Crystals and the Skin
We know vitamins and minerals nourish the body, so where do crystals fit in? Vitamins are antioxidants that provide protection against the harmful effects of free radicals to the cells in your skin. Vitamin C, A, E and K are highly effective for skin preservation, cell renewal, brightening and exfoliating the skin. Simply stated, we know vitamins are good for the skin. This is a no brainer for estheticians and why so many facial treatments incorporate vitamin-rich chemical peels, serums and masks.
On the other hand, a mineral is a naturally occurring chemical compound that grows in a crystalline form, making crystals minerals. Crystals carry a negative charge, while toxins and free radicals carry a positive charge, which is important in the removal of toxins and free radicals from the skin. Negative ions magnetically draw out positively charged particles to detoxify, cleanse and heal the skin. Some crystals have such a powerful charge that you can feel them actively tingle in your hand. Adding crystals into a facial treatment is a great idea that can increase revenue and benefit your client’s skin and spirit.
Crystals and the Spirit
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Crystals emanate vibrational energy, and different crystals relate to different types of healing and wellness. Crystals have been used in healing since the beginning of humankind. The oldest crystals are amber, dating back as long as 30,000 years ago and some discovered in Britain from 10,000 years ago.
Crystal healing is a technique in which crystals are used to repair the body and protect against disease, allowing positive, remedial energy to flow into the body as negative, disease-causing energy is released.
Selecting a Crystal
In crystal healing, stones are assigned certain properties. Some of these properties are good for the care of skin. Selecting the right crystal out of many for skin conditions and spirit healing is easy with the right information.
Amethyst. This beautiful purple gem is a rare form of quartz that can be found within geodes around the globe. Amethyst crystals bring inner spiritual harmony and are a powerful purifying gem. The calming properties are excellent for the spa setting. Have you heard of a crystal room? It exists. Amethysts may be beautiful for home décor, but they are also a go-to for many facial treatments. It packs a heavy punch by gently increasing the surface body temperature, which increases blood circulation and oxygen to the skin’s cells; this translates to anti-aging and rejuvenation for sluggish skin. The cleansing, antibacterial and detoxifying properties make this gem ideal to keep acne at bay.
Rose quartz. Associated with the heart chakra and feelings of love, rose quartz can help to release stress and tension. It is a powerful healing crystal that emits a soothing vibration. A popular gem for skin care, this crystal can stimulate cells called fibroblasts to make more collagen, which is important for wound repair. It stimulates blood circulation and brings more oxygen to the skin, clearing away toxins and impurities. The natural exfoliating and healing properties make it excellent for facial treatments. Rose quartz will literally rock your world.
Diamond. Diamonds are clear, typically colorless crystals of light and illumination. This precious stone has benefits of balance, exfoliation and radiance. The luxury of the diamond transposes the skin from dull to bright. Used in the form of diamond powder, ash or diamond tipped microdermabrasion, this crystal is excellent for exfoliation and stimulating collagen. A diamond facial brings thoughts of indulgence and luxury, making it a great addition to your spa menu.
Sapphire. The sapphire is the most precious and valuable blue gemstone. Often referred to as the wisdom stone, this crystal is associated with spirituality and the divine. It releases mental tension and spiritual confusion. For the skin, it aids in stimulating the pituitary gland, which regulates pigment, making it ideal to assist in treating hyperpigmentation. The sapphire’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties paired with its soothing and calming abilities, make it perfect for rosacea or irritated skin. Warm, red, irritated skin can be soothed by the cool blue sapphire. It is the perfect solution and a great upsell, add-on or specialized facial.
Lepidolite. Known as Cleopatra’s favorite beauty stone, lepidolite is believed to help reverse the aging process. Lepidolite works as a natural anti-depressant and pain-relief crystal, providing peace and tranquility. Belonging to the same group as lithium, lepidolite is highly reactive and creates vibrations that respond to our body in an effective and positive way, and many say they “feel high” when interacting with it. It stimulates and purifies the skin and connective tissues, helping to aid in skin preservation. When you hold it in your hand, you will feel the electrical charge that it emanates, like a battery. Lepidolite is a shimmery light purple to pink gemstone that can be found in Brazil, Russia, Africa and the United States. It is great for clients who have mature skin and are going through menopause.
Citrine. This golden gem aids in directing personal power and creativity to enhance the physical body. Known as the success stone, it helps to manifest goals, wealth and abundance; it is a powerful cleanser and regenerator. Providing the skin a healthy dose of cell renewal, the citrine is perfect for a light exfoliation and anti-aging treatment. It can brighten the skin like a beaming ray of golden light.
Crystal On the Spa Menu
Our being is comprised of body, mind and spirit. When caring for the skin, consider the body as a whole. New findings reveal factual evidence to back up claims that crystals can benefit the skin and the entire body. In skin care, there are various treatments that can be added to your repertoire of services.
Here are a few ways to incorporate crystals into your treatments.
Crystal facial. After a thorough client consultation, choose crystals that correspond with the needs of the client for skin and spirit. Create a crystal map or grid. Typically, one crystal would be placed on the chin, one crystal on each cheek, one crystal for the third eye (area between the eyes) and one crystal for the center of the forehead. Cleanse your space both physically and energetically. The environment of the room should be very calming. After you cleanse the client’s skin, apply the crystals according to your map, and let them remain for 15 minutes. Remove and cleanse the skin. Follow normal facial procedure or offer the crystal healing as a stand-alone service.
Crystal massage. Adding a crystal tool, like a massage stone or massage pen, to your facial protocol can be a lucrative add-on service. The rose quartz roller has become an Instagram sensation. Used for lymphatic drainage and massage with all the added benefits of the rose quartz, this tool is a great upsell. A rose quartz heart shaped tool is another option. During the massage portion of the facial, massage the skin for 10 minutes with the gem for healing and calming. Another option is to chill the crystal and massage post waxing, as well.
Crystal water. Soak the desired crystals in purified water for 15 minutes or longer prior to any facial service. Use the water for cleansing or add it to a spray bottle that will lightly mist the skin to hydrate it. Other options are to wrap the feet with warm towels that are dampened with the crystal water or add it to a pedicure tub.
Crystal skin care. The number of professional skin care products formulated with crystals is numerous, but one thing is for sure, the audience loves them. Products using ruby, tourmaline, quartz, rose quartz, sapphire and diamond reveal the most radiant skin. There is a reason diamonds are a girl’s best friend—beautiful skin. Smart combinations such as a diamond exfoliator paired with quartz calming masks will leave any client feeling revitalized inside and out.
Set Yourself Apart
Choose the appropriate crystal and modality to add crystals to your menu of skin care services. This will set you apart, increase revenue and leave your client feeling renewed, relaxed and glowing on the inside and out.
Incorporating crystals into your skin care menu is brilliant. To add crystals to your repertoire of services, you need to understand what they are and how to infuse them into your treatments. So, how do crystals improve the skin? Let’s go back to science 101.