While egg whites won't actually give you a "face lift" they can provide a temporary tightening of the skin. Mixed with other ingredients, they can also create the base for an excellent facial that can tighten the pores and deliver the benefits of whatever other ingredients they are mixed with.
Egg White Homemade Face Masks
While you can certainly apply egg white straight to your face without any other ingredients, you'll get much more out of the facial by including things like honey, apple, avocado and some essential oils. The egg white's pore tightening will help deliver the other ingredients right to the areas they are needed most.
Clean your face well and pat it dry before applying any mask to help keep the pores open and receptive.
Egg White and Honey Mask
Honey soothes irritated skin, while softening it. Gently combine one the white from one, large egg with a tablespoon of honey. Before you apply it to your face, add one to two drops of tea tree oil to help build upon the egg white's astringent properties. Rub it gently into your skin using an upward motion with your finger tips. Do not apply around your eye area. Allow it to dry for 10 to 15 minutes as you feel the egg tighten. Wash your face with warm water to rinse.
Egg and Apple Mask
Apple pulp is a great exfoliater, helping to lift away dead skin as the egg white tightens. Peel and core a medium sized apple and pulse through the food processor until reduced to a pulp. Combine the pulp with the whites from two eggs and a few drops of lavender oil to help soothe. Gently apply to the face and allow to dry. Rinse it off gently with warm water and a soft cloth.
Egg White and Avocado Mask
Avocados are extremely nourishing to the skin. Mixed with egg white, the oils of the avocado penetrate deeply into the pores, leaving your skin soft and nourished. Blend an avocado until creamy and combine with two egg whites. Add two drops of chamomile essential oil to help soothe and soften the skin, smooth on and let dry. Rinse away with warm water.
Egg Whites and Potato Mask
If you have eczema or troubled skin, consider trying grated potatoes in the mask with the egg whites. Potatoes can help to calm the skin, soothing any inflammation. Peel and grate one small potato and mix with one egg white and a few drops of carrot essential oil. Smooth onto the skin and let dry. Rinse with warm water.
The Benefits of an Egg White Mask
While egg whites only give a temporary tightening to the skin, they do offer other excellent benefits. The greatest benefit of an egg white mask comes from its ability to deliver other ingredients to the skin without the use of chemicals or artificial ingredients. There is some speculation that the egg whites may be astringent and can therefore help with acne or oily skin. There is no denying that as the egg white mask tightens, any oils in the skin are pulled into the drying egg, therefore drying out the skin.
Choose the Ingredients for Your Skin Type
While those with oily skin and acne may find the greatest results in the egg white mask, people with any type of skin can use it effectively. Simply add other nourishing ingredients to combat dry skin, aging skin, eczema or other problems. The egg white in this case merely becomes the delivery system of the other ingredients - not the main benefit of the mask.
Nourishing Your Skin
Egg white masks are safe and effective and can be used several times a week without problems. Do not use egg whites if you have an egg allergy and avoid combining the egg whites with any other ingredients that may irritate your skin. Test a mask on the inside of your elbow before you use it on your face to ensure no adverse reactions occur. When used regularly, egg white masks can help you develop a natural skincare routine that is made just for you.