Question: what metal was once upon a time considered an anti-aging gift from the gods?
I’ll give you a few minutes to think about it.
Ready? Yep, it’s the precious glittering metal, gold. The Ancient Egyptians used it to make face masks to preserve the skin. And they weren’t the only ones, either. The Ancient Romans and Chinese were just as mad about gold, too.
Fast forward 2000 years later and we’re still all hooked on it. Gold is now the key ingredient in L’Or De Pharaons (aka The Gold of the Pharoahs), an anti-aging mist that harnesses the power of metals to bust wrinkles.
The other metals in here are zinc and platinum and, like gold, they’ve been made so small, they can easily penetrate the skin (yep, I’m talking about nanotechnology here).
But what do they do once they’re there? Let’s find out. But, first, let me get on my soap box:
FYI, Metals Are Chemicals
Before I start talking about the ingredients and what they do, I just have to get something off my chest. L’Or De Pharaons proudly claims it contains no chemicals, a fact that was mentioned in pretty much every other review I’ve read online.
And that made me realise how many people fall asleep during science class. Sorry if I sound like an arrogant smartass, but if you’ve paid any attention in your science class, you’ll know that water is a chemical. Gold is a chemical. Platinum is a chemical. Zinc is a chemical.
And you’re telling me this stuff is chemical-free? Really? Guess I’ve been spraying a mist of nothing on my face then.
Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox now and tell you about what gold does to your skin.
The Skincare Benefits Of Gold
Nanosized golden particles are called “colloidal gold”. This type of gold is sometimes used in medicine because of its soothing properties. And now it has found its way into your lotions and potions as well.
Here, colloidal gold soothes the inflammation that inevitably leads to premature wrinkles and dark spots.
I’m not just talking about the inflammation you can see. You know, when your face turns red and itchy. Nope, most of the inflammation happens in the deeper layers, so you never see it. But it’s there. And it’s way more damaging than the irritation you can see.
So, adding soothing stuff to your skincare routine can only do you good.
The Skincare Benefits Of Zinc
This is my fave mineral here. Zinc is one of those powerhouses that likes to multitask:
- It soothes skin, giving gold a helping hand at reducing inflammation
- It’s an antioxidant that help fight wrinkles
- It reduces oil production, helping to prevent breakouts
- It busts acne
Zinc is a must for oily skin, but everyone could do with an extra dose of it.
The Skincare Benefits Of Platinum
I’d love to tell you all about them, but I don’t know what they are.
The few brands that use it claim it’s a powerful antioxidant that can fight wrinkles and firm skin. They also say it helps detoxify skin. But, I couldn’t find any independent studies confirming this yet.
Not saying these brands are lying, btw. I’d just like to know more before raving about it, that’s all.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use And Opinion
Ok, now that you know everything about the chemicals that make L’Or De Pharaons up (yep, I’m still going on about it), I’ll tell you what it did for me.
I use five sprays – enough to cover my entire face – every morning just after cleansing. It feels like water, so it absorbs very quickly, but I believe it does a bit more than it.
To start with, it’s hydrating. This extra moisture makes my skin softer and brighter and helps my serums better penetrate my skin. That’s cos skin is like a sponge. The wetter it is, the more it absorbs.
I’m sure it has anti-aging benefits too but that’s something you see in the long run if you stick with it.
Oh, and it made me feel a bit like Cleopatra. I’m sure the Egyptian Queen would have approved of this. 😉