Incorporating crystals into your treatments sounds impressive but do they really improve the skin and if so, how? And how do you incorporate them safely into your protocols? Let’s take a look.
Vitamins and minerals are key nourishment components for the body. For example, Vitamins C, A, E and K are beneficial for cell renewal, skin preservation, brightening and exfoliating, which is why they are found in so many skin care products and facial treatments.
Minerals are, by definition, naturally occurring chemical compounds that have a crystalline form. So crystals are minerals. They carry a negative charge – as opposed to toxins and free radicals which carry a positive charge. The negative ions draw out these positively charged particles, meaning they detoxify, cleanse, and heal the skin. It’s possible to feel the charge with some crystals when you hold them in your hand, as a tingling feeling.
When done authentically and with purpose, adding crystals into a facial treatment is a great idea that can not only help increase your bottom line, but greatly benefit your client’s skin and position your brand uniquely.
Crystals have been used as healing tools since the beginning of antiquity. Amber crystals have been found at archaeological sites in Britain that are over 10,000 years old. They are used to transmit a vibrational energy to repair and rejuvenate the body, facilitating the flow of positive energy into the body while releasing “negative” (or dis-ease causing) energy.
For healing purposes, crystal stones are assigned specific properties. With a little research, choosing the best crystal for a particular skin condition or treatment modality is easy. A couple of familiar examples -
Amethyst. This is a form of purple quartz which is a powerful purifying and calming stone, perfect for a spa setting. No doubt you’ve seen amethyst quartz crystals in massage therapy practices, spas, and even offices and homes. (Place a crystal on your desk to help you stay calm and centered while working). Amethyst is very popular for facial treatments. It gently increases the surface body temperature to help improve blood circulation and push oxygen to the skin’s cells, which can rejuvenate sluggish skin conditions. It also has antibacterial and detoxifying properties which make it ideal for blemish prone or problem skin.
Rose quartz. This powerful healing crystal is associated with the heart and helps relieve tension and stress. Also popular in skin care due to its soothing vibrational energy, rose quartz can stimulate fibroblast cells to produce collagen, aiding in wound repair. It stimulates blood circulation and pulls oxygen to the skin, to clear impurities and detoxify. A definite must have if you’re planning to incorporate crystals into your treatments.
Diamond. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so the song goes and it’s true - diamonds are everywhere in skin these days, infused into skin care products like masks and serum. They are crystals of balance, exfoliation, and radiance, which is why they are used to brighten dull, uneven skin texture. Typically, it is used as diamond powder or as a diamond tipped microdermabrasion tool which makes it a win for exfoliating and collagen stimulation. Diamond facials evoke elegance and luxury A diamond facial evokes thoughts of elegance, luxury, and pampering – and literally sells itself.
Citrine. Known as the “success stone”, citrine is used to help manifest wealth and abundance goals (students sometimes keep a citrine stone in their pocket or on the desk when taking a test!). It’s a skin regenerator and cleanser and helps recharge cell renewal by providing light exfoliation and helps brighten skin.
Adding Crystals to Your Menu
Our philosophy at the Euro Institute, as many of you know, is a holistic approach to skincare which incorporates the mind, body, and spirit. We consider the whole body, not just the sum of its parts. More and more studies and evidence based on facts and research support this and the belief that crystals do benefit not only the skin but the entire body.
Here are our recommendations on how to incorporate crystals into your treatments.
Crystal facial. First, make sure the treatment room is cleansed both physically and energetically. The environment should be calm and tranquil. After the client consultation, select a crystal or crystals that match your client’s needs as they are presenting at the time of service (Think about their state of mind as well as the skin condition). Cleanse the face. Map out a “crystal grid” on the face – a crystal on the chin area, one on each cheek, one between the eyes and one placed in the center of the forehead. Place the crystals after cleansing and let them sit for 10-15 minutes. Remove and lightly cleanse again. Follow the rest of your facial procedure (this can also be sold as an add-on or a stand-alone service).
Crystal massage. Adding a crystal tool, like a rose quartz or jade roller for skin massage and stimulation is very popular in facial treatments. Rose quartz heart shaped tools are widely available as another option. Incorporate the crystal during the massage portion of the facial, for healing and calming. Smooth crystals can be used in place of cold stones in facial therapy or to massage after waxing.
Crystal water. We have dispensers of crystal infused, purified water available in our waiting room for clients to hydrate before and after services. You can also use it for cleansing the skin or misting. Add the infused water to a foot massage tub or wrap the feet with warm towels moistened with crystal water. (Add clean, pure crystals to purified water and let sit for at least 15-20 minutes before using.)
Crystal skin care. Crystal infused skincare products containing crushed diamonds, sapphire, quartz, and other gems are a sensation these days for clients looking for glowing skin. Diamond microdermabrasion are excellent tools for exfoliation and beautiful skin and when you pair them with crystal calming masks your client will leave feeling transformed from the inside out.
Consider adding crystals to your treatment menu in 2022 if you haven’t already. With a little thought and research, you can create new modalities to help your clients get glowing and start the New Year with healthy and happy skin.