Going for gold in the pursuit of younger looking skin
Greetings and salutations on this sunny Monday. We recently told you all about my lovely other half and his experience with collagen tablets. Namely, that they seemed to do little for his distinguished man-kles (that's right, man-kle – manly wrinkles – you heard it here first).
We know that you can't put collagen into your body and expect miracle results, but you canencourage your body to make more of the wonder stuff itself. Garlic contains sulphur, which is said to stimulate collagen production; foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin C will certainly help; and tomatoes (the wonder-fruit!) contain lycopene, which inhibits collagenases, the enzymes that destroy collagen's peptide bonds. But, have you ever considered gold?
Gold thread skin rejuvenation involves an intricate mesh framework of 24-carat gold thread being sewn under the surface of your skin. Whilst you are awake. It is reportedly more unpleasant than painful, as you are injected constantly with anaesthetic as the procedure goes along. Gold-thread skin rejuvenation takes around 90 minutes to two hours and costs in the region of £2,000. Yikes.
According to advocates, gold doesn't react to other substances, so is very unlikely to cause you any allergic reactions. Gold naturally stimulates the production of collagen and the effects last five to ten years. By which time, the gold has broken down and become fragmented naturally. Gold-thread skin rejuvenation is supposed to leave you with fewer wrinkles, better skin tone, firmer features and a reduction in sagging. Oh, and an interesting story to tell the security guards at the airport when you set off the alarms.
The Good Spa Spies are far too squeamish to try something so invasive –- but we would love to hear from you if you have had this procedure. Or any other strange or wonderful treatment that has changed your life.