Who doesn’t like gold? Many of us have have positive connotations with the substance the Greeks knew as aurum – From wedding bands to first-place medals, from currency to dessert decorations, we seem to love our gold. But should we love it in our skin care products?.
As the old adage goes, all that glitters is not gold. Well, except in skin care products – if it glitters, it very well could be gold. Gold particles are often added to give a glittery appearance to the user’s skin. Okay, so there’s gold in skin care products – harmless enough, right?
Good as gold? Not when it comes to wrinkles
Actually, no, harmless it is not. A new study published in the journal Nanotoxicology concluded that gold nanoparticles often found in personal care products can actually cause quite a few problems when they penetrate the walls of certain cells, hindering cell mobility, cell division, and collagen contraction.
What does that mean for you? Well, it means your skin could age faster, heal wounds more slowly, and even lead to diabetes in some cases. This is just one of the many examples of why it’s so important to do your homework when it comes to shopping for skin care products – not every ingredient in every product is actually helpful for fighting aging. In some cases, such as this, they might even be counterintuitive.
If you’re interested in combating the signs of aging the right way, consult with your plastic surgeon about recommended skin care products, or other anti-aging treatments like Botox or injectable fillers. If you go about things the right way, your anti-aging efforts will be worth their weight in gold.
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