Extreme Beauty: The 24ct Gold Facial
Each fortnight Extreme Beauty investigates what's new and cutting edge in the battle to remain young and beautiful.
What is it?
The 24ct facial uses a technique developed in Japan which opens the pores of the face and vapourises an extremely thin layer of pure gold through the pores and toward the basel layer deep within the skin. It also looks really pretty.
Why use it?
The medicinal benefits of gold were first recorded by the Egyptians who ingested it to restore the elixir of life. The Swedish pharmacist Carl Wilhem Scheele was amongst the first to research the properties of gold for western medicine and the use of gold in pills and liquid remedies. It is an excellent alleviative of joint pain for sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis. In this particular instance gold helps repair circulation in the skin and fill fine lines using an inert and non-toxic material.
What's the procedure?
When you arrive at the salon you're given a hot water bottle and tucked up into a nice comfy bed. After being cleansed and toned a light peel is applied and the pores are opened with a nano-mist adjusted according to your skin type.
Once the pores are open a relaxing massage is given. A gel is then applied to keep the pores open before the gorgeous-goldy-goodness is applied. Sheets of extremely fine gold leaf are layered onto the face and the gold is worked into the skin using both massage and a nano superfine steam treatment.
How does it feel?
Divine and deeply relaxing. Sleepy even.
The benefits .... real or imagined?
Fine lines were reduced and blotchy patches were evened out.
Trying to justify this one to work colleagues was a little tricky.
How much does it cost?
The treatment is available at InVogue Beauty Salon in Blackrock and costs €150. Call 01 288 8880 to book.
As a moisturiser the gel is more filling than collagen and works to infuse gold leaf deep into the skin reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles providing a filling, plumping effect.
Having gold applied to your face while the world is in recession feels a little like the last days of the Roman Empire. Did I mention it also looks really, really pretty?