When it comes to beauty, there's pretty much nothing that we won't try if it can help us save a few bucks. Skincare products can be expensive, and when you're on a budget it can be pretty tempting to try DIY ideas that claim to give you fast, cheap results. Every now and then, influencers and bloggers start talking about one thing in particular which then suddenly explodes into a widespread trend. The latest beauty hack? Using raw egg as an instant eyelift. It quickly gained widespread popularity because, well, who doesn't have eggs in the kitchen?
New York-based blogger Lizbeth Eduia was one of the patrons of the cause, claiming the results were similar to botox. All you have to do, she claimed, was apply egg white to wrinkles or bags under the eye and watch the skin become tighter and firmer. There's a lot of talk from other sources that the simple solution can shrink pores - but in fact, there's not a lot of truth in it. Egg white does tighten and dry out the skin, but it's only temporary. As soon as you wash it or peel it off, the results are gone. Other industry experts have tried the hack themselves and called it a disappointment, but it goes beyond that.
According to cosmetic surgeon Christopher Inglefield of the London Bridge Plastic Surgery clinic, messing around with egg whites is a dangerous business. Not only is it pointless, he argues, but it could also encourage the spread of some nasty bacteria such as salmonella, and in some cases, cause food poisoning. When you're cooking with eggs, you should wash your hands immediately after your hands come into contact with the raw whites, just like you would with chicken. Walking around with egg white on your face all day means that you could be constantly spreading it around.
So, in short, ditch the egg white and look for a specialized product designed for the purpose. It'll be worth it in the end.