Pop culture’s relationship with crystals has evolved over time. I, for one, have gone from rolling my eyes at the thought of “vibes” to proudly displaying crystals on my desk at work, wearing them in my bra, and even co-creating an entire line of lingerie adorned with the damn things. But recently, our collective obsession has reached new heights: we’re calling on the power of crystals to enhance our beauty routines.
The mystical has gone mainstream. These days, major beauty brands are crushing up crystals and whipping up best-selling products as if skepticism was a thing of the past. And maybe it is.
But if you still have the smallest kernel of doubt keeping you from hitting “Buy Now with 1-Click” on a crystal-infused body scrub, here’s everything you need to know about how crystal-infused beauty actually works.
1. Crystals vibrate at higher frequencies
Naturally, the woo-woo reason gets top priority. Crystals have been used as healing tools since ancient times because of their “good vibes.” And before you roll your eyes at the term, take into account that the phrase “good vibes” was pretty much invented to describe crystals–they’re scientifically proven to vibrate at higher frequencies than us mere mortals. As Marnie Nussbaum, an NYC dermatologist, says, "We know crystals vibrate at a higher frequency and are therefore attracted to weaker cells.” When incorporated into skincare products, crystals can strengthen any “weak” spots on your skin (acne, dryness, whatever) to give you an overall, high-vibe glow. This also rings true for crystal-infused perfumes; they’ll mingle with your aura and raise your vibration with a single spritz.
2. Crystals refract light (AKA, literally glow)
Even if you’re narrowing your eyes at point number one, you can’t deny that crystals physically refract light. When ground crystals are included in skincare or makeup products, what’s left behind on the skin will actually refract light and make you appear more luminous. While that’s not a lasting effect, it’s at least scientifically proven.
3. Crystal powder exfoliates
When all else fails, the basics prevail. Crystal powder is a natural exfoliator. In lieu of your usual exfoliating cleanser or mask, you can reach for a crystal-infused version when you’re feeling fancy. The micro-granules of crystal will slough off any dead skin, dust, dirt, or grime on the surface and leave fresh, glowing skin behind.
Convinced? Here are some of the crystal-infused products ILLUUM is loving right now.
Adorn Rose Quartz Love Fragrance
Spray everyday to infuse your life with love. Plus, it smells amazing. Buy here.
Poppy & Someday Rose Quartz Face Mask
The makers of this all-natural face mask say, “According to Ayurvedic texts, the radiant energy of warmed rose quartz crystals as they are massaged on the skin, along the energy channels (nadi) and energy points (marmas), replenishes and restores the energy centres within the body.” I use this weekly and can attest to the glow-up. Buy here.
Rose Quartz Face Roller
As if exfoliating fruit enzymes weren’t enough, Herbivore added in tourmaline extract “which naturally brightens and illuminates the complexion while creating a slight warming effect and increasing circulation for healthier, more vibrant skin.” Buy here.
Gemstone Organics Moonstone Creme
Moonstone is the stone of the divine feminine and carries a healing, balancing energy. Why wouldn’t you want to slather that all over your face? Buy here.
Pacifica Crystal Youth Gem Infused Face Lotion
Amazon claims this product is for “all skin types, especially big dreamers,” which is maybe the best piece of product description copy I’ve ever read in my life. Made with rose quartz, watermelon, and turmeric, it’s packed with natural ingredients to boost your natural radiance and keep your skin plump and hydrated. Buy here.
Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer
Part skincare, part makeup, 100% powered by crystal magic. Buy here.