Gems and stones in skincare


A part from their beauty qualities, are gems and stones effective in the skincare? Do they make a difference if part of a formula?

I can see quartz in the new trends and wonder if it actually a skincare ingredient

Thank you


  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    edited September 2017
    No, merely inert filler except of course for gypsum (plaster) and cement, which may prove useful for filling in the craters after a bad acne attack. Smoothing the rough spots after, best use 400 grade sandpaper.
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  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist

    No, that's all marketing hype.  Gems and stones won't do a thing for your skin.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

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  • zaidjeberzaidjeber Member
    edited September 2017
    Hi guys
    @Belassi is right, its inert filter in some of the CC creams from Korea, look at Chriszen Roller Moist Cream that contains synthetic sapphire 
    02 honey beige
    water, butylene glycol, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, titanium dioxide (c1 77891), cyclopentasiloxane, ethylhexyl salicylate, cyclohexasiloxane, butylene glycol, dicaprylate/dicaprate, niacinamide, cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone, zinc oxide, dipentaerythrityl hexahydroxystearate/hexastearate/hexarosinate, talc, cetyl dimethicone/bis-vinyldimethicone crosspolymer, sodium hyaluronate, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, dimethicone, magnesium sulfate, disteardimonium hectorite, biosaccharide gum-1, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, trihydroxystearin, caprylyl glycol, triethoxycaprylylsilane, aluminum hydroxide, phenyl trimethicone, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, allantoin, dimethicone crosspolymer, hydrogenated lecithin, synthetic sapphire, glycerin, caprylhydroxamic acid, adenosine, glutathione, ceramide 3, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder, saccharide isomerate, hydrolyzed extensin, sorbitol, lecithin, panthenol, glycosyl trehalose, tocopheryl acetate, glyceryl linolenate, glyceryl linoleate, retinyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, glyceryl caprylate, xanthan gum, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, iron oxides (ci 77492), iron oxides (ci77491), iron oxides (ci 77499), ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, disodium edta, fragrance.
  • search this: RonaFlair® White Sapphire – A Touch of Luxury
  • @zaidjeber
    No inert filter, but an inert filler: fairydust.
    If you pulverize sapphire, you just have mainly aluminum oxide.
    Just because it's expensive blingbling, doesn't mean it's useful in skincare.
    Platinum derivatives are being used in chemotherapeutics for example, very toxic. Still people are amazed to hear that.

    Using fairydust for marketing purposes rather than having a good skin active doesn't sound 'innovative' to me.
  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    titanium dioxide - fake lightening effect and blemish concealer
    zinc oxide - filler, sunscreen
    talc - filler, concealer
    magnesium sulfate - filler, buffer
    aluminum hydroxide - filler, pH adjuster
    iron oxides - filler, colouring agent
    Cosmetic Brand Creation. Concept to name to IMPI search to logo and brand registration. In-house graphic design inc. Pantone specs. Cosmetic label and box design & graphics.
  • @Doreen81 it is a fairy dust, that we know, others don't know  :p and that what marketing have been playing on.
    @Belassi great explanation, you have nailed it on the head  :D B)
  • @zaidjeber
    Maybe they can convert some aluminum fearing chemophobes ;) 
    I love @Belassi 's comments too  :D 
  • How can i make a natural facial sunscreen while using totally natural oils face cream?? Please does anyone have the idea? And what is usually the most effective ingrediend for UV protection?
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    @Sabah - you should start a new discussion if you want your question answered.
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