“ Brand: Superdrug / Subcategory: Wax Strips / What it does: Cleanses / Product line: Superdrug Tea Trea „
This product contains five strips and retails for around £4, though I got it on a multi buy offer. The product is easy to use and works in the same way as other similar products I have used. You cleanse your nose, wet it and apply the strip. It hardens and you wait around 10-15 minutes. When you remove (which is a little like removing a plaster) it, in theory, drags out on black gunk that has found refuge in your nose.
The advantages are that they, like many superdrug products, are animal friendly and contain tea tree which has anti bacterial properties. You can also gain points with their loyalty scheme.
Both my boyfriend and I tried these. Neither of use saw any real result and it was really quite painful to remove. We have both used the M&S deep cleaning nose strips and they harden more and much more black stuff came out! They were also less painful to remove and cheaper.
Despite having luck with other products in the range e.g. the tea tree oil, I won't be purchasing these strips again.
I hate them.
I have tons of them all over my nose so it looks like a strawberry - not the greatest of looks. Scrubs scrub my skin but don't clear out the pores, so a couple of years ago I had to try a more drastic approach to combating my blackheads, and I started with Superdrug's Tea Tree Nose Strips, which are basically stickers which you apply to your nose when wet, to attract all the bacteria and dirt out of your pores (the bacteria is what makes the pores go black in the first place).
You get 6 nose strips, individually sealed within a small green box (a bit larger than a cigarette packet). I like the fact they are individually sealed so they won't get dirty easily, and if you're away from home on a holiday you can just take a couple with you rather than the whole box. On the back of the box and the packaging for each individual strip there are clear instructions and a diagram showing you how to use the strips. This is very important because if you don't follow them the strips will not stick to your skin as efficiently, nor pull as much gunk out of your pores.
- The Strips -
Unlike Boot's own tea tree strips, the Superdrug ones are shaped ergonomically with small slits to fit along the contours of your nose. This is very handy as it enables the strip to attach to the pores in the corners of the nose. The instructions state that you have to make sure your face is wet before applying the strip, as it reacts with water and makes it stick to your skin. It does this very easily, once its on it wont budge and you can leave it for about 10-15 minutes before taking it off again. The strip hardens and becomes stiff - when it does this is the ideal time to take it off. This is the moment of truth - it's quite painful at first (the skin under my eyes is quite thin so I needed to be extra careful here!) Pulling the strips off is similar to waxing - it's painful at first but you get used to it after a while! The strips take off about 60% of the bacteria/dirt from my pores but if I make sure the strip is attached flat to my skin then this will increase. It's quite nice knowing that your face has had a detox, and the proof is in the pudding when you look at the strips afterwards. As addictive as it can be though, Superdrug recommend that you should only use this once every 3 days - this is because the strips can also take out your natural moisture as well as the dirt, and using it every day can actually do more harm than good. The tea tree oil in the strips does help keep your nose moisturized but not oily looking, and my skin feels a lot smoother afterwards. To shrink the pores however and decrease the size of the blackhead I would recommend using a toner.
As far as I am aware, all the nose strips on the high street can be pretty expensive (Boire being top-price I think). Superdrug's strips are 3.99 for 6 but they often do special offers where you can buy one get one free, or mix and match with some of the other tea tree products. This is when I usually stock up on the strips and a box of 6 can last me for at least a month.
Tea Tree Nose Strips - What Are They?
These deep cleansing strips aid in getting rid of blackheads and help in getting a clearer, healthier complexion. They are designed to be used on the nose but I don't see why they can't be used anywhere else that you get blackheads - i've used a few of these strips on my chin and they worked wonders! The nose strips are enriched with a special ingredient - tea tree oil - which kills bacteria and penetrates the skin. The stickiness of the strips mixed with the tea tree oil's natural ability to clean pores bonds closely with the skin, soaking up any impurities - it lifts dirt and blackheads, leaving the pores cleaner and providing a healthier, clearer complexion. I am prone to blackheads, mainly on my nose and have tried pretty much every pore cleansing nose strip available. I was a little hesistant when I saw these in my local Superdurg but as they were on offer I decided to give them a go and if they were no good then fair enough. I have now been using these for 3-4 months and I love them - i'd go as far as saying i'm addicted to them! I have a huge stash in my draw and they are now part of my skin care routine. I use one every 3-4 days or whenever I have noticeable blackheads that I want to get rid of.
Price and Availability
These nose strips are from Superdrug's own brand of Tea Tree products and so therefor can only be purchased from Superdrug. They can be bought in store or via the website and are a total bargain. They're currently on offer at £1.99 and I got mine when their was an offer on - 2 for £3.99. You get 5 nose strips in each pack so I think it is a total bargain and these are much cheaper than alot of other nose strips that I have seen.
The nose strips come in a bright green cardboard box which has the product name etc written on it. The box is around the same size as a match box and it's lightweight. Not a huge amount to say about it really, it simply has 'Tea Tree' written on the front with the product name written underneath, a brief product description and the Superdrug star logo. It's very basic. Each box has got 5 strips in it. Each strip is individually packaged in a foil wrapper. The foil wrapper is green with the Tea Tree logo, Superdrug star and the product name. To get the wrapper open you tear down each side which is easy - no need for scissors. When you've opened the wrapper you are greeted with a little piece of plastic which has what looks like an oddly shaped white plaster which is around 3 inches long.
How To Use
* Clean your face as usual, then splash your nose with water to ensure that the strip sticks to your nose properly. This is really important becuase I find that unless my nose is covered in water then it doesn't stick - it just falls straight off. Once my nose is wet I usually apply it straight away before my nose has the chance to dry.
* Remove the strip from the clear backing. Apply to the nose with the smooth side down against the skin. Press down firmly to ensure good contact between the strip and your skin.
* Leave the strip to dry. Superdrug reccomend leaving it for 10 to 12 minutes, but I prefer to leave it on for 30 minutes for maximum results. When it's dry it starts to feel slightly stiff. Once it's dried and you are happy with the amount of time you've been using it for, carefully start to peel off the strip, starting at the edges and pulling towards the middle of your nose. This isn't too painful but it's quite unpleasant due to how well the strip gets stuck on. It's a bit like pulling off a plaster - you can feel it pulling your nose a bit but pain = beauty! Once you've removed it, chuck it away. I know it's weird but I like to inspect mine before I chuck it away to see how much dirt etc it has removed. Then wash your nose to get rid of any residue. I've found these strips to be good in the sense that they don't leave my nose sticky and they leave barely any residue.
I love these, they're so cheap yet so effective. They're part of my beauty regime and I use them regulary. I usually use them in the bath, as that way I can relax and also so that no one sees me! The nose strips aren't very attractive lol and resemble a plaster. They're easy to put on and are generous in width so they fit even the largest of noses. My nose is pretty small so I had a bit of an issue with getting it to fit properly, in the end I just applied the middle part to my nose and flattened the edges down onto the side of my nose and the rest just stuck to my cheeks. I also had a bit of trouble getting my nose wet enough for the strips to stick at first because I would dab my nose with a bit of water and by time I had got the strip out of the packaging my nose was dry. The trick is just to completely dip your nose in a bowl of water and then apply the strip straight away, holding it down for a few seconds to ensure it makes contact with the water. That way it sticks on securely. Having these on my nose for 20+ minutes is quite a pleasant experience - the strips are very lightweight and also feel quite gentle if that makes sense, a bit like a fabric plastic. The smell is also very pleasant - they're probably the nicest smelling pore strips i've ever used. The smell's hard to describe but it's like a very sweet, floral tea tree oil. Once i've left the strip on for a decent amount of time I remove it. As mentioned before this isn't too painful. Once it's off I inspect the strip briefly. There is usually around 5 black dots (blackheads), sometimes more, sometimes less. There is also longer, thinner black dots which I presume are also blackheads or perhaps dirt. There is usually 5 or so of these. My nose always feels really smoothe and soft after using the strips and also looks clearer and although it doesn't remove all blackheads, it definetly makes a noticeable amount of difference.
I'd definetly reccomend these nose strips. They're extremely cheap, great value are easy to use and actually work!
Despite swearing that I'd stop wasting money on nose pore strips that don't work, I found myself compelled to pick these up in Superdrug recently. In all honesty, I wouldn't have even vaguely been tempted to do this if I'd seen the reviews of these particular nose pore strips beforehand as they're not very flattering on the whole. Still, I'd bought them so I was pretty much obliged to use them!
Ordinarily I wouldn't comment on the appearance of the strips themselves as they tend to be one and the same no matter what the brand. I was a bit thrown by these though as the outside of the strip (that is, the side that doesn't come into contact with your nose) put me in mind of the fabric part of a plaster as it was much less smooth than I'm used to with nose pore strips. Although the side that is in contact with your nose is made from the same kind of material (I say material rather than the kind of thick paper that is more usually used as this is the closest description I can come up with), it's not quite as shiny but I was already wondering how well they would stick. I know from past experience that nose pore strips are as good as useless when they don't stick properly so my initial reaction wasn't one of confidence.
As I'd predicted, I've really struggled to get the strips to stick no matter how well I wet my nose and they never seem to stick well enough to remove even a few blackheads. Even the more useless of the pore strips that I've used in the past have brought at least the odd blackhead away with them but these strips have so far failed to remove even a single one, which is spectacularly bad in my book.
This aside, the shape of the strips was rather strange too. I'm used to strips that have some kind of curve to help them fit your nose better but these were cut straight across the bottom, making it difficult to get them to fit your nose properly. There is a slight indent at the top but this doesn't really help the fit any better. To be honest, I'm not sure whether the bad fit was more to do with the shape rather than the material but either way, they weren't a good fit for my nose at all and I assume that I'm not going to be the only person who finds this.
A pack of five strips cost £4. I wouldn't mind paying that if the results had been worth it but for me, these were just a complete waste of money and I wouldn't recommend them to anyone else based on that. If I ever feel compelled to buy any more nose pore strips, I'll be sticking to either the T-Zone or Biore strips as while they are more expensive on the whole, they're infinitely more effective in comparison (although not faultless, by any means).
For all you who are dissing super drug strips well his is a reason not to count them out
Well i used tea tree nose strips and at first i thought they were s**t too because they weren't sticking to my nose or working with the removal.
For what i found it's qiucker and more affective to apply the water to the strip not the nose as it makes the it sticky before adding to your nose instead of going slimy on your nose.
so my redicted is that they do work with reducing the black head count or at least reduce the size of the dots. and yes i use them once a week so they don't come back!!
if you have anything to say after that then leave a review below mine. with how the found them when you tried, or if you found the way i used them helpful. cheers.
I've suffered from blackheads on my nose since I was a teenager, and unfortunately I'm still getting them now in my twenties. I've used various things such as lotions and pads which you wipe over the affected area, but I've found pore strips to be the most effective treatment. I've used different brands and find Biore and T-Zone to be the most effective. Unfortunately, they may be the most effective, but they are also fairly expensive (especially Biore, which retail at £7.99 for 6 strips in Boots). I was looking for a cheaper alternative and came across Superdrugs Tea Tree Nose strips for a more reasonable £3.49 for 5, and thought I'd give them a try.
The strips come in a gaudy lime green box with a leaf design. Each of the five strips are individually wrapped in a white packet, which opens by tearing down one side.
~How does it work?~
The strip works by wetting the nose, and then sticking the strip down over it. The good thing about these is that they have one sticky side and one non-sticky side so they are easy to apply. Some other brands rely on you wetting one side, and it's sometimes difficult to tell which is the medicated side. On applying the strip, you instantly notice the tea tree smell, which is quite strong. Tea tree is a natural antiseptic, so often used in remedies for problem skin.
Once the strip has been applied and smoothed firmly down, you need to leave it for 12 minutes or until it feels stiff. I have found that it is normally ready to remove at around 8-10 minutes.
The idea is, that when you remove the strip, it will remove all your blackheads with it. As icky as it is, if you hold the strip to the light you should be able to see them all on the strip. The problem is, I have used 3 out of 5 of these strips and they have hardly removed any blackheads at all, you can sometimes see about 4 or 5, but the last strip I used, there weren't any at all! They also leave quite a bit of residue which has to be washed off.
As they don't work, I will have to give them one star, it seems the saying 'buy cheap buy twice' applies here, as I will now have to buy another pack of a brand that do work. Thanks for reading.
Well the common problem of having blackheads is pretty disgusting. We all want to get rid of them. So one method is Nose strips. These Nose strips that I have tried first began to show results for 1-2 days but afterwards it became exactly the same thing it was from before. These strips work for only a short amount of time. The better method is to cleanse your face. Steam your face for 10 minutes. Exfoilate you face. Then put on a Face mask. Then afterwards mostiourise it. I did this method and it lasted for 1 and half week. Although getting the strips are cheaper, easier and faster the don't work very good.
Blackheads, we all loathe them. Even though they are not visible to anyone else but ourselves and to our partners, we still feel the urge to get rid of them. On one occasion, I tried Biore beauty strips for my chin - only to find that they were truly a waste of money - the three little blackheads they removed did not warrant the steep price tag. But when I saw some blackheads on my fiance's nose and unkindly pointed them out to him, he suggested trying some of those blackhead nose strips. It just so happened that I had read a review on the cheaper Superdrug Tea Tree nose strips, so I decided to give them a go.
The nose strips come in a green rectangular and bright-green box, about the size of a deck of cards. On the front of the box you can see the Superdrug logo, two leaves in darker green, and the product name, "Tea Tree Nose Strips". The product promises deep pore cleansing with the aid of natural tea tree oil. They are intended to help the consumer maintain a healthy and clear complexion, relieve blockages and leave pores cleaner.
Each box contains 5 nose strips. These are enclosed in a white foil wrapper, which provides the consumer with a step-by-step guide for using the nose strips. Each white strip is about the size of a medium-sized plaster and affixed to a clear plastic backing.
***How to use***
Before using the nose strips, you need to clean your face in the usual way. After you have cleaned your face, you need to ensure that you splash your nose with plenty of water - otherwise your nose strip will not stick to your nose firmly. It is also essential to dry your hands thoroughly - other wise the nose strip may become stuck to your hands, which would be pretty useless in terms of blackhead removal.
You then need to remove the strip from its clear plastic backing and apply the strip to your nose - the smooth side down to touch your skin. The instructions advise you to press down firmly to ensure sufficient adhesion to the skin.
The strip has to be left on your nose for about 10 to 12 minutes, after which it is supposed to feel stiff. You remove the strip by starting at the edges and pulling it towards the middle of your nose.
Finally, you are supposed to wash your face, to ensure all residue is removed.
These strips should never be used on other areas of the body, on spots or blemishes, broken skin, sunburn or very dry and sensitive skin. You should not use these strips more than once every three days.
I was the first one to try out the nosestrips. I first cleaned by face with Clearsil, and then wet my nose as instructed. I quickly discovered that I had to rush with drying my hands, as the water would not cling to my nose for very long. I also noticed that it was not a good idea to leave even a tiny amount of moisture on my hands, as it made the nose strip stick to my finger nails.
Once I removed the nose strip from its plastic backing, I found myself a little confused as to where to place the strip on my nose. The pictue on the foil wrapper showed the nose strip being applied to the bottom of the nose, covering the nostril area. Indeed, there are some indents on the nose strip that are probably designed to allow the consumer to place the strip on the nose in such a way as to avoid a stifling of oxyen supply. However, with the limited time available to make a decision where to place the strip, I found myself putting the strip much higher up the nose.
Once applied, I smoothed the sides down and let the blackhead removal process begin. I immediately noticed the tingling sensation of the strip being on my nose - fresh, pleasant and cleansing. This sensation disappeared after a couple of minutes. The strips themselves did not have much of an odour to them, just a touch of mint, but too mild to really notice.
After 12 minutes, I decided to remvove the strip from my nose. Removal was relatively painless - it just brought back a tingling sensation to my nose. On examination of the strip, I was rather disappointed. I could not see many visible blackheads on my strip - only about 3 or 4 tiny pricks seemed to have been removed. And my nose did not look any cleaner.
I washed my face of some of the sticky white residue. Slightly disappointed, I decided that my fiance should become the victim of these nose strips. He refused to get up from his comfy couch, so I decided to just bring a wet cloth to the living room, wet his nose and apply a nose strip.
The application of the nose strip was somewhat of a failure - I simply could not get it wet enough to affix the strip properly. Consequently, some of the edges were sticking up, instead of lying smooth against his skin.
I did not expect much from the process, being that we had already failed at step one. But after 10 minutes, when he finally removed the strip, was rather surprised! There were dozens of little blackheads in his nose strip. And his nose looked amazingly clean, I could not stop looking at it all night - such was the difference.
There were, however, effects from the use of the nose strip that we did not expect. About 24 hours later, my fiance started to develop a gigantic spot on his nose - his sensitive skin did not take the process very well. He immediately decided to never use the strips again.
I myself decided to use the remaining nose strips - and mainly experimented with placing it in different areas. I never managed to actually apply it to my face in the way pictured on the foil wrapper and soon discovered that if you lowered it too much, you did in fact cut off some of your oxygen supply.
My subesequent attempts removed more blackheads from my nose than my first attempt - and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. However, I did not feel like the effects lasted very long. Just 24 to 48 hours after using the strips, my nose looked exactly the same again.
I am certain that I won't be buying these nose strips again. While they are quite cheap, the effects are simply not dramatic enough to justify the waste of my time and money.
Available at Superdrug only, at £2.99 for a pack of 5 nose strips.
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Contains special ingredients that bond with skin impurities to help lift blackheads and relieve blockages / As an added spot-buster, the strips are infused with natural antiseptic Tea Tree oil to leave pores cleansed and to help maintain a healthy clear complexion /