As Marilyn Monroe once advised, diamonds are a girl's best friend. While we enjoy a good flash of bling now and then, precious gems and other minerals have greater value than mere adornments: They can give you luminous, healthy skin.
The practice of mineral skin care is an ancient one, with women over the centuries using glittering stones to get a gorgeous glow. When used properly, minerals can correct a host of skin maladies, leaving you with a complexion that's truly something to talk about. We asked Själ Skincare cofounder and beauty expert Kristin Petrovich — our go-to expert on such matters —to provide insight on the most commonly-used minerals, and how to incorporate them for your particular concerns.
"Minerals are becoming increasingly popular in skin care," says Petrovich. "They have a multitude of benefits: functioning as trace minerals or enhancers of other ingredients, acting as natural antibacterials and antimicrobials that promote microcirculation and clarity. They can even act as semi-conductors (think of copper in batteries) to increase cellular productivity, performance, and repair."