A few days ago, I was doing my usual perusing of lady sites when I came across a post from one of our partners. Our friends over at HuffPost Style do a recurring feature in which they ask various lovely women in and around New York for the products they use to achieve said loveliness. One usually finds an expected high/low array of It products, your drugstore cleaners (Hey, Purpose!), your super fancy La Prairie creams, Burt’s Bee’s lip balm, YSL mascara… the kind of content that–much like a time-honored “What’s In Her Bag?” feature–is seldom surprising but compulsively readable.
Anyway, I love this stuff. Reading about the products in peoples’ daily rotation is abundantly interesting. Maybe I am extremely boring that way.
Their most recent addition, though, almost knocked me out of my chair: a Housing Works clerk with awesome hair revealed she unclogs dirty pores with… glue. And not some hydrating/clarifying/detoxifying/heroin-promises glue “specifically formulated” and $70 and devoted to this purpose, no. She uses good old Elmer’s Glue.
My natural skepticism kicked in here, much like it did when I first saw conventionally attractive towel-wearing blondes pull Bioré stripes off their noses in ’90s commercials and subsequently marvel at how the surface resembled a “cactus.” I bought those as a teenager, even as my parents rolled their eyes and said that a stick of tape would do the same (and be just as useless). They were right. [Sidebar: Some people swear by these things; I have never found them to do anything but draw up moisture and otherwise very normal top-layer skin stuff].
So, I wondered, was this any different? Can Elmer’s glue really get rid of blackheads?
I decided to find out and embarrass myself in the process.