Imagine crushed gemstones like emeralds, rubies and sapphires being rubbed on your face for that ultimate glow! Well, that is the hottest new trend in facials across the world. But don't you get swayed in by their exotic appeal. Each gemstone is apt for specific skin needs alone. Parimita Chakravorthy gets experts to help you figure how these precious stones can help you
Sheela Ranjan of Gem Herbal Beauty Parlour, Bangalore says, “Each gem stone has a specific property and the ash is used according to the skin type for treatment. The effect of gemstone facials stays longer than other facials and more often natural products are used, so it is gentle on the skin as well.”
Emerald entices the skin
Emerald is considered as the best gem for its anti-ageing and repairing skin damage properties. The emerald ash infused in the cream helps to revitalize and tone the skin, reducing fine lines, pores and wrinkles. It further strengthens the physiology of the skin, stimulates blood circulation and removes toxins.
It is also a nourishing treatment with its natural astringent and antiseptic properties which proves to be really helpful for acne prone skin because it reduces inflammation, increases elasticity, prevents pimple formation and removes excess oil from the skin. It even relieves fatigued eyelids and also makes the lips look healthier.
The sapphire seduction
Do you need a youthful glow? Opt for a sapphire facial. The sapphire content helps to soothe, deeply hydrate and protect the skin making it appear clear, smooth, blemish-free, rejuvenated and youthful.
It removes dead cells, restores and maintains the ideal skin balances and counteracts harmful environmental effects. Also, the blue sapphire treatment is believed to induce sleep and wipe away depression and anxiety due to its calming effects. All in all, the skin appears relaxed and young, creating an overall sense of wellbeing.
Get rosy like a ruby
If you want to achieve a glowing radiant effect, go for ruby facials. The ash of ruby is infused into the massage cream to give a cooling and soothing effect to the skin. It is a good moisturiser and a rich source of Vitamin A which is excellent for an ageing skin, making it soft and supple.
That’s not all; it even soothes rashes, sun burns and reduces the appearance of blemishes. It relaxes facial muscles providing instant rejuvenation and fresh look. But be wary of using it during cold weather due to its ingrained cooling properties.
Get pearly pretty
Pearls are naturally rich in amino acids, minerals, and proteins that have powerful age control properties. Also it helps in skin brightening and reduces blemishes and dark spots. Shahnaz Hussian says, “It helps to strengthen the skin, improve its moisture retention ability and produce an even colour tone.” Words of wisdom though, avoid pearl facials on acne prone and sensitive skin as this may worsen the skin condition.
Dazzle like a diamond
Mostly used for micro-dermabrasion and skin polishing, this facial includes a diamond wand which has an array of “diamond” crystals used to polish the skin, leaving it luminous and radiant.
The procedure is used to diminish blackheads and white heads, fine lines, acne scarring, enlarged pores, lip and character lines and stretch marks. Not called a girl’s best friend for nothing, right? The only hitch is that the dermabrasion effect might irritate sensitive skin, so be careful.