Di­a­mond & Plat­inum Skin Savers


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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

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