This post is from 2018 but I wanted to resurrect it as it’s a fun one! A little out there, but fun. And effective!
Today we are switching gears a little bit with a fun little home remedy. One of the requests I get the most is for more affordable beauty products, especially skincare. And I hear you loud and clear – def check out this post featuring an affordable, yet fancy skincare routine, as well as my guide to “affordable-ish” beauty. (In the meantime, let me know what you think of these home remedies… I’m excited to keep testing and trying more things!)
I really believe that oftentimes the best beauty products on a budget are actually the ones you make yourself. There are so many wonderful, inexpensive things you can make with simple kitchen ingredients. Home remedies can be really great. And in all honesty I prefer DIY products to most drugstore beauty products. They’re inexpensive, organic, and usually even more effective!
The first of these is something we all (probably?) have in our refrigerators – EGGS! Yes, you read that right… raw eggs. Eggs are amazingly good for your skin – and your hair. Both the yolk and the whites are packed with nutrients. Egg whites contain albumin, a simple protein which helps to minimize pores + clear blackheads, making them especially great for oily skin. Conversely, the yolk is great for dry skin as it is packed with proteins and fatty acids and is great for dry skin and hair.
Egg Beauty Benefits
The benefits of eggs are pretty amazing, and the yolk and the white of eggs have distinctly different benefits. Egg whites are great for oily skin and for tightening up crepe-y or sagging skin. Same goes for an oily scalp. The yolk, conversely, is amazing for hydration and moisture.
Toning the skin + tightening Pores
Egg whites have astringent properties! They are especially great for oily skin and hair tightening up large pores. Egg whites can rival even the best pore-tightening skin care product. If you want to minimize large pores, an egg white face mask is for you. See below for a treatment idea. I tried this with the pores on my nose for great results.
Lifting Saggy and Skin
A fun anti aging trick! The results aren’t permanent but for the short term, egg whites are amazing for tightening up the skin on your face. Experts recommend applying an egg white mask to saggy skin (cheeks, jaw line) or puffy under eyes to help lift and tighten.
As I mentioned above, the egg yolk is packed with proteins + fatty and is amazing for skin and hair that needs a little moisture boost!
Egg Beauty Treatment Tips
Depending on your skincare concern there are a variety of DIY facial masks you can do. It just depends on your skin type + what you are looking for! ALSO – applying egg to your face can feel a little yucky so I wanted to mention that I love using a paintbrush for my egg face masks. I have and love this set of brushes… honestly, I apply all of my face masks (egg or non-egg) with a brush. It’s just a nicer, more luxurious experience!
To help with oily skin…
take one teaspoon of egg white and add big squeeze of lemon juice. Mix together, and apply it to your whole face or just where you have large pores. The fresh lemon juice acts as a mild acid and is a dream combined with the egg white. Wait 15 minutes, rinse with warm water, and pat dry! I have dry skin but the pores on my nose can get a little bit gunky. I love to do a Biore pore strip to de-gunk the pores on my nose and then close + minimize them with an egg white mask. It’s the best combination for large pores!
To tighten saggy skin
I love an egg white mask. Apply a thin layer of pure egg whites to the skin (concentrate on any areas where you see sagging – cheeks, jaw line, etc). Be careful as you apply the mask. Allow to dry (usually 20 minutes), rinse off with cool water, and voila… you’ve got yourself an instant mini face lift! (You can do this on your under eye bags as well, just be careful not to get it in your eye!)
For dry skin
Try making a hydrating mask. Take one egg yolk and mix together with one Tbsp coconut oil or honey. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer.
Egg whites are fantastic for an oily scalp.
You can use the same mixture to make a hair mask for the oily skin on your scalp (adjust the proportions as you’ll need more – I’d recommend 2-3 large egg whites and 1 Tbsp lemon juice). Mix together and apply the entire mixture to your scalp before showering, leave on for 5-10 minutes and then wash your hair with warm water as usual! This is so good for excess oil. Applying egg whites to the scalp can also stimulate hair growth.
For a dry hair
Mix a whole egg with an egg yolk and a tablespoon of coconut oil (I like to melt the coconut oil first – it’s a nicer consistency… you can also use olive oil but I just love how coconut oil smells). Mix together and apply the whole mixture to the middle part of the hair down through the ends (basically everywhere below the ears), leave it on for 5-10 minutes, and wash your hair las you normally would.
This requires patience but you can apply an egg white mask to your thighs/legs/anywhere you want to firm up a little bit. Let it dry completely and then shower!
Make a body hydrating body scrub!
This one is super simple. Mix equal parts egg yolks with granulated sugar and scrub your whole body! I actually like doing this on dry skin (pre-shower!!!) Scrub all over for a good ten minutes and then shower.
What about you – any favorite at home beauty treatments that you love? Please share, if so! And remember, I’m not a dermatologist and I’m never giving medical advice, I’m just obsessed with all things beauty!
I remember back when food-beauty trends were so popular! I think that was a few years ago? I’ve never actually tried any of these food masks, but they always sound so amazing.
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Yes! Well I hope you try one of these Charmaine, they are so fun!
My mom did egg white hair masks my whole life! She has long hair that can dry at times and she always saw great results.
Eggs are great for all the reasons that you listed. But, I think it’s worth noting that they can be contaminated with Salmonella. We just had a massive egg recall this summer. 35 illnesses, and 11 people ended up in the hospital. If you are going to use eggs for at home beauty treatments, make sure to properly wash your hands and contact surfaces.
That’s SO TRUE – thanks Melissa!!
My mom used to tell us to do the egg white masks to help with acne. Had to be careful as eggs were expensive and it was easy for us girls to go through a lot of eggs. Now, as an adult, I own chickens and can do as many egg masks to tighten my skin as I want. I plan on trying the hair one as well.
can any type of egg make egg mask,or there is a particular one that is meant for it.
I think any kind of egg should work!
I have done egg white facials weekly for 40 years. I am 68 years old and people who meet me are shocked when they find out my age. They think I’m in my mid 50’s.
This is eggscellent. (had to.)
Hahhahahahaha love it 😉
I adored this post, thank you for sharing!
You’re so welcome!
Great scalp mask = whole fat greek yogurt, one egg, and some honey! I tried it because Priyanka Chopra recommended it for dry scalps (great in winter). I’ll try any DIY and this one was a winner.
I need to try the egg white ones you mentioned! New self-care Sunday options!
Oh! Thanks for the tips!
Ooo great suggestions! Need to try some of these for myself.
Good to know, about the egg whites. I’m going to try that tomorrow. I made my first body mask tonight. OMGosh my skin feels so refreshed, soft and glows with delight. I used a banana, the peel , 1-1 1/2 tbls olive oil (extra virgin), 1 tbls honey an orange peel, and two egg yolks ; I mixed it up in a purée. I laid a huge beach towel on my bathroom floor and slathered that hot mess all over my body. When it dried I would get more and rub And rub some more into my dry legs , arms and neck. I let it sit for about 15-20 min. Making sure to rub it into my skin. I took a shower and my skin feels like it’s 20 again. I just cannot believe how clean and radiant my skin feels and looks. I’m 50, a sun worshipers , and my skin started to show it. I have been taking care of my beautiful skin ever since. I hope someone try’s my mix. It’s simply delightful!!!! I’m going to do it to my hair tomorrow as well.
Good luck, happy days and stay safe from Covid 19
Fantastic,i love this article…..thanks a bunch.
Can I use this egg mask on my legs ’cause I have extreme dry skin
I use the egg white for my face mask, I use it once a week, and apply with my hands and let it sit while I clean up the house and then rise it off with my face soap and it had been working great so far. Skin looks young,tight firm, I have been using it far almost a year. But now I am going to try the egg white for cellite and see how that works out.
Thanks I will try them
I didn’t know eggs are used for hairs
Definitely going to try this