Yes, you read that correctly, I do actually use eggshells on my face. Before you write me off as completely crazy, let me explain; once they’re ground up into a fine powder they are absolutely amazing as a face scrub! A fine, gritty powder which is perfect for clearing out all the pores in the skin, especially those annoying ones around the nose which just seem to be dirt magnets.
I like this for a few reasons; it uses up a resource which otherwise would just get thrown away. It’s much finer (and gentler) than anything like an almond face scrub – which personally I’ve always found far too abrasive – and it only cost me a few minutes to make.
How to Make It:
- First, try to break the eggs open as cleanly as possible. I know this part can be hard, especially with factory eggs which are crazy brittle, but if the eggshells do crumble a little don’t worry about it. Just collect all the pieces, take them over to the sink and if the pieces are really small, maybe work over a sieve.
- Turn the tap on, keep the water pressure low and try to pinch the inner membrane between your fingers, you can normally find this along the edge of the broken shell. Pull this out and hold the eggshell under the tap so that the water can push its way between the eggshell and the membrane. This should make the whole process of removing the membrane a lot easier.
- If the membrane rips, don’t worry about it. Just keep going till you’ve peeled off as much as possible. Next, to get the last little pieces still stuck on the inside of the eggshell, rub your fingers along the eggshell till the membrane rubs off and the inside is clean.
- Now leave it out to dry. I normally put them out on a plate on the windowsill and grind them up the next morning.
- Once dry, get a mortar and pestle (0r a food processor) and grind up the shells until they’re a fine powder. That’s it.
But why remove the membrane?
Here’s the thing, you don’t have to. If I was planning on throwing these into the compost I would leave the membrane and make sure that goodness ends up back in the soil, but there are two reasons I remove it;
- If I leave it attached, the eggshells can get a little ‘pulpy’ when I grind them up, and it takes a little longer to grind up properly.
- Normally I’ll save up 5-8 eggs before I grind them up so that I can make a large batch of powder, store it, and then use it up over the following weeks. If I’ve removed the membrane and washed the eggshells thoroughly they keep just fine, if I don’t…well, I guess you could still use it, but the eggy smell is not the nicest thing to work with.
A Few Different Ways I Use It:
- The simplest way is just on it’s own with water. Cup a little water in your hand (or a small bowl), pour out some shell powder into the water till you have a paste and gently work it into your skin.
- Add a few oils to the eggshells – don’t add water if you do this – my favorites are rosehip oil, evening primrose oil or hemp butter, and rub into the skin. I love doing this right before I go to sleep, especially if I’m trying to use up some of the oils which leave my skin feeling amazing, but don’t smell that nice – I’m looking at you sea buckthorn oil. It works the oils into my skin, sloughs off the dead skin and you wake up with a plump, soft face.
And that’s pretty much it. A simple, frugal and amazingly effective way to exfoliate your skin. Oh, and if you make a little too much or decide you don’t want to use up the rest of the shell powder, just throw it in the compost or sprinkle it around your plants. It’ll do wonders to your plants (especially any tomatoes) and they compost much better if they’re broken down rather than just thrown in the compost bin.