From the ancient but freshly trending practice of using jade rollers to help ease fine lines on the face, to crystal facials, to Kim Kardashian’s crystal-inspired perfume line, crystals are officially part of the beauty conversation. Will using your fave stones on your skin lead to tangible benefits? The jury is still out, but that hasn’t stopped some of our favourite brands from adding good vibes to their products through the addition of quartz, jade, aventurine, and a host of other stunning stones.
So Are Crystal-Infused Beauty Products Really Better For You?
“While there aren’t clinically proven benefits to the skin itself,” explains Valerie Grandury, founder of Odacité, “crystal-infused beauty products are all about bringing healing, calming and protective vibrations into your life. The real benefits are for your energy, and we all know how happy energy can give you a beautiful glow.”
Annie Tevelin, founder of SkinOwl was similarly inspired. “I want people to wear the power they receive from crystals,” she tells us. “If you can’t bring your crystals everywhere you go, you most certainly can wear them. When I wear them, I am reminded of my power, my purpose, and my place in this world. It’s positive energy, and we all can use as much as of it as possible these days!”
Using the Whole Stone
No doubt your Insta feed is packed with beauty gurus using jade and rose quartz rollers to help ease puffiness, minimize the appearance of fine lines, and help serums more deeply penetrate the skin. But have you heard of Gua Sha?
“Gua Sha is an ancestral Chinese method for massaging the skin in a “scraping” motion to promote circulation, reduce puffiness, improve texture and firmness, and give the skin an unreal glow,” explains Grandury. The practice begins with moisturizing the skin with a serum or oil, and then scraping the skin with a blunt tool (traditionally anything from a ceramic spoon to bone to crystal) in slow, deliberate strokes towards the lymph nodes. And while a spoon is certainly one option, we’re loving the stunning rose quartz tool from Odacité for a truly luxe self-care treatment.
And while you might not keep the gua sha in your purse to access the stone’s self-love vibes, the skincare company has introduced another product that gives users the chance to tote around good vibes and good skincare. The already cult-favourite (Toronto’s The Detox Market sold out in one week) Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum uses an aventurine sphere for application to stimulate blood circulation for fuller-looking lips. Aventurine “is the luckiest crystal and protects you from bad energies,” Grandury explains. “I thought it would be great to integrate it to a product that you would carry around with you and use frequently – almost like having a lucky/protective charm with you at all times.”
Crystal-Infused Beauty Products and Crystal-Inspired Skincare
Want to take the next step and apply the vibes directly on your skin? For that, there are the products infused with crystals and inspired by them.
Falling into the latter camp are the ultra luxe-feeling Body+ Illuminators from SkinOwl, an irresistibly sparkly product meant to be worn on naked skin, fresh out of the shower. The Illuminators are inspired by amethyst, morganite, and selenite and “made with love and energy,” says Tevelin. “The crystals are with us as we make the products by hand. Crystals cannot penetrate the pore, so we do the next best thing, which is create a product inspired by these crystals. When you wear the oils, you are reminded of the stone’s power, which stays with you in spirit throughout the day and night.”
Crystal-infused beauty products are generally made with actual finely ground crystals. Tata Harper makes a clarifying mask with quartz sand micro-crystals to exfoliate and soften the skin and Shiva Rose makes a Blue Crystal Eye Cream which is “activated by” azurite crystals. And then there’s SJÄL, a gemstone-infused skincare line which incorporates diamonds, blue sapphire, amethyst and more to promote “increased cellular energy, microcirculation, and clarity.”
Then there are the crystal-infused beauty products like Glossier’s Haloscope Highlighter which has an outer ring infused with real rose quartz or golden topaz extracts to give the skin a soft glow.
Or For a D.I.Y. Method…
Not looking to drop a ton on crystal-infused beauty products? Try an at-home crystal facial.
“Crystal facials change the vibration and tension from your facial pressure points while transferring crystal vibes to facial muscles,” explains Happy Soul’s Joey Wargachuk. “The stones absorb facial heat and leave a soothing feeling. It can be an energizing and a relaxing beauty ritual.”
If performing your own crystal facial sounds complicated, Wargachuk promises it’s actually quite simple. Here’s how to do it using just seven crystals:
- Place one on the forehead for intention, over the third eye
- Place two under the eyes to deal with bags and lines
- Place two above the lips
- Place on one the chin as this is a key tension point
- Relax for 15 minutes
Wargachuk also suggests a few crystal combos based on what you’re hoping to achieve.
- For Energy: clear quartz and rose quartz
- To De-stress and relax: clear quartz, blue lace agate, and lepidolite
- To melt away tension: clear quartz and moldavite
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