Hey y’all! Happy Monday! I don’t know about you but when it is late at night and I can’t sleep I search YouTube for different videos. A couple nights ago I stumbled across a woman who had made an at home blackhead removing mask that mimicked the purpose of a Biore Strip. So, I decided why not.
There are three things you need to be able to make these strips.
- Activated Charcoal
I did have some difficulty finding this. When I researched where to buy it, I found out I could purchase it at Walgreen’s but when I went, they said they didn’t carry it. Luckily, there is a Vitamin Shoppe in my neighborhood and they had it. It must have been my lucky day because I got the last bottle. It was only $8 for the bottle. You need the product that is inside the capsules not the capsules itself.
- Elmer’s Glue
Yes, you read that right. Elmer’s glue is needed for this awesomeness. This is what helps to remove the blackheads from your skin by adhering to them. This stuff is super cheap. $2
- Make Up Brush
I bought a super cheap make up brush from the grocery store. I was going to buy art brushes to be even cheaper but they were actually more expensive than this guy. The awesome fact of it being double ended is that I can use the other end for the other mask I am going to let y’all in on next week. Anyway, this brush is from Posh and it was only $3.99. It worked for what I needed it for.
You can use any bowl but I HIGHLY recommend that you use a glass or ceramic bowl WITHOUT any cracks. I used a ceramic bowl and didn’t realize there was a crack in it. It is now filled with powdered charcoal and has become my permanent mask bowl. Lol. Oh well, crap happens.
- Make sure you have cleansed and dried your face.
- Slowly twisted the charcoal capsules in opposite directions until the capsules pop and empty the contents into the bowl. This can be very messy so be careful and make sure that you are not wearing clothes that you would be upset if you ruined. Charcoal does come “out” but it leaves a dinginess to the clothes.
- Pour some Elmer’s glue into the bowl with the charcoal. I didn’t measure it but if I had to guess I would say about a tablespoon.
- Mix together until there are no clumps in the mixture with the small end of the brush duo.
- Quickly, steam your face to open the pores and ready your skin.
- “Paint” your problem areas with the mixture. I did my T-Zone, nose and chin. Unfortunately, I snapped a picture but had a brain fart and forgot to save it. Make sure you put on a thick enough coat because the thinner the coat, the harder it is to remove it.
- Let is sit until it is completely dry. It took about 20 minutes for it to completely dry.
- Peel it off by peeling towards your forehead. You never want to pull down with any mask because it was make your skin sag eventually.
- Scream a little as you do this because the pain surprises you.
- Take a warm wash cloth (one that you don’t particularly care about) and removed the leftovers.
Overall, this mask worked but I am going to be completely honest. It hurt like a b**** to pull it off. It did work almost exactly like the Biore strips but hurt a little more. All the videos I watched said it would “slightly hurt.” Let’s be perfectly clear, it felt like I had placed a band aid on my face and tried to immediately remove it. It stung. My face did turn red but again, you are PULLING things out of your face. Be SUPER careful not get this stuff in your hair, it does remove some of the little hairs on your face. I made the mistake of putting on my upper lip. I almost cried.
I did forget to take before and after pictures as well. I will be using this mask again on the weekend, so I will update it then with more pictures. I felt that my skin was smoother and clearer looking.
– ♥ Lindsey