I have to admit that during the summer I tend to let things go. I shower daily, but I forget to exfoliate my face a few times a week. I’m so tired by the end of the day that I just fall into bed sometimes. After a few weeks of that, I tend to get back on the bandwagon before my skin starts looking terrible.
One of the things I like to treat my face to is a DIY pore strip to clear out any unsightly blackheads.
Homemade Pore Strips
I’ve used the commercial pore strips that are on the market, and they work well. They get to be expensive though, and I’m really not sure what’s in them. Here’s a cost effective DIY blackhead removal alternative.
1. Wash your face with warm water. This will remove any dirt and excess oil, and will open up pores.
2. Mix up a mixture of about a tablespoon of unflavored gelatin, a tablespoon of milk (you can use whole milk, skim, almond, soy, or goat’s milk), and a drop of lavender essential oil. Heat over a double boiler until warm but not hot. It’s easy to control it this way.
3. When it’s warm and thoroughly mixed, spread over your face, avoiding the eyes, nose, and mouth. You can go right up to the openings, but don’t get it inside.
4. Allow it to dry for 15-20 minutes. It may take longer depending on how thick it is. It will begin to feel really tight.
5. When the mask is dry, start peeling it off from the side or bottom. Work your way up slowly, pulling away from the face.
6. Rinse your face with cool water when done to remove any residue and close pores.
7. Apply a moisturizer, or a thin layer of grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is close to your skin’s own natural oils and feels nice. It’s inexpensive too! You could also use an infused oil, such as calendula. Learn how to make infused oil or homemade St John’s Wort Oil. You can also try colloidal silver gel as an antibacterial agent.
This natural pore strip recipe is non-irritating and easy, not to mention inexpensive. It can be done about once a week, or twice if you have excessive blackheads. If you’re prone to acne you might want to try tea tree essential oil. For sensitive skin, try chamomile essential oil.