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You see a crystal or a gem stone, you comment about how pretty it is and admire the beauty that it holds. But did you know that people for thousands of years have been using gemstones to heal the body and the mind? It is true! There are crystals that can detox your body, relieve stress, and pull away negative energies that affect skin health. They are definitely more than just a pretty rock.
In today’s society, we are beyond stressed. Our stress level has reached an all time high. It is no wonder that we are looking into ancient remedies for help. Gemstones and crystals carry energy (or vibrations) within them. This allows the natural qualities and energy created by nature to allow gemstone infused skin care to help balance your skin and your mood.
Some of the more popular gemstones used in skin care are amethyst, citrine, diamond, jade, lapis, pearl, quartz, ruby, sapphire, and tourmaline.
Take a look at this guide to help you decide which gemstone qualities are right for your skin.
Amethyst is loaded with negative ions. This purple gemstone (February’s birthstone) has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with breakouts and calm redness. It is best known for its cleansing and detoxifying effects. Did you know that its name derives from ametusthos which is a Greek word that means “not intoxicated”? Many healers believe that this gemstone fights bacteria, reduces toxins in the body, promotes positive thinking, and supports cellular regeneration.
Citrine (November’s birthstone) is considered to be the stone of light and happiness which helps to boost your mood. It has regenerative properties, which means that it helps promote skin radiance and cell renewal. Citrine helps to purify and even out skin tone.
Oh the wonderful, beautiful classic Diamond (April’s birthstone) is a natural exfoliator that helps to remove toxins. Diamonds help to purify, balance, and amp up your radiant skin. It promotes regeneration of cells and helps prevent premature aging of the skin.
Jade is a beautiful green mineral that helps to eliminate toxins and excess fluid. It is great for reducing puffiness and improving skin’s elasticity. Boost your circulation with this great mineral, as well as even out your skin tone.
Gorgeous deep blue Lapis is known for being super calming which makes it a great choice for irritated skin. Did you know that this stone was considered a sacred color during the Renaissance? Lapis was ground into powder and mixed into the paint that was used for the Virgin Mary’s robes and other historic cathedrals. Not only that, but the gorgeous Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, used crushed up lapis in her cosmetics. I mean, who doesn’t want to look like this iconic beauty?
The classic Pearl (June’s birthstone) is detoxifying, as they contain large amounts of gluthathione, which is an antioxidant. These oyster-derived stones help even your skin tone, brighten your complexion, and fade dark spots. Pearl also accelerates collagen and elastin renewal and repairs damaged cells. Pearl’s main ingredient is calcium carbonate, which is easily absorbed by the skin. This absorption stimulates fibroblasts and accelerates skin healing from injuries such as wounds, burns, redness, rashes and even rosacea.
Quartz crystal is a direct conductor of energy and is said to amplify the effects of other stones. This crystal can be clear or rose. Quartz soothes the skin and calms redness. It helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and slows the aging process (score!). Quartz also stimulates circulation of the blood. Read more about the amazing power of Quartz in your skin care HERE.
According to your Chakra, the red Ruby (July’s birthstone) is connected to your heart. It is associated with love, compassion, and forgiveness. Rubies in skin care stimulate the blood flow and helps boost the production of healthy new skin cells. It helps to restore your skin’s natural glow, it detoxifies, purifies, and helps to treat skin break outs.
The blue sapphire (September’s birthstone) calms your mind and your skin. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, choose a sapphire infused product which will help the skin relax and clear, promoting clarity and a refreshed, youthful glow. Sapphire also aids in sleep. Did you know that according to ancient tradition, the sapphire is said to connect the mind and the body by stimulating the pituitary gland (which helps produce melatonin), thereby relaxing the body?
Tourmaline (associated with October’s birthstone) is an electrical stone that is triggered by temperature change. According to some experts, tourmaline extract triggers a warming effect to increase the production of new collagen and the contraction of fibers, thus restoring the springiness of skin (premature aging of the skin). Did you know that tourmaline occurs in a variety of colors, from black to violet to green, and is mined mostly in Brazil and African nations?
In addition to providing improved mood and health boosting benefits, skin care products infused with certain crystals and gemstones can have your skin looking clear, calm, and youthful.
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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Any and all health issues should be discussed with your physician.