DIY Biore Pore Strips Mask

Peeling off my gelatin skin is fun and gross at the same time.
I'm not exactly the girliest of girls but every once and awhile I like to pamper myself in the comfort of my apartment and sweatpants.

I recently Stumbled Upon an easy at-home recipe for pore strips.

For those of you just joining us, Biore Pore Strips are those white cotton things that are around eight bucks a pop that one can buy at the grocery store to clean out one's pores. You wet them, apply them to your nose (or chin or forehead) for ten, fifteen minutes, then rip them off.

Oh those? I love those! Being the gal on a budget I am, I was willing to spend $1.89 and experiment. Two dollars seems like a small price to pay for clean pores and baby-soft skin.

LediaMedia's DIY Biore Pore Strips Mask

What You'll Need
  • 1 Tablespoon of unflavored gelatin
  • 2 Tablespoons of milk (any kind will work)
  • 1 old make-up brush or popsicle stick to spread the mask on your face
For obvious reasons clear gelatin is a must. No dyed faces, you hear me? Remember to start with a clean face for best results.

How to Make Your Own Biore Pore Strips Mask
  1. Combine gelatin and milk into a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Mix until gelatin and milk are a paste. The mixture will have a chunky consistency.
  3. Microwave mixture for 10 to 15 seconds.
  4. Remove from microwave and test temperature on your wrist or arm. The skin on your face is the most sensitive on your body so you don't want to burn it.
The mask will get creamier as it 'cooks' and should be applied immediately because it dries FAST.  I nuked mine for 15 seconds and had to let it cool for a tick.

How to Use Your Biore Pore Strips Mask
  1. Use an old makeup brush or Popsicle stick to apply mask generously to entire face. Don't be afraid to really slather it on. Remember that it dries uber fast so work quickly.
  2. Let mask dry for 15+ minutes. You will know its dry when it feels like your face is going to fall off; the skin should be so tight that it hurts to talk. Beauty is pain so suck it up, sistas.
  3. When you are sure the mask completely dry, start peeling. Continue peeling, peeling, peeling. Peel even more until there is no mask left on that beautiful face of yours.
  4. Admire your fresh skin in the mirror. Voila, your pores are clean and your face feels like velvet!

What I learned
  • Gelatin drying on my face is ticklish. Really, really ticklish.
  • It's better to use it all than not enough. I used the mixture sparingly and regretted it during the peeling stage. I didn't have enough to peel off in some areas and it was more of a scraping than a peeling.
  • Avoid your eyebrows and hairline. Gelatin is unforgiving and will rip out your hair.
  • Don't rush -- wait until it's completely, and I do mean completely, dry before you start to peel. Goop under your nails isn't going to clean out anything.

Happy pore cleansing!