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Pearls on your cheekbones

The premise is to extract trace elements from stones like diamonds, pearls, agate, rubies and so on, combine them with nutrients, vitamins, creams, toners, serums and face-packs to make you look and feel like a million bucks.

The premise is to extract trace elements from stones like diamonds, pearls, agate, rubies and so on, combine them with nutrients, vitamins, creams, toners, serums and face-packs to make you look and feel like a million bucks.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Facials get an upgrade with diamonds and semi-precious stones

Did Cleopatra know about the rejuvenating effects of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and their ability to slough off dead skin? Is that why she bathed in sour donkey’s milk? Or did she do it simply because she could afford it, being queen and all?

One will never really know.

There is a relatively new type of skin treatment making the rounds in India, called Gemology Facials. The premise is to extract trace elements from stones like diamonds, pearls, agate, rubies and so on, combine them with nutrients, vitamins, creams, toners, serums and face-packs to make you look and feel like a million bucks.

While I’m a sceptic when it comes to expensive treatments that do not necessarily have the clear backing of evidence, I also ask myself, if I love the feel of diamonds, rubies, pearls and emeralds on my skin as adornment, feeling exceedingly good when I’m in their company, what is wrong with crushing them up in a little TLC as a tonic for the skin?

Most women will try anything to look better — even rub mud on their faces — and I’m no exception.

So I can say unabashedly that I loved the experience at Ritz-Carlton’s Spa where I lay, swaddled in a thick bathrobe, listening to new-age Indian music, while the masseuse went at my face in a way that no one ever has.

It was my very first facial. Age 63 and there’s still room for firsts.

Using a treatment called ‘White Pearl Skin Care’ my routine included a malachite eye makeup remover, a bijou nacre (nacre of pearl) face make up remover which also contained a hint of moonstone, a pearl gommage (scrub), a blue amber double cleaner, a rose quartz toner and lotion, a pearl serum to make the skin brighter, a mineral massage cream applied with various rounded semi-precious stones like jade, rose quartz and agate.

Phew.

But that’s not it.

The grand finale was a snow mask with vitamins (to cool off my skin that had most definitely been heated up by all of the above) topped off by some more vitamin-enriched pearl serum to end with a little SPF. I was told not to wash my face for one day or to hang around in the direct sunlight. Towards the evening, I did feel my face burn a little, so I used some jojoba oil (my own) and things settled down.

The next day I asked everyone I met (at home, in the gym, in the lift) if I looked any different. Two out of six people said I had a ‘certain glow’ about me. So hey, I might be a convert.

Gemology Facials are priced between ₹1,500 and ₹8,000. Call the Ritz-Carlton Bengaluru at 8049148000.

Radha Thomas is a jazz musician and a novelist. She has recently taken to writing a lot of poetry about her dogs.

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