can irritate skin, so pores look stretched out," said New York City dermatologist Dr. Michele Green. Skip scrubs with seeds, shells or large granules.

Try p-refinyl. This lentil seed-derived ingredient, found in Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Acne Treatment Pads ($39;, firms skin, reduces oil and helps minimize the buildup of skin cells around pore openings that can make them look larger.

Start unplugging naturally. Try a DIY pore strip: Whip one egg white, then paint it over your face. Lay one-ply tissue on top, let dry 20 minutes, then peel off gently and the pore-clogging debris will peel away, too.


Say chi to avoid injury

In a grueling sport such as distance running, training harder can lead to injury, so training smarter is key.

So say Danny and Katherine Dreyer -- running and health coaches, respectively -- who apply the principles of tai chi to running (and other activities). The idea, they say, is that with practice and focus, runners can use their minds to move energy, or chi, in their body to propel themselves forward, taking stress off the muscles and joints.

If this sounds too spiritual, they also emphasize proper technique and biomechanically sound movements to help serious runners avoid pain and injury. Their book "Chi Marathon" teaches about everything from posture and foot strike to conditioning and nutrition.

A major focus of the book is race preparation, which the Dreyers strongly believe to be equal parts mental and physical. They even debate hot-button issues, such as sneakers vs. barefoot running and what not to do the night before a race. (Their advice: No massages or alcohol.)

If you're a beginner or a casual runner, the book might be too intense, but if you're a dedicated runner it might help you get to a new personal best.


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