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The 21st Century Gemstone Facial

By: Elina Fedotova
Posted: February 28, 2013, from the March 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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.

Many clients don’t understand the concept of using gemstone energy for healing and beauty. Others think it is hocus pocus or some kind of magic, but many others believe it exists. Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein once said: “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”

Consider well-known practices, such as yoga, acupuncture, tai chi and others. They are based on the harmonizing flow of vital energy called chi, qui or prana. Although mainstream science has yet to verify the impact of this kind of energy on the body, millions of people throughout the world benefit from these ancient practices.

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