Gold Is Great Because…
- It has anti-bacterial properties.
- It is anti-inflammatory. It fights UV damage and fades sunspots and age spots.
- It slows down the depletion of collagen and elastin, keeping skin younger longer.
- It stimulates cellular growth at the base level. The result: skin tightens, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced.
- It helps to transport oxygen molecules directly into the skin, helping to revitalize it and keep it looking youthful. In fact, pure gold actually helps to reverse oxidation damage that results from our daily exposure to pollutants and toxins.
- Gold stimulates lymphatic drainage and blood circulation. Several popular spa treatments are based on this beauty benefit of gold. Also, powder-fine gold can help absorb pollutants, regulate the skin’s ionic balance, and impart a fresh glow.
- Cleopatra is believed to have slept in a gold mask every night. So there’s another secret of that elusive queen’s supple, radiant skin!
- In ancient Rome, gold salves were used for treating of a variety of skin problems.
- The queen of China’s ancient Ch’ing dynasty used a gold massage roller on her face every day.
Golden Spa Worlds
Luxury gets a new meaning at The Arabian Gold Ritual at the Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay in Oman. Picture this: you are first thoroughly exfoliated with a refreshing and healing basil and mint scrub. Next, you’re slathered with a purifying gold-and-clay body mask. Finally, a gold-infused oil is rubbed into your skin, waking it up pore by pampered pore.
The gold facial at Arizona’s Copperwynd Resort & Spa begins with the application of a 24-karat gold leaf mask. Steam is used to help the mask penetrate better, while frankincense and myrrh essential oils are massaged into the gold. Afterwards, a 24-karat gold dusting powder is sprinkled on you, and you’re sent home with a gift of Jane Iredale golden powder.
Gold in Healing
Gold’s role in increasing blood circulation has made healers look at it as heart-friendly.
In olden days, pregnant women were made to wear a gold chain around the abdomen, to influence the fetal heart and the body fluids of the mother.
For a long time now, gold has been a component of certain drugs that treat rheumatoid arthritis. It is believed to reduce swelling and bring down the pain associated with joint disease.
In Renaissance Venice, guests were served gold-covered, sugared almonds after meals to strengthen the heart, protect against rheumatism, and show off the hosts’ riches!