Egyptians believed the healing powers of gold. Gold was believed to be a divine metal, and was said to resemble the sun, perhaps because of its shininess and radiance. They believed that gold was the flesh of the sun god Ra and that the bones of the gods were made of silver. Romans used gold preparations for treatment of skin lesions and sores. It is believed that Cleopatra wore pure gold for a radiant complexion. In ancient Chinese medicine, gold was the secret to youthful skin. Today, gold leaf is used in the treatment and rejuvenation of skin conditions.
Rejuvenation of Skin
Many luxury spas use 24-carat gold leaf treatments to hydrate, firm and moisturize the skin, claiming reduced fine lines and wrinkles and resulting in smooth and radiant skin. A news feed from the World Gold Council site reported a gold leaf facial treatment created in Japan declaring gold leaf put on the face naturally rejuvenates skin and reduce wrinkles. According to the creators of the treatment, gold locks in moisture and keeps skin firm by maintaining collagen in the skin and inhibiting the breakdown of elastin. A study appearing in the “The Journal of the American Medical Association” reported the effect of gold leaf on low blood-flow skin ulcers. Findings showed a significant improvement in mouth legions and skin ulcers with no adverse reactions to gold leaf observed.
The bottom line:
gold is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. According to Tabasum Mir, a skincare physician in cosmetic dermatology and cosmetic laser surgery, the metal can calm acne inflammation, reduce skin redness and protect against free radicals that lead to wrinkles and sun damage.