I once heard a story of a young woman that was struggling badly with acne. This young woman had tried everything that she could think of, but she just could not get rid of this acne problem. One day, as she stood at the mirror in a public restroom, an Indian woman came out of a stall behind her. As she washed her hands, she noticed the young woman’s acne problem, and she approached her tenderly and gently touched the acne scars on her face. She told the young lady to put egg yolks on her face and it would heal her. The girl went home and tried the kind stranger’s home remedy and it worked.
Though I have never really struggled with acne, as I approach 30, I have become more and more aware of the need to take care of the delicate skin on my face. I’ve heard a saying that you’ll have healthy skin much longer if you treat your face in your 20’s as though you were in your 60’s. You are what you eat, so I am positive that skin health can be directly linked to your diet, but taking good care of the exterior can certainly only help, right? Not to mention this is an extremely economic, non-toxic, natural way to have healthy, radiant skin!
When my skin is starting to feel a little dull, dry, and blah (especially considering I wear makeup every day), I like to cleanse it with a simple baking soda paste and then do this egg yolk mask. The baking soda works as a wonderful, gentle exfoliant, while at the same time providing detoxifying properties. I like to think it is not only scrubbing away dead skin, but it is doing a deep cleanse of all that old makeup residue that may be sticking around after my nightly facial wash. After you’ve taken your eye makeup off, and gently scrubbed your face with the baking soda paste, it literally feels like you have new skin.
After rinsing off your baking soda scrub with a damp, warm washcloth, dry your face with a clean towel and apply the egg yolk generously to your entire face and chin. Egg yolks are full of retinal, or Vitamin A, which helps skin stay strong and supple, and protects from future breakouts. This may feel funny and gooey, but as the yolk begins to dry it starts to feel like an extremely tight mask. Leave the mask on for 10-12 minutes, or until it is dried completely. When you go to the mirror you will be amazed at how taught your face is! Like a mini-face lift! Rinse the mask off thoroughly, but gently, with warm water and a wash cloth. I never wash mine off with soap, I just make sure I have thoroughly rinsed all the yolk residue off. From there you can add a nightly moisturizer (I like Shea Moisture)- and Voila! Feel how smooth and refreshed your face is before bed! It is truly a remarkable difference and I can feel the effects even a few days afterwards.
Baking soda scrub:
About 1 Tablespoon of baking soda, watered down just enough to make spreadable, or about 1 teaspoon of warm water.
Egg yolk mask:
The yolk of one small egg, separated from the white, and stirred until smooth.
Let us know how it works for you!
*You may also want to try the baking soda with a teaspoon or so of coconut oil instead of water. Coconut oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal and provides that extra bit of moisture your face may need!
*I would not suggest doing this more than a few times a month. Depending on your skin type, baking soda can be a bit abrasive if over used.
*I only use yolks from farm fresh eggs when doing the egg yolk mask. I cannot say whether or not store-bought eggs will provide the same positive effect as farm fresh.