The aging of skin is a natural process but still a little hard to swallow. Many factors affect the elasticity of skin, such as sun exposure and diet. Even the most pampered skin eventually begins to show signs of aging and develops wrinkles. Some over-the-counter products contain ingredients, such as alpha hydroxy acid, that may effectively reduce wrinkles, but they can be costly, and the effects short-lived. You might be able to save money and reap the same benefits by relying on the protein found in egg whites.
As you age, your body, and specifically your skin, begins to change. An older body produces less sebum, the oil that helps moisturize skin. The fat layer under the skin surface starts to fade, and this fat gives skin a rounded appearance. These are two of the key factors that lead to wrinkles. Jerome Z. Litt, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, suggests that the protein in egg whites helps tighten skin to reduce wrinkles.
Applying a face mask made from egg whites might help pull skin in temporarily and reduce fine wrinkles. A 2006 study conducted by doctors from Agocampu Rennes Sciences et Technologie du Lait et de L'oeuf took a look at the proteins found in chicken eggs. Inside the white of the egg, doctors found as many as 69 different major proteins. It is unclear the impact or benefit these proteins have on the human body, but, Dr. Zitt points out, egg whites may benefit skin and reduce wrinkles temporarily.
Dr. Litt recommends applying the egg white face mask to skin before an evening out to provide temporary relief from wrinkles. To prepare the mask, separate the yolks from the whites of two eggs. Beat the eggs whites in a bowl until frothy. Dip your fingers into the foam, and then rub it onto your face. Let the egg white dry for the next 30 minutes. Wash off the mask with cool water, and pat your skin with a clean towel. Moisturize, and apply makeup as usual.
No medical evidence suggests that an egg white face mask permanently removes wrinkles. MedlinePlus does state that eggs contain vitamin A, and applying vitamin A to skin may promote wound healing and reduce wrinkles. An egg white face mask is a frugal approach to help firm up skin and smooth out fine wrinkles. Adding additional ingredients to the mask may enhance the effect. The website Spa Playground suggests using the egg whites if your skin tends to be oily. You may add vitamin E oil, honey and milk to the egg white concoction to change the texture and improve the mask's benefits.
Other habits will help improve the quality of your skin and possibly reduce wrinkles. Choose cosmetics that contain sunscreen to protect the skin from UV damage. Moisturize often, because one affect aging has on the skin is drying. MayoClinic.com suggests that a diet rich in vitamins A, C, B3 and E may also help reduce wrinkles. Studies are inconclusive about the effect of nutrition on the skin, but a healthy diet keeps you feeling your best and improves your overall fitness. If you develop any irritation from the mask, this may be an indication of an allergy or sensitivity to the egg white. Discontinue use of the mask if it causes a rash or acne breakout.