Throughout history in various countries like Rome, Egypt and Japan, Gold was used to treat an array of skin problems. Cleopatra was said to have worn a gold mask every night to keep her youthful looks among her many and varied treatments she used to maintain her beauty.
We now know that Gold in fact is not just a soft and expensive metal but is also proving to be a healthy material to use on the skin. Thus the reasons why many suffer skin allergies to certain metals and can only wear gold. Gold is now a very sought after ingredient by many cosmetic manufacturers.
Why do people want a clearer, youthful and healthy looking skin?
Ageing of the skin involves the intrinsic process of senescence and extrinsic damage induced by chronic exposure to UV radiation. A recent consensus forum of the American Academy of Dermatology concluded that the majority of undesirable clinical features associated with ‘skin ageing’ are the result of damage to skin due to UV radiation (photo-ageing).
Clinical photo-ageing is characterized by coarseness, wrinkling, mottled pigmentation, laxity, telangiectasia, premalignant and malignant neoplasms. The role of genetics, hormones and diet need to be clarified. Appropriate lifelong use of sunscreens may minimize many of the changes associated with photoageing.