By Zoe Bradbury
Crystals such as diamonds, rubies, jade and rose quartz are more commonly found in jewellery.
And for centuries, they’ve been used as powerful, ancient healing rituals and centreing tools.
But now, they’re popping up in different, often usual places. From Miranda Kerr keeping a rose quartz in her bra, to Gwenyth Paltrow putting a jade egg up her vagina, there are a multitude of uses of these gems to gain their supposed benefits.
But what are the effects of these when incorporated into beauty? A new trend is sweeping the beauty industry, and it’s all about incorporating crystals into beauty products for an array of benefits.
Celebrities from Beyoncé to Kim Kardashian have previously touted the use of jade rollers in their skincare routine, but the practice is not a new one by any means.
First seen in ancient China in the seventh century, the practice of rolling a jade crystal over the skin was said to be an effective technique for scraping and invigorating the skin.
A handle that has a smooth crystal attached; jade rollers have recently regained popularity for their anti-ageing properties.
By rolling the crystal gently over the face, this supposedly causes a lymphatic drainage massage, which helps to drain the skin of lymph fluid. The result is a more youthful appearance, due to a de-puffing, smoothing and firming of the skin.
Additionally, jade is known to have cooling properties, so this can soothe and calm the skin, while increasing circulation through applying a massage pressure, which can help to release toxins and calm inflammation.
The Salt by Hendrix Jade Roller (RRP$34.95) has a dual ended crystal design, with a large oval-shaped gemstone designed for the flat planes of the face, such as the cheeks and the forehead, while the other end is smaller and perfect for reaching the under-eye area, eyes and nose.
Rose Quartz is said to give off self-love and healing energy, the ultimate “love and beauty stone” that has been used for centuries as a powerful tool for attracting love and acceptance.
Miranda Kerr’s skincare line Kora Organics infuses and filters every product with rose quartz, and the Australian model is so adamant of the benefits of rose quartz that she carries one with her every day.
Described on their website as “infusing the vibration of self-love”, every cream, oil and product in the Kora skincare line is uniquely filtered through Rose Quartz to create a “gentle, soothing energy to encourage self-love, self-esteem and forgiveness.”
The brand also offers a dedicated Rose Quartz Luminizer (RRP$49.95 AUD), which is an organic highlighter made out of finely crushed Rose Quartz. As well as the healing powers of the crystal, the powder gives off a dusty, pink blush for a luminous glow.
While there is no scientific backing as to the benefits of the crystal, if the main use of rose quartz is to promote self-love and acceptance, there’s definitely no harm in producing more of this energy into one’s life.
Glossier’s Haloscope dewy highlighter (RRP $31 AUD) is infused with genuine crystal extracts, including Rose Quartz or Golden Topaz, making one shine literally like a gemstone.
Containing vitamin rich coconut and castor seed oil, as well as sweet almond oil, this product not only provides a healthy glow, but also moisturizes and nourishes the skin.
For the ultimate cleanse, Girl Undiscovered’s Under the Waterfall Crystal Cleansing Water (RRP $60 AUD) is a hydrating face wash infused with rose quartz and citrine moon-bathed crystals.
The inclusion of these helps to “leave you and your skin emanating a balanced, positive energy,” according to the brand’s website.
Also containing cucumber, coconut water, aloe juice, New Zealand honey and thanaka bark extract, this 3-in-1 product works to remove makeup, cleanse and tone the skin and hydrate the face.
Containing Brazilian White Tourmaline Gemstone, the Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple and Gemstone Mask (RRP $68.59 AUD) gently exfoliates and illuminates the skin. Additionally, the gemstone also helps to support healthier cell growth.
Applied as a mask for twenty minutes, the ingredients of pineapple and papaya enzymes also work to mildly exfoliate the skin, while rice powder softens and smooths the complexion.
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