Beauty DIY: Buttermilk Face Masque to Shrink Pores

I think the older I get, the larger my pores get. I hate it. While I can't actually shrink pores, I can try and minimize them. I use this Buttermilk Masque when I want to shrink the appearance of my pores. It's quick, easy, and takes only 2 ingredients. It has a certain comforting quality to it, as it reminds me of my late Granny Sugar and the South. So get settled and comfortable, because here's how to make your own Buttermilk Face Masque:

T O O L S:

1/4 c Buttermilk
1/2c Sea Salt 

M E T H O D:
  • Mix the buttermilk and the salt together in a bowl. The result should almost look like a paste, so adjust measurements accordingly. 
  • Buttermilk helps tighten the skin, as it's rich in lactic acid. Salt is an exfoliant. The results are temporary, so I use this before a big event, for example. Be sure to try it out to see how your skin reacts.
  • Apply mixture to face (it'll be messy) and leave for around 15 minutes--no more than 30 minutes. I use a washcloth to pat it on. If you don't want to put it on your face, just pat it on the areas where pores seem the biggest. It kind of tingles my skin as it dries, so don't be alarmed if that happens.
  • Rinse with cold water & dry face.
T I P S:
  • Buttermilk is commonly found in recipes for fried food & biscuits (I've got a great buttermilk biscuit recipe if you'd like me to email to you). You can drink it too, but I just can't bring myself to try it! Since buttermilk probably isn't a staple in your fridge, you can make your own. Mix a cup of milk and a tablespoon of white vinegar together and let it set. You'll be able to see a difference in just a few minutes. Powdered buttermilk works too, but I don't know of anyone who has it in the cupboard. 
  • I prefer to use sea salt to table salt, as table salt is supposedly removed of minerals and has iodine added. Iodine tends to cause people to break out sometimes. If the salt is too rough, crush it with the back of a spoon. You want to exfoliate and clear out the pores, not hurt your face. If salt on your face freaks you out, just use the buttermilk, but the results won't be as noticeable.
  • I did a before/after pic of this, on just a small section of my face. Since seeing my pores magnified a million (approx.) times grosses me out, I didn't post it. Email me if you're just dying to see. Maybe I'll get brave and post the ole craters. Ugh.
  • As always, the good ole medical disclaimer--if you are allergic or reactive to the ingredients in this DIY, please avoid or discontinue use. 
Do you use buttermilk (in cooking or for beauty)?

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  1. This is a great idea! I'd love to learn more beauty recipes involving fruit.

  2. this sounds like a good recipe and seems so natural. i'd also like to see more beauty recipes with fruit.

  3. i love to use buttermilk for cooking and baking! i'd love to use it for beauty purposes too, this recipe sounds amazing! :D

    p.s. a beauty recipe with chocolate would be great. :D

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  4. I use buttermilk for baking, but I usually make my own - I might have to give it a go for beauty purposes :)

  5. Wow, I never knew buttermilk is good for shrinking pores.

  6. You are too funny with your pores, Elle:) I'm sure it's not that bad! And yes, I use buttermilk for baking, but have never thought of using it as a masque. TY again for the DIY.:)

  7. That was pretty nasty, I had to come back and re-read, I wasn't supposed to eat it.

  8. One more great mask from you. I really want the pores to be as small as possible! :)

  9. i've never used buttermilk - but this does seem like a good idea. i don't think i could use my precious sea salt not for eating though

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  10. I'll have to try this one! I notice that my pores are getting more noticable as I get older too, darn it!

  11. You have the most interesting DIY beauty concoctions! I would have never thought buttermilk and sea salt could be used like this!

  12. You have the coolest DIY recipes. How do you come up with them? I do recall buttermilk breaking down or tenderizing chicken so the chemical properties of milk and vinegar would make sense!

    ooh and I have to remember to email you for the biscuit recipe! Yum!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  13. Nice buttermilk face masque diy. I'd love to see the before & after pics.

  14. I sometimes bake with buttermilk, so the next time I have it on hand I'll test this out. I haven't really discovered a product yet that helps with this.. Hope you're having a happy hump day!

  15. I never had buttermilk. I just started drinking almond milk.

  16. I need to try this. My pores are huge too!


  17. I use buttermilk to make cornbread but I've never thought of it putting it on my face. I'll try it out and see how it goes. The pores around my nose are no joke and need to disappear

  18. Thanks for sharing! This looks awesome :) Will have to try it one day.

  19. This looks great! :)

    p.s. now i'm sort of craving buttermilk pancakes!

  20. Thanks, this sounds simple enough to do!

  21. Love this idea! I swear what's up with the huge pores as you get older, ugh...

  22. Yet another brilliant idea! I've been so into masks lately. Will definitely give this baby a shot :) xoxo

  23. Wow its really amazing face masque to shrink pores with buttermilk.


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