The Surprisingly Effective Skincare Ingredient You Probably Had for Breakfast
Getting caught with egg on your face just took on a whole new meaning: The breakfast food is having a moment by way of a new trend in Korean skincare products.
“Egg whites as a mask or alone can temporarily appear to tighten pores and even reduce oil production,” says New York City dermatologist Neal Schultz, M.D. "That's because the proteins in egg whites act as tensors which contract pores instantly.” Intrigued? We sure were. So we grabbed three staffers to try the most promising pore-shrinking formulas—and if we do say so ourselves, the results were pretty eggcellent (sorry, we couldn't resist).
Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack
Don’t let the fancy title fool you: In the world of Korean beauty, pack is just another word for mask. And this particular version—new to the US via Sephora—has just about the coolest texture of any we’ve tried. Our tester described it as meringue-like, and loved how easily the frothy formula smoothed on her skin. Thanks to a healthy dose of the egg white extract, a five-minute application left her with a noticeably more poreless complexion. ($20; sephora.com)
TonyMoly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm
This primer—infused with egg whites and oil-zapping camellia extract—felt like silk on our tester's complexion. The cherry on top? Her makeup went on smoothly and lasted well through the workday. ($17; urbanoutfitters.com)
Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser
If you’re all about face washes that leave you with a squeaky-clean feeling, you’ll love this foamy, egg white-enriched version. Our tester says it left her oily skin feeling refreshed but not the least bit tight. The pleasant scent—like “freshly-washed linens,” she reports—made the experience all the more enjoyable. ($23; peachandlily.com)