Eggs are common in most cultures and apart of our daily lives. Consumed as a breakfast meal, afternoon dish or tea snack mostly used in cakes or cookies, this staple ingredient is known for its high levels of natural protein such as phosphorus, calcium, zinc and potassium. Some researchers have even noted that there are up to 69 major protein types in eggs which may or not be termed temporarily or have longer benefits for our skin and body.
As we begin to age, our body produces less sebum which is the oil that helps keep the skin moisturized, the fat layer under the skin also lessens causing a thin skin which may appear gaunt and lead to wrinkles. Many dermatologists and skin experts suggests that the protein in egg whites helps to reduce wrinkles and when applied on the skin functions as a great agent to both tighten and firm up the skin.
Although yet to be proven for permanent effects, it is found that Vitamin A in eggs may assist in the general healing of the skin and reduce fine lines. Likewise with people who have acne or skin scarring may consider using egg whites to heal the skin. Dark scarring from blemishes can be lightened with the right use of egg whites which is applied onto the skin.
In healing and lightening of the skin, researchers have investigated that the enzymes in egg whites actually forms as a source of lightener, the lysozymes in egg white is about 20 times more active than the natural skin lightener kojic acid. These enzymes can help to prevent oxidation and browning of the skin.
Whilst this is mainly meant for the use of egg whites, scientist do not advise egg yolks to be applied on the skin as the yellow color in the yolks contain a pigment known as xanthene which may react to the hydrogen peroxide released by acne bacteria which can cause your skin to be sensitive to the sun.
The interaction between the skin’s natural salt and albumin in egg whites also suggests the effects of having a firmer and tighter outcome when applied onto the skin.
This high in protein natural food type also contains plenty of vitamins and minerals, such as B Complex and Selenium which is good for our bodies. Selenium can help to prevent the hardening of arteries and prevent certain types of cancers if taken regularly.
B Complex vitamins are great for the development of red blood cells in the body and promoting the right distribution of energy throughout the body’s system.
When consuming eggs without the yolk, egg whites are known to contain no fat or cholesterol and in fact helps to reduce cholesterol levels in our bodies. When preparing a meal or using eggs as a baking agent we sometimes still need the yolk for taste or its other benefits, a great way to do balance the both is to have more whites than yolk.
It is found that the natural proteins in egg whites can be easily absorbed by the body compared to other protein foods like in meat or protein shakes. Like with most food or liquids, our bodies sometimes is unable to absorbed enough food nutrients or its then flushed out or wasted.
A research also says that with the whites, one can lose weight and because it helps to boost energy levels, many people who are on a diet or gym goers look to eggs as a form of constant diet.
However because of production chemicals, traces of hormones, pesticides or herbicides that are present in today’s farming of eggs, in order to avoid any damaged or unforeseen skin or body reaction it is safer to apply or consume organically produced eggs.
Everyone reacts differently to specific food types whether applied or consumed, as with eggs that is also known as an allergen, few with allergic reaction may experience redness, itching or swelling of the skin.
Thus, when consuming or applying anything on the skin, it’s always good to know our skin and body, with great knowledge and a healthy balance, we’re most likely to enjoy the best benefits.