Colloidal gold and gold nano flakes are both cited as being more effective forms of the material, although given nanoparticles' unregulated status, safety might also be a concern. In any case, it's clear that gold as an ingredient isn't going away any time soon, and the cache of using something so precious on your skin is always going to be appealing. Have you ever used a product that listed gold as an ingredient? And what do you think about using precious metals in cosmetics generally?
Last week I told you about a $300 24-carat gold facial that promises to firm and brighten skin, replenish skin cells, and reduce wrinkles. If that service is out of your price range, have no fear: I just stumbled upon a wealth of products from Linden Leaves, which offers a golden beauty option for about one-tenth the cost.
Linden's luxurious Gold skincare line — including bath oils, soaps, lotions, and mists — is made from 23-karat gold flakes, as well as fruit and flower oils like avocado and rosehips. (Life & Style magazine says Jessica Alba is a fan of the brand.) For details on this luxe line, read more
Yowzers! Talk about bringing on the bling. The Tokyo-based UMO Salon has just introduced the world's first-ever 24-carat gold facial — and, yes, it is being offered in the United States. For about $300 (that's 30,000 yen), you can enjoy the rejuvenating effects of precious gold on your face.
Gold is a very soft metal that absorbs quickly and deeply into the skin. Why, you might ask, would you want to absorb gold? It is believed to firm and brighten skin, reduce wrinkles, help drain lymph nodes and get rid of toxins, stimulate blood circulation, and help skin cells replenish at a faster pace than they would naturally grow.
The UMO facial consists of a cleansing treatment and a massage before the paper-thin 24-carat gold sheets are applied to the face. So, if you can justify spending double the price of a normal a facial, at least it seems like you are getting your money's worth.