When I was 17 years old, I tried those Biore Pore Cleanser ‘strips’ — you know, those things that you put over your nose and it pulls out all the gunk from your pores? I followed the instructions and was pretty excited to see the results. Unfortunately, the strip stuck to my skin and would not come off. I pulled and pulled. I tried a little water, a little lotion. When I finally got it off, there was a broken blood vessel on my nose. And the skin was so dry that it took about a week to get back to normal. Needless to say, the box went into the trash.
When I told Louise Hay this story — after we had a good laugh about my teenage beauty disaster — we talked about how gelatin or bone broth might do a better, gentler job. We were in the middle of writing our new book, The Bone Broth Secret, at the time and we had already created some beauty recipes for better skin and hair.
Because bone broth is full of collagen (gelatin) and hyaluronic acid, we knew that we could make homemade remedies for pennies compared to the fancy potions containing collagen and hyaluronic acid additives.
After a Few Hilarious Attempts…
So we decided to try our hand at a homemade nose pore strip. After a couple of hilarious tries, we perfected our recipe. And it works! It’s gentle, effective at pulling out the gunk from your pores (you can see all the clogged bits coming off on the strip!), and it softens the skin, instead of damaging it. For me, this was a big favorite after my disastrous teenage Biore experience!
Here’s the recipe, so that you can try it at home too!
DIY Nosey Perfect Pore Cleanser
- Preparation time: 5 minutes
- Yields: 2-3 applications
- 2 tsp. unflavored powdered beef gelatin (I recommend Vital Proteins brand because it’s from grass fed beef – available at Amazon.)
- 2 tsp. milk, kefir, goat’s milk, or coconut milk (any percentage milk fat should work, but use coconut milk if you’re allergic to dairy.)
- Add gelatin and milk to a very small saucepan. Mix thoroughly until you have a thick, chunky texture. Set burner to low and heat the mixture, mixing regularly until it’s a thick liquid. If you’re using coconut milk and the mixture gets too clumpy, add a little water to help dissolve the clumps (start with 1 Tbsp. water). Remove from burner and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Test the cooled mixture on the inside of your arm before applying to your face. This is to make sure you’re not sensitive to it. If you have any unpleasant reactions, do not use this cleanser on your face. With a clean makeup brush; a small, soft, unused paintbrush; or your fingers, brush the mixture over your nose, including the sides and bottom.
- Keep the mixture on until it’s dry to the touch; this will take approximately 10 minutes. Once it’s dry, carefully pull it off of your nose with your fingers. If you remove it carefully, it will come off in strips that are mostly intact, almost like a pore strip.
- You may notice the oil and dirt from clogged pores that has been removed from the skin on your nose. If you have small pores already, you may notice some sebum on the strip and some still on your nose. Using your fingernails or a soft warm washcloth, you can gently scrape off the sebum still on your nose. Follow up with your favorite toner and serum or lotion.
- Store extra pore cleanser in a jar in your refrigerator and heat up on low when you’re ready for your next use.
This article started from a conversation we had on Facebook!
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