For today's contribution to the skin care series, I wanted to share a face mask. I got this out of the book "French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes and Pleasure" by Mireille Guilano.
This book along with it's sister, "French Women Don't Get Fat", are both well worth the read if you're looking for some practical, natural advise and luxuriously delicious recipes. But, I digress...
This face mask uses only two ingredients and is good for all skin types. It is especially useful this time of year with many holiday gatherings and parties upon us.
Simply mix an egg yolk with a few drops of olive oil and leave on the face for 15 minutes. Remove with a warm wash cloth. You can also add 1 tsp. of honey to this mask for extra benefits.
Why this works...
Egg yolks are mostly water and fats, making them very emollient. This means that egg yolks actually bring moisture to your skin and lock it in leaving you with smooth, supple and soft skin. They are also very healing for blemishes.
Olive oil is an excellent moisturizer, helps to shrink pores and to lessen acne. Some evidence also suggests that it can aid in repairing sun-damaged skin.
Honey is naturally antioxidant and antimicrobial. This means it helps to protect the skin from sun-damage as well as to replenish and rejuvenate the skin. It absorbs and retains moisture, leaving skin refreshed and preventing dryness. Honey is also used in treating acne, especially relating to changes in hormones.
I have done this and been very happy with the results. There are many other natural face masks, some of which I'll attempt to touch upon in the future.
This link to Home Remedies for Life has several more variations on egg yolk masks.
Because you're only using the yolk for this mask, you can freeze the whites in a baggie and use them for merengue, or anything else you only need egg whites for. That means there is no waste. :0)
Have you ever tried this remedy or do you have another favorite you always pull out when your skin needs a little extra attention?
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