Bling on the face

Posted on March 12th, by Helen in Blog, I tried it!, Treatments. 4 comments

Bling on the face

Last week my face got the Midas touch with the famous 24 Karat Gold facial from Japan. I got it done at Revive Med Spa in uptown Toronto, with my Facialist Beata, who you may remember from my milia post.

But I’ll be upfront: gold facials fall under the gimmicky category for me – right there with the snake venom facial. There’s not a shred of evidence to prove that it does much for skin. Beata was honest about what the gold facial can and cannot do for me, “It’s not going to treat acne or pigmentation or even fine lines. It’s a relaxing, luxurious experience that’ll leave your skin supple, clean and tighter.” In other words, it’s a pampering facial for short-term results.

According to New Beauty magazine, which is like the skincare bible to me, the purported benefits of gold on skin are as follows:

  • The anti-aging benefits of gold can be traced back 5,000 years to Cleopatra, who was said to sleep in a gold face mask every night to enhance the suppleness of her complexion and preserve its natural luminosity.
  • In addition to antioxidant and antimicrobial powers, gold is praised for its purported ability to ward off UV damage, tighten lax skin and reduce the appearance of discolouration.
  • Some believe it can slow the breakdown of elastin, keeping skin firm and taut; other proponents believe gold increases circulation, eliminating toxins from the body and speeding up tissue repair.

However, they caution “when you pursue a gold-based skin treatment or purchase a skincare product that contains gold, keep in mind that there is currently no scientific proof to substantiate any of these claims.”

My results

I left the spa looking like an oil slick because the gold particles from the glit sheets are actually massage into your skin, along with a moisturizing cream, and you’re not supposed to wash your face until the next day.

Beata said I can blot the excess if it’s bothering me, so I did before I went to bed. In the morning, my face did have a great glow and my under eye circles didn’t look as dark as usual. My skin appeared brighter and felt baby soft. I was able to confidently ditch the foundation and blush for the day. However I did notice two small pimples coming through my skin, nothing major, but I wonder if this had something to do with the gold’s ability to eliminate toxins? Or perhaps it was due to the cream being too occlusive for my acne-prone skin. Who knows for sure. Luckily my derm’s Clarifying Acne Treatment (a 5% benzoyl peroxide gel) cleared the spots by the next day.

Would I recommend the gold facial? Only as an indulgent treat for sallow dry skin, and only if you have the budget for it. At $300, it’s not cheap, but it will give you a luminous glow for the next few days. And bragging rights, if that’s what you’re after.

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