One of the most talked about trends in anti-aging is the use of gold as an ingredient in high end skin products. Here are a few examples:
– Gratiae Gold Elements
– Oro Gold 24K Anti-Aging Eye Serum
– Alpha-H Liquid Gold Anti-Aging Peel
– Umo 24K Gold Facial
– Gold Camilla Body Oil
A company called Proskins even makes leggings that have gold and hyaluronic acid woven into the threading. And this is supposed to help get rid of cellulite and firm the skin. They also have eye masks which are supposed to help treat fine lines and other forms of aging.
Within humanity’s collective consciousness, gold has always been placed on a high pedestal as the quintessential element, beyond money and jewelry. Therefore, it is no surprise that this romanticized concept is being tied into luxury skin care. But is the allure of gold dust due to mere fantasy and imagination? Or does gold really have miraculous healing abilities to treat wrinkles and even reverse the skin’s aging process?
Why Is Gold Being Considered For Wrinkle Treatment Products?
The development of nanotechnology has made it possible to break down gold into tiny sized (nano) particles. This makes it easier for them to be absorbed into the skin.
According to proponents, gold has the capability to:
(1) fight aging
(2) treat acne
(3) alleviate inflammation
The explanation of many beauticians is that the gold absorbs into the skin. And somehow this will protect against pigmentation and fine lines. Others will describe the ability of gold is able to conduct heat. This is supposed to enhance the skin’s circulation, allowing other ingredients to penetrate the skin’s barrier more readily. And this is supposedly how the skin’s firmness can be enhanced.
Here is another argument that is intended to help justify gold’s potential to rejuvenate tissue. In some medical practices, colloidal gold is injected to treat arthritis. According to this perspective, if this element can rejuvenate joint tissue, then it should be offer restorative benefits to the skin as well.
What Dermatologists Have To Say About Using Gold As An Anti-Aging Measure
Most dermatologists remain skeptical about this new trend of using gold nanoparticles in creams, lotions and facials for treating wrinkles and sagging. Dr. Robert Anolik of Brandt Dermatology in New York, told Harper’s Bazaar that there is not enough research evidence to support the benefits of using gold. Dr. Simon Curian of Epione in Beverly Hills says that he will not recommend the use of this element as a skin treatment for his patients.
Other medical experts assert that gold can irritate the skin. And because of this, it was named, “Allergen of the Year” by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.
According to Dr. Umar here at Fine Touch Dermatology, many signs of aging are due to volume loss and the degeneration of collagen and elastin fibers within the dermis layer. Therefore, targeting this deeper level of the skin is far more effective than applying topical creams, serums and the like, which are often limited to the upper epidermis. Furthermore, a regular anti-oxidant rich diet can help reduce the atrophy rate of collagen and elastin. And this is confirmed by research studies.
For more information on various anti-aging measures that can help improve the appearance of your skin, click here.