Eggs make the perfect breakfast joys. Nothing partners better with toasted and buttered bread or a serving of crispy bacon than eggs cooked any way you like them. Apart from adding delight to breakfast, eggs are also useful additions to delicious meals and pastries. But just when you think these dairy products can’t offer more, the reality is they have more purposes beyond filling our stomachs. You might be surprised to find that they can do wonders for your skin and hair as well.
Eggs possess numerous properties that are beneficial for your skin and your crowning glory. The protein present in egg whites nourishes the skin, giving you a healthy glow and diminishing the signs of aging. Your hair also reaps the benefits of egg treatments when you condition it with eggs. Because hair is composed of 70% protein keratin, egg protein helps repair damage by filling in weakened spots in each hair strand. Eggs contain a large amount of protein (3.6 to 6.5 grams per egg), which makes your favorite breakfast one of the best intense protein treatments available.
Interested in using eggs for your skin and hair? We’ve got DIY recipes for you to try. But a word of warning: before you try these out, precaution goes a long way to avoid misadventures with DIY recipes. Try it on a small patch of skin or hair first to make sure the mixture works for you. Or check with your dermatologist before everything else. And if you are allergic to eggs, best not to risk it!
Egg white masks tighten the skin, which lasts about an hour after you’ve rinsed the mask off. The mask gives your face a healthy glow and reduces fine lines. Egg whites also tighten pores and removes dead skin cells.
Ingredients: 2 eggs
Instructions: Separate the whites from the yolks of two eggs then whisk the whites until frothy. Mix the whites until smooth and ready for application. Apply liberal amounts on your face and let it dry for about 15 or 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Because of its large protein content, eggs serve as good conditioners for weak and damaged hair. The intense protein treatment helps maintain strong hair, which is essential for growth.
Ingredients: 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Instructions: Break the egg and place the yolk and white into a bowl. Remove the chord-like structure of the egg from the bowl to avoid tangling your hair. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the mixture, and mix it thoroughly with a fork. Use the conditioner after washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove buildup from hair products.
Say goodbye to hair loss by enlisting the help of egg yolk. Applying yolk on the hair and scalp reduces hair fall. For best results, beat your DIY egg yolk solution until it becomes creamy.
Ingredients: 1 cup of yogurt, 1 cup of lime juice, honey, 2 egg yolks
Instructions: Add the honey, yogurt, and lime juice into a bowl containing two egg yolks. Mix all these ingredients to form a paste that has a frothy appearance. Apply this paste to your hair in a similar manner to conditioner and leave it for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Mixing egg white and honey contributes to relief from skin irritation. Honey encourages the regeneration of new tissue, which reduces the irritation you feel on your skin. Add in some yogurt for moisture and cucumber for a soothing effect, and your egg white face mask is the perfect antiseptic for irritated skin.
Ingredients: 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon cucumber juice, 1 teaspoon fresh plain yogurt
Instructions: Grate a cucumber, squeeze out a teaspoon of juice and set aside. Beat the egg white until the mixture becomes frothy. Slightly heat the honey and add it to your mixture along with the yogurt. Once you mix it well, add the cucumber juice. Apply the mask on a cleansed face and leave it on for 15 minutes until it dries. Gently rinse it off with warm water.
Egg whites remove the excess sebum (oil) from your skin by shrinking the size of your pores. It also helps firm up your skin due to the reduction of your pore size. Lemon, on the other hand, exfoliates and brightens your skin. It’s a great remedy for acne and aging skin.
Ingredients: white of 1 egg, juice from ½ of a lemon
Instructions: Beat the egg white first until it becomes frothy. Add the lemon and mix again before applying on your face. Avoid applying the mixture over your mouth and eyes, where the skin is more sensitive. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes then gently rinse with warm water.
Who says eggs are just for breakfast? Try one of these recipes and be egg-cited for a fresher and newer look! And don’t be surprised if you find yourself buying a carton for your kitchen and another for your dressing table or bathroom next time you’re at the grocery store!