This was a super-fun experiment! However it was truly an experiment; I would definitely do a few things differently, noted below the picture.
For your face:
Purpose: Remove dead skin; tighten pores
- 2 packets Knox plain gelatin*
- 1 lemon
- 1 egg white*
- 1/2 c green tea (brewed)
Directions: Brew the tea, and add gelatin, stirring to dissolve. Juice the lemon and stir that in too. Crack an egg over a separate bowl, only letting the white spill out. Discard the shell and yolk (or save to pump up a scramble!). Take 1/4 c from the tea/gelatin/juice mixture and add it to the egg white. Mix it together thoroughly – this is your mask! Over the sink, rub a layer onto your face. After 5 minutes, apply another layer – repeat a third time to make it really thick, then let it dry completely. Peel off from the edges. Wash your face with warm water to get any remaining bits off (and, maybe plan to wash your hair after this too!).
Funny observation: It will get really tight on your face as it dries. If you smile or laugh, it will crack, however, it is nearly impossible not to smile or laugh at some point in the process, especially if you’re doing it with a friend. :) The process of cracking it makes it harder to pull off in large pieces, but does have the same effect of exfoliating your skin.
Why it works: The green tea is soothing, and the egg whites will tighten your pores. Lemon contains vitamin C, which will (allegedly) brighten your skin. The physical action of peeling will remove any loose cells as you take off the mask.
*What I would do differently next time: Even with 3 coats, the mask got a little too stiff and it was difficult to pull of large sections. I think this could be due to the gelatin to egg white ratio, so I think 3 packets of gelatin would help. Either that or only use half the egg white. But more gelatin might be helpful for the fruit gummies, too. Let me know what you think when you try it!
For you to eat:
- 1 c fresh or frozen berries
- 1/2 c applesauce (unsweetened)
- 1/2 c cranberry or other berry-like juice
- 1/4 c water
- remaining green tea/gelatin/lemon mixture from the recipe above (NOT the part your put on your face with the egg white in it!)
Directions: Over the stove, heat the water and berries until boiling and simmer for 5 minutes. Puree this mixture in a blender or with a hand mixer. Add the applesauce and bring to a boil again, then remove from heat. Add the juice to the green tea/gelatin/lemon mixture, and then stir into the pureed berries. Pour into a baking dish and allow to set in the fridge for several hours until gelled, then cut into cubes. Note that you can eat them as is, or smoosh them to be jam on toast!
What I would do differently next time: Use cranberries instead of mixed berries! The consistency is perfect for cranberry sauce :)
I used versions of these recipes from the below sites, so check them out if you want more in depth info on either one!