If you’re only scrambling, poaching, and frying your eggs, you are missing out.

Eggs have tremendous benefits for your hair and skin. “Eggs contain collagen, and it is absorbed topically,” explains Sandra Bontempo, owner of Free Range Skincare. Sandra’s line of skin care products are made using eggs from her own backyard chickens and sold at Legacy Village, Heinen’s, Mustard Seed Market, and through her website, freerangeskincare.com.

sandraSandra claims that putting a little egg on your face will help increase hydration and elasticity of the skin. As far as hair goes, “the keratin in the egg penetrates and strengthens hair,” she says.

Though Sandra is a fourth-generation soap, cream, and lotion maker, she didn’t prioritize her home hobby until her son, Joey, was born with allergies to traditional soaps. When she could no longer use products filled with ingredients she couldn’t pronounce, she called her mom, who shared the family secrets for skin-care products.

21841933023_198073acae_oNot just any eggs will do. “There is a direct correlation to the care of the hens and how much Vitamin A they produce,” says Sandra, who treats her hens just like one of the family. When hens are raised in mass production farms, they aren’t feed the omnivorous diet needed for their eggs to produce the same health benefits you’ll find with small-batch egg farms.

Sandra has turned her egg filled skin and hair treatments into a successful business. Not only will you find her in stores throughout Northeast Ohio, you’ll also find her running a booth at local events. She visits farmers markets, health expos, and Night Market Cleveland’s Bad Girl Venturessponsored tent, to discuss and demonstrate her products.

Sandra was a Spring 2016 Finalist in the Bad Girl Ventures program that helps women in Cincinnati and Northeast Ohio launch and grow their small businesses. As a finalist, she had access to local mentors and nine weeks of courses that helped her springboard her already thriving business to new levels. Her healthy, wholesome arsenal now ranges from an Extra-Gentle Cleansing Bar to a Volcanic Ash Eczema Cream and a Joint Comfort Care Salve that helps people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

If you’re looking for some homemade skin and hair care solutions, or you are seeking creative new ways to use your Spice Acres Egg Share, then try these: 

Egg Facial

Ingredients:
one egg white

Directions:
Whip egg white until frothy and apply to your face and neck, avoiding eyes and lips. Wait until the egg drys on your face (10-20mns), then rinse off using lukewarm water

Egg Eye Cream

Ingredients:
one egg white

Directions:
Apply a thin layer of egg white directly to the area underneath the eye. Leave it for 10 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

 

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Egg whites are said not only to tighten the skin, but reduce redness and inflation, and stop breakouts. While these remedies might seem like just old wives’ tales, eggs have been used in beauty products for millennia. Chinese women were making fingernail polish with eggs in 3000 B.C., and by 1300 A.D. women in England used egg white on their skin to make it look lighter. But what’s the science behind applying egg white to your face work to help puffy eyes? It’s the lutein in the egg white that helps tighten the skin.

Applying egg to your face can treat numerous skin issues depending on what you mix it with. Combining egg whites with a packet of oatmeal can do wonders for oily skin, while egg yolk and a tablespoon of olive oil can improve dry skin. If you’re looking for glowing skin, mix egg yolk with a little yogurt and honey, apply to skin, and let dry before rinsing with warm water.

Looking to spruce up your hair? Sandra recommends putting egg white combined with a few drops of tea tree oil on your scalp to get rid of dandruff.

Hair Growth Remedy

Ingredients:
one egg
1 tbsp of olive oil

Directions:
Beat egg with oil and apply to clean, towel-dried hair. Let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and condition.

Volume and Shine Treatment

Ingredients:
one egg
one lemon

Directions:
Juice lemon and blend with egg, then apply to dry hair. Let sit for 30 minutes, then shampoo.

Why can’t I just take a supplement to get the same effect? Sandra cites the Physician’s Desk Reference, which claims that the skin-improving proteins in eggs, when taken in supplement form, are only absorbed by 10%, compared to 60% when applied topically.

The ethics behind what we put in our skincare products are just as important as the ethics of what we eat. Next time you feel a breakout coming on or see a few dandruff flakes on your shoulder, reach for an egg before venturing to the corner pharmacy. If you need a little pampering to relax or feel good, the remedy might be in your fridge instead of in an expensive laboratory-produced serum.

Maybe getting a little egg on your face isn’t so bad after all.