All that glitters
Written by Ayesha Khan
Precious metals and pearls are the latest ‘it’ ingredient in high-end skincare. And for good reason – these brilliant stunners have endless skincare benefits from anti-ageing to anti-acne.
These little balls of lustre are known and loved for their unmistakable iridescence created by a substance called conchiolin, but it is actually another substance, calcium carbonate, that offers pearls their true skin benefit – the promotion of cell cohesion and firmness. Pearl powder is also a powerful antioxidant, removing free radicals that can dull and age the skin as they break down much-needed collagen.
Cleopatra is said to have used gold-leaf masks to preserve her legendary beauty. Fast-forward a few millennia and this precious metal is still adored for its anti-ageing capabilities (it is said to slow collagen depletion) as well as for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Colloidal or ‘nano’ silver is proven to help alleviate conditions such as acne due to its strong antibacterial qualities and its ability to penetrate the skin’s numerous layers. Silver also helps control excessive oil, which also contributes to the formation of those nasty blemishes.
Developed by an acne sufferer and loved by the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Tyra Banks, COR’s line of signature skin soaps and moisturisers features silver as a key ingredient and promises to leave skin smooth and blemish free.
Silver Soap Signature Size, US$120
Every product comes with the promise of being infused with 24k gold and, along with fundamental anti-ageing properties, offers additional benefits such as the reduction of unsightly skin spots (bio-brightening series) and deep cleansing (Vitamin C series).
24k Daily Essential Kit, US$330
Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift
Featuring South Sea pearls, this product instantly lifts and firms the eye area while deflecting light away from the under-eye area and offering a noticeable radiance and ‘awake’ look. US$150