Calamansi and Egg White for Skin Care

September 3, 2009 by  
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These kitchen regulars do not only make useful ingredients to a satisfying meal. They also double as natural remedies to skin problems and as beauty enhancers. They I just say the magic word? Yep, beauty with a capital B. If that got your vain self more interested in knowing how, read on.

My 13 year old niece asked for my help in an investigatory project she had at school. She wanted to prove if calamansi and egg whites had beneficial effects on the skin, thus she enlisted us as her guinea pigs. The idea of dabbing citrus on my face scared me. Not out of fear of turning my face sour, but due its acidic nature which may be irritating. Then I remembered the recent routine that I apply daily on my skin consists of acid nonetheless. I’ve been putting glycolic acid to facilitate exfoliation and skin renewal to get rid of my pesky acne pock marks.

Calamansi as a Fruit Acid

Glycolic acid is classified under alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), a group of naturally occurring chemicals derived from fruits. Sugar cane, beets, pineapple and grapes are common sources. Calamansi (citrus microcarpa bunge), likewise, is a rich source of fruit acids. AHAs are widely used in the cosmetic industry. Owing to their acidity and solubility, they penetrate the skin and loosen the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together, hence allowing exfoliation.

As we may know, dead skin cells contribute to acne formation by blocking the pores. They also give the skin an uneven texture. While Calamansi is being promoted as a skin whitener, the lightening effects may be mostly due to its exfoliating effects, revealing a fresher and smoother layer of skin.

Fruit acids do not only exert a peeling effect on the skin but also stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin on the dermal layer, which are diminished as we grow older. In addition, the anti-oxidant properties of fruit acids fight off free radicals which give our skin a worn out look. By attaching itself to the free radicals, we are saved from further damage to the skin cells, lessening premature wrinkles and age spots. Whether as an acne treatment or beauty enhancer, fruit acids are shown to be beneficial in our unending quest for beauty.

The Miracles of Egg White

There’s more to egg whites than melting in our mouths as a delectable meringue. For the beauty savvy, I am certain that you’ve heard about its use as a facial mask. Although there is a lack of scientific evidence proving the efficacy of this technique, the positive testimonials from women who have tried using egg whites in beauty rituals are not to be ignored.

Egg whites contain around 40 different proteins dissolved in water, among which, albumin comprises the most part. The skin- clearing properties of egg whites may be partly attributed to the lysozyme, an enzyme which digests bacterial cell wall, thereby fighting acne. This enzyme has also been used as an ingredient to prevent food spoilage.

The egg white contains the enzyme hydrolysate which promotes the synthesis of hyaluronic acid in fibroblasts at the dermis. Fibroblasts, in turn, produce collagen. Simply put, egg whites have amazing anti-aging properties.

Tightening and shrunken pores are noticed immediately after the application of this protein-rich poultry product to the skin. Whether or not it has long term beneficial effects, it remains to be seen.

The base pH of the egg white makes it an effective neutralizing component in facial masks utilizing other natural products like the calamansi (note: although the pH of lemon is acidic, it is considered an alkalinizing food when taken in because of the chemical reactions inside the body). With the combination of the effects resulting from both ingredients, they make quite a powerful skin care tandem.

So how do you apply this natural skin care regimen? Find out on my next post. Til then!



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11 Comments on "Calamansi and Egg White for Skin Care"

  1. Calamansi and Egg White for Skin Care | The Doctor is vaIN | Best Facial Masks on Fri, 4th Sep 2009 2:18 pm 

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  2. muskeln on Mon, 14th Sep 2009 9:28 pm 

    Nice information here. I like it.
    Well I ever use egg’s whites in my face pack.It gives amazing glow on skin. It is good for skin care.
    Thanks for sharing such nice information here. I liked to visit this site.

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  4. ginny on Wed, 28th Oct 2009 11:04 am 

    nice!thanks for your information,i never used the egg to care skin,i’m very amazing.i will have a try.
    maybe you guys like this site http://www.longevity-club.com/2009/10/19/how-to-remove-blackheads-and-prevent-future-outbreaks/
    it’s really cool

  5. annie on Sat, 12th Dec 2009 11:52 am 

    i like this non taxing procedure of skin whitening, using raw materials that can easily be found in the surroundings. love it!!!

  6. rea on Tue, 12th Jan 2010 11:52 am 

    this is for investigatory report of my brother in school.

  7. Haze on Sat, 24th Jul 2010 8:24 am 

    Hello! I tried this twice already. I normally do not get pimples but i got a facial and then i started getting pimples. I heard about calamansi and it’s whitening anti-ageing properties so I gave it a try. I have sensitive skin so I use it once a week.

  8. MUA In Scrubs on Tue, 27th Jul 2010 11:25 pm 

    @haze:thanks for sharing!

  9. nadz on Thu, 24th Feb 2011 10:07 am 

    can I do it everyday?

  10. MUA In Scrubs on Thu, 24th Feb 2011 11:24 am 

    suggested is 3x a week to allow your skin to adjust to the peeling and to observe for unfavorable reactions. but then, it’s your call.. use it everyday as you please but at your own risk.

  11. Skylar on Tue, 25th Sep 2012 11:41 am 

    I always use Calamansi with a drop of Sunflower or Coconut oil and it reduces my the size of my pimples and lightens my skin.
    Upon reading this, I would like to try the Egg White Routine.
    Can I combine Calamansi and Muscovado?
    Do you know the percentage of AHA in Calmansi?


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