Diamond & Platinum Skin Savers
Are these ultimate jewellery favourites the answer to younger-looking skin? Emily Dudding investigates.
“Big girls need big diamonds,” Elizabeth Taylor famously said. Now, it turns out, a woman’s favourite bauble may add glow to your skin as well. Some of the most cutting-edge skincare lines are incorporating diamonds and their perfect partner, platinum. Even normally sceptical cosmetic chemists see the potential beauty benefits. “Minerals such as diamonds, gold, and platinum have been used as delivery systems for certain cancer drugs as a way of shielding the drug from the body’s defence system,” says Ni’Kita Wilson, cosmetic chemist and CEO of Catalyst Cosmetic Development.
So how could this help your – ahem – wrinkles? Diamond and platinum nanoparticles have an exceptionally high absorption rate, and when they chemically attach to active anti-ageing ingredients, those skin plumpers and line smoothers can penetrate deeper into the skin, yielding better youth-renewing results. Diamond nanoparticles also bond well with water, so your skin will stay hydrated longer.
Says cosmetic surgeon Yannis Alexandrides, founder of the cult skincare brand 111Skin, “We use black diamond microspheres to transport active ingredients, including vitamin C and collagen, to the deepest layers of the skin, where they can target cells for regeneration.”
“Diamonds are known to be biocompatible,” says Michael Ann Guthrie, a vice president at Natura Bissé. “The diamond nanoparticles optimise penetration of the anti-ageing ingredients into the skin, and the formula helps provide intense lifting and increased luminosity.” The LAbased skin guru Sonya Dakar offers a Diamond Peel facial that “sweeps away discoloured skin to decrease hyperpigmentation and diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars,” says Dakar. Locally, the DRx Medispa uses a diamond-tipped microdermabrasion tool in its Essential Facial (Plus).
Daniel Stangl, director of innovation for La Prairie, makes the case for platinum, too. “Colloidal platinum makes skin less susceptible to damage from free radicals and premature ageing,” he claims. La Prairie’s Cellular Eye Essence Platinum Rare serum combines platinum with age-fighting tetrapeptides to increase firmness and reduce wrinkles in the eye area. Platinum lovers looking for a lighter touch in both texture and price should try Kanebo. The Impress Granmula Diamond Aura Facial Treatment breathes “exquisite aura” to the complexion within an hour or so after this ultimate pampering session.
To complete the luxe life, Red Carpet Manicure’s LED Nail Gel Polish in Diamond has crushed gems in its tiny bottle. And while the effect may not spell Hollywood royalty, a bit of beauty bling never hurt anyone. Just ask La Liz.
“Colloidal platinum makes skin less susceptible to damage from free radicals and premature ageing.” – Daniel Stangl