If you want to achieve the best results, follow these simple steps to make the most of your Biore nose strips and prevent blackheads from returning.
1. First thing to do is decide which type of nose strips are best suited for your skin. I have very dry/dehydrated skin at the tip of my nose, so I use the ultra deep cleansing pore strips without charcoal. If you have very oily skin, then use the charcoal ones.
2. Prep your skin by washing your face with warm water using your normal cleansing face wash. I like to use Boots No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Foaming Cleanser or Body Shop Aloe Calming Foaming Wash (images from their websites).
3. Then follow up with a baking soda scrub. Biore actually have their own version of a baking soda scrub (amazon), but you can just take a tea-spoon of regular baking soda from your pantry, add a few drops of water to make a thick paste, and then use as a scrub – targeting specifically the nose area. Be gentle when using the baking soda because it is abrasive. Rinse off with warm water to help open your pores.
4. While your skin is still wet, dry your hands well on a towel and apply the pore strip to your wet nose. If your hands are still wet, the strip will stick to your fingers and be wasted. Leave the strip applied for at least 15 minutes. By this time, it should be hard and dry.
5. After you’ve waited the required time (10-15 minutes recommended on the box but I wait 15-20mins), slowly peel the strip towards the centre of your nose and admire the fascinating gunk that was clogging your pores! I didn’t photograph that for you, it’s not something I want to share with anyone!
6. Remember that your pores are very much open and exposed at this stage. I usually rinse my face with cold water because that also gets rid of any residue that may be left behind from the strip. One trick, if your skin is not too sensitive, is to take an ice cube and apply that directly to your skin to close the pores. I prefer not to do this because I have very sensitive skin. Finish off by applying a pore-minimising serum and your regular moisturiser. Some options are suggested below.
I hope you found this helpful! Would love to hear from you what products you find best for your skin.