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The Great Egg Experiment

All right, time for something that probably only I find exciting.

As some of you may know, Metacrone and I have chickens. 10, to be exact. 10 chickens who lay eggs approximately 5 days out of every week. And we don’t have a lot of people to give those eggs away to. Thus, we are constantly overflowing with eggs. Literally. We don’t have room for them all. There’s an entire mini fridge dedicated to eggs.

As it so happens, this winter my skin has been dry, as it often is. Usually I give it some coconut oil or homemade moisturizer, but I’ve recently realized that oil directly on my skin gives me pimples and, well, I’m not even making moisturizer anymore because it keeps getting moldy no matter what I do. (Hopefully there’ll be a post on that before long. I’m determined to fix it. Shenanigans will likely ensue.) Besides, I make my moisturizers with oil. (Kinda wanna stop doing that, but I’m getting off topic now.) So, I asked my internet boyfriend, Google, about natural facial recipes to help my skin, and I discovered that eggs can be an excellent moisturizer. I believe it was this page I was looking at. I realized that, since we have tons of eggs and no idea what to do with them, I could probably use an egg a day and we’d still have a huge supply of eggs, no problem. It’s a free, totally natural way to keep my skin healthy, and a way to honor our girls’ hard egg laying work rather than just throwing it away. And, most importantly, as a believer in farm animals’ rights, I’m perfectly happy to use their eggs because I know they’re treated well. (Actually, they’re kinda spoiled.) And thus the Great Egg Experiment was born.

Since the article I read recommended using the yolk for dry skin and the white for oily skin, that’s what I’m planning on doing. The article suggests mixing a little lemon juice with the white, but since the oily parts of my face are only slightly oily right now, I’m going to skip this step just in case it’s too harsh for my skin. (Which makes me sad, because I happen to have some freshly squeezed lemon juice in the fridge.)

So, off to try it out!

I started with – you guessed it – AN EGG!

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This is one of our blue-green eggs from our easter eggers, Rocky and Neo. (Not sure which of them it is, since they lay about the same color, size and shape.) Thank you girlies!

Just for fun, here’s a picture of what an easter egger chicken looks like. I don’t have a picture of ours handy at the moment, but she looks a lot like Rocky.

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Isn’t she pretty? Look at her fuzzy cheeks. Those are called beards, a classic characteristic of easter eggers. But, back to the task at hand.

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Then I separated the white and the yolk, so I could apply the yolk to my dry areas and the whites to my oily areas.

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Next, I whipped the white and smoothed out the yolk.

After that, it was time to apply! I barely used any of the egg, so I saved the rest.

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At first, the egg just felt wet, kind of like refrigerated lotion, and just a little sticky. It wasn’t particularly weird or new, besides knowing that I had egg on my face. But once it started to dry, which was pretty quick, it started to feel WEIRD. REALLY REALLY WEIRD. As I’m typing this my skin is tingling all over and itching here and there. It almost feels…numb? Not exactly. This is a weird sensation and I’m not quite sure how to explain it. It’s now totally dry and it really feels like a stiff paste limiting my ability to move my face. Which actually, it sort of is. The dried egg is flaking and it breaks when I move my face in a new position, which is probably why it feels like it’s trying to restrict my movement. It’s not exactly pleasant. I’m actually really excited to wash this off because…gah. I’m supposed to leave it on for half an hour, so another fifteen or so minutes to go. I think from now on I’ll be mixing eggs with some yogurt and oatmeal for facial moisturizing.

After 30 minutes, it’s time to (finally) wash it off! If I can get it off with it so dry….

Well, it wasn’t pleasant, but it worked! My face feels nice and moisturized.

To get the egg off, I splashed my face as many times as it took to get the egg to soften up with lukewarm water. Then I kept splashing to get a fair amount of egg off that way, using my fingernails here and there to gently scrape it off my skin. Next I took a damp wash cloth and lightly wiped my face with it to remove all the egg that it was going to take too long and too much water to remove. Once the egg was gone, my skin felt softer than it started out. It still has some residual itchiness in a couple of spots, and I think there may still be a trace amount in my eyebrow…gonna have to work on that. But, my skin feels great! All soft and smooth.

So, in conclusion, I’m not a fan of straight egg on my face for 30 minutes. But, it does its job, and I’m super excited to try it mixed in with oatmeal and yogurt.

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