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Luxurious Skincare Ingredients That Are Trending Right Now

Woman on bed of flowers

Those of us who have done our homework will know that retinol has often been referred to as the “gold standard in skincare,” but what about gold itself? Could gold be the “gold standard in skincare” or are we talking about apples and oranges here? When it comes to skincare, it is no secret that most women are prepared to pay a king’s ransom for a product that works, and, while there is truth in the saying, “You get what you pay for,” you do need to know what you’re paying for. Let’s look at some skincare ingredients that give new meaning to the words, “pretty penny” to see if they’re truly worth their weight in gold.

Gold
We all know that gold is precious in and of itself, but can it also be useful? As it turns, out, the metal has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can decrease acne and redness and protect skin from free radicals. Colloidal gold, which is composed of particles of gold suspended in liquid, has been used in injection for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Maybe the term “golden glow” has more to it than we thought.

Pearl in seashell

Pearls
Ever wonder why flawless skin is often referred to as “pearlescent?” While a relatively novel skincare concept in the Western world, pearls have been a long held beauty secret of Asian royalty since ancient times. Crushed pearls were used to give skin a luminous glow during the Ming Dynasty and pearls have been used in traditional Chinese medicine because of their detoxifying and anti-inflammatory abilities. Pearls also have high calcium content and contain trace minerals, amino acids, and conchiolin, a protein that helps restore collagen to skin.

Caviar
Largely popularized by the reported usage of Baerli sturgeon caviar by Angelina Jolie to rid her body of stretch marks resulting from the birth of her twins, fish eggs have been reputed to have beneficial effects on skin. While its effect on stretch marks is a matter of dispute, caviar does contain antioxidants like Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that can promote production of collagen and prevent cellular inflammation. It also has selenium and potassium, which may increase skin’s elasticity.

Ginseng

Ginseng
Red ginseng is often used in skincare to relieve dryness, brighten dark spots and under eye circles, and reduce wrinkles and fine lines, According to a study published on the National center for Biotechnology information, fermented red ginseng is a “novel skincare anti-aging ingredient” that “offers increased anti-wrinkle efficacy and whitening efficacy.”

Bee Venom and Propolis
Bees certainly are busy! Not only are they constantly working to produce honey and pollen,they are also responsible for royal jelly, bee venom, beeswax and propolis. While honey has been a long time ingredient used in skincare as a humectant and antibacterial substance for wound heeling, bee venom is one of the newest bee production to be used in sincere. The bee venom works by using its apparent ability to trick skin into thinking it has been stung, which production tightening and plumping effects by relaxing the facial muscles. Propolis is a resin like substance used to seal chambers where bee larvae inhabit and also works as a natural disinfectant Although research is still being done on its benefits, preliminary studies show that it may have anti fungal and antibacterial properties that may be effective against acne. It is also purported to be an antioxidant and is currently being studied as a possible treatment for fighting cancer.

What do you think? Are you willing to lay out the big bucks for the good stuff? Let us know! We love to hear from you!

Tasty Accompaniments For Caviar

woman eating black caviar

Those of you who were avid watchers of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, a 1990’s reality show precursor, ” may remember host Robin Leach’s signature sign-off ,”champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” Very appropriate, as many of us consider caviar to be the dish most closely associated with the moneyed class. Marilyn Monroe named caviar as her favorite food and Elizabeth Taylor used it as a skin cream. Indeed, Beluga caviar is among the most expensive dishes in the world, with prices ranging as high as $200-$300 per ounce.

Why Are Fish Eggs so Expensive?

The role that eventually becomes beluga caviar comes from the beluga sturgeon, found in the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and it takes two decades for the female sturgeon to reach its maximum size when it is bursting with eggs and weighing in at around two tons. The beluga sturgeon is also an endangered species. The only country that is still able to import beluga caviar is Iran because it is the only country whose conservation policies are considered rigid enough to adequately protect the fish. Other varieties of caviar include osetra, sevruga, and starlet, but the beluga is the most desirable and expensive because its role consists of the largest and softest eggs.

Serving Caviar

Keep caviar unopened in the fridge until ready to serve. Remove it from the fridge 15 minutes to an hour before your plan to serve it. Use a bone, gold plated, mother of pearl or plastic spoon to serve. Never use silver or stainless steel. Caviar should be eaten within one hour after being open.

The best alcoholic complements to alcohol? There are no rules written in stone, but the consensus of opinion dictates that chilled vodka, dry sparkling wine, white wine and dry champagne work best.

Classic Caviar Plate

Place caviar into a decorative caviar bowl with ice to keep cold. Surround it with small bowls of chopped egg yolks and egg whites (separated), red onion, lemon wedges , chives, creme fraiche or sour cream and toast points. Blini and latkes are also popular caviar conveyors.

Getting Creative With Caviar

if you have a huge budget and want to throw the party that they will be talking about around the water cooler for ages, you may want to consider the following. Wolfgang Puck does a mean Smoked Salmon Pizza with Caviar. You can pair your caviar with smoked salmon, and artichoke hearts, or add them to your pea soup. Make a caviar-topped Russian egg, or, perhaps most creatively, use caviar and creme fraiche to top potato chips.

Accessories

If you want to look like a real caviar connoisseur, there a loads of caviar accessories available for purchase. Mother of pearl spoons and dishes are available in an assortment of sizes and are both elegant and beautiful. If you prefer your caviar experience al fresco, you can purchase picnic bags and coolers designed for transporting the fish eggs ,and if you’d like to show your allegiance to caviar, golf balls, and baby bibs are also available.