Clinique recently launched its new open-pore controlling product, Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum ($39.50) promising that “pores will seem smaller, as if they had ’snapped back’ into shape”. The serum creates a stable emulsion with a velvety touch. One of the most convincing ingredients is the botanical extract Salvia Sclaria (clary). It is most often found in shampoos as it can reduce excess oil or dandruff on the scalp. However, it also helps excessively oily complexions. This is most likely due to the mucilage formed from salvia sclarea seeds, which bond to small particles, allowing them to be whisked away.
Another helpful ingredient is nordihydroguaiaretic acid. This is the desert dwelling creosote bush and studies show that it corrects the abnormal shedding of skin cells that cause skin pores to clog. Rosemary is an antioxidant and is also an astringent and so may be helpful for oil control and its anti-bacterial properties could prevent breakouts.