Before you start making brunch, you may want to save a few eggs for a DIY face mask. According to celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas, egg whites are a key ingredient in a natural skin care remedy.
“Egg whites are very effective in keeping the pores clean and are usually in everyone’s kitchen!” she says. “It exfoliates, hydrates, evens pigment, and cleans the pores. It’s a complete multitasker.” This is especially true if you have acne, since egg whites are wonderful for clarifying.
Try Joanna’s DIY Blackhead Busting Egg Mask for clearer skin in a pinch. You’ll need one egg white, one teaspoon lemon juice, and one teaspoon organic yogurt.
To create the mask, beat one egg white with one teaspoon lemon juice until it gets fluffy. Then, add one teaspoon yogurt. Mix all ingredients thoroughly, and apply directly to the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, then remove with a warm cloth.
This combination is effective because egg whites are high in protein, which absorbs excess oil from the skin. Lemon juice works as an antiseptic so it gets rid of bacteria (which causes breakouts). Yogurt balances out the detoxifying egg whites and lemon by adding hydration.
“It won’t leave your skin dry, even though it’s clarifying,” Joanna explains. “Yogurt is a great base for anyone’s skin because it’s both soothing and exfoliating. The egg whites help clean out the pores while the lemon juice leaves a bright glow.”
Joanna recommends this remedy for all skin types, but especially if you have normal to oily skin. “It’s a great solution for anyone who struggles to keep their skin clean, and it’s so much better for you than picking at your face,” she advises. “It’s especially great for younger women who are struggling with hormonal breakouts but also have dry skin.”