Unless you have a sensitivity to dietary cholesterol and fat, there really is no reason for you not to eat and enjoy whole eggs. However, if you do have high cholesterol or want to avoid fat, you could opt to eat egg whites instead. Egg whites may not look like much, but they actually contain high amounts of protein and a decent amount of minerals like phosphorus and selenium.
Apart from their nutritional benefits, egg whites can also help you maintain the health and beauty of your skin and hair. Here are just a few ways that egg whites can make you look and feel more beautiful, naturally.
Egg Whites Minimize Your Pores
The high amount of protein in egg whites works in two ways to make your pores look smaller. First, they open up the pores making it clean away dirt, residual makeup, and other impurities, which are one of the main reasons your pores look larger. Second, and more importantly, the proteins in egg whites can help tighten the skin, resulting in a smoother, firmer texture.
You can whip pure egg whites until you get a thick, frothy consistency and use it as a mask at least twice a week. There are also ready-to-use products available in the market, like Skinfood’s egg white pore mask. Whichever way you choose, make sure to rinse off the egg white mask with lukewarm water to get the best results.
Egg Whites Help Control Sebum Production
One of the reasons why egg whites can help reduce the appearance of your pores is because of its albumin content. Albumin, the primary protein in egg whites, helps get rid of excess sebum by controlling its production, thus making the skin appear clearer and the pores look smaller. Removing excess sebum from your skin also makes it less prone to pimple breakouts and blackheads.
If you are using a DIY face mask made out of egg whites and oatmeal, you can try adding some honey to add an exfoliation effect. You can do this once a week for fresher-looking skin on your face and neck.
Egg Whites Reduce the Puffiness Under Your Eyes
With its naturally cool temperature (just like cucumbers), egg whites can help soothe and reduce the puffiness under the eyes. Apply a thin layer of egg whites under your eyes, after about 10 minutes, wipe it off gently with a damp cloth and then rinse with lukewarm water. Make sure to apply a moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. If you’re doing this procedure at night, you can instead use your preferred night cream.
The protein content of egg whites can help lift and tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Simply spread a thin layer of egg whites on wrinkle-prone areas, like around your mouth, the corners of your eyes where crow’s feet develop, and, of course, the thin and sensitive skin under the eyes.
Egg Whites Eliminate Excess Oil in Your Scalp
In the same way that egg whites removes excess oil from your skin, they can also help get rid of the greasiness in your scalp that makes your hair look limp and lifeless. You can apply whisked egg whites to you scalp and hair and let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes, and then simply rinse it off and follow-up with your regular shampoo and conditioner routine.
Apart from making your hair look more voluminous and bouncy, there are several other benefits of removing the excess oil in your scalp. These include shinier hair (the excess oil makes hair look dull) and a reduced risk of developing dandruff. If you already have dandruff, regularly treating your scalp and hair with egg whites can help eliminate dryness and flakiness in as soon as one to two weeks.
Whether or not you like eating egg whites (or avoid them because you have allergies), there are undeniable beauty benefits from this simple food. Try some of these egg white beauty secrets for yourself, you might just be surprised at how effective they can be.
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