Facials are rejuvenating for both skin and mood, but are they also rejuvenating for the soul? Many believe they can be. A new trend in Facials is to use Gemstones in various forms to influence the soul as well as the skin. Each type of gemstone has its own properties which enhance the restorative effects of the overall treatment. The varying forms of the gemstones themselves, either whole gems, crushed powder, or liquid serum infuse the skin with individualized qualities and may have an affect on one’s energetic field.
Gemstones can have quantifiable effects on a person’s mood, and energy levels. With that in mind, therapists have begun using gemstones in a multitude of treatments, from pedicures to massage to diet, The most commonly used for facials are stones like amethyst, emerald, quartz and rose quartz, tourmaline, topaz and even diamonds and pearls.
There are stones that are claimed to have specific skin helpful attributes, such as Amethyst, which is said to reduce skin inflammation and stimulate healthy cell growth, while emeralds are claimed to help correct skin imperfections. Pearls, for example, are known for the luminescence they bring to the skin. Other Gemstones are used for a more esoteric purpose, such as Rose Quartz, which is often described as “heart-healing” or “sensual” in its effects. Whether it’s rubies and gold (to hydrate and smooth), or citrine (to plump lips), Gemstones have become popular as legitimate face care elements.
While whole stones or crushed powders are mostly used externally, serums and elixirs can used both internally and externally. On the surface, stones are used as exfoliants when crushed; their metaphysical properties are imbued into the skin as the exfoliation is taking place. Whole stones are used similarly to exfoliants –being drawn across the skin- yet are thought to increase blood flow and thereby replenish the skin without actively shedding old cells. Serums and elixirs can be used externally by soaking their properties into the actual skin cells (similar to the HydrafacialTM vitamin or AB serums), but are also taken internally to change the whole bodies
AlchemiaNova has a number of gemstone and gold elixirs that are geared towards skin rejuvenation and are taken as a diet supplement – Elixirs of Pearl are designed to bring natural brightness from within, and help clear complexion, while gold can revitalize skin simply by drinking it, “My smokers skin has been gradually replaced by soft, yet tough skin that does not tear or bruise like before , and it heals quickly,” claims one user
The Claremont Spa has a Diamond-tip Microdermabrasion for Oaklanders who wish to try out a gemstone facial. In LA GoldenPath Alchemy has a number of elixirs and products for those who are crystalline inclined.