Pore Therapy + Vanilla Meringues

Happy #SkinEditionSunday!  Time to relax and give yourself some care and attention.

Egg whites are “known” the internet over to even skin tone, reduce oil, tighten skin (temporarily) and shrink pores…all of which I experienced with this little egg facial myself.  Add to that the fact that eggs are dirt cheap (at $3 a dozen, that comes out to a mere $0.25 per egg!) and a great source of other nutrients like protein, choline, and even the elusive vitamin D, and you have a perfect Skin Edition contender.  You can bask in your glowing, tight skin, with a cup of tea and some meringue cookies just like the ladies in high end spas who shell out $95 for a facial.  And, this is the simplest Skin Ed recipe yet!

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 c sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Separate the egg whites from the yolks in two separate bowls.

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Using a hand mixer, whip the whites they’re foamy and form soft peaks

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Set aside a small amount (about a 2″ cookie’s worth) for your skin.

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Apply to your clean face over a sink, and rinse off with warm water about 15 minutes later, or when the whites have dried.

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To the rest of the whites, blend in the cream of tartar.  Add the sugar a little at a time to allow it to incorporate evenly.  About halfway through adding sugar, add vanilla.  Batter will be ready when it feels stiff and looks glossy.

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Gently spoon onto a baking sheet – I always use my silicon liner, which prevents sticking and makes for easy removal – spacing evenly.  I got 20 small cookies from this much batter.

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They’ll naturally all look unique and cute.  Put the baking sheet in the oven and close the door.  Then – now this  is important! – turn the oven OFF!  Do NOT reopen it.  Leave the cookies in there for 2 hours.  You can also do this overnight, or when you’re about to run out and do errands.  If your oven is kind of crappy, like mine, leave it on for the first 2-3 minutes and then turn it off.  The heat inside will bake them without burning and let them crisp up as the oven gradually cools.  I enjoyed mine with some unsweetened tea – they are super sugary, 2 tsp of sugar for each little one!  I think it helps keep portion size to one or two when you dress it up with a nice plate and mug…what’s that, you like the mug?  Why thanks, I made it…and in fact could make you one, if you’d like…my Etsy store is called StonewareBySarah and is always open for custom requests!

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