Thursday, February 21, 2013

Egg On My Face

I have egg on my face. Well. No. I had egg on my face. Literally I did. A friend of mine started using the cracked eggs from her backyard chickens for personal beautification. Hair masks. Face masks. Maybe other things, too. I thought she was smart not to let them go to waste, but told her we "pretty much never have cracked eggs anymore, since the last chicken figured out how to use the nestbox." This of course is a good thing, in general, as I would rather have food than beauty products given the choice (who wouldn't?). But I am human, and female at that, so I do care about my appearance! So the very next day after I told my friend that we don't get cracked eggs now, I found -- you guessed it -- a cracked egg. I was excited to get to try this out! The egg had been laid outside of the box, and froze (I nearly typed "to death" but considering it wasn't alive to begin with, this would be difficult), thus creating a nice little split down nearly one entire side of the egg. On this bitterly cold, snowy day, I decided to pamper myself with a face and hair mask and a nice long shower. I admit, one egg was not enough to fully do both. My hair is long and I had to mostly just do the ends and then stick to the outer layer for the rest of my hair. My hair is still wet so I don't know what to tell you about that yet, but my face feels wonderful! I think it looks pretty good, too. I was going to share a photo with you all, but for whatever reason my phone is refusing to cooperate and I cannot send it to myself at the moment. Maybe later!

Some benefits of egg masks are:

  • Skin tightening; it reduces the appearance of fine lines and some compare it to a temporary face-lift.
  • Reduces oiliness; supposedly the egg whites in particular are good for drawing oil out of the skin so if you are prone to oiliness, this could provide some relief for you! 
  • Whitehead reduction; according to, regular egg white masks with a dash of lemon will help remove those annoying whiteheads, the result of pores getting clogged with oil residue and other debris.   
To make an egg mask you can choose one of several methods. Either separate the yolk from the white and beat the white until frothy and then apply (optionally adding some lemon juice for additional cleansing and tightening/brightening of the face). Allow to dry completely, 15-20 minutes approximately. You can follow the egg white mask with a yolk mask, or discard the yolk and just use the white. Personally, I can't waste something that's perfectly good, so I chose to mix up the entire egg at once and use both the egg white and yolk on my face, and what was left on my hair.