Posted on June 18, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments
Diamonds: Skin’s Best Friend?
The beauty world is always up for new and daring products. Whether it’s charcoal in your soap or shark liver oil in your serum, you can never be sure what the next big ingredient will be. One of this year’s "It" skin savers is diamond nanoparticles. (As if wearing diamonds on your finger weren't enough!)
Although this may seem a little strange and over-the-top, it turns out that diamond particles have been used to treat certain cancers. After absorbing chemotherapy drugs, the particles are used to deliver the medication to the right area of the body while protecting the medication from the body’s defense system. Moreover, the particles help the treatment stay in the cancerous cells for longer, rendering it more effective.
Because diamond particles are so absorbent, it follows that when they chemically attach to anti-aging ingredients, those skin rejuvenating elements can more efficiently penetrate the skin and yield some serious results. Diamond particles in beauty treatments may also mean better hydration: the particles bond well with water, ensuring more hydrated, plumper looking skin.
Yannis Alexandrides, a cosmetic surgeon and the founder of 111Skin, explains, “We use diamond microspheres to transport active ingredients including vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and arbutin to the deepest layers of the skin, where they can target cells for regeneration.” The line’s Celestial Black Diamond Cream runs upwards of $1100.
Diamonds are also used in spa treatments. Sonya Dakar, Gwyneth Paltrow’s facialist, offers a Dimond Peel facial, which employs a diamond encrusted wand that exfoliates and resurfaces skin, a perfect treatment for hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and acne scars.
Natura Bisse’s Diamond Life Insfusion serum promises to turn back the clock by 4 years—in just seven days. The company vice president, Michael Anne Guthrie, maintains that diamonds are “biocompatible,” and when used with the right ingredients, they can help extend the life of skin cells for a more youthful complexion.
Would you splurge on a diamond beauty treatment?
Photos: Kim Alaniz via Flickr, Barneys, Natura Bisse