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Make Your Own Pore Strips (and Save Yourself Some Major Cash)

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By Julia Drake on August 24, 2012

Let’s face it, folks, the economy ain’t getting any better and we ain’t getting any younger. The more DIY beauty products I can make on the cheap, the better.

My pores have been on the slippery slope towards pinhead land for the last few years. What was once nonexistent now, clearly, exists all over my T-zone.

I came across this incredibly simple do-it-yourself pore strip tutorial the other day and was intrigued. Between my kitchen cabinet and fridge, I had all of the materials to make this on hand. This project would cost me nothing and, if you don’t have the supplies, will cost you next to nothing. It looks like I paid $1.79 for a box of Knox gelatine here in Brooklyn, which means everywhere else this stuff should cost around a buck.

Unless you’re vegan, I bet you have some milk chilling in your fridge. If you are vegan, use water in place of the milk, and voila! I tried it both ways and, with milk or water, the results were the same. There is also a vegetable-based gelatine called Agar Agar that you can use to make this the animal-friendliest DIY beauty product ever posted here.

Another fun fact: this homemade version is ALL-NATURAL. Check out the weird ingredients listed on the Bioré strips. You really want this stuff seeping into your pores?

Let’s Get Beautimous!

• 1 tablespoon of Knox gelatine
• 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk
• Microwave-safe bowl
• Spoon
• Application tool (I used an offset spatula. Ice a cake or your face — this tool can do ANYTHING.)

Step One

Combine 1 tablespoon of gelatine with 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk. Consistency will be kind of chunky. Pop the dish in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds. Mixture will be warm and smooth when you stir it up.

The mixture after a quick nuke in the microwave:

One of the reasons this project is so amazingly cost-effective is because 1 tablespoon of the gelatine mixed with the liquid yields a TON (not actually) of pore-cleansing power. You will probably end up with enough to cover your entire face and just do a whole facial peel. I try to avoid math at all costs, but compare this homemade miracle to a box of Bioré pore strips (which only gives you 14 strips and costs $9), and even I know I’m getting a major bang for my $1.74.

Step Two

Start with a clean, make-up-free face. Test the mixture to make sure it isn’t too hot from the microwave, and start spreading! You want to apply the mixture evenly on your face so it dries at the same speed. This part is not pretty, folks. You will look like something incredibly inappropriate happened.

My boyfriend said the mix smelled a little weird, but I didn’t notice it much at all. If it really bothers you then hit it with a drop or two of some pleasant-smelling essential oil.

See what I mean? Not so cute.

Step Three

Let that pore-removing concoction dry! You’ll know it’s working when you feel the covered areas of your face getting tight. I left mine on for close to 30 minutes to make sure everything was evenly dried; I had a few areas that wound up with more mixture than others. Then, slowly, peel everything off. This part could potentially hurt a teensy bit if you have sensitive skin. It’s like pulling a strong Band-Aid off your face. But not as bad as having hot wax ripped from your flesh. Beauty is pain, people.

The finished product! I can’t express enough how well this worked. I’ve used the Bioré strips before and this worked just as well if not better and cost me next to nothing. My skin feels smooth and I can definitely notice a reduction in the number of blackheads around my nose and on my forehead. And I am sure this peel removed some serious dead skin in the process. Spread this mess on your face and spread the word!

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