Many luxury skin care brands like to include forms of gold in their products, but is it actually good for our skin?
According to the American Journal of Contact Dermatitis, gold is a more common allergen than previously reported and may cause facial and eyelid dermatitis.
Claims of gold being able to create electric charges in the skin triggering an improvement with signs of ageing are completely unproven. What is particularly concerning are the findings from research by the Stanford University School of Medicine Lab, which discovered that when gold is reduced to nanoparticles (common in many cosmetic products), they found that cells have no way to eliminate them and instead the gold nanoparticles start to accumulate and disrupt cellular function.
Research published in the Nanotoxicology journal have found that a small exposure to gold nanoparticles is enough to interfere with the cell division and collagen contraction (which are both needed for healing processes). Due to such disruptions to vital cell processes, it can lead to accelerated wrinkle formation and trigger the onset of diabetes, as well as, disrupt the cells’ genetic regulation.
Unfortunately, as luxurious as it may seem to have gold in our skin care products, there are no published research that proves gold (whether normal or nanoparticle sized) has any anti-ageing benefits, but rather, we find it can have potentially harmful effects that speed up the skin’s ageing process.