While you may believe that the role of natural gemstones is to act as a trendy handbag accessory for celebrities and models who sing their healing praises, their actual benefits are believed to extend far beyond this. This isn't a fleeting trend that is going to disappear. In fact, the inclusion of natural gemstones in skincare is becoming more and more popular, with various brands hailing their unique properties.
Many believe that natural gemstones have incredible mood altering powers. From aiding our emotional well-being, to increasing our energy and hormone levels, and balancing our inner chakras, they are known as natural healers. Now, many brands are delving into gemstone research to understand how they can benefit our skin. Appearing in cleansers, moisturisers, body creams and even makeup, natural gemstones are here to stay, and you might just want to start investing in them once you read about their benefits. Miranda Kerr even loves them, especially Rose Quartz. Enough said.
Rose Quartz is a pink coloured crystal believed to have heart-healing properties. It encourages healthy self-love, and can bestow compassion, forgiveness and acceptance. Rose Quartz is also soothing, calming and reduces stress and tension - Miranda Kerr
How Do Natural Gemstones Help Skin?
Natural gemstones are believed to be able to alter our inner energy and aid our emotional well-being; pouring positive energy into us so we feel more balanced and happier in our every-day lives. While there are many sceptics who will wonder how this can affect your skin, it is important to consider that many skin conditions such as acne, inflammation and sensitivity can be caused by hormonal and emotional stress. When you introduce an element of positive energy therefore into your routine, it certainly can't hurt in helping to tackle the condition. Some natural gemstones even contain skin detoxifying and healing properties, which can improve its overall tone and radiance.
Sapphire is believed to induce a sense of calmness, peace and positive energy into your life. Traditionally, the stone is thought to help you achieve love, and release feelings of tension, stress and anxiety; helping you to find serenity.
Role in Skincare: As Blue Sapphire is known as one of the "healing" stones, its skincare benefits are believed to be regenerative and restorative. Helping to calm irritation and redness, and bring radiance to your complexion, it's the perfect "pick me up" for skin when its feeling tired and dull. We love the Själ Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask, which leaves our skin glowing and well, healed.
Diamond is considered to be the supportive gemstone. When we feel slightly deflated or emotionally drained, the element of diamond is believed to perk up our mood and leave us feeling happier. Well, who wouldn't feel happier after a trip to Tiffany's?
Role in Skincare: In skincare, diamonds can help to infuse your skin with energy, and leave tired complexions looking radiant and awake. This in turn helps to give your skin life and make it appear firmer and more youthful. We love the Omorovicza Blue Diamond Cream, which contains a blend of Diamond Peptides and Copper Compounds, and leaves our skin looking like Miranda Kerr's.
Rose Quartz is known as the "love" gemstone, and is believed to bring a sense of peace and harmony into your life. It is traditionally thought to heal feelings of negativity and let you reconnect with your self so you can realise your true potential.
Role in Skincare: Believed to help detoxify the skin and reduce puffiness, Rose Quartz is thought to be able to heal acne, imperfections and blemishes, as well as minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All round, it is one of the most versatile and used gemstones in the beauty industry. We love the Själ Rose Aura Cleansing Set, which contains a full facial routine guaranteed to get you glowing.
Malachite is one natural gemstone that you may not have heard of, but its one considered to possess many benefits. It is believed to be great for women; aiding their emotional well-being and healing symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances and PMS.
Role in Skincare: It is known as a "detoxifying" mineral in the beauty world; helping to rid the skin of impurities and blocked pores. This helps to renew the skin, increase cellular energy and turnover, and give you a fresh and radiant complexion. We love the Pur MMC In Mineral Moisture Complex, which contains a base of Malachite, and White Birch Extract to infuse the skin with antioxidants.
While you may associate pearls with jewellery, they are actually considered to be gemstones with great healing powers. They are believed to help calm you and centre your mind; helping you achieve clarity and peace and an overall feeling of healthy well-being.
Role in Skincare: Pearl Powder can help to stimulate an antioxidant known as Superoxide Dismutase, or SOD for short. This antioxidant naturally occurs in our bodies, and is responsible for helping to reduce scarring, wrinkles and blemishes. The Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask is a great way to infuse your skin with Pearl Powder and leave it looking youthful and radiant.
Known as the "energetic" gemstone, Quartz helps to infuse your mind with clarity and give you an all-round feeling of positivity. It is believed to help you focus and concentrate; making it a great mineral to introduce into your skincare routine when you have that all important meeting coming up.
Role in Skincare: Believed to be charged with healing Ions, Quartz is thought to be able to reduce the negative effects of static and electricity and minimise the damaging effects of radiation. This is great for people living in cities, with lots of pollution and technology. Try Lancer's The Method Body Polish to exfoliate and infuse your skin with mineral goodness. For your face, opt for the Bliss Multi-Face-eted Face Mask for a gorgeous gemstone treat.
Ruby is thought to bestow feelings of power and a "can-do" attitude; helping you achieve your full potential. If you are working in a stressful atmosphere or have a lot of responsibilities and commitments, it is believed to give you the energy to cope and sail through with ease.
Role in Skincare: Due to its deep and beautiful colour, Ruby is thought to be able to give you an even and glowing complexion. While you may not believe this hype, the Dr. Brandt CC Glow is infused with Ruby Crystal, and we can honestly say it gives us the most gorgeously even and radiant skin.