Crystals have been said to have healing properties for centuries—and now, they are being used in skincare.
General facial massage has quickly become a popular technique among skincare specialists as it's thought to aid in rejuvenating and repairing the skin.
Georgia Louise of the Georgia Louise Spa in New York City tells InStyle,
"Facial massage speeds up our circulation, allowing for skin to heal and repair itself from the damage and traumas we put it through on a daily basis a lot quicker."
But facialists are now combining the alleged healing abilities of crystals into facial massage for an extra boost of nourishment.
The stone is meant to reduce puffiness and wrinkles in the face, and Louise has posted a series of tutorial videos on her Instagram account showing us exactly how to use it.
We have to admit, it's pretty mesmerizing.
Brooklyn-based acupuncturist and herbalist Sandra Lanshin Chiu uses jade for gem stone facial treatments (known as "gua sha" in Chinese).
Chiu tells Elle:
"In general, stones are prized in Chinese culture and healing for their resilience, because they take eons to form as the perfect coming together of the elements and time. They are regarded and revered as entities with spirit and consciousness of their own, so they help with healing—including improving skin—because they expose a person's energy field with that of the stone."
That might sounds like hippy-dippy nonsense, but the benefits of crystals can also be explained in a logical, scientific way. Well, sort of.
Crystals are often used in electronics such as watches, and liquid crystal displays (LCD computer screens) and are powered by the same components as quartz crystals.
Heather Askinosie, co-founder of Energy Muse, a California-based crystal e-tailer, suggests to Elle that, "If we can program data into a silicone strip, who's to say that our minds or thoughts or intentions can't program a crystal?"
There aren't any studies currently being done to test the benefits of crystal facial massage. But in the meantime, there's no harm in it. If it's a way to wake up our faces on a Monday morning, whether or not it's scientifically skin-enhancing, we'll probably try it.