Pore strips are excellent tools for unclogging your pores. Plus, you see the results right on the strip. These lovely beauty aids don’t come cheap, however. So rather than shelling out a lot of money for not very many strips, make your own pore strips for less than half the price of one box. Make pore strips from things you already have at home or can easily buy at local convenience shop.
There are a couple of homemade pore strip recipes requiring plain, unflavored gelatin. The first requires you to mix 1 tsp. of gelatin with 1 1/2 tsp. of milk, microwave to mixture until warm and spread on your problem areas. Let dry for 10 to 15 minutes, then carefully peel off the mixture along with the gunk in your pores. The other option is mixing gelatin into 1 to 3 tbsp. of hot water until you get a paste like honey. Spread the paste onto onion skin paper and apply as to clogged pores as you would the store-bought pore strips. Let dry and peel off. Not only do you clear your pores, but you’ll have plenty of gelatin powder left over for later applications.
There are other uses for Elmer’s glue than kids' crafts and gluing paper. It could also be used as a pore strip. Apply a thin layer of Elmer’s glue over your clogged pores and let dry. The glue will adhere to the bits clogging your pores as it dries so when you peel it off, you pull up all the gunk with the glue. Just be sure you are not allergic to the product – test it on your hands first – and always avoid getting it in your eyes and mouth. Also use your regular Scotch tape (cellotape) as a pore strip. Merely apply it on your skin, leave on for a few minutes and peel off.
This hair removal recipe also works for removing the oil and sebum built up in your pores. Mix 1 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup honey and juice of 1/2 a lemon and heat over medium heat until it reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Transfer to another container and mix in 2 tsp. of glycerin and stir to combine. Let cool to about 115 degrees Fahrenheit, then spread over your problem areas; use a spatula or putty knife for this. Place a piece of cloth over the mixture and allow to cool a bit more, but not to the point of being completely cold. Strip off as you would a brand-name pore strip.
Jorina Fontelera has been writing about business since 2003, covering the printing and manufacturing sectors, as well as the global accounting and financial industries. She has contributed to "USA Today," "Milwaukee Business Journal" and several trade publications, also writing about parenting, animals, food and entertainment. Fontelera holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Marquette University.