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Do Crystal-Infused Beauty Products Really Work?

Glow by Dr. Brandt Ruby Crystal Retinol Hydracrème

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You've probably seen crystals on your Instagram feed or maybe on your friends' nails. Now, they're coming for your beauty products. If you're wondering what's up with all the gem-infused beauty products you've been seeing lately, here's the deal: "Crystals have been around for centuries for their healing properties," says Marnie Nussbaum, M.D., a dermatologist based in NYC. "We know crystals vibrate at a higher frequency and are therefore attracted to weaker cells. While there haven't been any scientifically proven studies that say crystals can cure illnesses, many people have started incorporating them into their health and wellness routines with positive results." As for unique skin-care benefits, "Crystals can improve texture, tone, and brighten complexions by refracting light," Dr. Nussbaum says. That's how this daytime moisturizer makes your skin look so glowy. ($65; drbrandtskincare.com)

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Tata Harper Clarifying Mask

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To be fair, experts say you should take healing-related claims with a grain of salt. "Any great result-driven topical cosmeceutical should have results backed by appropriate clinical trials," says Melanie D. Palm, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. Those don't exist for skin-care crystal products, but Dr. Palm does acknowledge that crystals can refract light, which may make your skin appear more luminous. Plus, when pulverized, crystals can help exfoliate your skin—which is what this refreshing mask does with ground-up quartz. ($68; tataharperskincare.com)

Related: WTF Are Healing Crystals—and Can They Actually Help You Feel Better?

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NCLA Protect Your Jewels Hand Cream

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This ultra-rich, highly moisturizing hand cream is infused with sapphire—for when you're feeling really fancy. ($29; shopncla.com)

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Herbivore Rose Quartz Facial Roller

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Feeling puffy? This rose quartz (aka the "love" stone) facial roller can help. Stick it in the fridge to get the stone chilly, and then roll it over your under-eye area for a cooling sensation. ($45; herbivore.com)

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Glossier Haloscope

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This highlighter uses crushed-up rose quartz or golden topaz (depending on the shade you buy) to give your skin a natural glow. ($22; glossier.com)

(BTW, here's how to score a glowy, blush-like highlight in seconds.)

 

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Crystal Hills Organics Moon Goddess Body Serum

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This hydrating body oil is made with clear quartz crystal, which is supposed to help you achieve a more balanced energy—getting rid of all that bad mojo and encouraging good vibes. ($58; crystalhills.com)

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Lancer The Method Polish

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This facial exfoliator uses quartz crystals ground up so finely there's no risk of damaging your skin. ($75; spacenk.com)

See also: The Ultimate Guide to Exfoliation

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Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

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Tourmaline has been touted as a skin-saving ingredient for oily patches, which means this frothy cleanser is ideal for those with oily or combination skin. ($23; origins.com)

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Aquarian Soul Rose Quartz Face Polish

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This rose quartz scrub is meant to calm and exfoliate at the same time—two things your skin will thank you for this winter.($32; shopaquariansoul.com)

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Tracie Martyn Complexion Savior

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This mask comes with a hefty price tag, but the benefits are real. "Tracie Martyn's Complexion Savior uses a malachite formulation to combat UV damage by increasing the level of glutathione (a potent antioxidant)," Dr. Nussbaum explains. ($80; traciemartyn.com)

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