Do luxurious metals mean luxurious skin care?
Edited By:Alexandra Vaughn , MD
- Gold face masks are becoming popular for at home skin care med spa treatments
- 24K gold skin care may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Gold infused skin products have been on the rise recently. These shimmery and vibrant products may not only be beneficial for the skin but also just look beautiful to apply. If you are interested in purchasing gold infused products, this article will inform you of the potential benefits of 24K gold and gold face masks.
24k Gold Face Mask Benefits
Studies have shown that gold nanoparticles have anti-inflammatory properties. One lab study has shown that gold nanoparticles inhibited the production of molecules that promote inflammation. Inflammation is a common contributing factor in skin diseases such as rosacea. Inflammation of the skin is also common for people with acne, so gold may be beneficial for people with acne prone skin.
Gold nanoparticles may have antioxidant properties, which can be beneficial in limiting the production of free radical molecules that could damage skin cells. Free radicals are known to damage DNA and proteins such as collagen, which can lead to faster aging of the skin. In addition, one study has shown that gold nanoparticles in combination with the antioxidant molecules epigallocatechin gallate (found in green tea) and alpha-lipoic acid had strong wound healing capabilities.
24K Face Masks and Other Gold Skin Care
Gold face mask treatments can be administered by an aesthetician or dermatologist, but some treatments can range in cost up to several hundred dollars because real gold leaf is applied to the face. Luckily, there are many masks and other gold infused products that can be purchased online or in store for under $100.
A mask from Peter Thomas Roth is additionally infused with magnesium and caffeine, and proposes to re-energize skin. This line of skin care also has 24K gold infused creams, sheet masks, and face soap.
At this time, there is no scientific evidence proving that gold is any better than other antioxidants that can be applied to the skin. If you are concerned about the steep price of gold skin care products, there are plenty of other reasonably priced products that contain other effective antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E.
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