Final January, whereas staying at Camp Zero, certainly one of my favorite locations to ski-ride and skin-ski within the Italian Alps, I got here throughout a model referred to as Gemology within the lodge spa. Upon chatting with the guide to seek out out why a cosmetics firm would resolve to name itself Gemology, I used to be instantly fascinated by the model’s story. Stones are sometimes believed to be imbued with therapeutic powers, however Gemology wasn’t considering their religious aspect. Its method is completely scientific, primarily based on the chemical composition of every stone and the way the hint parts current will help nourish and embellish the pores and skin.

I requested Gemology’s CEO and founder, Chrystelle Lannoy, a French businesswoman who began her profession at Clarins Group, to clarify the considering behind Gemology in additional element. She instructed me {that a} stone is made up of hint parts, equivalent to iron, selenium, copper and zinc, and in addition microminerals, together with sulfur, sodium and magnesium. To operate effectively, the physique wants a continuing provide of each, which we get from the meals that we eat, the water we drink and the dietary dietary supplements we would add to our food regimen. Sadly for our complexions, the physique serves the very important organs first earlier than specializing in the dermis. If we aren’t getting the optimum quantity of minerals in our diets, our pores and skin is the primary to be disadvantaged. 

Inclusions don’t compromise the hint parts present in gem stones which are useful to the pores and skin, so whether or not the stones in Gemology’s merchandise are excessive or low high quality isn’t vital. 

It appears apparent that if we apply lotions and lotions containing these minerals, our pores and skin will obtain a direct supply of goodness. However you possibly can’t launch a brand new cosmetics model primarily based on precept and intuition alone. So, in 2004, Ms Lannoy launched into a three-year scientific analysis programme to show her principle. “After I began my firm, solely malachite had been confirmed as a stone with useful results for the physique,” she says. “It’s wealthy in copper and a strong antioxidant. It was promising, however a single stone was not sufficient. So I commissioned a laboratory to check in additional depth the values and properties of different stones. On the time, it was very precursor. Even when loads of manufacturers had talked about utilizing stones, no one had truly completed it.” Based mostly on this pioneering, mineral-rich idea, Gemology launched in 2007.

Serums with gemstones by Gemology Cosmetics

Greater than 20 stones are used within the creation of Gemology’s cosmetics merchandise, all of which boast confirmed advantages for the pores and skin. For instance, malachite is wealthy in copper, a strong antioxidant, whereas amethyst is wealthy in silicum and iron, which assist moisturise and agency the pores and skin. 

The bottom of all of Gemology’s merchandise are the minerals from greater than 20 stones, and it’s fascinating to find their particular person properties. Silicon from rose quartz, for instance, moisturises and companies the pores and skin, and peridot, wealthy in magnesium, energises pores and skin cells. Combining iron from sapphires and sulfur from lapis lazuli enhances collagen synthesis and strengthens the dermis, whereas tourmaline raises the temperature of the pores and skin by 0.5 levels, rising the microcirculation. And the diamond, essentially the most valuable gem of all of them, blended with different stones, offers the pores and skin an instantaneous luminosity and glow.

As a toddler, Ms Lannoy remembers going stone searching along with her grandfather, an antiques vendor with a ardour for minerals. She suspects her love of gems was born throughout these expeditions, and she or he smiles on the considered her persevering with the household custom, shopping for stones from all around the world for Gemology. “We have now the identical suppliers as jewellers,” she explains. “In our case, it doesn’t matter if stones have inclusions as the quantity of hint parts and microminerals is similar, whatever the high quality of the stone. Apart from diamonds, all of the stones are washed, crushed and changed into a talc or powder in our lab in Limoges.  We don’t but have the correct gear on web site to course of diamonds, so we obtain them straight from a lab in Antwerp, prepared to make use of. With all of the components at hand, we manufacture our merchandise in our two French websites, following recipes created by our Analysis & Growth’s staff, which continues to discover new stones on a regular basis.”

Apart from diamonds, the stones are positioned into massive machines alongside blocks of corundum – the third-hardest mineral on the planet. The drums within the machines spin for days, crushing the pebbles into powders, prepared for use in Gemology’s merchandise.

When requested whether or not gold, silver or emeralds have ever been thought-about, Ms Lannoy factors out that they solely use parts already current within the human physique and subsequently gold and silver are of no curiosity. Concerning the emerald, it’s composed of beryllium, a dangerous substance banned to be used in all cosmetics. 

So, do Gemology’s merchandise actually assist to enhance the looks of 1’s pores and skin? I’m removed from a cosmetics knowledgeable, however they’ve undoubtedly contributed to a healthier-looking complexion for me, and the feel of the lotions, lotions and serums is so clean and mushy that they’re an actual pleasure to make use of. And naturally, as a jewelry lover, there’s something uniquely pleasurable about beginning my days by making use of luxurious jade, pearl, sapphire and diamond-infused lotions to my face earlier than placing on my jewels. 

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