Who doesn’t want beautiful, glowing skin that radiates health – and perhaps even wealth? People have used cosmetics to help out Mother Nature since ancient times.
The Egyptians are credited with inventing the first makeup products, using copper and lead ore. That was some 7,000 years ago!
The ancient Greeks also used cosmetics to enhance their skin tone and improve their appearances. There is also the Biblical reference to Jezebel painting her eyelids (2 Kings 9:30 in the Old Testament) – which would have been around 840 BC.
The ancients used cosmetics to enhance internal beauty – health and well-being – as well as that of their visible, exterior bodies. Many of them believed that metals have qualities that can improve health when worn or ingested.
The Japanese, Romans, and Egyptians all agreed that pure, 24-karat gold had therapeutic properties. It “possessed an energy that brought warm, soothing vibrations to the body to aid healing, for when the body relaxes and the blood vessels in the cells aren’t as constricted, blood can move through the tissue spaces more easily.”
“Since all healing is the growth of new cells replacing the dead cells, the body would heal much better and faster, just as those people who have learned to meditate and use the other various arts of relaxation can testify.”
In the days when King Tut ruled, Egyptians didn’t use gold as currency. It held high religious significance, though, as it was associated with the powerful light of the Sun God Ra. The ancient Egyptians believed that the skin of the gods was made of gold, while their bones were made of silver.
Gold is unique in being a metal that never tarnishes. This means it doesn’t change color due to oxidation, which is a common chemical reaction when other metals, such as silver, are exposed to oxygen, which is, of course, present in the air all around us.
Since gold holds its color and is almost impossible to destroy, the Egyptians linked it to eternal life. And because pharaoh was thought to be divine, royal coffins and funerary equipment was crafted from gold to help preserve until the end of timeless time the ruler’s mortal remains.
Fast forward to modern times. Gold leaf is still used in the treatment and rejuvenation of skin conditions.
Chrysotherapy is “a procedure that uses gold salts (a salt form of the metal element gold) to treat diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. The gold salts stop cells from releasing chemicals that can harm tissues. Also called aurotherapy and gold therapy.”
Although many people find that applying gold topically reduces inflammation and help treat a number of health conditions, others experience a negative, allergic skin reaction – so proceed with caution if you are considering following this yellow brick road.
The health benefits of applying gold directly to the skin, as an ingredient in a cream or other preparation, include:
- Reflective particles bronze and brighten skin
- Lightens complexion
- Reduces acne and skin allergies
- Stimulates skin cells, nerves, and veins to improve blood circulation
- Increases elasticity of skin
Ionic gold is a gold salt that dissolves in water. A gold salt must be water soluble to create an ionic solution. Why is this important?
Gold ions help stimulate the cells, nerves, and veins throughout the body, which improves blood circulation. As a consequence, the skin cells’ metabolic and waste removal rate rises, processing and flushing more toxins. It is the power of gold to stimulate cell energy that promotes healthy skin.
Many high-end spas now offer therapeutic skin treatments where 24-carat gold leaf (a thin sheet) is used as a facial mask that hydrates, firms, and moisturizes the skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. The result: a glowing complexion radiating youth and vitality.
Japanese researchers have come up with a gold leaf facial treatment that “gold locks in moisture and keeps skin firm by maintaining collagen in the skin and inhibiting the breakdown of elastin.”
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that gold leaf, when used to treat low blood-flow skin ulcers, improved mouth lesion and skin ulcers with no negative side effects noticed.
The antibacterial properties present in gold help carry oxygen molecules into the skin for cell renewal which combats ulcers and inflammatory disorders of the skin.
It isn’t hard to find cosmetic products laced with real gold but remember that “all that glitters is not gold” – beware of imposters and fake products.