Skin care should be an important factor in every person’s life. Skin is the body’s largest organ and plays an essential role in protecting other internal organs. Having a consistent routine can change the appearance and health of your skin. A proper routine consists of a few steps:
- Cleansing: this means removing all makeup, cleaning the skin from oils and dirt and letting it rest from different products applied to it.
- Toning: this balances and regulates the skin’s pH level since it can be disrupted after cleansing and stripped of its natural oils.
- Exfoliating: there are two types of exfoliation: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliation uses scrubs that manually scrub off dead skin cells while chemical exfoliators like BHA or AHA acids give more noticeable and quick effects. Exfoliation should be done only twice or three time a week – if overdone it can really damage the skin.
- Moisturising: skin should be hydrated – moisturisers and creams help with this. They get rid of dry spots and patches and leave the skin nourished and soft. They also help prevent wrinkles.
- Sunscreen: sunscreen helps prevent wrinkles and protects the skin from harmful UV rays that cause dark spots and discolouration. It should be used all year round, not only during the skin. Sun rays are present during cloudy weather and even during the winter.
Wrinkles are a natural occurrence that appear once the skin and body start aging. Your body loses the ability to produce collagen and elastin proteins – this is what makes your skin youthful and elastic. Without elasticity in the skin, fine lines turn into deeper lines and cause creases, especially around the eye area. The skin is dry and can’t create much moisturise itself. Puffiness and discoloration also make them more noticeable.
What causes wrinkles?
Aging – menopause, reduction of estrogen, thinning of the skin all cause wrinkles. The skin becomes dry because it stops producing as much oil. It’s a completely normal process and happens to all of us.
Smoking – because of smoking the skin begins to sag and loses a lot of elasticity. Smoking raises your chances of developing squamous cell carcinoma. It causes skin cancer and usually starts forming on the lips. The skin tone of smokers is discoloured – usually orange or grey. The toxins in tobacco have a lot of negative effects on the skin and contain more than 7000 chemicals.
Facial movements – smiling, laughing, squinting and scrunching eyes all cause wrinkles as well since they stretch your skin. This decreases elasticity of the skin. It’s normal to move around the face throughout the day and most people sleep on the sides of their face and stomach.
Sun exposure – the most common cause of wrinkles and skin damage. UV rays change the skin’s texture. UV rays also cause brown spots, broken capillaries, red blotches, and hyperpigmentation. Harmful rays damage elastin fibres in the skin. Skin cancer and different skin issues are some consequences of long-term sun exposure. Fair skin tends to develop more wrinkles than dark skin. It’s best to avoid the sun, wear protective clothing and sunscreen (hats, sunglasses).
Poor skin care – as you may or may not know, skin care is super important – be gentle and careful while applying products onto your face. Never tug at your eyes when applying eye makeup or removing it. Remember to always apply sunscreen. Try not to rely on specific products to “save” or “cure” your skin. Visit the eye doctor and dermatologist at least once a year since many wrinkles and skin problems can be medical. Most importantly, never forget to remove your makeup at night and always patch test products to avoid allergic reactions.
Diamonds and gemstones
There are many known ways to prevent wrinkles, moisturise the skin and keep it nourished. Some traditional methods might be just using eye creams, lotions or face masks. These might give quick effects, but they don’t last the longest.
Beauty trends come and go – some are effective, others not so much. More and more products nowadays seem to be infused with diamonds, gold and other gemstones. This trend might be surprising or confusing and you’re probably wondering if this method actually works. It’s weird to think that something you wear as jewelry can be used on the face too. There are actually many valuable ingredients in these gems. Most gemstone ingredients have light-reflective properties that will leave the skin with a natural radiance. Although there isn’t much science-backed evidence to prove effects of gemstones, there’s other evidence that proves they improve the skin’s texture and appearance.
Both diamond and pearls have iridescent and reflective properties that “bounce” around light and hide wrinkles and fine lines. This causes an immediate improvement in the look of dark spots and uneven tones in your complexion. Diamonds in skin care come in the form of diamond powder and it’s becoming super popular as a common ingredient in skin care products. Exfoliating opens up pores and allows nutrients, vitamins, serums and other anti-aging ingredients to enter the skin more efficiently. Diamond powder feeds your skin. It’s frequently used in products that are meant to remain on the skin as a brightener. Diamond powder and mica work together to disguise fine lines and other imperfections by reflecting and bouncing light (aka the blurring effect).
The phenomenon with diamonds dates back to the 4th century B.C. when they were thought to have powers and were valued for their strength and brilliance. They were also worn as adornments and used as cutting tools that were included in jewelry. Diamond-and-ruby facials have also been quite popular amongst celebrities. People realized that diamond powder has many benefits and started added it to serums, nail polish, creams and even shampoos.
Pearl is a beauty tonic popular in China. It’s plays an important role in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Pearls are made up of substances called calcium carbonate and are surrounded by amino acids and minerals like zinc, iron, silicon, magnesium and copper. It’s also used as a powder in different skin care products like creams that help fight blemishes and skin issues. Pearl powder regenerates skin and actively fights sagging and wrinkles. It prevents the development of melanin that causes dark spots or discolouration.
Amber is another gemstone that helps skin regain a beautiful, even skin tone, youthful glow, reduces fine lines and minimizes the appearance of pores. Amber actually works well paired with vitamin C and provides brightening effects.
Aventurine is great for sensitive or troubled skin since it helps control inflammations and acne. It also helps boost collagen and defends against the effects of sun exposure or other harmful things.
Gold is an anti-aging and anti-inflammatory ingredient that has become increasingly popular. Gold has been studied as a nanoparticle to penetrate the top layers of the skin and may be beneficial in drug delivery to the skin in the future. Some studies even show gold may have healing powers. Many cosmetics nowadays include gold flakes.
Sapphire is beneficial for sensitive or mature skin. It helps calm the skin and helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
Tourmaline crystals heat up as they are rubbed into the skin. This aids the absorption of other ingredients and helps with the production of new collagen and circulation stimulation.
Here’s a list of some diamond-infused products that work well.
- Rodial Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask
A sheet mask that contains hyaluronic acid and diamond powder. It gives your skin an amazing glow and adds radiance for youthful, healthy looking skin. Vitamin C from pink grapefruit brightens and evens the skin tone. The skin is visually firmer, energised and radiant.
- La Mer Refining Facial Mask
This mask smoothes and boosts skin’s brightness. The diamond powder and polished sea quartz act as physical exfoliants and convert the massage action into energy. Circulation stimulates the skin and it feels awakened. The product is also paraben-free and sulfate-free.
- Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel
This product exfoliates and brightens the skin without irritating it. It’s gentle enough to use for sensitive skin. Diamond peptides help to prolong the healthy life of skin cells and to protect their DNA. The product also helps with the production of collagen and elastin for renewed elasticity. It stimulates quick cellular turnover and plumps the skin while improving its firmness and tone.
- Algenist Sublime Optical Illuminating Moisturizer
Perfecting pigments in this moisturizer blur imperfections and diffuse light to provide a soft-focus effect on the skin. The diamond peptide blend helps delay visible signs of aging and minimizes the appearance of skin damage. It’s best to use it under makeup for a smooth and radiant glow. It contains zero parabens, sulfates or synthetic dyes.
Gemstones and diamonds aren’t only for wearing as jewelry – they can work wonders for the skin. It’s worth testing out different products that contain these ingredients and seeing the effects. You will only be pleasantly surprised.