Ahhh blackheads. I, as well as most of you, have a nose and t-zone covered in them, and it does look a bit gross up close. The process of getting rid of blackheads is a pretty vile one, but over the last few months I’ve stepped up my blackhead reducing game and now I’m finding my nose is much clearer than it was at the end of last year.
Since early January I’ve tried a few new products and gadgets, some of which have been amazing (and some that have been a bit pointless), so I thought I’d talk you through what I’ve been doing and what I recommend. Just as an FYI, this isn’t a sponsored post in any way (most of the products I’ve bought myself) but I just fancy myself as a bit of a blackhead guru now. TASTY.
SO, I BOUGHT A MAGNITONE.
I know a lot of people have reviewed these, but I purchased one just after my birthday in December with some leftover money and have used it every day since. I got the one in blue/green because the pink one was a fiver more expensive, and that works out as like 6 chocolate bars… so no discussion needed there (this was at the time on Amazon).
If you’ve never owned one, it’s basically a brush which pulsates and you use it to brush around your face once a day to hopefully get rid of dirt, old make-up and most importantly, blackheads! It’s a nifty little device and I use it every morning in the shower, at the end of my usual routine (the reason I do it at the end is so that my pores have really opened up due to being in the warm water for ages, therefore you’ll get way more dirt out). I’ve no idea whether people use it on plain wet skin or what, but I put any general face wash on my face first (more on that later) and then use the brush, so it all lathers up and makes your skin totally yummy.
Price wise it’s a bit expensive when you buy the device, and you do have to buy new brush heads, but let’s just say I’ve used mine for over two months and not needed to change the head yet, so it’s been a huge thumbs up from me.
I’VE BEEN USING THOSE COOL NOSE STRIPS.
Have you seen those Facebook adverts of black nose strips that people use to bring out blackheads, but you never want to buy them because all of the comments say how terrible they are? Well, Biore sent me some of their face and nose strips to try and they’re absolutely FAB, plus they’re nothing like those gross videos (and no, they don’t burn your face when you pull them off).
Long story short, you wet your face (again, better if your pores have been left to open for a bit), and you apply the strip. Then you wait 10-15 mins, and pull off. I use one on my nose and face every week or two.
Does it hurt? A bit, it’s kinda like eyebrow plucking, but it’s not toooo bad.
Does it work? SO WELL.
The first time you use a nose strip is actually VILE because you can physically see all the yuck, but to be honest it’s really worth it. It’s all oddly satisfying.
I’VE BEEN USING A FAB FACE WASH.
Along with the face and nose strips, Biore sent me some of their baking soda pore cleanser face wash to try recently. As I mentioned earlier, I really like to apply a face wash or in-shower cleanser to my skin before using my Magnitone, and this one does the job pretty well. I try and avoid face washes that are really drying and rubbery (please tell me you know what I mean by that) and I use ones that are lathering and creamy, so you don’t damage your skin in any way.
FINISH OFF WITH MICELLAR WATER.
Micellar water is old news, but after I’ve scrubbed my face with my Magnitone and put on a nose strip, it’s always good to finish the job with some micellar water to pick up any loose bits of face-gross (yes, face-gross). I find both the Garnier and Nivea ones are good, so I tend to pick whichever one is on offer. Once I’ve wiped my face down with a micellared (?) cotton pad, I splash my face with cold water before applying creams/make-up so my pores can close up a bit.
TA DAH! I have such a clear nose at the mo so I had to share some of my tips, and I let my mum borrow a few nose strips too and she loved them! Can’t believe I didn’t get on the nose strip or Magnitone hype sooner!
Hope you find this post useful, make sure you let me know in the comments if you have any more advice that I’ve missed.