Do Gold Facials Really Work Or Is It Just A Fad?
Gold facials often claim that gold has a host of skin-improving benefits, including:
- reducing inflammation and redness
- protecting against free radicals
- supporting collagen production
- fighting aging
Some makers of gold beauty products claim that gold flecks warm your skin to help with circulation. But most gold skin products are made with colloidal gold. These are nanoparticles suspended in a liquid that are tiny enough to penetrate your skin.
Although scientific research and reviews suggest that gold compounds may interfere with processes in your body that lead to inflammation, “currently there are no FDA-approved indications for gold specific to dermatology,” says Camp.
Skincare companies claim that gold products and facials can:
- reduce wrinkles
- calm inflammation
- increase the absorption of other skincare products
However, “there is no scientific data that gold can do any of this when applied to the skin,” says Shainhouse. “Gold may have some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, but there is no evidence that it’s better than any other more commonly used ingredients that have more scientific data.”
Does it work?
Sure, gold facials may benefit your skin — but it’s likely because the gold is mixed with other, more effective ingredients.
A few common ingredients added to the gold that make it truly effective include:
- Peptides. Peptides are naturally occurring amino acids that makeup proteins in your skin. Research, including a 2009 review, suggests peptides may help repair skin aging and sun damage and improve your skin’s barrier function.
- Antioxidants. Antioxidants like vitamin C have been shown to neutralize normally occurring free radicals in order to treat sun damage, skin aging, and inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis.
- Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, are frequently used in skincare peels to regenerate and thicken skin as a treatment for acne, scars, dark spots, and age spots.
- Glycerin. Studies suggest that glycerin helps boost your skin’s barrier function to lock in moisture and protect against irritants.
- Hyaluronic acid. This substance, which your body naturally makes, binds to water. Research shows that hyaluronic acid may help increase your skin’s hydration and decrease the appearance of wrinkles. It may also help treat mild to moderate eczema by improving your skin’s barrier function, according to a 2011 study.