The first product that I have been faithfully using since last year is the Kose SOFTYMO Men’s Nose Clean Pack, which you can purchase from Sasa for $5.80 (10 pieces). These nose strips are similar to the well known Biore nose strips, where you apply on cleansed wet skin, let it dry into a hardened paper-mâché texture, carefully peel off and all the impurities and whiteheads from my pores will come out with the dried strip, leaving my nose feel oh so clean. Even though this product is designed for men, but it works perfectly for women too. Kose also has a women's version, but it is smaller in size. I prefer the men's version because it covers more area. The strip has slits cut along the sides at where the nose curves, so it fits the nose extremely well. I also really love how the nose strip is black in color, because it really lets me see all the gunk that has been pulled off, in a gross but very satisfied kind of way. hahaha
The second product that I have also been trying is The Face Shop White Mud Nose Pack. These are a bit harder to find because you'd have to live close to a The Face Shop store to purchase these (where as Sasa ships world wide). I was lucky enough to have Tammy to help me to purchase this. (Thank you so much Tammy!). I think it sells for about $7 a tube. This nose pack comes in a tube, and the product squeezes out with a white gooey consistency. You apply the product on dry cleansed nose, let it dry for about 20 minutes, then peel off. Same with the nose strip, all the impurities and gunk from your pores are suppose to stick to the pack as it dries and be pulled off with it.
So how did these two products compare? I'll let the gross pictures speak for themselves --
The Face Shop White Mud Nose Pack
The Kose one obviously pulled off more whiteheads from my nose than The Face Shop one. Plus it just shows all the details more easily because it's black in color. However The Face Shop one didn't do too shabby either.
In terms of convenience, I prefer the Kose one a bit more because there is no mess, and it is more travel friendly. It also takes slightly less time to dry up.
However, the Kose strip is more harsh on the skin than The Face Shop one, once it dries hard, it really adheres to the skin well, and you'd have to be really careful pulling it off. A few times that I did in a hurry, I found my skin to be very irritated and even broken from the pulling action. Because of this, I also don't recommend using this product very often. Maybe once every two weeks or even a month would do, because you don't want to irritate your delicate skin. The Face Shop pack also hurts a bit when I pulled it off my nose, but not as bad as the paper strip. I found that packing on a thicker layer helps. However that would also mean longer drying time. I'd recommend using The Face Shop one every week or two weeks.
Personally I would probably continue to stick with my Kose strip and use it once a month to help clarify my pores because of its convenience and effectiveness. I would use the Face Shop one in between if I feel like having an extra boost. If I'd have to travel, I'd also prefer the Kose one more due to its convenience. However for at home usage, The Face Shop one is more economical, as I can see that this little tube would last me a while.
What is your favorite nose clarifying product? Please share :)