Gelatin “Pore Strips”

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I can’t tell you how much I love this.

As someone who loves using pore strips, but hates spending $11 on a pack of 6 strips, this has made my day, week and year all at once.  I buy a large $6.00 container of unflavored gelatin every six months and use this recipe every 1-2 weeks!

For the most part, I have really decent skin, but when I give myself a thorough facial exam in the mirror, this is one area where I see that I could definitely improve.  I love using this pore mask because it’s super quick, simple and inexpensive.

And, not to be totally gross, but there is something so satisfying about pulling that sticky strip off of your face and admiring all the little blobs of dirt and debris on it that came out of your pores.

To me, this DIY version is actually better than the storebought strips because I feel like it adheres better.  It’s not painful to remove, but there’s a heck of a lot more of a “pulling” sensation.  To me, the stickier the pore strip, the more bad stuff gets extracted from your pores.

You definitely want to exercise caution with the microwave time.  A few seconds is all it takes to turn this gelatin into molten lava.  I have, on numerous occasions, thought that the mixture was just warm enough when I touched it with my finger, and wayyyy too warm when I applied it to my face.  The skin on your face is much more sensitive to temperature, so be careful.

I would also suggest that you use this only where you would normally use a pore strip.  I say this because, again, on numerous occasions, I have thought to myself that if it is so effective at yanking the bad stuff from my nose, it would be 10x better to go full face-mask with this.  All this really did for me is cause tears to well up in my eyes as the mask tugged unforgivingly at the baby hairs around my mouth and jaw.  Since I can’t find any additional skin benefits to gelatin online, I can’t say that this has any other dermatologic value beyond its pore-sucking capabilities.

All in all, I think this is a really neat DIY trick because it’s inexpensive, but still effective.  I consider this a part of my routine skin care and I don’t have to worry that I’m adding another irritating or abrasive chemical to my face regimen.  I’m hoping to find a lot more of these natural DIY beauty hacks in the coming year!

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Gelatin “Pore Strip”

1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin
1 tbsp. water

Mix together in a small bowl or cup.

Microwave for 10 seconds and mix with a tongue depressor.  If it does not stir smoothly, microwave for an additional 5 seconds, but be careful.  It’s hot!

Spread onto the outside of the nose with a tongue depressor.  Make sure you spread a thin, even layer over the area, and work quickly because the gelatin hardens as it cools.

Leave on face for 10-15 minutes, or until completely dry.

Peel mask off nose.  You should be able to see the residue from your pores on the pore strip.

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