Five Best Precious Minerals in Skincare: 2012
A year ago, Marta wondered whether gold was a new standard in skincare. She was seeing gold flecks in anti-aging potions and hearing about “gold thread facelifts.” The idea was that gold compounds minimized collagen depletion, boosted elasticity, and plumped and firmed the skin. But was there really anything to back these claims? When Marta dug a little deeper, she found that gold was used to treat arthritis, an inflammatory disease. By working as an anti-inflammatory, this precious metal may very well help keep chronic inflammation, one of the many causes of aging, at bay. One product that has passed Marta’s scrutiny is Prana Spaceuticals AU 24K Gold Serum ($96 in the shop). She says it “does an excellent job of plumping and smoothing the skin, fading fine lines and it even calms redness and seems to minimize broken veins.” It’s worth noting that all that glitters in the serum isn’t gold – it gets some help from Matrixyl 3000, Matrixyl, pentapeptide-18 and acetyl hexapeptide-8. Read Marta’s full review.
Marta has touted great results (immediate skin plumping and a reduction in wrinkles around her mouth and eyes) from a platinum facial, which involved the use of a powerful blend of stem cells and platinum being applied by her esthetician via the dermarolling technique. Marta noted that platinum (in certain chemical forms) is used in cancer treatments to inhibit the division of living cells. Therefore, in a skincare treatment, it may similarly give a boost to aging skin cells.
Tourmaline and Amethyst
Copley gave us the scoop on tourmaline in skincare a few years ago. Since then, a few more products have cropped up with gemstones of one type or another. Copley explains that as an energizing stone, tourmaline “is believed to vitalize the skin, making it appear more radiant and youthful. When tourmaline crystals warm as they are rubbed onto skin, they become positively charged on one end and negatively charged on the other.” When added to anti-aging creams and serums, tourmaline helps the actives penetrate the skin and helps stimulate circulation. This year, Marta tested Circ Cell REM Masque Serum Set ($280), which contains not only tourmaline, but also amethyst dust. After applying the duo (a serum and “dust” that you mix together) to sun-damaged, red patches on her neck, she was convinced that there just might be something to the power of semi-precious stones. Read Marta’s full review.
Okay, it may be a stretch calling infra-red ceramics a precious mineral – but consider it one nonetheless. In Asia, Far Infrared Ceramic Powder, also known as cFIR, is thought to be a wonder mineral that eliminates toxins, blocks radiation emissions, helps you lose weight, etc. Sounds a little like pixie dust, but Marta uncovered some cool facts about ceramic FIR (cFIR), found in E’shee Elixir of Life KI Therapy Serum ($189 in the shop). In one study, Marta found that ceramic powder “delayed the onset of muscle fatigue”; other researchers, she says, “have found that infrared rays emitted from ceramic powder could be used for increasing the period of storage and freshness of crops.” Far infrared waves are also said to help heal wounds and regenerate collagen. All I know is that Marta was clearly blown away by the “astonishing results” she got from the lilliputian ampoule of the E’shee KI Therapy. Within only two to three weeks of use, her already great-looking skin was looking plumper, firmer and smoother. Read Marta’s full review.
Ingredients in Prana Gold Serum: Purified Water (Aqua), Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Cyanocbalamine (Vitamin B12), Sodium Hyaluronate, Ginseng .Green Tea, Marine Collagen, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Pentapeptide-18, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Dexpanthenol (Vitamin B), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Pycnogenol, Centella Asiatica, Chamomile, Genuine German Gold, Allantoin, Chitosan, Phenoxyethanol
Ingredients in Circ Cell REM dust: Amethyst, Tourmaline, Hydrolyzed Silk, Pycnogenol, Sodium-R-Lipoate, Niacinamide, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Sucrose Dilaurate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Maltodextrin, Mannitol Liquid
Ingredients in Circ Cell REM serum: Water (Aqua), Chitosan Succinamide, Propanediol, Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Ectoin, Cyclopeptide-5, Oligopeptide-68, Dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, Teprenone, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Carapa Guianensis (Andiroba) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Pulp Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Whey Protein, Sodium Oleate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Menthyl Lactate, Vanillyl Butyl ether, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Ethanol, Phenoxyethanol
Ingredients in E’shee KI Serum: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glyceryl Diisostearate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hexylene Glycol, Fructose, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycereth-25 PCA Isostearate, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Allantoin, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Hyaluronic Acid, Far Infrared Ceramic Powder, Fragrance (Parfum), Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 19140, CI 16035, aFGF (Recombinant Human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor)