Saturday, January 19, 2008
Stinky But Cheap: Making Your Own Pore Cleaning Strips
I've been meaning to try making my own pore cleaning strips for a while. The idea behind these is the same as the ones that you can find on the drugstore shelf (like Biore, above). I don't use these on a regular basis (in fact, I'm rather a minimalist when it comes to skin care and make-up-- water and facial soap pretty much comprise my daily routine) but when I saw this recipe on Bath and Body Recipes, it looked like too much fun to pass up.
The bottom line? The recipe (see below) seemed to work pretty well, but it stank. I think anytime you warm up milk and brush it on your face, it's bound to be, well, a smell adventure, but there's something about the mixture of milk and gelatin that really didn't appeal to me. At all.
That being said, it was fun. And there are tons (787 at the moment, to be exact) of do-it-yourself bath and body recipes on the website, so check it out.
This recipe makes a pore cleaning "strip" which works just like those sold in popular drugstores.
1 T Knox unflavored gelatin
1-1/2 T milk
Mix two ingredients and microwave for 10 seconds to slightly warm. Using a clean cosmetic brush, apply to nose and chin area. Avoid delicate eye area. Rinse brush immediately. Allow mixture on nose and chin to dry for 10-15 minutes. Mixture will dry quite stiff and form a "stiff film." Peel off the film and stare at all the little porcupine quills that used to be in your nose pores (one of the chief entertainment factors with B'Strips!).
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