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*The Review* This is a review on T-Zone's Instant Fix Nose Pore Strips for Blackheads. The particular type I have comes with manuka honey and tea tree. I have been buying these on and off for several years (through my teenage years right through to the ripe age of 30). In between using these I have gone through periods of not using any nose strips at all, using more expensive nose strips (biore) and also cheaper nose strips (ones that I cannot recall the names for but come from the 99p aisle in stores like poundstretcher, home bargains etc). Thus I will make some comparison in this review to other strips. *The Purchase* I bought these from boots for the price of £5.99 a few months ago and for my money got a pack of 6 strips thus each strip works out at approximately £1.00. I have heard other persons who have found these in packs of 5 strips only for a similar price and some other nose strips I have bought (superdrug own brand) have come in strips of 5. I bought them in a bit of a hurry as my nose was feeling very 'bumpy' and congested so I wanted a quick fix. Ordinarily I would wait until skincare is on offer e.g. 3 for 2 as I do feel these are quite expensive for what they are. *The Packaging* The nose strips comes in a cardboard box which is the first thing I get rid of as I think it is quite unnecessary (although I guess they do have to keep together somehow). It would be kindda nice if they sold these individually so if you didn't want to splash out on a whole box you didn't have to but I guess this may be hard to do (I imagine stocking them on the shelf would be a nightmare)! Each nose strip is individually sealed. They are easy to open however as there are two very clear slits at the top which means you can open along the side without damaging the strip. The whole package comes in a combination of dark and light green colours. This makes me think of the tea tree oil which is in it. Until I started looking at the product to do this review however I didn't realise that it also contained manuka honey. *How to use* There are very clear instructions on the back of each packet how to use. In fact there is so much writing on the back of these strips it can appear very overwhelming - although I suppose you can chose whether or not you want to read it - it just seems a lot on first glance. Despite this instructions for use are very easy. Wash and cleanse face (with a T-Zone product of course!) then pat face dry. Wet nose, peel the clear backing strip off and gently place down on nose (using a mirror here would be helpful I guess)! Leave on for 10 minutes - the strip will stiffen and then you can slowly remove. After using these for a while I have adapted the instructions to my own use slightly. First of all I make sure that my nose isn't too wet as this can cause the strip not to stick properly. Also when removing the strip I tend to do it quickly rather than slowly as I feel this gets the blackheads out better. Maybe not a good idea if you have sensitive skin however. *Do they work* I'm sure I initially bought these several years ago on the basis that they would remove blackheads - however now the information on the product says that it simply unclogs pores and clears out blackheads. This product definitely DOESNT remove blackheads and I would love to hear from anyone who has experienced such a product that does but it definitely does what it says in clearing out pores and blackheads. After use the skin on my nose feels smoother and the (many) pores on my nose feel much less visible. In addition, I think the satisfaction you get from seeing all the pus on the strip (sorry if anyone's eating their tea!) is great! I have used different products similar to this - the biore range which is slightly more expensive (I find are very difficult to stick) and much cheaper alternatives (glorified plasters - they really do nothing). So, whilst I still feel at £1.00 a go these are very expensive for what seem like pieces of sticky paper there must be some special ingredient or science behind as to how they work as they really do! All in all I would highly recommend this product. The only issue I would be wary about is I went through a period of using these almost every week. I became obsessed with rubbing my nose (yes really) and if I felt even the slightest bit of bumps I would use. This became a very expensive habit. Now I try and limit myself to a once a month treat! Widely available from most major supermarkets, stores and online retailers. One star knocked off for the price!
During the last few weeks, my skin has been pretty dire. It's been a combination of sun cream, late nights and not clearing my make up off properly. All of these things have led me to having some awful skin which has been rather prone to break outs of spots. I went to Tesco in order to stock up on some skin clearing products. In addition to a face scrub, I brought some T zone pore strips. I had never used pore strips before, but felt that they may come in useful! The packaging has changed from the picture and is now a bit more up to date looking. The logo has been updated to something that looks vaguely like a flower, rather than that orange swirl. The box has 5 pore strips in (not 6 as it appears to have had previously!). For this, you will pay approximately £4 depending on where you buy them from. In Tesco, they costs £3.99 for a packet. I brought them and took them home and started using them. Taking one out of the packet, the pore strip is a thin, white material which is backed on a piece of clear, thin plastic. They are easy to peel off, by sliding your nail underneath and they come off the backing well. The size of them is pretty good, they cover my nose well which is where I end up with loads of blackheads. The instructions state to apply to wet skin and then leave the strip on until it tightens. I did this and it took about 10 minutes. They are scented with menthol and during the time that it is on, you can definitely smell it. Not so much that it stings your eyes but smells nice. When it tightens up, peel it off. When you remove it, it feels like you're removing approximately 3 layers of skin. Peeling it off, I could see that it had done it's job as it was covered in teeny bits of foundation (!!) and just general stuff that you don't want in your pores! After removing, it left small bits of residue from the sticky stuff on my face, which is quick to remove with warm water. I used one once whilst I was in the bath so, a rather steamy environment. It ended up affected by the steam and didn't work. The pore strip doesn't tighten, the sticky stuff just gets moist and 'claggy' and pretty much just falls off. Suffice to say, it didn't work! I certainly won't be using them in the bath/shower again. Overall, I would re-purchase these pore strips. They do work as my blackheads have definitely gone away whilst I've been using these strips regularly. Granted, they are quite sticky and feel like they're pulling your skin off (although they don't actually remove your skin!), but I'm guessing that is what makes them work so well. I thought these were on the pricey side before I brought them, but now I think that £3.99 is a reasonable price!
I unfortunately have many blackheads on my nose, which I am very self-conscious about if I don't have any make-up on, as it means my nose is covered in black dots. I do tend to wear make-up every day, which probably doesn't help my skin, but it means I feel that my skin looks a lot better with foundation on. I use a facial scrub every couple of days to try to get rid of the blackheads, which helps a lot, but doesn't get rid of them entirely. I saw these T-Zone Nose Pore Strips at a local discount warehouse months ago for a very good price (I think they were only a couple of pounds, if that) and I thought I would give them a try. They come in a pack of six strips and can be found at Tesco for £3 and Superdrug for a more hefty £5.05. I'm surprised that I haven't been able to find them in Boots recently, as I'm sure I saw them in my local store a while ago. The packaging for these strips has changed now to a more modern-looking blue packet, in contrast to the green packaging displayered here in the dooyoo catalogue. However, my review will be based on the product shown in the catalogue, as I brought them a while ago. Each strip is packaged in it's own wrapper. The packaging claims that the nose strips are designed to be placed on the bridge of your nose in order to get rid of blackheads and spot causing bacteria. The product claims to be gentle on skin but you are advised to avoid using it on any broken, sunburned or very dry skin. You are also advised not to use the product more often than once every three days. In order to apply the strip, you need to wash your face and pat it dry, and then wet your nose. Once out of it's wrapper, which is easy to tear open, the strip needs to then be peeled off it's plastic backing, which is also very easy to do, and the smooth side pressed onto your nose. I always use this product when my partner is out of the house, as it isn't a very attractive look! The strip has a smell to it that is a little strong, I think it may be the tea tree, but it's not particularly unpleasant. You are advised to wait for about 10 minutes and then remove the strip when it's dry, and I find that 10 minutes is just about the right amount of time. You have to remove the strip very carefully, and if it's painful to remove you are advised to wet it thoroughly and carefully remove it. I have to say I find it slightly eye-watering to remove sometimes, as it sticks so well to my skin, but for some reason I'm always determined to persevere without using water. In terms of results, I find that the strip manages to remove the dirt and oil from a fair number of my blackheads but it also leaves a large number of blackheads with all their gunk still intact. I will emphasise again though that I do suffer with a lot of blackheads, and perhaps others who don't have very many may find that this is very effective. I think the main reason I use these strips every now and again is mainly for time that I pull the strip off and then look carefully down at it and see all of the gunk it has removed from my nose! I do find that there is sometimes a slight residue left on my nose from the product and so I have to give my face another quick wash after removing the strip. In summary, therefore, these strips are effective in clearing some of my blackheads but not all. The best thing about them is being able to see all the gunk they do manage to remove! Good to use every now and again but my Simple facial scrub I find is the best thing to use on a regular basis to remove blackheads.
I am a big fan of T-Zone Nose Pore Strips. I don't actually suffer badly with blackheads and blocked pores but along with the rest of the world, I do get them. When inspecting my face with the dreaded magnifying mirror, I find that many of my blackheads and blocked pores can be found on my nose. ===What are they?==== T-Zone Nose Pore Strips come in a small sized cardboard box. It's nicely decorated and includes a photo of somebody using the product on the front. There are 6 strips per pack. The strips are said to offer 'deep cleaning' and claim to be 'naturally anti-bacterial'. The strips are also said to 'have been specially formulated to grab on to blackheads, dirt and grease lifting them clean away' and also claim to 'help remove spot causing bacteria, unclog pores to help skin breathe and be specially shaped for use over bridge of the nose'. ===How to use them=== Each strip comes in its own individual foil packet. Inside the packet you'll find the nose strip, which is stuck on a transparent plastic backing. You need to make sure you wash your face thoroughly before using the strips and you need to make sure that you wet your nose. The more water you apply to your nose, the more the strips will stick. You then need to peel the nose strip from the plastic backing (which is easy to do) and place it on your nose. I find it's best to place it gently on top of your nose and then flatten it down either side of your nose (outwards), this helps to avoid bubbles and wrinkles in the strip. The strips fit my nose well and cover the majority of my nose. The strips smell strongly of tea tree, I personally like the smell of tea tree as I know how good it is for the skin, so it makes me feel like it's doing some good! Initially the strip feels soft but you can feel it starting to harden up after about 3 minutes. The strip is usually ready to remove in about 10 minutes (the instructions state 10 minutes too). I know exactly when the strip is ready to remove as it feels rock hard. The strips DO NOT hurt in the slightest, they feel a little awkward at the most. You should grab the edges and gently pull the strip from your nose. Do not rip it off, you're not waxing! If you begin to remove the strip and you find it's still slightly soft and soggy, DO NOT remove it - it won't work. ===Results=== These little strips are incredibly effective. They remove all of my blackheads and unclog all of my pores, even the ones I didn't know about! I have been using T-Zone Nose Pore Strips for years and I usually use them once a fortnight. Even when my nose looks fine, I still use the strips as part of my routine. I'm always amazed at how much yucky stuff gets built up in my pores. Whatever has been removed from your nose can clearly be seen on the strip - this show you how effective the strips are, how much has built up in your pores and how much has been removed from your pores. It is also incredibly satisfying, I usually inspect my strips with great (and strange) pleasure! There's usually a small amount of 'gluey' stuff that gets stuck to your nose when you remove the strip, although it's very easy to remove with a bit of water. My nose looks and feels soft, smooth and healthy after removing the strips. I am quite vigilant where skincare is concerned, I make sure I cleanse/tone and moisturise my face every day and I make sure I remove my make-up before bed. What these strips have taught me is that sometimes my face isn't as cleansed as I think it is. Not only have I learnt that I get build up in my pores but most of the time the strips also remove make-up that I thought I had already removed! As I already mentioned, I don't really suffer with blackheads and I don't suffer with spots or problematic skin on my nose. This could quite possibly be partly down to regularly using T-Zone Nose Pore Strips. If you decide to use these strips I would also advise using cleansers and scrubs in between to prolong results, as I do. Overall I think T-Zone Nose Pore Strips are a great product. They're quick, easy and painless to use. They're very effective and really unclog the pores on your nose (which is good for your skin in the short term and long term). ===Price & Availability === These strips are available at places like Superdrug, Tesco etc (although with new packaging I think) and cost around the £5.00 mark. I used to pay this price until I found them in Home Bargains for just £1.50 per pack, total bargain!
Bought these today at The factory shop for£2.50 and i think they are brilliant.I have never used a product like this before but because they where a good price i thought i would give them ago.I followed instructions carefully and what an excellent result i will defo buy these again.
I have wanted to try nose strips for so long I can't even remember when the desire started! It's something I just never got around to doing though, as most of the time when I saw them it was Biore that was the only one available and the prices were a bit high (for me) for how many strips you get and I've always had better things to spend my money on! However, this all changed when a Home Bargains opened in my town and I found a pack of 6 T-Zone Clear Out nose strips for the princely sum of £1.49. This I was more than wiling to pay and I was rather excited to finally be getting to try them. I tried them the first night I got them and ended up using the entire pack, all over my face. I also vowed that I would be buying these weekly from now on! I've always loved T-Zone products and for years I used their moisturiser and I often use their wipes and facial washes/scrubs. These strips have the same smell as most T-Zone products, that typically tea tree, clean smell. Though it is not as strong with these, only really being detectable if you go looking for it. Each strip is in its own easy-tear sachet, attached to a transparent plastic backing strip that is child's play to peel away, all contained within a cardboard box in the usual design for T-Zone. All the info you would need is on the box, including directions, cautions and ingredients. Each sachet also displays this information, so you don't need to keep them in the box. The important things to note are that these should not be applied directly to spots, blemishes, broken, inflamed, sunburned or excessively dry skin and they should also not be used more often than every 3 days. The claims this product makes is to stick to blackheads, dirt and grease, so that when the strip is removed they are all removed along with it, keeping the pores clear and letting skin breathe. They are also anti bacterial, so they should help prevent spots forming. To use them, you simply ensure your face is clean (they recommend using T-Zone facial wash....of course), then thoroughly wet your skin before applying the strip, ensuring you get even, all over contact between your skin and the strip. They are specially shaped to go over the nose so it is nice and easy to use them here. Once the strip is dry and stiff (they say about 10 minutes, I found they dried faster but left them longer anyway), it can be removed slowly and carefully. When I used the first one on my nose, removing it was pretty pain free except for slight stinging on the skin below my eyes (not the delicate eye area itself, though it can be tricky to avoid this area completely); there was no stinging as I pulled the strip off my nose. On examining the strip, I could clearly see what it had removed, particularly from the sides of my nostrils. Well, I was happy as Larry with that and decided there and then to use them on other areas! I used a second one on my nose, applying it the other way up to cover different areas and I could see more grot again on the strip, since the first strip hadn't covered my entire nose. I then used one along my forehead and although I had equally good results it stung a lot more on removal, since they not only grab hold of blackheads and dirt, but also the tiny hairs we all have all over our face! But not being one to shy away, pain is gain, beauty hurts and all that, I steamed on ahead and used them on my cheeks. To do this, I actually applied the strips on a diagonal just at either side of my nose, to cover the areas I am most prone to blackheads. Removing the strips from this area was the most painful but again, I got brilliant results. I used the last strip to do my chin and between my eyebrows and I had to cut it. There was very little stinging on these areas which was a nice change! Once I was done, I gave my face an all over clean using a facial wipe to remove some residue that the strips left. The sticky residue was not at all excessive and it came off easily with a gentle wipe. I could see an immediate difference in my skin; the areas that needed it were definitely looking clearer and smoother. I could see the evidence on the strips anyway, so I was delighted that these worked. The box states that you can re-wet the strips to peel them off if they are painful to remove, but I opted not to do this as I thought that would surely interfere with the adhesion; when you first apply them to your wet skin, they do slip around a little until you press them firmly in place. This is good for ensuring you get the strip where you want it but I do think if you re-wet it then some of the stick between the grot and the strip would be lost and perhaps the grot wouldn't be so effectively removed. I will be buying these every week, and using them in the same way to try and prevent a build up of dirt on my face. I even got my mum excited about them and she plans to try them next week too! I love these strips - they are an excellent price, you can use them any way you like by simply cutting them to size/shape if needed and of course, they work. There is some pain on removal, but this is nothing to be bothered about in my opinion. These get a hearty recommendation from me and I already can't wait until the weekend to do it all again!
T-Zone nose pore strips so what are they... When you open the box you will find 6 strips which are designed to fit over your nose and pull out those horrid black heads, dirt and grease which gather on your skin during the day. With unclogged pours the idea is you will get less spots. I got a box to try from home bargains for £1.50 which I thought was good having never used nose pore strips before I didn't really know what to expect, and wasn't convinced that something was going to just pull my black heads out. So here what happens... First off I wet my nose then remove the backing from he strip and pat it down onto the bridge of my nose making sure its well stuck it reminds me of paper machie a little lol wet paper which goes hard. I leave my nose strip on for around 10-15 minutes and then pull off slowly!! because be warned it can hurt to remove once the strip has dried. When I pulled the first strip off I was really suprised to see that it does it work as I examined the strip (as lets face it you do when using anything like this your not going to do it throw it straight in the bin) I was greeted by lots of tiny little black heads which had been pulled out amazing and better than squeezing! my nose was left feeling smooth and clean. 5 stars recommend to all
Blackheads are one of the most annoying skin complaints, unsightly and seemingly impossible to get rid of! So, when I came across this product I had to give it a go. I've used other similar products before but they all seemed to be rather ineffective. These cost me £4.99 from Boots for a box of 6, a pretty regular price for this type of product one which is pretty similar in any other shop. This seems like a fair enough price as the box will last approximately 4-6 weeks depending on how often you want to (or have to!) use them. So, to use them you have to wet your nose and then simply stick them on, wait for them to dry and then peel off. Although this might be a little easier said than done. I did find them quite painful to peel off but I guess this means they're working! Once they're peeled off you can see on the sheet what has come off (ew!) but it does show you that they really do work. I would recommend this product but it is, perhaps, one for people who are willing to suffer for their beauty.
I decided to try these for the first time around a month ago. I have been suffering from clogged pores on my nose for around 6 months, exacerbated, I think from the amount I am running at the moment in a bid to get fit. Because I have dry skin I have to slather on some heavy duty moisturisers during the day and then sweating during exercise seems to be making this worse. One of the only reasons I bought them was that I found them in my local B&M Store priced at only £2 a box, I know they are usually much more than this in Boots etc so I figured I would give them a shot while I could get them so cheap. The box contains six strips with cellophane backing, they look a bit like the cellophane sheets which people used to use to write on for overhead projectors (am I showing my age here?!). Basically you peel this bit off and you are left with a fabric strip which is shaped to fit perfectly over your nose. The instructions said to wet the skin first as the moistness is needed to dampen the fabric and make it stick and do its job. I did this and sure enough I could immediately feel the adhesive affect between the fabric and my skin when I pushed it down. This product says that it contains organic tea tree and is a natural antibacterial product, because of this for some reason I assumed it was going to be a fairly gentle treatment. I was totally off the mark with this! I only left the strip on my nose for around five minutes and then pulled it off in one smooth movement. Oh. My. Goodness. It was very sore and painful when I did this, like ripping a plaster off a particularly tender bit of skin. It took me quite by surprise that it hurt so much and my nose was glowing a nasty, angry shade of red. I looked at the strip which had come off my nose and I could clearly see many little dots of sebum on it, it clearly had ripped absolutely everything out of my pores, however, for a good ten minutes aftewards it looked and felt as if it had also taken the first layer of my skin with it! After a while the redness subsided and then I could clearly see a marked difference in my blackheads and pores, nearly entirely removed. The skin certainly looked a darn sight clearer. So, I am now a little nervous about trying this again, although of course next time I will be fully prepared for the pain of removing the strip. I will probably not leave it on my nose so long to be honest, although I do believe that it needs that time to fully remove the grime from your pores. These do work really well, I just wish I had been warned about the soreness and the redness straight after, I was lucky not to do this directly before going out. Also, as I have sensitive skin, it could be that I just reacted more violently than most people would have done, it may not be this way for you.
I bought a packet of these about a year ago because my nose seemed to getting a few blackheads and was getting greasy in the summer sun. It's not happened since but I used one of them tonight, purely out of boredom and because I thought I'd try and improve my skin. My advice before using this is that it's all in the preparation that really sets out how well these are going to work. If your skin hasn't been bathed properly and hasn't softened as a result of a shower and/or a bath then you're really not going to get the best of results out of these. The instructions state that you just need to wet your nose but I do find that wetting it with your index fingers for five seconds or a quick facial wash will not get the dirt out as well compared to a 20 minute soak and bathed skin which has softened it and made it bring the dirt to the surface and opened up the pores. When it comes to applying the strip, wha will strike you is how well packaged they are. They come in a cardboard box consisting of half a dozen and cost £4.99. Inside are six sealed pouches and again inside them is the strip attached to a piece of clear plastic. They've been packaged well and keep for a long time. I hadn't used one for a long while yet when I opened it, it was as fresh and effective as the day that I first bought it. If you're an infrequent user like me, you can put them to one side and know they wil be just as good a year down the line. With your nose wet, you have to apply it and leave it until it dries, after that you peel it off from the ends towards the middle, and all the dirt is collected on the centre. This involves a lot of waiting so what I find it handy is to do other things that you would normally be doing anyway such as brushing your teeth or styling your hair etc. You'll know when it's ready to come off because it'll feel hard and will shrink onto your skin. Then comes the biggest downside, the removal which given the strength of the glue, is enough to make the bravest person cry and shrivel up as you separate it from your battered nose. then again, I suppose the pain you go through is testament to how well it works. It does do the job, albeit at your pain and discomfort. Then it's done! The only other downside it that it does leave a residue of sticky glue on your nose that takes about three or four minutes to wash off which, given the fact you've already washed can be annoying. Other than that it's great and despite these downfalls or pain and mess, it does a good job and ripping the dirt out of your nose and cleaning it up.
I'm a constant user of nose pore strips. I first bought T Zone Nose Pore Strips a few years ago from boots. Having suffered with black heads nearly all my life I finally got fed up and decided to do something about them. Where you can get them from: Superdrug - £4.99 Boots - £4.99 Sometimes you can get them much cheaper from home bargains. They come in a light green carboard box and the writing is blue, orange and black it really stands out so there not hard to miss. All the information is really easy to read and the guide lines are really easy and simple. The strips come in packs of 6 individually wrapped. There very easy and convenient to use - Wet your nose with luke warm water then remove the strip from the plastic backing. Gently and carefully apply them to your wet nose and then pat down making sure they dont curl at the edges and ensure there are no air bubbles. You then leave them on for 10-15 minutes until the strip turns hard then you softly peel it away. Then splash your face with cold water and pat dry. Don't exfoliate before or after because this may irriate your skin and make it crack. The strip shouldnt sting or hurt if it does gently remove it and discontinue use. also cream your skin after and maybe use a tea tree wash to enhance the effects. Pros: easy to use, You can do what ever you like when waiting for the strip to dry. Cons: Can get abit messy at times, sometimes they don't dry in time. It's good if you want a quik fix but unless it's a really good product or treatment the black head will come back within 72 hours. also sometimes on the bad days no blackheads what so ever will come unstuck! Also, i've used cheaper brans of the same product and they've actully worked better.
I hate having blackhead on my face, it is not like I have enough to deal with, so I was very happy when I discovered pore strips. I have been using T-Zone nose pore strips since I was a teenager, and I still use them today. The nose strips come in a pack of six and cost around £4. I usually buy them from Boots, but I think you can buy them in Superdrug and some Supermarkets too. The box is a nice light aquamarine color with some orange symbols and blue writing. Each nose strip is indivually wrapped to ensure cleanliness when it comes to using them. To use one is really simple. Open one of the strips, and after washing your face, peel a strip off the backing plastic and place on your wet nose. Now just carry on with your business, or just relax for about 15 minutes whilst the nose strip dries. Do not worry if starts to feel tight, this is normal, although if you get any irritation or soreness, take it off straight away and rinse your nose clean. After 15 minutes, the nose strip should be nice and dry, hard and slightly tight on your nose. Just grab a corner and then pull the strip off your nose in one fast, clean motion and hey presto, you are done. If you have the stomach, have a look on the strip and see the yuckiness that just got ripped out of your nose! I love the way my nose is nice and smooth and clean after using one of these. I find it is best to use one a week to keep my nose clear and clean, and there is also forehead and chin strips available too so your whole face can be blackhead free. I recommend these to everyone, as blackheads are not fun! *This review is also on ciao under the name of Hailee*
T-Zone Nose Pore Strips! So you get about six strips in the pack, they are shaped specifically for your nose, although they are really big and dwarf the area I want to use them on! So I guess you could use the nose strips on your chip or forehead of you needed. They come individually wrapped in the packs and all you have to do is clean the area you want to use them on, then wet the area, but don't make it really wet as they will take forever to dry out. Once they have dried out completely you can very slowly hold each side of the strip and peel it off from the outside edges inwards, until it has all peel off. You can then see on the strip of it has worked, some times they don't work on my skin for some reason and they just don't catch the black heads. Im not quite sure what i'm doing wrong but some times they do work and afterwords my skin is clearer and it keep really squeaky clean! You should avoid using them on damaged, sun burnt, inflamed, broken or very dry skin and you shouldn't use them on spots. They also contain natural antibacterial ingredients! You can buy them from boots, superdrug, online or from your local chemist. I bought them from boots for about £6 which is quite reasonable. There are also other cleansers, toner and wipes in their range! Thank you for reading my review
I got a box of these free with a bottle of T-Zone face gel from Superdrug recently, which seemed like a pretty good deal to me. I have used nose-strips before but usually Biore (good, if a bit pricey) or Superdrug's own brand (not so effective in my opinion, but cheaper). So, I tried these out and they are actually pretty effective, I would say at least as good as the Biore brand and less expensive! As long as you wet your nose properly first and don't try to remove the strip too soon, hopefully you will have good results - I admit I probably leave the strip on too long as I'm not organised enough to actually check the time. I usually wait until the strip feels completely dry, almost like plaster of paris, and then carefully peel off. I will then look at the strip under a bright light, because I'm gross and it's intriguing to see how many of the blackheads are removed! I never have any breakouts after using them, I think doing it regularly is probably the key to getting rid of as many as possible - they never seem to remove them all. These ones smell of tea-tree, which I quite like, and hopefully the antibacterial action helps to clean your pores out. One word of warning - don't put one on before getting in the bath. I have done this before, thinking it would be ideal to let the strip work while I relax in the bath but what happens is the strip cannot dry out, presumably because of the humidity, and so you are left peeling off a soggy strip with no blackheads attached. Wasteful!
I bought a pack of these in late November and was keen to try them out as I suffer from oily skin and blackheads on my nose. I've previously used Superdrug's own brand pore strips with not much success so I was interested to see if these had any better effect. ***Using them*** To use these, you need to wet your nose and apply the strip so that it sticks down tightly. If you don't use enough water, it won't stick down properly and won't do as good a job of pulling out blackheads. Once it's on, you need to leave it on for around 10 minutes. During this time, the strip will slowly stiffen as it dries and by the time it's ready to come off, it will feel extremely tight. The idea is that it pulls out blackheads and excess oil as it's removed, thus clearing your skin. ***The results*** Having left the strip on for the recommended ten minutes, I decided that it was time to remove it. This was not a very nice experience as it's a lot like pulling off a plaster and to be honest, it hurt more than I was expecting. Once removed, I inspected the strip to see how many blackheads had been removed (gross, I know!). I was pleasantly surprised to see that a fair few had come away, and definitely more than I was used to with the Superdrug own brand nose strips. A quick look at my nose revealed that there were still more blackheads on my nose than not but the overall effect was that they were less noticeable than they had been before using the strip. ***Overall verdict*** I've been happy with these nose strips overall. I didn't expect any particular strip to get rid of all blackheads but I'm pleased that these seem to be removing a few more blackheads each time. The best results have been down the middle of my nose with more sporadic results across the sides. With the shape of the strips, it's pretty much impossible to remove blackheads from the tip of your nose, which is frustrating if like me, you have some there but that's the standard shape I think.