What are the beauty benefits of Amber?

We believe in the beauty benefits of Amber. That’s why, we combine an amber powder with other nutrients and ingredients to create skincare products that will wow consumers and bring new vitality to their lives.  When you look good, you feel good, right?

We know it’s from a resin, not a gemstone, but it is still incredibly powerful. The stone is said to ease stress and help in manifestation. Some even say that amber jewelry can help have health benefits too, like lessening arthritic pain and tension, or improving thyroid function.

Beauty Benefits of Amber in Skincare Products

In the world of beauty, amber is known for its effects on mood and skin. It’s also great for improving anxiety, and depression. For a person with those conditions, it’s not unusual for the physical effects to show on one’s skin – think wrinkles, under eye circles, even acne. There are several forms of amber that can be useful in one’s beauty routine – from beauty products that contain amber to amber essential oil, or even amber jewelry.

Some of the beauty benefits of amber include:

  • Improving in the skin’s glow and reducing the look of pores, lines and wrinkles. When combined with other ingredients like stabilized and highly active Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and red algae, like in Amber Multi-Vitamin C Hydration Cream, the amber helps fight the signs of aging. It reduces the appearance of rough patches, and brightens skin.
  • Brightening the skin’s tone, and reducing the look of dark spots and circles. When combined with nutrients like Vitamin C and Vitamin E, amber can help to improve the look of dark spots.
  • When worn in jewelry, amber is said to stimulate the immune system. This helps fight the issues that can affect one’s physical appearance.

At Kristals, we use an exclusive amber powder to supercharge items in the Amber product line to bring youthful radiance and other health benefits to our customers.   

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Kristals Tips: Best Anti-wrinkle Cream Ingredients

Between the hype swirling about new “miracle” ingredients and complicated lists that may feel like you need a Ph.D. in chemistry to decipher, it’s hard to know what actually works. How do you decode the lists of anti-wrinkle cream ingredients on products you find at the store?

We’re bringing in the Kristals beauty & skincare experts to see what they recommend as the best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients – so you can cut through the clutter and get to the good stuff, whether you’re choosing a cream, moisturizer, or serum.

Kristals Tips: Best Anti-wrinkle Cream Ingredients

Retinol

This vitamin A derivative has proven effects to stop wrinkles while boosting collagen and elastin production. Retinol is one of the very best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients you can find.

Here’s a small selection of what Kristals offers with retinol:

Antioxidants

These are specific vitamins like vitamin C, A and E that fight the free radical oxygen molecules that age our skin. Some of them even help stimulate collagen (hello, vitamin C!) and promote the repair of skin cells.

A lot of Kristals products have antioxidants plainly because they are immensely powerful. Here are a few:

Peptides

These proteins help bind moisture to promote hydration and seem to have positive effects on improving intercellular communication to help skin cells repair themselves. On labels, you’ll see them referred to by their specific names, like Tetrapeptide-26, Tetrapeptide-7 and oligopeptide.

A few stellar Kristals products contain peptides – let’s highlight the following:

Niacinamide

Derived from vitamin B3, niacinamide is great for treating dark spots or discoloration that comes from sun damage or simply the passage of time, in addition to being an anti-aging wonder. It’s also helpful for treating skin inflammation and acne.

Anti-wrinkle Kristals products with vitamin B3 include:

Hyaluronic acid

This is a highly recommend moisturizing agent that dermatologists recommend time and again, since hydrated skin usually looks full and radiant.

There you have it: 5 of the best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients so you can make sure your skincare investments are worth it and you can get the results you seek!

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What to Look for in a Good Moisturizer

 

When you choose a facial moisturizer (or one for the body), you are really looking for a product that can do multiple tasks at one time. At the top of the list here at Kristals Cosmetics are sun protection, moisture management, and protection from free radicals. Ideally one lotion or cream should be able to do it all, but you can layer products if necessary.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What to Look for in a Good Moisturizer

  1. Sun protection

The sun is crucial for life (and for vitamin D production) but it can also be your skin’s worst enemy, according to the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics. Sun exposure not only leads to wrinkles and “age spots,” but also contributes to potentially deadly skin cancer.

Check the label of any facial moisturizer for an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 for daytime wear. Be sure you are getting broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UBV rays. Commonly available and naturally sourced sun-protective ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients may leave a white cast to your skin, so choose a thin formulation that can be easily absorbed over a heavier cream.

  1. A moisturizing/humectant combination

Dry skin will look older than supple skin, and will also feel tight and possibly even itchy or irritated. Moisturizing ingredients will help to prevent the skin from losing its all-important existing moisture. These include plant oils like coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, silicones, and animal oils (like lanolin).

Humectants attract additional external water to the skin; look for sorbitol, glycols, glycerin and sodium PCA to do this job.

A good body moisturizer with these ingredients is the ROCK CRYSTAL – Supreme Body Butter, available in Love Spells and Free Magic scents, from Kristals Cosmetics. These body butters are rich in African shea butter, beeswax, and glycerin to leave skin supple and soft from the neck down.

  1. Antioxidant power

Found in fruits, vegetables, and other naturally occurring substances (and which you can also take in vitamin supplement form), antioxidants are indispensable for preventing some of the damage that is done, daily, by unavoidable free radicals.

Tocopherol (vitamin E), lycopene (a carotenoid found in red produce), green tea, coffee berry, resveratrol (from grapes), grape seed, genistein (from soy), niacinamide (vitamin B3), vitamin A (a.k.a. retinol), and l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are all powerful antioxidants used in skincare products.

Often, antioxidants are used in combination with each other, including in our Kristals Cosmetics line of moisturizers. For example, the GOLD 24K Gold Eye Perfecting Cream from Kristals Cosmetics includes vitamin E together with vitamin A to erase fine lines and generally combat premature aging.

Another great option is the AMBER Multi-Vitamin C Hydration Cream from Kristals Cosmetics. This cream includes vitamin C and vitamin E to effectively correct skin tone and fight wrinkles.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Is Your Skin Stressed Out?

Under pressure?  The side effects of a hectic life include increased cortisol production.  Your skin usually pays the price and will be sure to communicate your stress levels.  Here’s a list from Kristals Cosmetics experts of the main stress signs to watch out for, and how you can manage them.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Is Your Skin Stressed Out?

#1 You’re breaking out

This stress hormone, cortisol, is also responsible for other hormonal imbalances, such as testosterone.  That extra testosterone increases oil production which clogs pores and combined with bacteria causes acne breakouts.

Pssst… try facial mapping to heal your breakouts too!

Kristals Cosmetics Tip:  When stressed, make a habit of cleansing your face the right way, twice a day, to control its amount of oil and kill the bacteria causing your pimples.

We suggest the DIAMOND Anti-Gravity Gentle Foaming Milk from Kristals Cosmetics.  This gentle 2-phase milk-to-foam cleanser with real diamonds cleans, hydrates, and frees your skin from pollutants and makeup residues. Follow this step with the ROSE QUARTZ Oil Free Spot Treatment from Kristals Cosmetics to heal and dry your acne.

#2 Your Face Feels Tighter than Usual

Another signal of stress that quickly shows on your skin are dullness and dry skin.  If your face is not usually that dry and you’re feeling it tighter than normal when you smile, chances are your skin is getting dehydrated as a result of stress.  Blame cortisol, once again.

It is the culprit for the skin’s inability to hold on to water. Moisture loss can easily be detected by a sudden lack of glow in your complexion.

Kristals Cosmetics Tip: Skip hot showers because hot temperatures strip skin’s natural oils. Instead, shower warm and apply a rich face cream – such as Ruby Super Facial Nourishing Cream – while your skin is still damp to lock in that moisture. Last but not least, schedule some time to pamper yourself and relax while using Aventurine Collagen Booster Mask from Kristals Cosmetics.

Psst… go here to read about aventurine’s skincare benefits.

#3 You look Flushed all the time

Have you been worrying a bit too much about redness lately?  Stress can also trigger flushing due to rosacea flares or increased blood flow.

Kristals Cosmetics Tip:  Pure gold has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties. We recommend the daily use of 24K Gold Facial Perfecting Serum from Kristals Cosmetics.

#4 Your eyes look super tired

Lack of sleep and chronic tension will tax the sensitive skin around your eyes, causing dark circles and puffiness.

Kristals Cosmetics Tip:  Hit the sack earlier!  While you rest, sleep with your head slightly up to decrease inflammation.

In the morning, schedule some time to apply fresh cucumber slices over your eyes.  These constrict the blood and lymph vessels that bring fluid to the eye area. Lastly, use Sapphire Retinol Firming & Lifting eye cream from Kristals Cosmetics followed by under-eye concealer.

Why Gemstones Became Huge in Cosmetics

There’s no question that there are some dubious, questionable and downright strange approaches to skincare and cosmetic routines. For example, celebrities such as Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow have been known to use products with bee venom in their skincare routine, while Kim Kardashian has done a facial with her own blood.

At first glance, gemstones in cosmetics seem to be just another fad along these lines. But as the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics and other companies began to examine the power of these stones, they began to find real, tangible results for your skin. Here’s how they can help.

#1 Amethyst Detoxifies and Purifies
This semiprecious gemstone in cosmetics seems to draw toxins and other impurities out of the skin, while at the same time boosting the body’s natural antioxidant potential. The end result is a base ingredient for skincare products that helps detoxify, purify and revitalize the skin. This makes amethyst a star gemstone for cosmetics.

Read a review of Kristals Cosmetics’ Amethyst Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment at the New Spirit Journal here and see our Amethyst Oxygen Instant Energizing Activating Serum  featured in FabFitFun! You can also check out the entire Kristals Cosmetics Amethyst product line reviewed in Currently Crushing.

#2 Amber Evens Out Skin Tone
This smooth, organically formed gemstone can be ground into a fine powder that has a number of powerful properties when used in cosmetics. In particular, amber appears to have a balancing effect, diminishing the appearance of dark spots and helping with pigmentation issues by evening out the skin tone.

#3 Pearl Promotes Healthy Cell Growth
The gemstone of the sea also appears to be quite useful when ground into a powder for cosmetics and other skincare products. Pearl has been traditionally known as a powerful stimulator of cell and tissue growth. When it comes to the skin, this occurs in the form of collagen and elastin to promote healthy, youthful-looking skin.

#4 Rose Quartz Stimulates the Immune System
This semi-precious gemstone has been used as a healer for thousands of years. In cosmetics, rose quartz seems to have immune-boosting potential, while also promoting healthy cell growth. It’s why Kristals Cosmetics and other companies turn to this powerful gemstone in their cosmetics.

About Kristals Cosmetics
Kristals Cosmetics has unlocked the holistically healing power of gemstones to promote vibrant, radiant skin with a deep range of products, including creams, masks and serums. Kristals complements its gemstone-infused skincare products with leading-edge ingredients designed to pair perfectly with precious gems, including peptides, niacinamide and Vitamin C.

4 Secrets to Gemstone Beauty

For centuries gemstones and crystals have been part of the healing tradition of all kinds of civilizations. For example, the ancient Egyptians protected their dead by burying them with quartz crystals. And the Chinese would often use crystal-tipped acupuncture needles as part of their medical treatments.

But they also have great potential to be used in skincare, as researchers from Kristals Cosmetics discovered when they looked at the lore surrounding gemstones, crystals and precious metals and tested their skincare properties. Here’s what they found:

#1 Even out Skin Tone with Amber
This smooth, organically occurring gemstone has a natural balancing effect when ground into a powder and added to skincare products. Not only does it give the skin elasticity, but it can also even out your complexion and help with dark spots or other pigmentation issues. Kristals Cosmetics frequently pairs amber with vitamin C to boost its antioxidant potential. This is true for its Amber Multi-Vitamin C Brightening Serum, its Amber Multi-Vitamin C Hydration Cream and its Amber Multi-Vitamin C Dark Spot Corrector.

#2 Feed Skin with Oxygen Using Amethyst
There’s no question that oxygen can provide a boost of freshness and youth to the skin. Many people are now turning to oxygen facials to refresh the skin and boost the growth of new cells and collagen.

With that in mind, Kristals Cosmetics researchers leveraged the power of amethyst, which traditionally has been used for a number of respiratory ailments, to boost the levels of oxygen to the skin. The result was products like Amethyst Oxygen Instant Energizing Activating Serum. It pairs oxygen-boosting amethyst with ingredients like lactic acid and alpha hydroxy acid to exfoliate and nourish the skin.

Read a review of Kristals Cosmetics’ Amethyst Oxygen Instant Energizing Reviving Treatment at the New Spirit Journal here and see our Amethyst Oxygen Instant Energizing Activating Serum featured in FabFitFun! You can also check out the entire Kristals Cosmetics Amethyst product line reviewed in Currently Crushing.

#3 Firm Skin with the Power of Pearl
Science has shown that skin components like collagen and elastin are keys in keeping your skin looking renewed and refreshed. When these skin components start to disappear due to age or neglect, the result can be saggy skin.

However, pearl is well-known historically for stimulating cell growth and regeneration. And Kristals Cosmetics product formulators examined whether pearl would work in modern formulations and discovered that it’s a superb complement to skincare superstars like hydrotensyl complex that delivers much-needed collagen and elastin to the skin to stop sagging and firm it up in products such as their Pearl Neck & Chest Extra Firming Cream.

Read & watch a video review of the PEARL Neck & Chest Extra Firming Cream from Kristals Cosmetics over at TheInsideOutBeauty by Heidi.

#4 Fade out Wrinkles with Sapphire
Sapphire is known as the wisdom stone, and this gemstone traditional brings calm and peace through clarity. Kristals Cosmetics enhances its healing power with added ingredients such as retinol in its Sapphire Retinol Age Correcting Cream.

About Kristals Cosmetics
Kristals Cosmetics has unlocked the holistically healing power of gemstones to promote vibrant, radiant skin with a deep range of products, including creams, masks and serums. Kristals complements its gemstone-infused skincare products with leading-edge ingredients designed to pair perfectly with precious gems, including peptides, niacinamide and Vitamin C.

Using Amber for Skincare

Amber is fossilized tree resin, not a gemstone in the traditional, mined-from-the-earth sense of the word, like a ruby. However, amber has been prized for generations because of its association with good fortune and the belief that it has a purifying energy to make negative energies dissipate. When it comes to skincare, Kristals Cosmetics researchers discovered that amber helps with skin tone and pigmentation issues, while also helping fade away wrinkles and fine lines. See for yourself how amber can make such a big difference in the skin’s appearance with this tutorial video from Kristals Cosmetics: