Is 24-Carat Gold Really Good for Your Skin?
Gold has been a symbol of power, wealth, and beauty ever since it was discovered. Its mesmerizing color catches the eye – it’s soft and malleable to work with and its scarcity makes it one of the world’s most valuable commodities.
Gold was considered so important, scientists like Sir Isaac Newton believed it was more important to figure out how to create gold than figuring out the principles of gravity.
While gold might just be a metal to you, if you analyze it, gold is believed to have several health benefits which is why nowadays it is being used in food, known as culinary gold, and is available in the form of edible gold paint and gold pills.
Besides culinary uses, many claim that gold can work wonders for your skin and is being used in beauty treatments around the world. 24-Carat gold facials are popular among celebrities and the well-to-do.
How Gold Benefits the Skin
Gold is known to be one of the softest natural metals, making it easy to apply directly to the skin. Gold facials act as an anti-aging agent, repairing sun damage and lightening the complexion. It is an exclusive treatment which involves particular methods of massage and application. The main components of the gold facial are gold cream, gold gel and gold filigree. Gold facials are typically only accessible at special beauty clinics and the finest spas and are, of course, fairly costly.
Below are some of the most well-known spas where you can indulge in a gold facial treatment for that illusive golden glow:
Four Seasons Hotel – Florence, Italy: The distinct feature of this luxury hotel is the 24-karat gold spa center introduced by the Japanese company, UMO. The complete natural golden skin treatment involves a two hour facial with proprietary nano-mist technology. This technology dissolves the gold, carried via paper-thin leaves. When the gold is transformed in liquid it absorbs into the skin where it activates to deliver lifting, firming and skin-lightening results.
Santa Fe’s Nidah Spa at the Eldorado Hotel – San Francisco, CA: This is one of the premium hotels in America offering high-end Japanese skin-care treatments and technology that dissolves the gold so that it can be used to soften the layers of the skin. Their 80-miniute gold spa treatment is super hydrating, lifts and firms the skin, diminishing the look of sun damage skin and ageing lines, resulting in younger looking skin.
La Prairie Spa, The Beverly Hills Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA: This ultra-luxurious spa is located on Sunset Boulevard in the center of Beverly Hills, surrounded by 12 acres of flourishing tropical gardens, exotic flowers, and private walkways. La Prairie spa uses top of the line La Prairie products and offers an exclusive Pure Gold Radiance Facial that uses 24 karat golden drops that go deep down into the skin to provide an anti-ageing affect that visibly lifts, firms, brightens and energizes.
The Belle Schneider Beauty company’s 24-carat facial includes nourishing caviar for a rich, indulgent and nourishing treatment. This anti-
Are Gold Facials Worth the Price?
Apart from benefiting from a relaxing and restorative treatment – which is always good for you, a 2010 review of gold facial treatments by a team of specialists at the University Hospital of Leipzig, Germany, found that “no evidence has supported or refuted the efficacy of gold for facial skin care.”