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If you need a deep pore facial, look no further than your pantry for the ingredients. A savvy beauty can create her own luxury, spa-worthy masks for a fraction of the price of those at the drugstore. Relax and enjoy.
DIY Pore-Cleansing Strip
Pore-cleansing strips can do a good job of unclogging problem areas of your face, but can cost a dollar or more each. Make your own version of the deep-pore facial product by mixing 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin with 1.5 tablespoons of milk. Place the mixture in your microwave for 10 seconds. Apply the mixture over your nose, chin and/or forehead, immediately wash your brush and let the facial mask sit for 10 minutes to 15 minutes. The gelatin mixture will form a stiff film on your face that you can peel off and see what it pulled out of your pores, just like the strips from the drugstore. Your mom will be so proud -- and will want the recipe.
Scratchy Facial Mask
Use 2 tablespoons of almond meal and distilled witch hazel to make a deep-pore facial mask. You can make almond meal, which is basically crushed almonds, by chopping unsalted almonds in a food processor. Don’t let the food processor grind the almonds too much or you’ll end up with almond butter. If you don’t have distilled witch hazel, an awesome natural astringent, you can usually find it near the face-cleaning products at the drugstore and at most natural food stores. Add enough witch hazel to the almond meal to make a thick paste that you can spread. Open your pores with a quick facial sauna and apply the almond mixture over your face. Let the mask sit for 20 minutes to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Egg Facial Mask
Egg yolks and honey are great for deeply cleaning your pores and toning your face. To make your own egg facial mask, separate the yolk from the white of an egg; set the egg white aside. Combine a teaspoon of honey with an egg yolk and beat the ingredients until they are frothy. Wash your face with your regular cleanser. Spread the egg yolk over your face and let it sit for 10 minutes. While you wait, you can cook up an egg white omelet if you’re hungry. Rinse off the egg yolk mask with cool or warm water (hot water might cook the egg; you’re not that hungry) and apply moisturizer to your face.
Old-Fashioned Facial Mask
Oatmeal and buttermilk are classic ingredients for homemade masks that cleanse your pores. Combine a half cup of oatmeal with a tablespoon of honey. Mix the ingredients with enough buttermilk to form a thick paste. Spread the mixture over your face and let it sit for 10 minutes.