(5/5 stars) This is an excellent kit! It’s a next generation pore strip that does an excellent job at removing blackheads. The final gel strip adds a touch of luxury to the whole process. Note: I’ve read that there’s counterfeit products circulating that are made in China (especially through third party Amazon vendors). At first glance, the packaging is almost the same, but there are obvious differences. It pays to buy from a reputable vendor.
Step 1 – A citrus scented strip, similar to a sheet mask, but with more acidic content. It’s supposed to draw out your blackheads. You apply it for 15-20 minutes to your newly cleansed nose. Tip: use warm water to open your pores for an added boost (if you have sensitive skin, I suggest you skip the warm water).
Step 2 – It’s a sturdy pink strip that you leave on for 10-15 minutes or whenever the strip is fully dry. Once it’s time, you can behold the porcupine of blackheads! The strip holds it’s shape and doesn’t tear, even if you used a lot of water. BTW, don’t forget to wet your nose before putting on this strip!
Step 3 – The gel strip that closes your pores. This strip feels cool and luxurious, but smells a little mediciney. There’s a white plastic sheet attached to it, for easier application. There’s actually 3 layers to this strip: a plastic cover, a cotton layer on top, and the actual gel layer. The directions say to leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Once off, it leaves a slightly sticky residue, but it left my nose feeling soft and smooth.
Observations: When I first used this (before I started any skincare routine) it was very mild, I didn’t detect any alcohol or harsh ingredients. It was completely pleasant and it worked. I was impressed! Once I started my skincare routine, I’ve noticed that my skin is finer (maybe it’s just less dead skin) and that 1st strip kind of stings! I definitely feel the alcohol in it, however there isn’t any alcohol per se, just a lot of natural extracts. But even after 15 minutes, my skin doesn’t look irritated. It really does a good job opening my pores. If you have sensitive skin like me, it’s probably better to not apply this right after taking a shower. But regardless of the initial stinging. It doesn’t break me out and really is a superior product. The 2nd strip (that you peel off) does contain methylparaben, but the other 2 strips (that absorb into your skin) doesn’t.
Ingredients (Strip 1): Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Saponaria Officinalis Root Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) FruitExtract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance (Parfum)
Ingredients (Strip 2): Water, PVP, Dimethicone Copolyol, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide, VP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, CI 17200
Ingredients (Strip 3): Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Erythritol, Trehalose, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)