Step inside my 750 square foot home and the first thing you'll notice is that we have a lot of beer.
At any given time we have beer bottles lining the dishwasher (an attempt to sterilize them), an entire closet filled with empty and full bottles, and a fridge that contains approximately 25 percent beer. Also, our backyard has two kegs and our living room has several five-gallon buckets of beer.
No, we do not live in a makeshift fraternity house. I don't even drink that much beer. The reason for our plentiful supply? My husband brews and has been doing so for nearly three years. It's a "boy bonding" activity that he and his friends do on the weekends when it's cool enough to regulate temps.
Since we don't drink a lot, we have way too much beer on our hands. I've written about this dilemma before when I gave myself a beer hair rinse. Other ways we use our excess beer is by cooking or baking with it. Favorites thus far have included honey-wheat beer rolls and a stout pizza crust.
Recently, I've been using the surplus to make an acne-fighting beer facial. The ingredients are egg white, beer, and honey.
The yeast in the beer helps regulate your skin's pH levels and also targets bacteria. Honey is an antibacterial and antiseptic ingredient; it fights acne while moisturizing the skin. The egg white works as an emulsifying agent for the ingredients, but it also soothes irritated skin and tightens pores. Here's how you put it together:
2 tablespoons beer
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg white
STEP 1: Pour two tablespoons of beer into a bowl.
STEP 2: Add a tablespoon of honey.
STEP 3: Add the egg white. You can use an egg separator, but I just transfer the yolk back and forth between the two shell halves until the yolk is completely separated.
STEP 4: Whisk until the mixture is well combined and frothy.
Use a cotton ball, tissue, or makeup pad to apply the mixture to your entire face. You will have some left over, but this should store for a couple of days in an airtight container. You can also use it on other areas affected by acne, including your neck, chest, or back.
Let it set for about 10 to 15 minutes. It will dry pretty quickly, so you don't have to worry about spreading beer/honey/egg goo everywhere.
After the time has elapsed, rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. Here's my after!
I have been dealing with a serious case of bad skin after using a product that didn't agree with me, but it is mostly healed at this point. Other than the acne scars, my skin looks super glowy and radiant. Thanks, beer!