I must rave about a new creation by my formulator friend Frankie Chui, newly released Savon Mama 24K Gold Silk Cream. On her inspiration for this new creation, Ms. Chui said, “I went to a luxurious spa in Hong Kong this past summer and was lucky enough to experience their gold leaf mask. I was amazed at how it refined and rejuvenated my skin! I wanted to create a cream that replicates the incredible experience I had.” In a time when many formulators are driven solely by fads, I appreciate and respect the fact that Ms. Chui was inspired to create Savon Mama 24K Gold Silk Cream after experiencing a gold treatment firsthand and being impressed by her results.
Gold has a long history as a topical beauty treatment; for instance, ancient Egyptians used gold as a skin treatment, and Japanese geishas rubbed pure gold leaf on their skin. Recently, gold has been making a resurgence as an active in a big way. As Ms. Chui’s experience suggests, the world’s most exclusive spas are increasingly offering gold leaf treatments, and an ever-increasing number of elite cult beauty brands are touting gold serums and creams. To my knowledge, there are not any controlled trials of gold in skincare, but the descriptive research that exists hints at potential benefits, with preliminary evidence that gold nanoparticles may reduce glycation-induced skin aging and could have the potential to inhibit a type of matrix metalloprotease (e.g. MMP-I, which breaks down collagen types I, II, and III) without inflammatory effects. Both of these findings have anti-aging implications.
Though the science is preliminary, many amongst those who have tried gold skincare are already sold on its benefits–citing increased radiance, improved texture, and wrinkle reduction. As Ms. Chui told me, “There are no controlled studies, but gold is one of those ingredients Asian women swear by. I was amazed by my results. I suggest you give it a try and see how it works for you.” I have high regard for Ms. Chui as a formulator and love all the Savon Mama products I have tried, so I was eager to try her newest creation.
After a few weeks, I can happily report that Savon Mama 24K Gold Silk Cream is a fantastic product. First, this innovative cream not only features gold, but also gold ferment. This is exciting because since fermentation boosts an active’s bioavailability, gold ferment likely enhances gold’s anti-inflammatory, brightening, and rejuvenating effects. Including both gold and gold ferment really sets 24K Gold Silk Cream apart on the marketplace. In addition to gold and gold ferment, there are wonderful supporting actives. Indeed, 24K Gold Silk Cream also contains an abundance of nourishing, antioxidant, and rejuvenating ingredients like: Silk Amino Acids, Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Green Tea Leaf Extract, Organic Olive Oil, Pomegranate Seed Extract, Organic Aloe, and Orange Flower Extract. These are great ingredients. For example, silk amino acids protect from dehydration, stimulate collagen in the skin, and have anti-aging properties that compare favorably to vitamin C. Hyaluronic acid has incredible water-absorption abilities and helps regulate the water-content and elasticity of skin. Pomegranate and Green Tea extracts are potent antioxidants with skin-protecting anti-inflammatory effects. The result is a cream with many benefits.
24K Gold Silk Cream is a luscious hydrator that has quickly become one of my favorite moisturizers. In addition to the beneficial ingredients, I experience immense joy in applying and wearing it, as 24K Gold Silk Cream is a smooth and creamy dream! Luxuriously rich without being at all heavy, it sinks into skin effortlessly, providing significant lasting hydration. Silky to the touch, this cream has perhaps the most heavenly texture of any moisturizer I have ever used (and I have used countless delicious moisturizers in my day). Part of what accounts for this delightful texture is a cutting-edge emulsifying system (Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Palmitate and Palm Stearic Acid) that meets even the strict Whole Foods Premium Body Care Quality Standards. My skin is extremely soft, silky, and well-hydrated since I started using 24K Gold Silk Cream, and I imagine I will see further benefits like brightening and wrinkle reduction with regular use. If you have not tried any Savon Mama products, this is a wonderful place to start!