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Ingredients 101: Gold

Posted on June 22 2018

With so many skincare products and ingredients out there, it can be hard to determine what’s going to be best for your skin type. In our monthly Ingredients 101, we break down commonly found skincare ingredients to help demystify how these pieces make your favorite skincare products work!


For our very first Ingredients 101 post, we'll be looking at gold. Gold has been used as a skincare ingredient for thousands of years - literally thousands! It was used by everyone from Egyptian Pharaohs to Chinese Emperors for its illuminating effects. Today, we still use gold in skincare products to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and leave our skin glowing.

Glow-Up to De-Puff 

What keeps gold so frequently used in skincare is its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While there isn’t much research done yet on the cosmetic use of gold, its anti-inflammatory properties are studied and used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors will inject colloidal gold, or nanoparticles of gold suspended in a liquid, directly into an affected joint to help ease inflammation and the patient’s pain.

In the same way colloidal gold helps ease arthritis, 24k gold in skincare can help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin making it a great anti-aging ingredient. Natural antioxidants also help protect against future damage by environmental toxins or the sun.

All That Glitters Is Gold... On Your Face! 

Of course, the glow is real as well! Skincare products with 24k gold provide an instant luminous glow. It can be beneficial to use a gold mask before makeup application to smooth your skin and boost your natural complexion. They speculate that Cleopatra wore a gold mask to sleep every night to upkeep her glowing complexion.

Gold Can Be Good For You If:

  • Your skincare concerns and goals focus on anti-aging, either active or preventative 
  • You're looking for a natural, luminous glow 
  • You are trying to even your complexion 
  • You're looking for a way to add some luxury to your routine

It’s not hard to find 24k gold skincare that comes with a luxurious price tag, with as high as $1,200 for a 50ml serum! Luckily, it’s also not hard to find affordable skincare formulated with 24k gold. Shop Masqueology’s 24k Gold Collection here

Would you use 24k gold skincare products? Have you?
Let us know in the comments!

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