February 18, 2013 by mamacravings
Continuing our “Is it worth it?” series, we are diving into the world of Health and Beauty. I am a sucker for beauty products. I have an entire cabinet dedicated to such products…an. entire. cabinet. If it promises silkier, shinier or smoother then I have bought it.
I have tried a couple of DIY masks before, but I haven’t liked them as much as my frilly scented store-bought masks.
However, this mask’s promise of working like a Biore strip was too tempting to pass up.
1. unflavored gelatin
2. milk (of any kind)
I used cow’s milk because that’s what I had on hand. One blogger said that using coconut milk added to the benefits of healthy skin.
1. Combine 1 tablespoon of gelatin with 1 tablespoon of milk in a small bowl.
2. Microwave the mixture for 10 seconds (just long enough to warm it).
3. Using a Q-Tip, apply the mixture to your face.
4. Wait 5-15 minutes (or until the mask has stiffened) and peel it off of your face.
I read through several blogs who used this mixture. Some said to only apply it to your nose, or your nose and chin. And some suggested applying it to your entire face. I went all out. I applied a thick, even coat to my entire face.
How much did it cost? I used the milk that was already in my fridge. I bought an all-natural gelatin for a little over $1.00. The one box of gelatin had at least 4 servings in it. So, I made this mask for a little over $0.25.
Was the gelatin hard to find? The gelatin was with the other gelatin and Jell-O products in the baking aisle. I didn’t have any trouble finding it at my local grocery store chain.
How did it work? I found that it worked pretty well. I accidentally left it on a few minutes past time (Eli was in the bath, and I got distracted playing pirates and dinosaurs.). It was a bear to get off. It definitely was more difficult to peel off than a Biore Strip. I ended up washing the rest off with a warm rag. My face felt almost raw for a few hours. It didn’t hurt, but it just felt scratched. On the flip side though, my skin felt very smooth.
Is it worth it? I give it a resounding, “Meh.” I would like to try again, but next time I will leave the mask on for the minimum amount of time. Perhaps this would make it less harsh.
Have any of you tried this DIY Biore Strip mask before? Was it worth it?