My first memories of learning about beauty involve my maternal Grandmother. I always loved her style, she had a good sense of humor, gave really good hugs, and she stuck to a good skincare routine for years. When I was ten years old she taught me the importance of cleansing and moisturizing twice a day. I haven’t look back since. She also taught me the importance of never leaving the house without lipstick.
I have noticed some really cool new beauty trends and awesome products floating through social media over the past month that I can’t wait to try and review here on Sage Beauty, but honestly they are not that new to me. I decided to share some “trends” that my Grams shared with me years ago. She was all about beauty way before Facebook.
Eggs Masks (Hair and Face!)
One of my grandmother’s favorite hair treatments was eggs. At the age of nine I did not truly appreciate how amazing this ingredient was for my hair. She would mix eggs with a little mayonnaise, and sometimes some oil. Doing this mask weekly made my young, super thick curly hair shiny and easier to detangle. She would tell me “This will stop your hair from breaking”. Grams was right. Eggs are a super food packed with oodles of protein which helps to strengthen hair and give shine. I found a few really good recipes on Pinterest that are similar to the concoction of my girlhood. Here is one to try at home and you can find it online here.
As I grew up and became concerned with those pesky monthly hormonal breakouts, in addition to breakouts from studying for finals, Grams told me to put pure egg yolk on my face. I was like “Egg Yolk?” As a face mask, it provides antibacterial benefits, helps to even out skin tone, and tighten the pores. I have put straight egg yolk on my face with a flat foundation brush, let it dry, then rinsed it off. My skin looks bright and tight afterwards! This is a dream come true after the age of 30. Egg yolks also contain Vitamin B3 which helps to reduce inflammation, and Vitamin A which helps with dryness. I have also discovered lots of cool new products that are egg based so please stay tuned for a review on those in the coming weeks.
Sometimes I like to experiment and add other super foods for added benefits. Here is one recipe I found online and you can read about it here.
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon olive oil (sometimes I use coconut oil)
- 1 ripe banana
- In a clean bowl, mash the banana with a fork until you have a lump-free paste.
- Add the olive oil and egg yolk and mix until smooth.
- Apply the mask to your clean face and wait for 15 minutes.
- After the time is up, rinse off the mixture with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel.
Castor Oil for Your Hair and Lashes.
I see a lot of posts on social media about Castor Oil and it’s numerous benefits for hair, skin, and lashes. When I started wearing makeup my grandmother told me put a little drop of Castor Oil on my lashes before bed to help them grow and stay soft. Castor Oil is great for hair and lash growth because it contains Omega-6 essential fatty acids, helps to fight dandruff, stimulates hair growth, and moisturizes. I find that since it is so much thicker than my gold standard favorite, Coconut Oil, I recommend using it sparingly around the eye area. I start by removing all my makeup, applying my eye cream, then I take a q-tip and lightly apply a little bit on my upper lash line. Occasionally I will mix some coconut oil and castor together to remove my eye liner and treat my lashes in one step if I’m very tired. I have noticed that my lashes never come out any more and they are a little bit thicker. When I do my egg mask for my hair, I sometimes add Castor Oil. The brand Shea Moisture has a whole category of hair care products using Castor Oil. You can check them out here.
I have heard that Castor Oil is also good for regrowing brows, but I have never tried it on my eyebrows. If you have achieved better brows with Castor Oil, please leave a comment below on how it worked for you. If you have never used Castor Oil before I suggest doing a quick patch test behind your ear just to make sure it agrees with your skin.
I hope you liked these tips from my Grams. From time to time I will be sharing other beauty secrets that she handed down to me. I would love to know a beauty secret that you learned from your grandmother so leave it in the comments below.