October 03 2019
Ah, crystals. These gorgeous stones that come from the Earth have gained popularity over the last few years and with good reason. Not only are they beautiful to look at and can serve as eye catching decor, they’re also said to help with all kinds of things including improving sleep, reducing anxiety, attracting abundance, promoting healing, and bringing in good energy into your space.
One area, in particular, where crystals have become all the rage is skincare. There are many beauty products on the market that are infused with crystals. Some spas also offer crystal facial treatments. Even celebrities are fans.
Although there is no scientific evidence to prove the effects crystals have on our skin, crystal healing has been incorporated into beauty regimes for thousands of years. Some say it’s just a placebo effect. Either way, it feels utterly luxurious to use crystals in your skincare routine. And hey, if it’s good enough for celebrities who have flawless, glowing skin, then it’s good enough for us.
If you’re looking for a more holistic approach to skincare and want to give crystals a try, here’s five stones that will help improve your skin and some expert tips on how to use them.
5 Healing Crystals that Will Improve Your Skin
This gorgeous purple stone has a calming energy to it which will support you in getting better beauty sleep. It also helps you tap into your intuition and your spiritual side and is said to work magic for your skin as well. “Amethyst’s detoxifying properties and its ability to promote cellular regeneration make it ideal for skincare use,” says Faith Davis, writer for crystal distributor Cosmic Cuts. “It can be used on skin infections, acne, or just as part of a preventative skincare routine.”
2. Black Onyx
Black onyx is known as a stone of protection. It helps you bust through your fears, let go of limiting thoughts, reduce stress, and provides a sense of peace and calm. These benefits also spill over onto your skin. Davis tells us black onyx reduces inflammation and promotes healthy circulation resulting in that coveted radiant glow we all crave.
3. Clear quartz
Clear quartz is a crystal everyone needs in their toolkit. Davis says clear quartz is an amplifier making it a powerful stone that can help you gain clarity, achieve focus, and manifest your desires. It can amplify the effectiveness of your existing beauty routine too. “It’s also used for reducing fine lines and wrinkles,” she says, adding that its nickname of “master healer’’ can also aid in improving skin conditions.
There is a reason why everyone in the beauty world is going crazy over the jade roller trend. “The ancients used jade to improve circulation, reduce puffiness, and for contouring and lifting the skin,” Davis says. “It promotes harmony and balance which can serve to improve existing skin issues.”
5. Rose Quartz
It’s fitting that rose quartz is a soft pink color because it’s the stone of love, compassion, and forgiveness. “When used on the skin, it can help to keep the skin youthful and improve circulation,” Davis says. “Since rose quartz is such a gentle stone, it is especially useful for people with sensitive skin. It is also a cooling stone so it can be used for inflammatory conditions like rosacea, eczema, and rashes.”
How to use your crystals
Now that you know what crystals you need to step up your skincare game, here are some ways you can use them.
1. Create your own crystal essences
Ditch the store-bought toner and face mist and make your own crystal-infused concoction instead. To do this, Davis recommends putting your crystals into a glass or ceramic bowl along with distilled water and leaving them out to bathe in the sunlight or moonlight. That said, be sure to double check that the stone is not affected by the sunlight. “Amethyst and rose quartz, for example, will lose their color in the sun,” she says.
2. Place crystals on your skin
The easiest way to use your crystals is by simply placing them directly on your skin while you rest or meditate, Davis says. Or, better yet, she adds that you can also use a smooth tumbled stone to massage your skin. This will help reduce puffiness, inflammation, and wrinkles. It will also help restore your complexion’s radiance.
3. Enhance your skincare products
To take the skincare products you already have in your beauty cabinet to the next level, all you need is a chunk of amethyst geode. “Place your cleanser, toner, moisturizers, or any other products that you use on your face on an amethyst geode overnight to enhance their healing properties so that they can do their best work for your complexion,” Davis says.
4. Place them in your bath
“What better way to enjoy crystals than to soak up their healing properties by placing them in your bath,” Davis says. “That way, every inch of your skin can absorb their benefits.” That said, not all crystals are meant to be in water so make sure you only use ones that are water safe.
5. Use crystal skincare tools
You won’t have any trouble finding skincare tools made out of crystals such as a jade roller or a gua sha, which are facial massagers that help improve circulation and lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness. Be sure to prep your skin with a serum or a moisturizer before using them. This will quickly become one of your favorite self-care rituals.
With these five skin-boosting crystals and tips and tricks on how to use them, consider yourself ready to take your skincare routine up a notch.