Homemade pore strips: make your own!

homemade pore strips

I recently found a method of making your own homemade pore strips on petitelefant.com that I thought I’d share with you guys:

It’s a step-by-step guide on how to make your own pore strips using home ingredients. I’ve tried it here at home and I must say it is pretty effective, although it is quite a messy affair. Be sure to have several towels laying next to you as you do this as well as somelukewarm water to wash off any bits that don’t come off cleanly.
As this is not a pore strip per se but more of a mask.

Here’s what you will need:

homemade pore strips

 

Homemade Pore Strips Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2- 2 Tablespoons Milk {any kind}

2 ingredients and your pores will look like magic.  What’s not to love?

homemade pore strips

  1. Measure 1 Tablespoon of Knox Unflavored Gelatin – 8 oz unflavored gelatin into a disposable container (if you put say, green jell-o on your face, there might be trouble)
  2. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of milk into the gelatin
  3. Until it looks like this
  4. Mix it up, and be quick about it, until you get a chunky consistency.  Add more milk if you’re uncomfortable with the amount of chunk.

Microwave the gelatin for about 10-15 seconds.  It will get creamier in the microwave.  Stir that around and start applying it IMMEDIATELY to your face.  This stuff hardens up fast so you’ve got to act fast.

homemade pore strips

This is pre-pore strip.  Wash your face before you apply.

homemade pore strips

I chose to put the stuff all over my face because I have thirty-year-old acne.  You can put it wherever your little heart desires.  You need to act fast though, because this stuff turns to gelatin pronto.  I know I’ve said that three times already, but I really mean it.

homemade pore strips

Let it dry for about 15 minutes.  I waited longer, but you’ll know it’s time when you can’t talk for fear of breaking something.

homemade pore strips

Grab whatever you can and start peeling.  This is the gross/fun part.

homemade pore strips

It’s a good thing you can’t see the photo all that well.  Do this until you’re all peeled and your face will feel like a baby’s bottom.

Clean, practically hairless, with clean, dirt-free pores, thanks to my very own homemade pore strips!

If you don’t own a microwave (some people still don’t!), what you can do is either add warm milk or then warm the mixture on the stove and you should get the same result.

Also there is no fear for people with sensitive skin. As there are no strong chemicals in this mixture it is highly unlikely your skin would react in a funky way. But just to make sure test it out on a small patch of skin first before you go on and cover your whole face :).

Homemade pore strips using Elmer’s glue

This one is a bit more controversial than the other homemade methods we have discussed above.

Apply a thin layer of Elmer’s glue over your clogged pores and let dry. The glue will adhere to the bits clogging your pores as it dries so when you peel it off, you pull up all the gunk with the glue. Just be sure you are not allergic to the product – test it on your hands first – and always avoid getting it in your eyes and mouth. Also use your regular Scotch tape (cellotape) as a pore strip. Merely apply it on your skin, leave on for a few minutes and peel off.

Let us know in the comments below how you get on with your very own homemade pore strips!

How to treat different skin types

how to treat different skin types
You’ve probably heard and maybe discovered for yourself as well that there is a whole variety of skin types out there.
They go from normal to sensitive, from dry to oily or a combination of them all. But which type is yours?
Important to remember is that as you age, your whole body changes with it. As does your skin type.
Most teenagers for example went through a marvelous period in their lives when their skin type was predominantly greasy!Your type depends on a variety of factors such as how hydrated your skin is, how oily it is and how sensitive it is to different kinds of care products.

Normal Skin Types

Normal skin types are characterized by the fact that their skin is not too oily and not too dry.
Most commonly their skin has very few imperfections, doesn’t really react to any chemicals in cleaning agents and ha a radiant complexion.
As a consequence normal skin types typically have barely visible pores as well.

Combination Skin Types

If you have a combination skin type then your skin can have vary different patches of either dry or normal skin and oily in others. Most commonly with combination skin types their T-zone tends to be oilier than other parts of their skin. The T-zone is the more commonly called zone between your nose, forehead and chin.
This is arguably the most common skin type.
Combination skin type people have pores that look larger than normal as they’re more open. They’ll suffer from blackheads more (and the occasional zits!) and will have a shiny skin, due to the oiliness of the T-zone.

Dry Skin Types

These skin types will have nearly invisible pores, they will have a dull and rough complexion due to the lack of water in the skin. Probably will suffer from red patches in their skin.
Due to the lack of water their skin will also be less elastic and they will have more visible lines and cloves in their skin. Again due o the lack of hydration in the skin.

Due the lack of hydration in the skin it causes the skin to crack, peel or become itchy, irritated or inflamed. If the skin is very dry then it can get rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms and legs.

 

Unfortunately your condition can be made worse due to genetic expressions, as you get older or simply due to changes in your climate. On dry summery days for example, the more you spend outdoors unprotected from the UV-rays from the sun, the more dull your skin will get.

Also long hot showers are a no-no!
Logic suggest then to make dry skin better, you should avoid UV-light from outdoors and tanning beds, avoid taking long hot showers (shorten them and save the planet at the same time!), check for the right ingredients in soap and cleansers and put on moisturizer right after bathing.

Oily Skin Types

Unfortunately you will have enlarged pores, you will suffer from pimples, blackheads and acne outbreaks.
Also your skin will shine bright like a diamond :).

Oiliness can depend on the time of year, and thus the season, and other environmental factors.
Stress and puberty are most likely the main stress factors for oily skin, causing the glands to go into overdrive. Also heat or too much humidity will cause your skin to produce more oil than necessary.

To clean oily skin, you should follow the following steps:

  • Wash it no more than twice a day and after you sweat a lot.
  • Use a gentle cleanser and don’t scrub.
  • Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze pimples. They’ll take longer to heal.
  • Look for the word “non-comedogenic” on skin care products and cosmetics. This means it won’t clog pores.

Sensitive Skin Types

It can show up as:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Dryness

If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. There are many possible reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products.

The 6 Basics of Skin Care

No matter what type of skin you have, these tips will keep it looking its best.

  1. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Avoid direct sunlight, and wear a hat and sunglasses.
  3. Don’t smoke.
  4. Stay hydrated.
  5. Wash your skin gently but thoroughly every day and never wear makeup to bed.
  6. Moisturize.