Did you know the popular brand of pore strips (this one by Biore) contain parabens?? And they are expensive. Here’s a cheap, easy, nontoxic, DIY pore strip that works even better to remove blackheads and clean pores! You only need 2 ingredients.
How To Make DIY Pore Strips
These pore strips only have 2 ingredients (and neither one involves parabens like this commercial product!).
- A dairy product: You can use kefir, yogurt, or milk. I use kefir (learn more about kefir & how to make it here and here). Kefir is similar to yogurt and contains probiotics, lactic acid,& amino acids. All of these heal and soften your skin. You will see results (especially the main goal of these strips: removing blackheads) using regular milk. But using kefir or yogurt instead gives these strips an extra boost.
- Gelatin: Use a good quality gelatin. Find it here. This gelatin is made from grass-fed animals and is full of collagen (yep, this is what keeps wrinkles away). You can use the generic gelatin (which is probably made from factory farmed animals that are raised on GMOs, hormones, and antibiotics), but you will tell a difference with your pore strips with a good quality gelatin. And bonus, eat a spoonful of gelatin everyday to keep wrinkles away. Read more about gelatin here. For these pore strips, you want the gelatin in the red container since it gels when added to liquid (the green container does not gel).
And that’s all you need.
Recipe For DIY Pore Strips
- 1 Tablespoon Good Quality Gelatin
- 1.5 Tablespoon Dairy (Milk, Yogurt, or Kefir -- I prefer kefir)*
- Mix ingredients in a pot.
- Heat on low heat for a few minutes until the gelatin has dissolved.
- Remove from heat and let cool if needed. But not cool enough to gel the gelatin, just cool enough to not burn your skin.
- Apply a thin layer on your face anywhere you want to clean your pores. I usually do my forehead, chin, and nose. I use a plastic spoon to spread the mix. You can also use a clean makeup brush.
- Let sit for 10-15 minutes. I usually oil pull while I'm waiting.
- Peel the strips off.
- *If your kefir or yogurt is very thick, you can mix it with milk to get the desired consistency.
Here’s a close up of the strip and my blackheads (you’re welcome for this pretty site):