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Behold, the Botox of the Crystal World

Fight wrinkles and clear your mind all in one application.

By: Isabella Sarlija

There are a few key products on our WFH desks right now: 0.38-mm-point gel pens from the Japanese bookstore, hand lotion for hydration breaks, and healing crystals to get us through the endless barrage of emails. In case you’re not already hoarding them throughout your quarantine apartment, crystals and stones help to energize, balance, and heal the mind, which we’re all in need of more than ever right now. There’s one stone in particular that we’ve been eyeing lately: malachite. With its gorgeous blue-green color, the copper derivative is said to absorb negative energies and heal the body from various ailments. It’s no wonder that when applied to the skin, malachite can produce fantastic results, as well.

When used in various skin-care products, malachite works to detoxify congested skin gently. It also aids our skin’s natural defenses to ward off free radicals, those pesky little hydration-stealing punks that seem to be the cause of most of our skin-care woes. Crystal expert Colleen McCann even goes so far as to call it “the Botox of the crystal world.” The stone’s chemical composition helps stimulate collagen production, increase skin elasticity, and prevent wrinkles (hence the Botox comparison). And because of its high copper composition—copper aids in the synthesis of keratin—it also helps prevent excess water loss. The result? Skin that is so clear and well-hydrated that you look like you’ve actually consumed that gallon of water you promised to drink every day. See for yourself with one of our 11 favorite Malachite products.

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Graydon Full Moon Serum, $87

This serum is your best friend for clear and well-moisturized skin. Blue tansy and retinol work to clear impurities from the skin, while hyaluronic acid and malachite aid in maintaining hydration levels.

Goop G. Tox Malachite + Fruit Acid Pore Purifying Cleanser, $48

Gwyneth has done it again. This cleanser is a beast when it comes to ridding our complexions of impurities. Malachite works to cleanse pores deeply, while fruit extracts gently exfoliate dead skin cells. After consistent use, skin is left fresh and clean without compromising the health of our precious skin barriers.

Haoma Day Cream, $110

We must admit, the texture of this cream is heavenly. It lives somewhere between a gel and a cream and is slightly cooling on the skin. The added malachite works to protect the skin from free radicals, while the antioxidants in Amalaki help to slow the aging process.

Oksia Citylife Intense Anti-pollution Defense Concentrate, $175

Don’t let the futuristic packaging of this product fool you—malachite has been used for its healing properties since the times of ancient Egypt. This product is packed with skin-clearing and pollutant-fighting ingredients such as niacinamide, vitamin C, and Coenzyme Q10, making it entirely worth the price tag.

Natureofthings Restorative Floral Bath, $150

If this product is good enough for queens Hillary Duff and Madonna, then we are all for delving deep into a candlelit rose-petal-adorned bath at the end of our day. This aromatic liquid bouquet of plumeria, jasmine, vetiver, and cedarwood whisks the mind away from daily stressors, while malachite works to rid the skin of toxins. Plus, the minimalistic and discreet packaging looks great on the edge of your tub.

Sisley Paris Eye Contour Mask, $149

Working during quarantine has proven to be quite strange. Although there are some days when we find ourselves checking off all the boxes from our to-do lists by 4:00 PM, there are also many days where we can do little more than scroll through a few emails right before bed. For the days where we wake up a bit puffier than usual, this eye mask is terrific for de-puffing skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines over time.

Glo Skin Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer, $48

For many oily-skinned people, finding products that suppress excess sebum while simultaneously moisturizing can seem like a lifelong venture. This moisturizer is packed with ingredients such as jojoba, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E, all of which work to deeply moisturize the skin. Malachite and algae extract also clarify and protect the skin from stressors.

Själ Bio-regeneratif Serum Active Energy Lift, $275

This serum has certainly not entered our skin-care regimens to play. Packed with protective ingredients such as malachite and colloidal platinum, this serum balances the skin and helps protect it from external stressors. It’s also filled with a platinum-matrix peptide, which aids in the regeneration of new skin cells. This product is an investment, but one worth making.

De Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir, $148

Don’t let the minimal packaging of this product fool you; this elixir works hard to take the best care for your skin. Malachite fights against environmental stressors, while superoxide dismutase works to break down oxidative stress to prevent the deterioration of the skin. This product is also extremely hydrating with its blend of hyaluronic acid and ceramides.

This Works Evening Detox Clay Mask, $59

Since malachite is known for detoxifying the skin, we simply had to include this clarifying mask. Malachite and fruit extracts draw out impurities from the skin, while kaolin clay works to absorb excess oil from our complexions. Skin is left feeling soft and looking clean down to every last pore.

Bellefontaine Body Beauty Rescue, $400

If you want to add a luxurious product to your ultimate body-care treatment, look no further. With Swiss glacier water, malachite, and rhodochrosite, this gel-cream soaks into the skin to create a smooth and supple texture while adding a pearlescent sheen. It may be just what we need for that summer glow à la our sunless apartments.

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