Ladies and Gentleman, I have been converted! My good friend Olivia over at Healing Beauty has been banging on about “the Gel”, since well, since the day I met her. So when a mysterious parcel containing a pot of the Gel showed up on my door, I knew she had something to do with it.
My first instinct when someone raves about a product is to be suspicious. Years of ingredient list scrutinizing, EWG cosmetics database searching, research reading, etc have honed this instinct. To give the product its due, I was determined to use the product for at least a month before writing about my findings. I started by using the Gel all over my face under moisturizer for the first few weeks. Then I only put it on “problem areas” (i.e. spots) in the following weeks. I made sure to let a good few minutes pass in between applying the Gel and the moisturizer. The longer you wait in between, the more benefit you get from the cesium salts and homeopathics.
Here’s what I discovered:
Day 1 Accelerated healing of spots
Days 2-4 Spots present on Day 1 had all vanished! My skin was smoother than I had ever remembered it being (we’re talking baby’s bottom smooth, I couldn’t even feel the normally clogged pores on my nose which are slightly raised). I also smeared a little Gel on the spots that seem to linger around my bra straps on my back. Poof! They also disappeared within a few days.
Days 5-14 Smoother skin generally, lack of new spots forming
Days 15-30 More even skin tone, even smoother skin, still no new spots forming!
Have I got your attention yet? So what’s in it and why does it do what it does?
The ingredients are: deionized water, cesium salts, hypericum, arnica, calendula, rhus tox, ledum, apis, ruta, sulphur and carbomer. These might look familiar to you if there are any homeopaths out there reading this. As the ingredients are listed by their common names, it was a little challenging to look them up in the EWG cosmetics database however all of the results that I did turn up were in the green zone. The active ingredient (American jargon for the ingredient that does the most work) is cesium salt.
Stay with me on this one as it gets a bit voodooey. Cesium salts (or cesium chloride) work by stimulating the activation of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase. This is the same approach as in acupuncture which stimulates the same enzyme by using needles on certain key points. It was a doctor practicing western medicine in China who first discovered that you could activate this enzyme without using needles. It was this discovery which laid the ground work for Beth Gagnon to create the Gel. Ok, that’s it on the background and so far nothing too unbelievable.
I wanted to just use the precious product on my face (because I am vain). However, the Gel does have overall great healing properties when used on other injuries (besides spots!) I had a pesky papercut that plagued me for days. When I applied the Gel, the pain went away almost instantaneously and the traces of the cut itself vanished in 24 hours. For some really amazing-changing-peoples’-lives stories visit Healing Beauty here. Some people have also reported that using the Gel regularly helped their skin look younger. I didn’t notice this myself, but I don’t have many wrinkles to test it on. The two expression lines on my forehead which are activated when I raise my eyebrows remained more or less the same. I suspect though for someone in their 40s or 50s to see much greater results in this regard.
Whilst the Gel is an amazing product which accelerates the healing of your skin, you still need to address the underlying cause of your skin issues (i.e. stress, smoking, diet, poor cleansing, etc). I strongly endorse the Gel as a skin-picker-upper, not as a substitute for poor lifestyle choices. You know I feel passionately about natural beauty from within!
I think the best demonstration about the power of the Gel is in these before and after pictures. Although the lighting is a bit different in the two sets of shots, the key differences you'll note is the reduction of red spots and more even skin tone.
If you’re interested in the Gel you can call +44 20 7224 2332 for more information or have a look at the Gagnon Therapies website. You can’t yet purchase the product online, you will need to make a call, but I think you’ll find it worth it. They are UK based but ship to most countries.