Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DIY Egg Mask Facial

My article:

I love the saying "You are what you eat", especially when what you eat is healthy! Eggs are one of the greatest and most natural sources of protein there are. Now, not only are eggs good for the body, they're also great for the skin. 

An at home egg mask facial is great for several reasons. For starters, they're a money saver, since most if not all of the materials needed are items you probably already have at home. Their ingredients have the ability to brighten, tighten as well as aide in diminishing pore size. And lastly, these masks are great for oily skin- and with summer vastly approaching I thought this how to would be useful.  

(*Face mask is not for people who have allergies to eggs)

What You'll Need: 
2 bowls
A fork 
1 egg, organic preferred but non-organic will do. *Organic eggs come from cage free hens and are the better option because they contain more nutrients and less toxins than non-organic eggs. 
Face wash or cleansing wipes
*Exfoliator (optional)
Facial moisturizer or serum
1 ice cube

How To:
1. Separate the egg: Break egg and separate the white from the yolk into 2 bowls. With a fork, beat the egg white until it forms a bubbly consistency. 

2. Cleansing the skin: Using a face wash or cleansing wipe of your preference, remove all makeup and or dirt/oil. 

3. Exfoliate: (Step is optional) Using an exfoliating scrub of your choice, gently massage over face. I use the Olay ProX cleansing brush ($29.99) and St. Ives green tea scrub ($4.99)

4. Apply egg white: Take 1 tablespoon of the egg white mixture and rub onto face. Cover face evenly avoiding the eye area and let sit until "mask" begins to tighten. The egg white will lift the skin while tightening at the same time. When it becomes hard to move your face, the mask has set long enough. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

5. Apply egg yolk: Following the egg white mask, use a small amount of the yolk and apply to your entire face, avoiding the eye area. The yolk acts as a natural moisturizer. Let the mask set until face becomes hard to move. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat dry.

6. Moisturize: Now that your face is clean it's time to moisturize! Apply a favorite lotion or serum to your entire face. Your skin should immediately soak it in. 

7. Minimize pores: To minimize the appearance of pores, run an ice cube over your entire face. The lotion/serum you applied in the previous step should have soaked into the skin by now, so don't worry that it will run off. Concentrate the ice cube on the area around your nose, as those pores are the most visible. 

All finished! Your skin should now have a healthy glow to it. If you're not sure what to do with the left overs, they can be covered and kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

So save yourself the cash and a trip to the salon because all you need is already in the kitchen. Healthy foods make healthy skin…enjoy! 

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