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DIY Pore Strips Using Last Night’s Leftovers

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Extra hydration is a brilliant idea when your radiator switches on—and remains in the volume 11 position for the next five months. And the strips are kind of Halloween friendly, too, since you’ll look like a sea monster when you apply them.

Why is it good for your skin? “Seaweed draws toxins from the skin, is full of B vitamins, clears away dead skin cells, and leaves you hydrated and dewy-fresh,” says Grigore, who also studied nutrition. “Cukes are high in antioxidants and in vitamins C and K, which help combat inflammation and aging; they also contain vitamin A—a natural retinol [that’s] great for skin tone and giving you a glow. Coffee is full of antioxidants and provides a healthy oil for your skin.

How to DIY this beauty mask? Grigore explains:

½ cup cooled coffee
½ peeled cucumber, roughly chopped or blended
1 sheet kombu seaweed

Add the coffee and cucumber to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a shallow bowl and add the sheet of seaweed. Soak until it is completely rehydrated. To apply, first put cotton into the cuke-and-coffee mixture and dab it on your skin. Then tear the kombu into strips and firmly press them all over your face, focusing on the under-eye area, forehead, nose, or any other dry patches. Leave on and hang out, making sure to scare as many people as possible while you look like an underwater monster. When finished, peel off and discard the strips of kombu and rinse your face clean. When you see how amazing your skin looks, feel free to toss the gross drugstore “pore strips” from your cabinet. Makes one use.


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