All It's Cracked Up To Be?

A recent trip to a Korean beauty store found me lavished in exotic samples. There was the Volcanic Thermal Water Multi-Toner, the Royal Honey Hydro Cream and the Quinoa Body Milk. But what really got my attention was the Egg White Pore Foam. Egg whites as skin treatment? Could this ubiquitous fridge staple really be the key to skin nirvana?

As it turns out, yes and no. Egg whites are high in protein and B vitamins, and have been reputed to tighten skin when applied topically. Eggs also contain a bacteria-fighting enzyme called lysozyme, which makes egg whites perfect for acne sufferers as well. And the best part, they can be had for pennies from willing chickens anywhere.

The drawbacks? Unless you choose organic eggs, pesticides and hormones may come in contact with your skin. Also, some people report that even though they eat eggs with no problems, their skin is allergic to it.

What’s a beauty savvy girl to do? Try it for herself. Here’s a quick and simple recipe to see if the egg white mask is for you.

  1. Separate the egg white from the yolk of one egg. Be sure to go organic!
  2. Beat the egg whites slightly.
  3. Apply a thin layer to your face.
  4. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse with warm water.

Was it for me? Sorry egg mask facial. You made my skin feel itchy. And let’s face it … egg on your face has never been a good thing. 

Photo: Leslie Patrick