Every few years, an ingredient pops up in the skincare world that's set to be the "next big thing." We've had copper and gold, and now it seems that silver is the metal of the moment. But it turns out that silver in skincare isn't actually all that new.
Silver has been used for centuries for its incredible antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Before the introduction of antibiotics, silver was used to treat antimicrobial conditions. Throughout World War II, bandages were soaked with colloidal silver to promote faster healing, and even the ancient Egyptians used it to treat infectious diseases.
So it's surprising that it's taken us so long to harness the power of this rejuvenating ancient ingredient within skincare. Colloidal silver (small silver particles suspended in water) is incredibly cleansing and antibacterial, making it a wonder ingredient for acne. Plus studies have shown colloidal silver triggers healing effects in tissue, which makes it great for scarred and ageing skin.
Whilst there's no denying colloidal silver is a powerfully potent ingredient, it can also come with a hefty price tag. But if you're wanting to harness the power of silver, here's where you should start…
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These under-eye patches are enriched with colloidal silver to help encourage skin rejuvenation, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Illuminating pearl extracts also help to instantly brighten the eye area, whilst calming aloe vera decreases puffiness.
Omorovicza's new Silver Skin Saviour uses the antibacterial properties of colloidal silver to help combat acne and blemish infections whilst calming inflammation. It's also packed with a potent blend of vitamin B3, salicylic acid and glycolic acid, which help to exfoliate and brighten skin. Perfect for problematic skin types, leave on for 10 to 15 minutes for glowier, brighter skin.
The price tag might make you wince, but this moisturiser is expensive for a reason. The award-winning La Potion Infinie contains the highest grade of colloidal silver available, meaning it's basically as pure as can be. The colloidal silver works to target wrinkles, blemishes and environmental stress. One of its ingredients, DNA HP (which holds 10,000 times its weight in water), also helps regulate skin flora and provide antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In just one use, your skin is left plump, bright and super soft.
This nightly leave-on treatment mask works to keep skin clear with a powerful blend of AHAs, antibacterial colloidal silver, enzymes and probiotics. It cleanses and nourishes congested areas, battling blemishes and reducing excess sebum production.
With antimicrobial silver to regulate skin flora, copper peptides to protect against cellular DNA damage and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, this is a powerhouse facial mist that deserves a space on your desk.
This might be the smallest, most expensive soap there is, but it's also an affordable way to try out silver in your skincare. It calms inflammation, tightens pores and helps combat acne whilst simultaneously hydrating with hyaluronic acid. Small but mighty.
This is perfect for sensitive problematic skin. The Honey Mud Enzyme Mask contains antibacterial raw honey and colloidal silver to help calm blemishes whilst active enzymes and plant oils exfoliate and cleanse. All of these ingredients help to make the skin feel soft and supple.
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