For the past two months, I have been noticing enlarged pores on the apples of my cheeks. It worried me a little so I started looking for a good pore minimizing face cream or a toner. The one in this review had good reviews, and although it was a little pricey, I decided to invest in it. I have been using some potent skin care products for the past one year. The first step in the skin care procedure is the application of a toner or an essence. It is an essential step in the ten-step Korean skincare routine since it preps and hydrates skin. I have picked up the fad of using BHA and AHA essence in my skin care products because of their anti-ageing and skin rejuvenating properties but they could not work on my pores, so I decided to diversify a little.
Formulated with Dr. Perricone’s proprietary Alpha Lipoic Acid, this unique liquid prep treatment gently exfoliates and purifies the skin of residue, oil and build-up to help diminish the appearance of enlarged pores. Leaves skin looking matte, refreshed and radiant.
• Minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores.
• Gently exfoliates to remove debris and purify skin.
• Keeps skin matte and fresh all day.
My Experience with Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer:
The skin care industry is a little overwhelming these days because of so many brands with complex sounding chemicals. There has been a tremendous growth in the list of brands to choose from and different genres of products that claim to offer miraculous glow to the skin and cure all skin ailments. But, alas, most claims are way too exaggerated, hence it needs a little research to sieve out the disappointing products from the potent ones. With the reviews and ingredient list in mind, I decided to invest in this face toner.
The product comes in a 4 fl oz size glass bottle with a twist up cap on top. The bottle is made of brown, translucent glass and perhaps there is a reason behind it – some chemicals are sensitive to light. The bottle is very simple and no-nonsense kind and reminds me of vintage, apothecary bottles.
This toner has a short ingredient list which is very appealing to me as I detest products which have a high content of alcohol and sulphates. This toner contains a very essential ingredient to improve skin elasticity – DMAE (Dimethylethanolamine), which is an essential ingredient to addresses the loss of skin elasticity. It also contains Alpha Lipoic Acid which gently exfoliates the skin, improving skin tone and texture. It contains salicylic acid which removes dirt and oil from the pores.
This product has an unpleasant smell – it smells like a household cleaner. A lot of people in their reviews wrote that it is a fast working formula and they noticed an overnight reduction in their pore sizes. That did not happen for me but what did happen for me after two nights of use is that I got fair, clearer skin and got a kind of luminosity to my skin.
I have been using this toner for two weeks now and although the pores are still the same size my face is shinier and fairer. It is expensive and might take a while to work on the pores but its influence on the overall health of the skin is immediate.
Pros of Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer:
• A slightly more expensive toner but it is a fast-acting formula
• Has a short ingredient list
• Contains only the essential chemicals that are needed to do what it claims
• Comes in a good size bottle
• The packaging is simple and no-nonsense type
• Improved the quality of skin within two days of usage
• Added luminosity and fairness to the skin
Cons of Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer:
• Can be slightly more expensive for some
• Did not reduce the size of pores quickly
IMBB Rating: 4.7/5
Verdict: It is a very potent face toner and effective at improving the overall health of the skin. It is fast-acting and starts to show its potential within a couple of days of regular use. I do recommend it to the readers.
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