How Eggs Can Help Your Skin Look Damn Good

Apparently, eggs are as good for your skin as they are in an omelet. While egg-based skin treatments aren’t necessarily a new trend, the egg is making a revival in the Korean beauty world, with entire product lines, from cleansers and masks to primers and foundations, based on the protein’s beautifying properties. In Korea, “smooth as a boiled egg” means having great skin, which pretty much ties with “smooth as a baby’s bottom” for the weirdest way to compliment someone’s face. I knew the egg-centric beauty trend had reached a peak when I saw a girl rubbing a boiled egg on her post-plastic-surgery face. Yes, in boiled form, eggs are touted as an excellent way to massage away bruises.
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So, what about eggs catapulted them to skin-care stardom? Well, they boast a treasure trove of face-saving compounds. Egg whites contain albumin, a simple form of protein that helps tighten pores and clear blackheads. The yolk is a nutritional powerhouse of proteins, vitamins, and fatty acids. It contains lecithin, which is a natural emulsifying agent and antioxidant, and nearly two-thirds of its sunny mass is lipids, which are great for retaining moisture in skin and hair. A quick Google search for “DIY egg masks” will reveal a number of eggy concoctions involving everything from garlic to bananas, but for those of you who prefer opening bottles to cracking shells, I’ve put all your Korean egg products in one basket.
Keep clicking to see the best beauty products featuring the incredible, edible egg.
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Photo: Via Victoria.
Cleansing Bar
Just as BB cream proliferated — but did not originate — in Korea, Korea’s egg beauty craze was sparked by cult-status Swedish soap Victoria Lanolin-Ägg-Tvål. Korean-beauty power bloggers swear by this simple bar of egg whites, rosewater, and lanolin as an essential step in their daily beauty regimen. I’m not gonna lie: The posts some bloggers put up of the results after one year of use are pretty compelling. #byeacne

The allure of these Swedish suds lies in their simplicity, which allows each component to shine in its efficacy. The egg whites really get to work tightening up the skin and minimizing pores. (Anyone who’s tried an egg-white mask can attest to the uncomfortably tight feeling it leaves behind.) The rosewater and lanolin counter this Botox-y effect, leaving clean skin with a rosy glow.

In addition to cleaning up the face (though it’s not so great for removing heavy makeup), the bar doubles as a mask. Work it up into a rich lather and leave it on for 2 to 5 minutes (you don’t want this mask to dry onto your face). Then, rinse off with warm water. Repeat weekly.
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Photo: Via Holika Holika.
Soap
Holika Holika’s Egg Soaps get pretty literal (and cutesy): They’re egg-shaped and come packaged in egg cartons. The shape is actually quite convenient for working up a lather — though not so great for staying put. I like to keep them in a mesh soap-saver pouch, so they dont go Humpty Dumpty on me. Like their Swedish inspiration, they function as both cleanser and mask.

They come in four varieties. According to Holika Holika, the White Egg Soap tightens pores, the Green Tea Egg Soap moisturizes and enriches skin, the Charcoal Egg Soap draws out excessive sebum, and the Red Clay Egg Soap removes dirt and exfoliates.
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Photo: Via Too Cool for School.
Mousse Soap
Too Cool for School’s Egg Mousse Soap and Egg Mousse Mask are among its top-selling products. The cleanser is so popular in Korea that at Incheon Airport security, it’s the poster product for the “only one aerosol product is allowed per carry-on” warning.
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Photo: Via Too Cool for School.
Mousse Mask
The foaming duo takes all the work out of lathering up a plain ol’ bar of soap. I don’t know what your lathering skills are like, but I don’t think any amount of hand-lathering could produce the rich, whipped-cream consistency these canisters do. The two work similarly to their Swedish cousin by cleansing and tightening pores without leaving the skin feeling taut. The one drawback of this product is that it contains whiteners (as many Korean cosmetics do).
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Photo: Via Too Cool for School.
Cream Mask
Too Cool for School’s other mask, the Egg Cream, features the yolk (the Egg Mousse Mask features egg whites) and comes individually packaged as sheet masks. It hugs your face, depositing nourishing egg-yolk extracts, and is recommended for use following the Egg Mousse Mask, which has more of a tightening, astringent effect. The Egg Cream Mask is next-level, as far as sheet masks go. It’s supersaturated with nutrients and almost slimy (I mean this in the best way), and the hydration boost leaves my skin looking so fresh and recharged that I can go without any makeup for the rest of the day. This is also one of my favorite masks to wear in the office for a bit of refreshment and excitement (have a coworker walk in on you, and you’ll get what I mean).
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Photo: Via Skinfood.
Pore Foam
Drugstore beauty brand SkinFood offers the widest range of egg-focused products, with several different lines featuring cleansers, cleansing wipes, facial masks, hair masks, serums, and pore primers. The number-one performer is, of course, another egg cleanser, Egg White Pore Foam Cleanser.

Egg-white cleansers are well-loved for how fresh and clean they leave the face feeling. For the price, SkinFood’s version is a winner because it cleans without drying out the face and produces impressive lather for its size. Just a pea-sized amount bubbles up beautifully. Charlotte of SokoGlam uses it as part of her two-step cleansing routine.
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Photo: Via Skinfood.
Pore Gel Base
Don’t be distracted by the whole “black egg” thing; it’s just the name of a line that focuses on minimizing pores. The tiny, 25-gram tube of gel pore primer contains albumin and glides with a velvety finish just onto the areas where it’s needed, like the nose or cheeks. Its beige-ish tone helps conceal pores. The end result is pleasantly bright and smooth skin prepped for a hit of foundation or BB.
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Photo: Via Skinfood.
Pore Mask
Last mask, I swear. For just $15, SkinFood packed a mask so lush, I was almost convinced it would taste great on a bagel. A little bit goes a long way, and unlike other egg-white masks mentioned in this article, this one doesn’t require lathering. Rather, you paint it onto your face and let it dry like a clay mask. I recommend using a spatula to dispense the product, since dipping your hand in there isn’t so hygienic, and the tub tends to last a few months if used weekly.
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Photo: Via TonyMoly.
Cleansing Foam
Tony Moly has an egg-devoted line of skin-care products similar to SkinFood's in its offerings. The brand’s foaming cleanser sets itself apart from the pack with little exfoliating beads — and its smell. Now, I like the cleanser. It cleans as cleansers do, but the smell is slightly off-putting, though not strong enough to make me axe it from my recommendations. It’s an eggy whiff that rinses right off with warm water. Smell or no smell, its loyal following sings of its pore-reducing powers.
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