(Picture from Feminaya.com)
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has a strange curiosity when it comes to pore strips. You know, that odd satisfaction of pulling the hardened strip off, only to reveal hair and some other funky bits that were on your nose.
But after using them for sometime I decided to look into the ingredients and how it actually works. What I found, just like the strip results, is not so pretty. So I figured it’d be good to find a natural alternative that, while not as instantly satisfying, is a whole lot better for your skin.
The reason we use pore strips in the first place to remove the build up in our pores. The oil, dirt and funky stuff that collects in our little (or not so little) pores, that largely contributes to blackheads.
This homemade alternative only requires a simple household ingredient: baking soda. As the title of this article suggests, baking soda (not going to use acronyms for this one) can easily replace the cost of strips and enhance the efficiency of pore crap removal.
So, how do you do it? Easy, peasy.
- Start off with a clean face and hands.
- Use a small bowl, or even a cupped hand, to hold a tablespoon of baking soda.
- Add a few drops of water to the baking soda. You want to continuously add droplets until it becomes a paste.
- Using your fingers, dab the baking soda onto your problematic pore areas (such as your nose, t-zone and chin) until you have a thin layer.
- Gently rub the paste into your skin using soft, circular motions. Remember that baking soda is abrasive so you really don’t want to be too rough or you’ll damage your skin.
- Continue to this for 2-3 minutes in total. Do not leave it on for any longer. I got carried away the first time and had a patchy red face for a couple of hours.
- Wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Pat your face dry with a towel.
(Highly suggested) next step: Since baking soda will mess with your skin’s PH level, you’ll want to restore your PH level by using apple cider vinegar or witch hazel by using a cotton pad and dabbing it on the specific areas.
Do this twice a week for optimal results. If that’s hard to fit into your schedule (or even remember) then I suggest doing the pore mask on the same day that you do your weekly face mask, such as the oh-so-good egg mask.
Don’t worry if eggs aren’t your thing though, I’ll have another all natural mask recipe coming shortly.
Lots of love xx