Victoria Beckham places crystals around her home and office, and even carries a black tourmaline rock with her wherever she goes (she claims it helps maintain positivity). Miranda Kerr’s most cherished object is a clear quartz wand studded with rose quartz to boost good vibes and love.
Now, before you scoff at these celebrities and their chakra-cleansing-crystal-healing rituals, consider the history of gems and crystals, and their uses in healing customs. Since ancient times, for example, the Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese have all harnessed their energy to heal and beautify.
While it might all sound a tad New Agey, proponents – such as Debra Haugen, chief alchemist of Californian beauty brand Gemstone Organic – swear by their efficacy. According to her, it takes just 26 seconds for the body to absorb what’s placed on skin. “So the blending of water and crystals to create skin elixirs is a perfect combination, as water is highly conductive and creates a path for activating the healing properties of the crystals,” she says.
Ally Sands, master herbalist of American beauty and jewellery brand Aquarian Soul, is also a believer. “All gemstones have different healing properties that not only help skin, but also lift the mood, energise, calm, or even help during meditation.”
Recent years have seen a growing number of major beauty brands taking a shine to the trend, with an increasing number extracting or grounding up various precious stones and crystals for use as ingredients in everything from masks to foundations. Now, what better way to add some sparkle to your beauty routine, especially during the new year?
Here, a quick guide to the most popular variety – and their supposed skin benefits.
Good for: Exfoliation or illuminating skin. Also said to boost creativity, and bring about good health and longevity.
A combination of diamond powder, vanilla water and a trio of moisturising agents blurs skin imperfections, while keeping skin soft and supple.
#2: Rose Quartz
Good for: Bringing a sense of calm, and lowering stress and tension. (P.S. It’s also said to help those looking for love.)
A refreshing mist that fuses rose quartz crystal-energised water with a blend of noni, aloe and hibiscus extracts to supposedly shield skin from free radical damage.
Good for: Counteracting daily stressors and free radical damage, as it’s known to have potent antioxidant properties. The green stone is also said to balance the senses and promote harmony.
Packed with moisture-attracting ingredients, such as copper peptide GHK-Cu and hyaluronic
acid tri-molecules, to quench parched skin pronto.
Good for: Clarifying and balancing skin. As an accessory, it is believed to attract wealth, fame, health
A comforting cream with vitamin E and shea butter to moisturise and nourish hands.
Good for: Exfoliation and supposedly enhancing mental clarity.
This self-warming exfoliator gently sloughs off dead skin cells to reveal silky smooth skin.
Good for: Lifting, firming and hydrating skin. Also reportedly boosts microcirculation and reduces fatigue.
Powered by magnetised tourmaline oil, this hardworking cleanser rids skin of oil and impurities, without stripping skin of moisture.
This story first appeared in Female‘s January 2017 issue.