Some of my earliest childhood memories was sitting on my mums bathroom floor and just watching her in her perform her beauty routines, I would usually sit there just staring with amazement. It would start with her putting the kettle on and after the water was boiled she would pour the hot water in a pot and sit for maybe 5-10 minutes with her face above the pot and a towel covering her head over the pot. In 1 minute intervals she would take breathes outside the towel and return and I would wonder why? She always said you can never be too busy to take care of yourself.
As I grew up I realised this was her having a quick steam bath as she would then proceed to scrub her face when she was done then finally apply a face mask. I know we all say black don’t crack but for others who actually take care of themselves its remarkable how much younger you can look with a good regime. I remember always looking at her and wondering how is she 50! Everyone that met her always thought she was in her 30’s!
One of her favourite easy face masks was always 1 cracked egg that she whisked and then applied onto her face. Again as I grew older and now have the power of google, I realised how amazing egg masks can be! Here are the top 7 benefits:
1. Tightening pores
Shrink or tighten pores with an egg white face mask. Separate the one egg white from the yolk and apply it white on a clean face. Leave it to dry and then rinse with warm water.
Do this weekly to tighten pores thereby preventing the accumulation of dirt on the skin. If you don’t like the smell of egg, add a few drops of lemon juice to the mask.
2. Oily skin saver
Beat one egg white until stiff and then add one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey. The lemon juice absorbs excess oil and lightens skin discoloration, while egg white tightens pores.
The honey adds moisture to the skin without adding oil, and has antibacterial properties which benefit oily skin. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Lemon juice can sting the skin therefore wash it off immediately if you experience any discomfort.
3. Dry skin nourishing face mask
Combine one egg yolk, one tablespoon of honey, and two drops of almond oil. Egg yolk is rich in vitamin A and proteins which nourish the skin. Apply to the face, and rinse off with warm water after 20 minutes.
4. Oily skin face scrub
Mix a whole egg with oatmeal and apply on a clean face. Scrub gently for a few minutes and wash off. Use this scrub twice a week.
5. Exfoliating body scrub
Grind the shell of four hard boiled eggs and mix with a teaspoon of salt and two teaspoons of honey. This scrub is excellent in getting rid of dry, dull skin. You may use a loofah or your hands to rub the mixture onto your body.
6. Revitalize nails
To strengthen soft brittle nails, dip your fingertips in a mixture of one egg yolk and a little milk, for ten minutes. This mixture helps to prevent nail cracking and peeling, and promotes nail growth.
7. Eye treatment
To get rid of puffiness and dark circles, dip a soft brush in egg white and apply around the eye area. Wait for it to dry and then rinse with cold water.
Remember to always start with a clean face, and use moisturizer after the treatment. Use a face mask once a week; however, you may adjust the frequency according to your skin type.