Skincare Saturday – DIY Pinterest recipe …

… or as I like to call it, “Jill tries it so you don’t have to”. Have you seen this floating around Pinterest? Basically it’s a DIY Bioré strip recipe, or blackhead removal peel off mask. You mix gelatin and milk, heat it up so it’s goopy, apply it to your face and let it dry, then peel it off.

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Mix one tablespoon of milk (you can use any kind of milk you want) with one tablespoon (or 1 1/4oz packet) of unflavored gelatin. You can add one drop of essential oil if you’d like. Heat in the microwave about 15-30 seconds; you want it warm but not so hot it burns your face.

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Stir to mix, then use your fingers or a makeup brush to apply it to your face, avoiding your eyes, nose and mouth. You’re also going to want to avoid your hairline – this is sticky sticky stuff. Let it dry for about 15 minutes; it will feel really tight on your face.

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(Boy that’s a hot look innit?) Starting at the bottom of your face, start peeling it up and off your face.

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In theory this will all come off in one fell swoop and clear your pores in the process. In practice … this stuff was kind of like glue. It was difficult to apply, and as I applied it to my face it would peel up other parts of it I had already put down (you can kind of see that under my right eye there).

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Also, I tried to get a nice edge around my face so it would be easy to get a grip on it and pull it off, but I ended up having to scratch at my face trying to get it to peel up. Peeling it off did not feel cleansing or therapeutic – it kind of honestly hurt, although one silver lining is I don’t think I have any hairs on my upper lip anymore. By the time I got up to my forehead I got impatient with the process and ended up just scrubbing my face with warm water to get all the rest of it off.

In the end, I don’t feel like it actually did anything for my pores. There was no visual, visceral aspect of seeing all the stuff it pulled out like with the Bioré strips. This is billed as a cheaper DIY option to Bioré strips, but honestly if that result is what you want – just get a box from your local drugstore! They’re not that expensive unless you’re using them every day, which really isn’t necessary.

Pinterest fails are their own Internet category, and sadly I think this has to be added to the mix. It doesn’t make me lose my faith in the site though – there are still some great ideas on there! What are your favorite DIY recipes?

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Skincare Saturday – My Favorite Mask

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I purchase most of my beauty products at the drugstore. I kind of have to – I work a retail job, I have rent and car payments and bills to pay. I’m not dead broke by any means but I also can’t justify spending $40 on a mascara. However, skincare is one area I’ve found it’s hard to scrimp on.

I have somewhat problematic skin. It’s combination – my t zone and eyelids get very oily, my cheeks and the perimeter of my face can get somewhat dry – and somewhat sensitive. Not so sensitive that it can’t handle exfoliants, but certain things can irritate it very quickly. It’s a little weird actually, because the rest of my skin is very sensitive, but for whatever reason my face can handle things better! Also, any changes in sleep, eating patterns, hormones, etc, show up immediately and visibly on my face. So I try very hard to take good care of it!

This is the GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. Yes, it’s kind of a mouthful, and no, at $69 for 1.7 oz. it’s not cheap, but this stuff really works. It’s comprised of French sea clay, which helps absorb impurities and toxins without drying the skin and helps minimize pore size; volcanic pumice rock, which gently exfoliates; and green tea leaf pieces, which provide antioxidants. At the sink or in the shower, you apply a thin layer all over your face after cleansing. The green tea leaf pieces are admittedly a little weird and kind of go all over the place, but just make sure the mud part is in a nice layer. Then leave it on for up to 10 minutes – you’ll feel it sort of tingling and tightening, in a nice way. Then, wet your hands and rub your face in circular motions to exfoliate, and rinse. My skin feels so much softer and clearer after I use it!

You can get it at Sephora or at GLAMGLOW‘s own website. If you can’t justify coughing up $69 for a mask, Sephora has a smaller .5oz size – I found it in the bins by the checkout – for $19. You don’t use a huge glob of the stuff per use, so even the smaller size should last you a while!