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The 21st Century Gemstone Facial

March 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
The 21st Century Gemstone Facial

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For thousands of years, gemstones have been used to promote health and beauty throughout the world, and they continue to be a hot trend in skin care. Today you can find creams in skin care facilities and spas with crushed or powdered gems. Some even contain microparticles of gold.

Traditionally, crystals are placed on certain areas of the face and body during gemstone treatments. Each one is positioned over an energy center that, according to Eastern tradition, is called a chakra. The seven chakras of the body are associated with different colors that can be used to guide the skin care professional’s choice of gemstones during a treatment. Gemstone elixirs also play an important role. For centuries, these elixirs have been made by immersing crystals in liquids, such as water or wine. The submerged stones are then placed under the light of the sun or moon for days or weeks, depending on the tradition followed.

Botanicals are extracted in a similar way. Their chemical properties are infused into water, alcohol or oils. Because it’s impossible to transfer the chemical properties of gemstones in the same way as plants, the goal is to capture their vibrational properties, or energetic patterns. Conventional scientists will say this is not possible, so when gemstone treatments and elixirs are being discussed, please remember they have not been tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but are based on ancient traditions in holistic wellness.

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Treatment How-to: Gemstone Facial

This skin rejuvenating procedure is based on ancient world traditions and is beneficial for all complexions. Some clients may sense the energy of the gemstones, and some may see different colors or sparks, and feel some movement through their bodies because the face has so many acupuncture points. After the final gentle, slow massage with clear quartz spheres, clients often appear relaxed and re-energized. Their skin glows, and they start to breathe more deeply; they feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

Cost: $110

Duration: 70 minutes

Contraindications: During the client consultation, make note of any skin sensitivities or allergies that the client may experience, and decide whether this facial is right for her.

Equipment and supplies needed:

  • Two rollers or spheres made of rose quartz, jade or amethysts
  • LED, ultrasonic or galvanic equipment (optional)
  • Herbal compresses steeped in warm herbal tea
  • Amethyst or diamond
  • Sapphire or angel light stone
  • Emerald or jade wand
  • Clear quartz spheres

products needed:

  • Honey-based mask
  • Sapphire elixir
  • Exfoliating serum with fruit extracts
  • Nourishing mask containing Baltic amber extract
  • Aromatherapeutic toner
  • Skin-firming serum with vitamin cocktail
  • Emerald-infused eye cream
  • Ruby-infused lip serum or balm
  • Diamond- or amber-enriched moisturizer

step 1: Before beginning the treatment, ask the client to fill out a skin history form and the skin care professional must complete a skin analysis consultation. To prepare for the facial, the skin must first be cleansed, steamed and vacuumed with a skin vacuum to draw out impurities. Perform extractions as needed.

step 2: Detoxify the skin by applying and massaging a honey-based mask mixed with a sapphire elixir onto the skin. Once it becomes sticky, perform a symmetrical massage using two rollers or spheres made of rose quartz, jade or amethyst. Start from both sides of the neck and move up the face. This should take 2–7 minutes, depending on the size of the face and complexion type. Clients with larger faces and more resilient skin require more massage with gemstones; clients with smaller faces and very dry or mature skin require less massage time.

In general, stones that have warmer colors, such as red and pink (ruby, rose quartz) are beneficial for dry, pale complexions, while cooler-colored stones with blue or green hues (jade, amethyst, angel light) are more beneficial for acne- or rosacea-prone complexions. Also, small gemstone rollers are useful around the eye area, while larger ones are better suited for the area around the jawline.

step 3: Exfoliate the skin with a serum containing organic extracts of bilberry, sugar cane, apple, lemon, raspberry or other fruits that are naturally rich in alpha hydroxy acids and antioxidants. The serum does not need to be removed unless the client complains about an unpleasant sensation during this part of the protocol.

step 4: Continue with an application of a nourishing mask containing Baltic amber extract. For centuries Baltic amber was considered to be a vessel of eternal youth. Recognized for its healing properties, Roman ladies of the court used to play with it, holding it in their hands and stroking it to maintain a youthful look. Baltic amber also contains succinic acid, an antioxidant that helps reduce toxins and free radicals. To penetrate the mask you can use LED, ultrasonic or galvanic equipment, but this is optional. If you choose to use it, the mask doesn’t need to stay on longer than 2–3 minutes because this expedites product penetration. However, if no equipment is used, allow the mask to stay on the face for 5–8 minutes.

step 5: Apply herbal compresses steeped in warm herbal tea. For dry complexions, use chamomile, red clover or rose petal tea. For oily or problem complexions, use burdock, dandelion root, yarrow or calendula tea. They should remain on the skin for about 3–5 minutes while performing acupressure face massage through the warm, moist towels and gentle removal of the amber mask. If unfamiliar with the specifics of facial acupressure, gently walk your fingertips back and forth across the client’s face.

step 6: Mist the face with an aromatherapeutic toner.

step 7: Apply a skin-firming serum that contains a vitamin cocktail of sea buckthorn oil, fish collagen and spirulina. Vegans or vegetarians may not want to use fish collagen; however, the ingredient is similar to human collagen.

step 8: Place an amethyst or diamond on the forehead between the eyes. According to Eastern tradition, this area is commonly called the “third eye.” The diamond does not have to be expensive; you can use one that is raw and unpolished.

step 9: Place a blue gem, such as a sapphire or an angel light stone, on the throat area, because blue is the color associated with the throat chakra.

step 10: Apply an emerald-infused eye cream around the eyes and massage the area with circular motions using an emerald or jade wand, or the rod-shaped gemstones that were used to apply acupressure massage around the face.

step 11: Around the lips, apply a serum or balm with an infusion of rubies to stimulate microcirculation and create a warming effect. Remove the diamond and blue gem.

step 12: Slowly massage the entire face with clear quartz spheres for 1–2 minutes. They are energetically similar to diamonds and will help amplify the effects of the facial.

step 13: Apply a moisturizer enriched with diamond or amber elixirs.

step 14: Complete with the application of a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and is at least SPF 15.

The Energetic Properties of Four Gemstones

  • Diamonds. Ancient Ayurvedic tradition prizes these brilliant gemstones for their rejuvenating and medicinal qualities. Diamonds are believed to amplify energy and are beneficial for all complexions.
  • Sapphires. For centuries, sapphires have been thought to bring inner peace and beauty. Their energy has a calming, cooling and cleansing effect on the skin. Sapphires help reduce redness and sensitivity, and are believed to be beneficial for rosacea and acne-prone complexions.
  • Emeralds. These deep green gemstones are believed to have been one of Cleopatra’s favorites and are associated with eye-restoring powers. Emerald elixirs may help refresh and restore the eye area.
  • Rubies. This marvelous gemstone has traditionally been believed to heal and warm the heart, and restore emotional balance. It is believed to be beneficial for dry, aging and sun-damaged complexions. The energy of the ruby is also used to help stimulate blood circulation and is great for lip area applications.

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