Gemstones are for admiring, coveting and wearing in rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Now they're also for use in facials.
Exactly which gemstones are used depends on where you get the facial. So do the specific reasoning behind each stone and its placement on the face. Gemstone facials may involve manipulation of specific points in the lymphatic system, color therapy, astrology, Ayurvedic medicine or the concept of chakras. The overall concept, however, is that gemstones contain healing properties due to their energy.
Some spas in India use only the specific gemstone associated with your birthday based on Vedic astrology. Born in July, August or September? You're going to have your face massaged with a roller covered in sapphires. Other spas base their choice of stones on Ayurvedic medicine and may apply a facial mask containing crushed gemstones.
The EuroStone Facial is another variation, using stones like hematite (traditionally used in stone body massage) as well as semi-precious stones such as turquoise, amethyst and jade. The semi-precious stones are placed over corresponding chakra points on the face (described as energy centers where the lymphatic system, blood vessels and nerves meet). Proponents believe that this type of facial can stimulate circulation, detoxify and tone the skin as well as have healing effects on the entire body.
A note for you DIY types -- practitioners of gemstone facials stress that it's not as simple as just buying gems and putting them on your face; you need to understand the full philosophy behind it in order to reap the benefits.
We'll end our look at unusual spa facials with a facial using a precious metal that's currently selling for more than $1,000 per ounce.