Friday, May 18, 2012

Frugal Friday - DIY Pore Strips

I found this awesome idea for DIY Pore Strips on a blog called Petit Elefant and thought it would make for a great Frugal Friday post!  I have used the Biore Pore Strips in the past and they work really well.  In the store they run anywhere from about $6 for a box of 8 strips to $10 for a box of 14 strips.  The cost is quite reasonable but it would be even cheaper if you could purchase a few ingredients and have the ability to make them in your own home, right??

What you will need:
  • A small bowl or cup (that you can throw out after)
  • 1 Tablespoon of unflavored gelatin
  •  1 1/2 - 2 Tablespoons of Milk 
  • A Popsicle stick or tongue depressor



Step One: Measure out one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin and put it into the bowl



Step Two:  Pour the Milk into the bowl with the gelatin and stir



Step Three:  Once the 2 ingredients are mixed together it will look a lot like this




Step Four:  Place the mixture in the microwave for 10 - 15 seconds.  
The gelatin will melt down to a creamier consistency



Step Five:  Apply the mixture to your face with the popsicle stick or tongue depressor.  The gelatin starts to harden fairly quickly so you need to do this pretty fast.  Most people apply the Biore strips to the nose and the chin.  I decided to apply it to my cheeks as well.  
Let the gelatin dry completely.  It will get quite uncomfortable as it dries but stick with it!!  If you don't let it dry, it will not work!  The drying process can take about 15 minutes but is worth it.  Once it's dry slowly pull off the strips and take a look at what has been pulled out of your pores...pretty yucky! 


The Negatives:
  • The mixture does not smell very lovely!  It's not an unbearable scent by any means, but it doesn't smell like flowers...
  • It is a little bit messy
  • The drying process takes a while but if you pick up a magazine or a book and get lost for a while it will go by quickly
  • It hurts when you remove the strips! (Note to self: Do not apply these to my cheeks EVER again!! From now on, I will stick to just the nose and the chin!)
The Positives:
  • They WORK!
  • They are super cheap to make
  • THEY  WORK!!

So while there are a few cons, I would still call this a Frugal Friday Success!!

Lots of Love,
Meg

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