Everyone is doing facial masks, as well as selfying themselves wearing one, whether the mask is clay, peel-off, cream etc. I have been doing facial masks since I was a teenager, Back then, whether you were male or female, one would go into hiding for 30 minutes lest being discovered participating in such a vanity. I’m including one of myself for this blog and it will be my last and only “facial selfie”. I promise.
There are hundreds of facial masks on the market, all with the underlying goal of creating a cleaner, younger (smoother) looking complexion. Over the years, I have tried many types of facials and masks, both professional and at home, yet I still return to the facial I picked up from my Mother when I was a teenager. My Mom had great skin and several simple, straight forward beauty regimens. One of these regime’s was an Egg Facial. There are a few other element’s which go into this procedure, which I will discuss in a bit.
I remember seeing my Mother doing this facial when I was a pre-teen, probably in the late 1970’s, though I never made a connection to where she may have picked up on the idea until recently.
Way Bandy was the most famous make-up artist of the 1970’s and 80’s. His work was featured in editorials for Cosmopolitan, Harpers Bazaar and Vogue and he frequently collaborated with famed fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo. Bandy’s client list included Lauren Hutton, Brooke Shields, Margaux Hemingway, Farrah Fawcett, Cher, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor and Lee Radziwill, basically anyone who was anyone in the 1970’s. Of course, anyone with that list of beauty “cred” is going to write a book. That book being Designing Your Face : An Illustrated Guide to Using Cosmetics by Way Bandy, published in 1977. Sadly, Bandy became a victim of the AIDS crisis, passing away in 1986. Ironically, he passed away a few months after doing Nancy Reagan’s makeup for a Harpers Bazaar photo spread.
Well, I made the connection a few years ago that a copy of Way Bandy’s first book was under the TV cabinet in my parent’s bedroom, along with other popular titles of the period such as Rich Man Poor Man, The Day of the Jackal, Jaws and Once is Not Enough. I remember liking to look at the illustrations of simply sketched women’s faces overlaid with crimson arrow’s noting wear to apply powder, pencil or cream.
Evidently, Bandy always insisted his client’s skin be clean and in the best condition possible before applying any make-up and his recommended regime for skincare included an Egg Facial. Clearly, this is where my Mother picked up her Egg Facial habit.
As stated previously, I have been doing this facial since I was a teenager. My husband, Simon tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and was extremely pleased with the results.
You will need a few ingredients, all of which can be purchased in the grocery store:
Natural Greek Yogurt Unflavored
Fine Ground Corn Meal
Apple Cider Vinegar
Coconut Oil – My Mother would sometimes substitute Baby Oil, as Coconut Oil was not always easily found in the 70’s and 80’s. Of course, now you can get it everywhere.
Start with clean, skin freshly washed with warm water. Gently massage one teaspoon of coconut oil on entire face, including neck, focusing on gently massaging in a circular motion around the eyes for 2-3 minutes. Remove oil with a warm cloth.
Apply one tablespoon of yogurt to entire face and neck, massaging with the same technique as with the oil for 2 minutes. Make a paste of one teaspoon of cornmeal and few drops of water in the palm of your hand and gently massage into your face on top of the layer of yogurt. Massage for 1 minute. I find it best to perform this step leaning over the sink, as some of the cornmeal will drop off your face as you massage.
Separate one Egg. In a small bowl, mix together the egg yolk, one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of yogurt. In another small bowl, lightly beat the egg white until it’s a bubbly consistency. Place the yolk mixture over the entire face, eyelids and neck. If you have an oily area (for men it is often the nose and/or forehead) avoid applying the yolk on the oily area and apply the egg white instead. Now relax for 25-30 minutes while the mask tightens and dries. It will get very tight, do not smile or move your face.
Fill a basin with cool water and a teaspoon on apple cider vinegar and rinse face until clean.
Finish with a bit of your favorite moisturizer. I promise your skin will be incredibly smooth and soft.
Note: If you are pressed for time and want to give your skin a quick lift, skip Steps 1 and 2. Wash your face with warm water and then directly applying the beaten and separated eggs (with no additional ingredients) to your skin. Apply yolk to the dry regions and white to the oily regions of your face. Let mask harden for 20 minutes and rinse in cold water.