New Age Natural Beauty Through Crystals

They say that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through the stomach. For the woman, it’s an entirely different thing. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but diamond, silver, and other precious gems are her skin’s new go-to pal. A woman’s wants and needs may lean toward the more expensive materials. Once reserved only for jewelry, precious metals and stones now appear in a variety of skin and hair care products such as garnet exfoliants, gold facials, and amethyst-infused scalp oils. These add a touch of luxury to your conventional beauty routine and may even help delay the early signs of aging. But could all this bling be worth your entire beauty budget?

Just because these stones glitter doesn’t necessarily mean they’re worth their pound in gold in skincare products. While there may be truth to the claims written on the back of the labels, it’s not enough to justify you blowing your budget to embarrassing proportions. But you also know that the tiny crystals of these precious stones can exfoliate your skin and clear your pores.

Whether your product contains ruby, garnet, amethyst, or even a more common mineral such as salt, the end goal remains true: to slough off the top layer of dead skin cells. If you’re skin is unable to naturally shed off its cells, the enzymes you have no longer work, and in the end, your skin appears dull and dry. When you exfoliate, you’re helping your skin along in its natural process. And while science on how these gems affect the skin is till hazy, some experts attest to the stones. An old technique otherwise known as lithotherapy uses gemstones as part of the healing process. Today, this is still used by some practitioners of holistic medicine. According to their beliefs, stones and crystals emit different vibrations, which have good effects on your bodies and skin.

Some of these precious metals can actually stay on your skin, so this means that their healing qualities stay long enough to make a difference. The best time to put any kind of rejuvenating preparation is at night. It’s when you sleep can your skin easily absorb these ingredients. According to the experts, certain metals and elements can have an antioxidant, anti-aging affect by neutralizing free radicals, while others have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities to fortify your skin’s defenses.

According to some, jade and tourmaline emit infrared radiation that has shown promising results for many women. This may eventually protect your skin against ultraviolet-light-induced aging. Copper, on the other hand, is most frequently used in skincare concoctions because it supports collagen repair and evens out discoloration.

In some countries, people use amber to smooth, nourish, and add elasticity to the skin, as well as protect it from the sun’s damaging rays. But for now, the most precious one still is gold. This is said to have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Whether the mineral similarly benefits the skin remains to be seen, but spa services worldwide have definitely added this to their menu. So, whatever jewel-infused product you choose, you can still enjoy the little touch of luxury it provides. Gold in a jar has definitely replaced the necklace.

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Updated: October 29, 2012 — 11:43 pm

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