Soften winter weary skin with a Cucumber Extract Facial Mask

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Packet containing facial mask by Cala Products.

I’m continuing a series of home treatments using different products from the 99 cents & up stores in my part of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.  Today I tried a facial mask made by Cala Products.  The label describes it as containing Cucumber Extract and being good for all skin types.  It also claims to relax the skin.  My skin is showing signs of stress from the cold weather and the many matters I have to attend to right now.  My eyes are very puffy, too.

I have repeatedly heard that putting two cucumber slices on my eyes would bring the puffiness down.  But I’m a little reluctant to use a food product on my skin since it is very sensitive.  I once tried a homemade mask made with egg whites and honey as a teenager.  My skin was very oily at that time.  The mask did tighten my pores but also irritated my skin.  I do not want to have any problems with my eyes so I’ll skip experimenting with cucumber slices.  I went shopping for an eye mask but could not find such a product.  When I saw a Cucumber Extract facial mask I thought it might be good to try since I want to find a product that will give my skin a boost, a kind of substitute for a mini-facial.

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Epielle Deep Cleansing Nose Strip

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A box of Epielle’s “Deep cleaning nose strip” comes with three strips.

I’ve always wondered if these strips you put across your nose really worked at clearing out the dirt that accumulates in enlarged pores.  I decided to give them a try when I picked up the Epielle brand of “Deep cleansing nose strip” at a nearby 99 cents and up store.

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The strips are very easy to use.  First wash your face and dry.  Moisten your nose area with some water and then apply the strip according to the directions on the box.  The important thing is to smooth the strip so that no air bubbles remain.  The strip stays on for 12-15 minutes.

In the beginning I did not feel anything but gradually the strip began to harden and I felt a tingling.  It did not hurt but it definitely felt like something was happeneing.  I just hoped my skin would not look red or puffy when I took the strip off.

When I took the strip off I was surprised by how many blackheads had been lifted up and out from my pores.  At first my skin was a little puffy but after a few minutes it was very smooth.  The pore size had minimized.  I decided to forego make-up or moisturizer until my skin no longer felt puffy.  The package directions state that the strips can be used every three days but I think given the sensitivity of my own skin I’d use them once every 7 to 10 days.

I think the strips do a superior job of cleaning and tightening pores.  I plan to use them rather than a mask.  Epielle “Deep cleansing nose strip” is made in Korea for KareWay Products.  I paid $1.29 for a box at New Wang Fa Trading at 6926 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.

I have placed a photo of what the strip lifted out of my pores behind the cut which follows.  It’s really icky to look at so if you’re easily grossed out just skip to a different posting.

Please note:  I do not receive remuneration of any sort from the stores or manufactures whose products I review.  This posting is for informational purposes only.  Before using any type of skin care product do a test on a small part of your face or arm to ensure you do not have any negative reactions to it.

Behind this cut is a photo of the gunk the strip lifted out of my pores…

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