It started with 24K gold and pearl extracts. Now, quartz and diamond powders are creepin’ into the ingredient list of moisturisers and masks. Do these crystals and stones actually doing anything for our complexions or are we forking out extra $$$ for a shiny gimmick?
When self-care became the buzzword of 2017, crystals freed themselves from the confines of a hippie store and into the mainstream (a quick Google search on ‘crystal healing’ itself yields 3.8m results). It’s as though the heads of beauty companies have a crystal ball of their own; one after another – including Herbivore Botanicals, Kora Organics, Glossier and Colourpop – began incorporating crystals in their products and here we are, defeating dull skin not just with good ‘ol glycolic acids, but also hints of pink quartz. #TeamCLEO chats with the pro-crystal skincare labels to get the low-down on crystals in beauty.
Aside from championing the antioxidant benefits of Noni fruit, Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr catapulted into the limelight for its use of rose quartz in its products. Miranda herself explained, “It’s more than skincare, it’s about a holistic way to nurture your mind, body and spirit, so for me it was important for my products to not only deliver results but also carry a positive energy.”
“Everything in the universe has some kind of vibrational energy,” local skincare label Thea Botanicals founder Natasha Jimin told CLEO. “Our body is made up of water, minerals, and tissues. Our bone structure is actually crystalline. So we naturally resonate with stones, all of which carry a vibration or frequency. Since the crystals have a higher frequency, they can literally travel towards weaker skin cells to balance them. It makes them extremely effective and powerful to target common skin issues.”
Thea Botanicals Shine Brighter, Astrid Brightening Face Mask, RM165 at Mysmink.com