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Love Pore Strips? Make Your Own!

DIY nose strip

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As fun as pore strips are, the ones soldΒ are really not good for your skin – they are full of ingredients, that, let’s face it, makes the whole thing like “glue”.

This is not good for the skin, nor is the tough pulling and tugging to remove it any good for your skin either. I’ve also been told that some of the pore strips can even pull off the first layer of your skin, which is as bad as it sounds!

So this is a beauty tip is one I learnt fromΒ my momΒ – she says she used to do this when she was “my age”, and it’s basically a natural, DIY version of a nose pore strip you see pretty much everywhere these days.

And it’s so ridiculously simple.

What you need:

  • Egg white
  • Some cotton wool, enough to cover your nose
  • The ability to breathe through your mouth for 15 minutes (’cause this smells!)

Here’s what to do:

  1. Take an egg white and beat it. (Egg white only guys – not the yolk!)
  2. Take a little bit of cotton wool and saturate it with the egg white.
  3. Spread the cotton over your nose. (Make sure it’s a only a thin layer of egg white on your nose, think of how thin a regular nose pore strip from the store is.)
  4. Wait until it dries completely.
  5. Peel off and see all the gunk!

It’s simple now?

This way is a much more natural, safe way to remove blackheads from your nose, and I encourage you to try this method yourself. (Unless you have an egg allergy of course. Then stay away.) But for everyone else, this method is superb. The egg white is a great ingredient in “pulling” things from the skin (I know, it sounds so gross!). Egg white is also great for tightening the skin too, which can give the appearance of smaller pores. (Remember my post, How to: Reduce Large Pores? I share all my other tips there.)

Some things to remember:

Make sure the egg white dries completely before tugging it off your skin. To do that, the layer of egg white needs to be super thin. Another thing to really make sure it pulls out blackheads is to steam your face beforehand. This will allow the blackheads to loosen and “pop” out of the pore (gross), and so the egg white will be able to grasp it better.

Has anyone tried this making your own pore strip? What were your experiences with it?




Krib

Never tried that ! (such a useful comment^^) but moms are always right :p

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Renee

Nah, very useful comment πŸ™‚ Yes, moms always have the best advice πŸ˜›

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Rosa

I`ll believe that as moms always have the BEST beauty advice! πŸ™‚ Something my mom told me (and then I saw it worked great on my friend) is that egg white`s also very good to give natural curles to your hair? And supposedly, it doesn`t smell. I can`t tell from my own experience because mine has always been kinda curly, but I do know lots of girls who have done it and they all say it doesn`t smell.
Another mom tip is beer! It works as hairspray, my mom used it for her wedding! Ha!

Btw, how`s that video coming? πŸ˜‰

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Renee

Yes, Moms know best! πŸ˜› And ooh I wrote about your mom’s beer tip! It’s somewhere in my archives haha.

I am curious to know how egg whites can give curls to your hair though?

Oh the video… UMmmm errrr uhhhhh ermmmmm *runs*

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Rosa

Hahahaha πŸ˜€ you goof!

Yes! You apply it to your hair as if it were mousse and then scrunch it with your hands in an upward way and you`re done!

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Renee

I’ll have to try it out, but first I’ll have to find some beer.

I have a slight concern – if you have beer in your hair wouldn’t it smell?! I hate the smell of beer :X

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Rosa

Yeah, I think it would smell, but I was talking about the egg white, cause you said you were curious, the beer tip is a little more Β¨out thereΒ¨ πŸ˜›

Roxanne

I think I might wait to try this until you have, Renee! πŸ™‚

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sunmom

there are other beauty tips that say egg whites used as mask would give instant anti ageing effect…i tried it once but i’m the girl with lots of allergies so my face itched and i had to wash it off right away…i’ve read somewhere though that after you steam your face, you can scrub baking soda on it and that helps the blackheads go away. i’m linking it to those white korean face masks (dunno if you ever tried any…) the one that you squeeze out of a sachet, apply to your face, let dry, and peel off just like nose strips and the blackheads stick to the mask (?) .. my theory was that baking soda could be one of the components of the mask. anyway the korean masks worked, but haven’t really tried experimenting on a DIY. if you try your mom’s advice, please post results! thanks!

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Renee

Oh that sounds good, Sunmom! I have heard of the potentials of baking soda but it somehow seems very harsh, even though I heard it’s very gentle for the skin?

Oh which korean masks are those? My mom uses Kose Mask White or something and she says it pulls everything out. I am looking for a mask to take all the gunk out too, so if you have any recommendations for me I’d appreciate it! What do you use? πŸ™‚

I will post results soon!

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sunmom

i forgot the name of the mask..tsk, tsk…i believe it’s discontinued here, just like Pond’s pore strips, hehe! but if i get to see it again, i’ll sure let you know!

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Renee

Oh yes, please do! Thank you! πŸ˜€

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Tavia

Thanks for the tip. I really don’t have so much of blackheads on my nose but from time to time they appear and I was thinking of an efficient solution to eliminate them.

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Renee

I don’t have too many too, at least not anymore, but sometimes I see them and yuck they are annoying so I want to get rid of them. And squeezing is normally the easiest way but sometimes you can scar πŸ™

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janis

Hah, my mom totally need that for me when I was in puberty! I used tissue instead of cotton because I was applying on my whole face. Don’t remember if it helped coz I am still haunted by acne.

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Kaye

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that DIY mask, but I suppose it’s the same principle as those pore strips like you said! I think adding the cotton bit is what makes it easier to remove. Otherwise you’d be going crazy scratching at your face to get it off.

Something else I heard that’s totally weird: remove blackheads with clear glue? Let it dry then rip! Hahaha. Weird, but I can see the idea behind it. Kind of ingenious.

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Renee

Oh yes, I’ve heard the glue one before. I also heard you can rip out some of your skin from it… I guess some people went a bit nuts and used strong glue! πŸ˜› I remember reading this ‘myth’ in Allure magazine some time ago and they said how bad it is πŸ™ Although yeah, I can see where they got the idea from… duck tape would be stronger though LOL.

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Karina

Your website was introduced to me through a post by UpgradeReality.com – I haven’t had a chance to really look through your blog because I read this post and went right ahead and tried your moms advice, although not on myself, but my boyfriend.

You see, he has a lot of blackheads, and I love removing them – yes, perhaps a bit odd, but I find it fun. Of course he doesn’t love having them removed, but that’s a different story. Back in Canada I used to use the Biore strips on him (and myself) but here in Tbilisi, Georgia they have nothing of the sort. So you can imagine my excitement when I came across this natural DYI of yours. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Lois

Ohh! the egg white making your hair curly sounds interesting, could you please give me some more info on that!?

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Danielle

I dont know why but this egg white tip really didnt work for me.the egg just crusted on my nose and i had to scrath it off. πŸ™ it didnt peel of at all. am i maybe doing it wrong?

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Hileni

your suppose to dip a strip of cotton in an egg white, after you place it on your nose and wait for it to dry…im trying it right now…will share the results..:-) *fingers crossed*

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Daniela

Teaspoon of unflavored gelatin + teaspoon of milk (mixed together in a microwavable cup and then heated in a microwave for 10 seconds) = pore strip πŸ˜€

swipe with an old small foundation brush and “paint” anywhere needed!

^Credits to Michelle Phan! (:

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Misty

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of this but you can use unflavored gelatin to remove blackheads as well. I’ve never done it but my friend swears by it.

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Kerry

i tried it and i used toilet paper over the eg white and it makes it much easier to peel off, wait till the tissue goes rigid, i found it worked. You have to steam your face first though!

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Tavia

Readin your above tips, I was so excited that I could get rid off the blackheads on my nose. I happily told my aunt about it. Apparently, she said that egg white is suitable for matured skin only it seems (Age 30 and above) She advised me not to do that or else I might lose my youth skin. So sad…. πŸ™

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Lauren

I dont have unflavored gelatin or cotton wool. you just dont normally have wool laying around. I need things i already have.

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Renee

I didn’t write about gelatin though? If you don’t have cotton wool you can use a facial tissue, cotton pad, etc.

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