Odd combo makes slightly painful, but effective face mask

Odd combo makes slightly painful, but effective face mask

There are a lot of different DIY face masks available on Pinterest, and all of them promise something different. Some of them promise smaller pores, some promise to reduce oiliness, and some promise to hydrate. I wanted a mask that would help get rid of blackheads and any other gunk on my face.

The first post that came up was a milk and gelatin mask. The post said to mix between one and two tablespoons of milk with a packet of gelatin (yep…like the gelatin you use to make jello). Then you microwave the mixture for 15-20 seconds.

When I was reading the post there were three warnings that I will pass along to you:

Don’t put the mask anywhere near your eyebrows (they will get ripped out)
Don’t put the mast anywhere near your eyes (that skin is way too sensitive for this mask)
This mask will hurt a lot more than expected

I tried the mask twice and both times I succeeded in not crying as I was ripping away what felt like the first layer of my face. I used my fingers to apply a layer of the goop that wasn’t too thick or too thin. That’s what I’ve decided is key — if the mask it too think it won’t dry to your face right, and if it is too thin it breaks apart into tiny pieces and is impossible to peel off.

Once you get the perfect thickness (it is hard to describe, but you don’t want it to be thin enough to see through and you don’t want it to be thick enough that it looks like you have goop on your face), you let it dry. You’ll know when it’s ready because your face will start to feel super tight. Then all you do is smile really wide so the mask cracks in a couple spots and start pulling it off. It does hurt a decent amount and my face was red right after, but the next day my face had recovered from the redness, was softer and was noticeably less oily.

Another thing the commenters on the original blog post warned me about was that the mask smells really bad. I didn’t have regular milk when I tried this so I used soy milk and my mask didn’t smell bad. It smelled like warm soy milk, which isn’t an extremely appealing smell, but it also isn’t horrible. Apparently if you use regular milk it smells really bad…so beware of that.

DIY do or don’t? If you don’t mind a little pain for beauty, this mask is a great bargain. Once I figure out exactly how much gelatin I need instead of using an entire packet each time, I’ll be able to probably get about 10-15 masks for the price of the box of gelatin (which is about $2). That’s a really good deal! Also, after only using the mask twice I am seeing softer, less oily skin right after so that’s promising! I will definitely be smearing this gelatin and soy milk mask on my face again!

— Hannah

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