“ Brand: Montagne Jeunesse / Strips / Type: Cleansing Pads / Subcategory: Wax Strips / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, „
Despite having a fairly good skincare routine, I still get blackheads on my nose and my chin. I have found that the most effective way to remove them and keep my skin blackhead-free is by using pore strips a couple of times a week. I have tried many different brands of pore strips and the ones which I currently have are the Montagne Jeunesse de-clog nose strips which I bought around a month ago from Amazon.
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I paid £2.50 for these strips which includes postage costs - the strips themselves were £1.49 and there are 3 strips in the pack. I didn't actually realise that there were only 3 strips in the pack as all of the ones that I've bought before have had 6 in the pack so I did feel a little bit ripped off when I realised I'd paid almost a pound for each. However, they do work really well and I have been very pleased with the results, so I do think that they are worth the price.
The strips come in a fairly basic sachet which is easy to open and each strip is individually packaged in a yellow sachet. The packaging is easy to remove and it's very easy to use the strips. There are instructions on the packaging and all you need to do is wet your nose and apply the strip.
Once I've put the strip on my nose or chin I don't need to hold it down and wait for it to stick which is something that I've had to do in the past with other brands of pore strips. The strip stays in place so I can go about my usual household chores etc whilst the strip is on my nose rather than just standing about holding it in place.
It is recommended to leave the strip on for 10-15 minutes and I find that this is long enough and if I leave it on for longer the edges will start to peel and it will start to dry out. Removing the strip isn't painful, just a little tiny bit uncomfortable - it's just like removing a plaster. Once the strip has been removed and I have washed the sticky residue off, my skin always feels cleaner and de-clogged, and the strip always has a fair amount of blackheads stuck to it which proves that the strips are effective.
It doesn't remove 100% of the blackheads but it removes a good 90% and my skin always looks much clearer. The wipes haven't irritated my skin or caused any clogged pores or anything like that. The only disadvantage I can think of is the smell which is a strong, artificial smelling citrus scent which is unpleasant and this is obviously a disadvantage as I have the strip so close to my nose when using one.
All in all I do recommend these nose strips, they are affordable and remove blackheads effectively but the smell is really unpleasant so I am going to knock one star off of my overall rating - 4 out of 5 stars.
I have horrible skin, and have done since I was a teenager. I have always hated seeing blocked pores in my skin, particulary blackheads, because not only do they look unsightly but also you run the risk of them turning into a spot when you least want to see one.
Something I have been using for about the last 17 years is peelable nose strips, designed to put onto a specific area of your skin, in this case the nose area. The adhesive strips are placed upon slightly damp warm skin, before leaving them to dry. At this point you peel the strip off your skin, hopefully taking with it some of the offending debris from your pores.
Over the years I have occasionally tried other brands of these strips, and mostly I have stuck to one brand - bioré. They make strips that work very well, and other strips I have tried have not been that favourable in comparison, but they are not cheap. The strips work out at over a pound each, so if you want to use these regularly within your beauty regime, they quickly eat into your budget.
So when I heard that this brand, montague jeunesse were now making these strips and they were good, I was inclined to try them at the first opportunity to see if they did indeed work well. At £1.49 for 3 strips, this is less than half of the cost of my usual brand of strips, so a significant price saving.
Not wanting to wait, and having not seen these in any of my more local shops, I ordered some from amazon to try, where there was a postage charge of 75p so it would have been slightly cheaper to get in store. However, being impatient, this worked well as they arrived within a couple of days.
The strips are individually wrapped to keep them dry until you want to use one. They come stuck onto a piece of plastic, then wrapped in some more plastic. They are then within a sachet like the face masks that this brand also produces. The packaging is easy to get into - it tears easily where it is supposed to, and when you want to use a strip, it is not that tricky to peel it out of the packaging.
I find that these strips are a little smaller than my usual brand, but this actually is preferable to me as the strips fit much closer around the edge of my nose and get a better grip as a result. I wash and cleanse my skin before applying the strip, leaving it a little damp. The strips stick well, and I always make sure I press gently across the strip so that it is firmly attached.
It takes around ten minutes for the strip to dry out a bit. I find that when it feels hard to the touch, it is the right time to take the strip off. Removing the strip is easiest for me starting at the bottom of my nose, then working up, as it can pull on the delicate skin under the eye area if not careful. If I hold my skin a little taut, it is not painful, and works best at removing the dirt.
The strips are actually as effective as the more expensive brand, and if you hold these strips up to the light they appear to have white bumps on them - each bump is the dirt you have pulled from one of your pores. The strips pull out dirt best from the sides of my nose where the skin is a little thicker and more willing to release the dirt. Across the bridge of my nose, they are less effective, but I find this with all brands of these strips.
I sometimes get a little bit of the adhesive residue left on my skin, but this washes off straight away with a bit of water and a flannel.
In the past, I have trialled using these strips in combination with being in the bath, or after I have used my facial sauna to open the pores. However, in both these cases I find that my skin is too warm and wet, and the strips do not perform well at all, so I stick now to using them when my skin is washed but not overly warm - the strips will only dry out if used properly.
I think that strips that remove debris from your pores can be a very effective part of your beauty regime. This brands strips perform very well compared to other brands I have tried, and I have been convinced enough by their performance to switch to this brand after being loyal to another brand for over a decade. The cost is not so much it puts me off using them regularly, and when my pores are clean I find it easier to limit breakouts and keep my skin looking brighter and clearer. I am so pleased that I cam across this brand, and I am very happy to recommend it to others.
I have been buying the Montagne Jeunesse Charcoal Nose Strips for a while now but always have to get them online as I can never find them in the shops. Recently whilst in ASDA, I was browsing the Montagne Jeunesse stand when I spotted these De-Clog Pore Strips. I had not seen or heard of these before, but at just £1.50 for a pack of three (the same price as the charcoal ones) I decided I would give them a try.
For those not familiar with the concept of pore strips, they are a product designed to remove blackheads from the nose area. I have had blackheads since I was a teenager and have always used pore strips. A lot of people find they don't work and although I have never found a brand that will get rid of all of them, I work on the theory that removing some is better than removing none at all. These particular pore strips contain citrus which Montagne Jeunesse say will draw out deep impurities and leave you with clearer, less visible pores around the nose area.
The strips come in a sachet inside of which is three more sachets each containing one strip each. The strips come backed onto clear plastic film and simply peel off. I have used pore strips in the past which need to be wetted on one side which I always found tricky as it was often not clear which side was which, so I like this easy peel and stick version.
The strips contain orange blossom and do have a very faint orange blossom scent to them. The pack advises to leave the strip on for 10-15 minutes. In my experience I have found that it is best to remove the strip when the entire thing feels stiff - even if this is before the recommended minimum time. I find if you leave them on too long they fail to work. I found that I only needed to leave these ones on for around six minutes before they needed to be removed. The strips can leave a bit of residue behind on the skin but this is easily moved with cleanser or a face wipe.
I found the results from these strips to be impressive. If you hold the strips up to the light you can see all of the horrible gunk they have removed from the skin and there was more on these strips than I have found there has been with others I've used - even the charcoal ones of the same brand. I can't say they get rid of all blackheads - and I have yet to find any pore strips that do - but I'd say they cleared around 70% which I found impressive compared with other pore strips I have used. I also thought the skin around my nose looked visibly clearer and I experienced no dryness or irritation from having used these.
Overall for the equivalent of just 50p each I would say these pore strips are excellent value. They are quick and easy to use and very effective. I can't fault them really and am happy to give them the full five stars I feel they deserve. I will definitely be picking up some more on my next trip to ASDA.