Egg white can be used as an ingredient in face masks for a variety of skin types. Although there is no scientific evidence to support the apparent benefits of egg whites for the skin, they are a staple ingredient in DIY skincare. This article looks at the potential benefits of egg white masks, along with some mask recipes for use on oily or dry skin.
Face masks made with egg whites can potentially absorb excess oil from the skin. The main nutritional component of egg white is protein. A large egg contains 3.6 grams of protein.
Proponents of egg white face masks believe that this protein has skin tightening effects and absorbs excess oil from the skin. Some also claim that egg whites contain vitamins and minerals that can benefit the overall appearance of the skin. However, egg whites contain few nutrients other than protein.
It is important to note that the skin acts as a barrier to protect the rest of the body. It may limit the number of small particles, such as vitamins and minerals, that the body absorbs when a person applies egg whites to the outer layer of skin.
How to make an egg white face mask
Many beauty blogs and websites offer various egg white face mask recipes suitable for different skin types. The first step to making each one is to separate the egg white from the yolk. This can be done by following these steps:
Identify the midpoint of the egg.
Hit this midpoint trying to break the egg in half.
Once the egg is cracked, tilt the egg to one side of the shell, so the yolk moves to that side.
Using the other piece of the broken egg to trap the yolk in the shell, tilt the egg slightly to the other side.
Pour the egg white into a bowl below through the opening in the shell.
Another option is to grab the egg yolk in your hands and let the rest of the egg white drain into the bowl. It is important to wash both hands thoroughly before and after using this technique.
One egg white is usually enough for a beauty mask. Egg whites can serve as the base for a liquid mixture to which a person can add other ingredients to create a face mask.
Mask for oily skin
This mask is supposed to be ideal for oily skin. It contains lemon juice, which may have antibacterial properties.
A person can create the mask in the following way:
Add an egg white and the juice of half a lemon to a bowl.
Whisk the mixture together carefully until the mixture becomes frothy.
Wash face with lukewarm water.
Apply a thin layer to the face using a face brush or clean cotton ball. Avoid rubbing the mixture into the eyes.
Leave on for 10 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water.
You can apply this mask up to three times a week.
Mask for combination skin
Those who recommend this mask say it can nourish skin while tightening pores, making it ideal for combination skin.
This mask is simple to make and use:
Beat an egg white until stiff, when it appears white and frothy, and mix in 1 teaspoon (teaspoon) of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of honey.
Wash face with lukewarm water.
Apply the mask to the skin using a fan brush or a cotton ball.
Leave on the skin for 15 minutes.
Rinse the skin with lukewarm water.
If you feel tingling after applying a mask containing lemon juice, remove it immediately.
Nourishing face mask
People claim that this mask can be hydrating for those with very dry skin.
A person can create the mask as follows:
Place one egg white and six to seven raisins in a blender and blend until smooth.
Wash face with warm water.
Use a face brush or cotton ball to apply the mask in an upward direction.
Leave the mask on for 15 minutes.
Rinse the mask with warm water before removing it.
For this mask, it may be best to use grapes with seeds, as crushing them can release potentially beneficial grapeseed oil. The mixture should take on a frothy appearance.
It is advisable to apply moisturizer to the skin after removing the mask.
Tips for Using an Egg White Face Mask
Although there are different types of egg white masks, it is advisable to apply them only to freshly cleansed skin. You should also be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling the egg white. Using strong, upward strokes to apply the mask can also provide an invigorating facial massage.
Risks and Considerations
Depending on which egg white face mask a person uses, it should be washed off after 10 to 15 minutes. Egg white face masks carry a potential risk of an allergic reaction. Chicken egg allergy is the second most common food allergy in children, and it affects approximately 1-2% of children worldwide. For this reason, it is essential not to use an egg white mask on infants or children. Before applying egg white to the face, a patch test should be done. This test involves applying a small amount of egg white to the back of the hand, under the chin or behind the ear.
Wait about 15 minutes, then rinse off the egg white. A person should examine the area to make sure there is no redness, itching, swelling, or any other signs of an allergic reaction.
Raw eggs can carry Salmonella bacteria, which can cause infection if it enters the body. If a person uses egg whites on their face, they should be careful when applying the mask not to accidentally consume raw egg. It is also essential to avoid applying the mixture to open wounds or tears in the skin where bacteria could enter the body. People should always wash their hands and face thoroughly when handling raw eggs.
Other Tips and Home Remedies for Healthy Skin
Eggs aren’t the only edible ingredient a person can add to face masks to improve their skin. Here are other foods people can include in an egg white face mask:
People who want to experiment with different skincare ingredients should follow the guidelines below:
Always mix ingredients using clean hands and preparation surfaces.
Test new ingredients on small areas of skin before applying them to large areas to confirm that an allergic reaction or irritation will not occur.
Promptly remove any product that causes irritation or a burning sensation.
While it’s possible that these home products can improve skin, it’s important to remember that there is no reliable scientific evidence to support their effectiveness and safety.
Egg white skin care products that can be purchased from dermatologists or many pharmacies have usually had to meet certain quality control standards. These products may be more suitable for people with sensitive skin.
Egg white masks can be a simple and affordable home beauty treatment because they contain ingredients that many people already have in their kitchen. People can mix egg whites with different ingredients to create masks specific to their skin concerns, such as oily or dry skin. There is little evidence that egg white masks are helpful in improving facial skin health. However, if users apply the masks carefully, these treatments are unlikely to pose a risk to people without egg allergies.