In many traditional cultures, crystals were applied to the skin to naturally enhance appearance and cultivate beauty. In some cases these crystals were powdered and applied into creams and serums, while in others small pieces of crystal were strung together to make masks.
China used jade to make these types of masks and examples can still be bought today, particularly to cool the eyes. The ancient Egyptians, on the other hand, favored rose quartz as a natural antidote to the signs of aging.
The explanations of how they work were taken from the culture of the time. The Chinese, for example, believed that jade, in contact with the skin, enhanced natural qi (energy) and blood flow to the skin, nourishing and enhancing the appearance.
In modern times we have been able to use scientific research to determine how and if rituals such as the application of crystals achieve their results. Not surprisingly, as with much of the ancient Chinese’s knowledge, they were quite correct. Only the terminology has changed, as we shall see.
To determine how and if ground crystals can produce changes in skin texture, 10 people were selected, 5 men and 5 women between the ages of 26 and 35 (1). Subsequently, several crystal formulations were developed. Each formulation used oil and water-based powdered nephrite jade and powdered tourmaline, but in different proportions. The content of crystals in the formulations varied between 0.25%, 1.0%, 3.0% and 7.0% (w/w).
It has long been known that crystals emit natural wave energy in the natural infrared range. This is not a myth and can be easily measured with modern scientific equipment. In this study, an “IR spectrometer” was used to measure the energy emitted by each formulation.
Interestingly, it was found that the energy emission was almost saturated at the 1% level of each powder. In other words, adding more than 1% of the powdered crystal made very little difference in the amount of energy produced. The 0.25% formulation produced far less energy, while the 7% formulation produced virtually no more energy than the 1.0% formulation. For this reason, the study was continued with the formulation containing 1% of each crystal powder.
It has been proven that far infrared rays can increase peripheral blood circulation, which naturally increases skin temperature. To understand whether the crystal serums applied to the skin were effective, the team used “infrared ray thermal analysis thermography” to detect subtle changes in people’s skin temperature.
The 1% crystal formulation was applied to one side of the subject’s face while the other side of her face was treated with a control cream containing no crystals.
The subjects’ faces were analyzed before and after applying the formulations. All subjects experienced an increase in the surface temperature of the skin on the side of the face that had received only the crystals. The temperature rise varied between 0.6 and 1.5 degrees Celsius with an average increase of 1 degree Celsius.
This clearly demonstrated the ability of crystals to emit wave energy to the skin.
However, this is an important break, since infrared rays have long been known to have powerful cosmetic effects. It is known that infrared rays:
- Can stimulate natural skin cells called fibroblasts to synthesize new collagen and elastin (2).
- May improve wound healing by promoting collagen synthesis, cell proliferation and keratinocyte motility (3,4).
- Can increase the mobility of bodily fluids due to a reduction in the size of water clusters. These bodily fluids penetrate deeper into skin cells, nourishing and detoxifying them (5).
- In one study, 20 people who received far-infrared treatments for 6 months reported a 51-75% improvement in skin smoothness and firmness (2).
- 20 people who received far-infrared treatments for 6 months reported a 26-50% improvement in skin tone and color (2).
- 20 people who received far-infrared treatments for 6 months reported a 26-50% improvement in the appearance of fine wrinkles (2).
The problem with far infrared rays was that by creating artificial machines to replicate these naturally occurring energies, there was a risk of harming the skin or general health. This becomes particularly relevant as beauticians look for increasingly innovative and effective treatments to satisfy their clients.
Knowing that simple natural crystals can stimulate natural wave energy to produce these beneficial effects is a breakthrough. It takes us right back to the original Chinese understanding that the jade crystals emit beneficial qi to enhance appearance. Once again, ancient wisdom is born through modern science.
A comparison must then be made between the benefits that would be gained from masks with larger crystals versus powdered crystals in a serum. Fortunately, this was also researched. Tourmaline, along with other crystals, has been shown to release more energy as the particle size decreases (6). The finer the particles, the more energy was released. In the case of the above research, the crystals were cut to an average diameter of 10 microns, very small. In this form, they give off much more energy than a mask of larger gems.
Never confuse finely ground crystals in a serum with groups promoting crystal-infused beauty products. Crystal-enriched skincare simply means that a crystal is dipped into the formulation at some point in its journey and then removed. No trace of the crystal remains in the formulation and this is used extensively for marketing purposes.
Anti-Aging is at the forefront of taking the latest research into natural beauty and bringing it to a wider audience. After this research, Anti-Aging has the ‘Activated Jade and Tourmaline Crystal Serum’. The formulation closely follows the crystal formulation used in the positive research discussed above.
The crystal serum contains 1% (w/w) both tourmaline and nephrite jade in a finely balanced oil and water serum. The crystals are pulverized to an average of 10 microns, according to the study, making them fine enough to diffuse smoothly through the serum.
In keeping with Anti-Aging’ broader philosophy, the serum also contains bioactive ingredients such as ginseng, rose, green tea, jojoba and frankincense. 90% of the ingredients are from controlled organic cultivation. It’s certified vegan and cruelty-free, and free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, detergents, silicones, ethanolamines, synthetic fragrances, preservatives, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, palm oil, and synthetic colors.
The serum can be used alone or with the Anti-Aging Jade Roller and Jade Gua Sha to create the complete crystal facial
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- Junping, M. et al. (2010). Effects of particle size on far-infrared emission properties of tourmaline superfine powders. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Volume 10, Number 3.