I Tried A 24 Carat Rose Gold Facial And This Is What Happened

October 17, 2016

Glowing skin, here I come!

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but gold scores a pretty close second-best friend status, so when I was offered the chance to try a 24 carat real gold facial, I’m pretty sure I had the same look on my face as I do when I walk past a Sephora.

It sounded luxurious and extravagant, like something Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian would do. I immediately began envisioning a spa treatment of lavish proportions that’d leave me feeling like a millionaire.

Whether a gold facial would actually benefit my skin or prove to be nothing more than a gimmick was yet to be seen, but in the name of investigative journalism, I was determined to find out…

The theory

My skin immediately before the facial.

According to beauty expert Bernadette Soares, who supplies hundreds of salons with her Phâro sugaring system and rose gold facials, “the power of precious minerals has a tremendous influence on the skin cells. When combined with our Phâro facial massage, it provides the client with a rejuvenating treatment working on the facial muscles and deep layers of the skin.”

On top of that, gold has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and is said to stimulate collagen production. Combined with the rose water serum that is applied before the gold, the facial is supposed to leave your skin visibly rejuvenated and radiant. My face was at the ready.

The facial

Twenty-four carat gold leaves are applied.

The entire rose gold facial experience was extremely luxurious, relaxing, and “the perfect treatment before a big event,” as my dermal therapist Bonnie pointed out.

After my face was cleansed and spritzed with rose water and a hydrating serum came the moment of truth: dozens of delicate real 24 carat gold leaves were painstakingly applied to my eager face.

“There can’t be any draught from an open window or air conditioning, otherwise the gold leaves will just be blown away,” Bonnie commented as she concentrated with the focus of an Olympic hopeful on the balance beam, applying the wafer-thin sheets of gold to my face.

Having quite sensitive skin, I momentarily suffered a pang of anxiety midway through the application, stressing that the gold leaves may trigger a bad reaction, but thankfully none of that happened. The gold sheets were so thin, I couldn’t even feel them on my face and had to take a selfie to make sure they were in fact there and Bonnie wasn’t having me on. She wasn’t.

My newly gilded face was massaged with a pulsating face massager until the sheets disintegrated into my pores, leaving tiny pieces of glitter all over my skin, making me look like I’d just emerged from a Ke$ha music clip.

Finally, the excess gold was dabbed off with a Konjac sponge before I was able to take a look in the mirror to see the result.

The verdict

My skin immediately after the facial.

Surprisingly, my skin looked noticeably smoother and more radiant immediately after the facial. Upon closer inspection I noticed tiny particles of gold still on my face giving me a glow I usually require copious amounts of highlighter to achieve. I could definitely see why you’d want this treatment before a big event like a wedding, which Bonnie informed me is a popular reason clients choose to have this type of facial.

My ultimate verdict? The 24 carat rose gold facial is a treat. It won’t completely transform your skin, heal acne, or make your wrinkles disappear, but it will give you a temporary glow and smoothness that’s hard to beat.

So if you want to get pampered and feel like Cleopatra (or Kim K) for a couple of hours, the gold facial won’t disappoint. And as a bonus, it makes for a great selfie.

Comment: Have you tried a gold facial? What did you think?

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