By now, we’re rarely surprised by the ingredients that make it into skincare products. Bee venom? Why not. Salmon sperm? Um, guess so. Rose quartz, pearl, and jade? Well, now that just seems a little excessive… or is it? Gemstone-infused skincare is a trend we’ve seen slowly creeping into the beauty sphere, with ingredients like “ruby crystals” and “moonstone essence” finding their way into the labels of our favorite brands. What exactly is gemstone essence? And more importantly, why should we want to put it on our face? We posed our pressing questions to the founders of Gemstone Organic, a line of natural skincare products featuring, you guessed it, gemstone essences. Their answer? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.
Debra and Sara founded Gemstone Organic with a firm belief in the beauty benefits of gemstones, having experienced the effects themselves—and they’re not alone. Gemstones have been used for healing purposes for centuries, with believers claiming they do everything from boost energy levels to instill calm. But how exactly do you get the “essence” from a gemstone and infuse it into a skincare product? They say it can be done in several ways: You can soak the gemstones in water for an extended period of time, use crystal grids to transfer the properties into the water, or do a combination of both by placing a jar of water into a bowl that is filled with water and crystals. But wait—it gets better. “We also place our water under the light of the full moon or the presence of the new moon to create our gem essences,” they tell us. “Using the moon water can help us stay connected to ourselves, as well as to the cosmos.” The two women believe that using gemstones connects us to “the energy of the earth.” (To find out more about how the moon can affect your health, we've got you.)
If you’re intrigued, Debra and Sara say that certain gemstones have special properties for specific skin concerns. Rose quartz is supposedly good for reducing fine lines and wrinkles and smoothing out rough skin, while moonstone gives skin a youthful glow while balancing your yin-yang energies. Jade protects and increases circulation, while gold is known for its anti-aging properties as well as its abilities to treat sun-damaged skin. And finally, the founders say ruby is a “great blood cleanser” and removes toxins, which allows it to clear up acne and other skin conditions.
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