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DIY pore strips

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DIY beauty products can be easy to make and cost effective, too. DIY pore strips are no exception and use just a few ingredients from the kitchen.

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You can easily make your own pore strips with a few ingredients from your kitchen. DIY pore strips are easy (and fun) to make, and won't break the bank.

You’ll find a packet of six pore strips selling for about $8 at your local drugstore, and a dozen eggs for less than $2 at your grocery store (prices may vary based on your location). Save yourself the trip out and use what you probably already have in your fridge. Egg whites are a great component to DIY pore strips.

Not only do egg whites help tighten and minimize your pores, they naturally exfoliate the skin, which helps remove dead cells from the very top layer of your skin, to reveal a smoother surface.

Before using this recipe for DIY pore strips on your face, you may want to first make a test version. Try out the test version on your inner arm, where your skin is more sensitive, to help ensure you can tolerate the ingredients.

DIY pore strips

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  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 small microwavable container
  • 1 small, flat makeup brush for your face


  1. In the microwavable container, mix together the milk and gelatin.
  2. Stir until the gelatin begins to dissolve. Microwave for about 5 seconds, and then another 5 seconds.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool to just barely warm (do not use this on your face when it is hot). Use the makeup brush to test it on the back of your hand to ensure it is only slightly warm.
  4. When ready, use the brush to apply the mixture to your nose. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes, and then carefully and slowly peel it off your nose.
  5. When finished, wash your face as you normally would, and pat it dry.

Natural clay mask for pore treatment

Clay is used in many beauty treatments to help with anything from removing impurities in the skin to moisturizing dry, rough skin. Cosmetic grade, loose clay (called calcium bentonite clay) can be used as a natural treatment to help minimize your pores and cleanse your skin. Not only is it luxurious (think of the spas that offer clay treatments), a little can go a long way.

Before trying out the mask on your face, you should first test it on your inner arm, where you skin is more sensitive, to help ensure you can tolerate the ingredients.

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You can find this clay at most natural foods stores, or at stores like Hi-Health or GNC. To make your own mixture, you'll need the following:

  • 2 tablespoons loose calcium bentonite clay (cosmetic grade)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Small, flat makeup brush


  1. Combine the clay and water in a non-metal bowl until it forms a smooth paste.
  2. Pull your hair away from your face and ensure your skin is clean of any makeup, lotions or dirt.
  3. Apply the mask in a thin layer to your face using a small, flat makeup brush, and let it dry for about 10 minutes. You should feel the clay tighten on your skin as it dries.
  4. Use warm water and a soft washcloth to remove the clay from your face.

Egg white pore cleanser

One final and super simple way to help clean the pores on your face is to create an egg white pore cleanser. This works similarly to the DIY pore strips, but uses just one ingredient along with a bit of bathroom tissue. If you are allergic to eggs, do not use this method.

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  1. Separate the yolk and white from an egg. Place the egg white in a small bowl and save the yolk for another use.
  2. Use a fork to whip up the egg white.
  3. Pull your hair away from your face and ensure your skin is clean of any makeup, lotions or dirt.
  4. Apply the egg white to your nose with a small, flat makeup brush.
  5. Use one ply from 1-2 squares of unscented bathroom tissue, and apply it over the egg white, gently patting it down.
  6. Allow the tissue to dry on your face, and then gently and slowly peel it away from your skin. You may need to use some warm water to help remove the tissue.
  7. When finished, wash your face as you normally would, and pat it dry.

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