Thinking outside the jewellery box, skincare experts are turning to platinum, gold, pearls and diamonds for their rejuvenating properties...
A major metal in the skincare spotlight, platinum exhibits antioxidant properties and helps deliver nutrients to the skin. Take Nurse Jamie’s EGF Platinum 3 Restorative Facial Elixir; its infusion of pure platinum enables its moisturising oil formula to penetrate more effectively for optimal results; and the same goes for the collagen-boosting peptides in Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Platinum Stem Cell Elixir. La Prairie maximises the skin’s regenerative process during sleep with its Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir, teaming a platinum peptide with its signature cellular renewal complex.
Gold has antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, and is primarily used in a colloidal form (nanoparticles suspended in liquid) in skincare to enable it to penetrate the skin more easily, along with any active ingredients attached to it. Rodial’s anti-ageing Rose Gold Serum binds 24kt colloidal gold with the progeline peptide, which works to inhibit the synthesis of progerin, a protein associated with accelerated cell ageing. In Chantecaille’s Nano Gold Energizing Face Cream, gold is combined with silk peptides to soothe and nourish the skin. And MZ Skin’s Hydra-Lift Golden Facial Treatment Mask delivers a rejuvenating cocktail of gold nanoparticles, plumping collagen and antioxidant vitamin C.
In Asia, pearls have long been revered for their illuminating sheen, as well as their skin-strengthening, hydrating and antioxidant benefits courtesy of their high amino acid and mineral content. Now, the rest of the world is taking note. Pearl is the starring ingredient in Anne Semonin’s Precious Pearl Ice Cubes, which when applied directly from the freezer to mimic the benefits of cryotherapy, help revitalise the complexion. White pearl powder is incorporated in La Mer’s The Cleansing Foam for a boost of radiance, while Shangpree opts for a combination of black pearl powder and gold in its hydrogel Gold Black Pearl Eye Mask to nourish skin and minimise the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.
Beyond its eye-catching beauty, diamond’s ability to help draw other ingredients into the skin makes it a staple beauty player. And that’s why the team at 111Skin decided to create a seven-strong line, Celestial Black Diamond, centred around the gemstone. Super-fine diamond particles also offer gentle exfoliation, enhancing the skin’s natural glow; NuBo pairs the jewel with micro-encapsulated oxygen in its White Diamond Ice-Glow Mask, which cools and calms for a luminous result. In Omorovicza’s Blue Diamond Eye Cream, diamond peptides help to promote cellular repair.
- Photographer RUI FARIA
- Beauty Features Editor ASHLEIGH HOULTON
- Make-up ALEX BABSKY @ Premier Hair and Make-up
- Hair SHUKEEL MURTAZA @ Frank Agency using Hair By Sam McKnight
- Nails CHISATO YAMAMOTO @ David Artists using YSL Beauté
- Model HANNAH DODD @ Select
- Fashion Assistant KELLY BLUFF
- Digital Operator JEAN-PHILIPPE WOODLAND
- Photographer's Assistant PHIL BRADLEY
If applying eye gems, always use a safe, skin-friendly adhesive for face and lashes.