I'm partial to deep-tissue massages, the few times that I do make it to a spa; facial treatments are lower down on my list of priorities than a good, knot-opening massage, accompanied by a sauna session. However, when Gemology Paris — a cosmetic brand that has just launched in India — invited me to try their range of products that incorporate precious and semi-precious stones, I was intrigued. I used crystals like rose quartz, clear quartz and jade for meditation and healing purposes in the past, but I was baffled by the idea of a diamond beauty treatment.
My appointment began with a brief introduction to the brand, and a quick skin analysis. I mentioned that I was prone to acne and that the use of some products triggered breakouts, however, the consultant put my mind at ease. Clearly, there was something about Gemology products that I wasn't aware about. Yet.
Before the treatment, I consciously decided to leave the stresses of my day behind me; the calming music playing in the background helped soothe my frayed nerves. The masseuse started with massaging my temples and, before I knew it, I was completely relaxed. Almost like I was floating away on a cloud.
Switching between a face scrub, a masque and multiple creams, all enriched with the goodness of minerals, the masseuse used her deft and nimble fingers to massage my face, neck and shoulders. I could feel the tension go away as my muscles relaxed and my mind quietened.
After the facial, the masseuse advised me not to wash my face. And when I got up to change into my clothes, I happened to glance at myself in the mirror — my face was the definition of radiant. Upon touching the skin, it felt soft and rejuvenated.
I thought the after-effects would fade, but the glow stayed for a week. No pimples popped up unannounced. "The trace elements of the stones have demonstrated their clinical efficacy to repair and protect: Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, extracts of Peridot, Sapphire and Malachite stimulate the synthesis of collagen, fight against free radicals and regulate the secretion of sebum," Gemology promises. I don't doubt this claim at all.
Whether it's the Diamond Anti-Ageing Care facial or the Malachite Dry Skin Care facial, Gemology has something for all types of skin. The best part? The products are free from parabens, propylene glycol, ethanol, gluten, lactose and cruelty-free.
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