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I recently went to use one of my Biore nose strips and found that it had completely dried out and would not stick on my nose. First lesson, use your pack within two years.
So I went to buy some more. When I got to Boots, I found that they were selling the Biore strips, both the ones designed specically for the nose (which I have reviwed previously) and also ones that are designed for use all over the face.
They were about £8.16 per box but Boots had an offer of 2 items from the Biore range for £8 so it would have been silly to get only one so I got one of the nose ones and one of the face ones.
The box is a mid green with a picture of a lady with one of these on her forehead. You get 6 units in a box. Each strip is held in a foil type wrapper which I suppose is to try and keep it in the right condition and right level of moistness for as long as possible.
You have to thoroughly wet your skin where you want to apply it, it won't work if if your skin is dry. Then you peel off the protective clear backing and stick it firmly down on the skin. You ought to try and get it patted down as much as possible to ensure maximum contact with the skin.
You then leave it and go and do other things for a while to give it time to work. Eventually after about 10 - 15 minutes, it starts feeling really stiff, like paper mache and that's when you know it's ready to be removed. Removing it can hurt, either do it slowly and rip it suddenly, like a plaster, it's your choice.
Then what you should see on the strip is everything that has been pulled out of your pores. However, I could see nothing at all. Maybe this means I have very clean pores on my chin which is where I applied it, because when I use the nose ones, I do get a bit of gunk that gets pulled out. I did try using a nose one on my chin once but that didn't work so I thought that a specific one would be better but for me not so much.
I don't know therefore how effective they are. Maybe my skin is clear in that area, or maybe, it's because the nose always has large pores that the product will be effective there but not work elsewhere. I won't buy this one again but am happy to keep using the nose ones.
I have used both the nose and face strips (on my chin) and have a bit of a love/hate relationship with them both. When used correctly - on damp skin, left to dry for approximately 10-15 minutes, then peeled off slowly - the strips work pretty well at removing some of the dirt and blackheads on either my nose or chin.
However, the flip side that I have found is two-fold:
1) Most of the time, after I have used the strips I suffer from red spots which can last for up to three days afterwards. This is not a great result as I'm trying to get clearer skin!
2) Some of my pores still remain clogged with dirt and therefore I have to go through the routine again within a few days.
Suffice it to say that I don't really use the strips very often anymore. My recommendation would be it's better and more cost-effective to just steam your face and then use a good exfoliator.
There are a whole variety of pore treatments on the market, and biore were on of the frontrunners in making these strips. They are also one of the pricier versions on the market. They happen to be the ones i prefer though so i end up purchasing them at about £8 for 6 of the strips.
I have been buying these strips for about 10 years and over that time the price has increased by about £1.50 for 6 which is not that bad. There have also been a range of other products that i have bought to try but these are the only ones i repeat buy.
What do they do? They are self adhesive strips that are applied to damp skin to try and remove dirt and blackheads from your pores. I have tried both the nose strips and the face strips, and now only purchase the nose strips. This is mainly because i have found that i suffer more from blackheads on my nose, but also because i found the strips to be less effective on other areas of my face, and also when applied to my chin they pulled out fine facial hair which then grew back darker and more noticeable. You leave the strip on for about 10-15 minutes until it dries out a bit, and then you pull it off and it takes some of the dirt and blackheads with it.
How effective are they? Well i have found that these are the most effective out of all the strips that i have tried. They fit quite snugly to the skin, although it can be tricky to get a snug fit between my nose and cheeks. Sometimes patches of the adhesive stay stuck to my skin, and when this happens no dirt or blackheads are removed from that area. On the whole though, some dirt and blackheads are removed when i use them.
Through trial and error, i have found that certain things help or hinder the effectiveness of the product. If i cleanse and exfoliate my face first, then apply the strip, then this seems to make more blackheads pull out onto the strip.
However, if i have had a hot bath or steamed my face before applying the strip, then my body sweats to cool down. This means that while the strip is on it takes a long time to dry (more like 25-30 minutes compared to 10) and it leaves a lot of the adhesive on my skin rather than the strip. If the bathroom is too steamy i also leave the room and go and sit elsewhere to let it dry.
It also works best if you try and keep your face muscles in a relaxed position. So i wouldn't put one on and then talk while it was on.
A useful product to have as part of your beauty regime. Slightly pricy, but not over the top expensive for a product that does what it says. I always wish it would pull out more gunk than it does though, maybe that is just me. It leaves me a little diappointed.