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Spotlight on silver: the ‘it’ ingredient that’s here to save your skin

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert5 years ago
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No longer just for jewellery, who knew that silver ('Ar' as it's named in the periodic table because, science!) has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, which is why it's often used to decongest and detoxify, as well as to accelerate healing? Historically used to dress wounds, it's also brilliant for acneic or blemish-prone complexions, which is why in recent months we’ve seen a growing swathe of cleansers, masks and treatments rich in silver, developed to ward against breakouts and help to maintain a clear, pimple-free visage.

New to the scene is Omorovicza’s brilliant {Silver Skin Saviour} – a fast-acting mask which 91% of users claimed had an immediate skin-brightening effect (no mean feat). Starring colloidal silver – a potent, antibacterial form of silver that has miraculous, spot-stopping impact – alongside glycolic acid (to recapture lost luminosity), cell-energising niacinamide and salicylic acid to purge pores of embedded impurities, this fast-acting treatment works wonders for those plagued by blackheads or angry eruptions.

And now it is joined by two pimple-persecuting allies - the {Silver Saviour Tonic} and {Silver Saviour Lotion} - which offer a gentle, effective solution for those who're acneic or dealing with reckless complexions. A toner but not as you know it, the {tonic} is packed with same superheroes (silver, niacinamide and salicylic acid) to calm and refine troubled skin after cleansing, while the {lotion} is laced with this hard-hitting trinity - alongside zinc to shield against aggressors, hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate (without smothering skin) and naturally astringent mastic that helps to diminish appearance of pores and leave things looking matte (but not flat).

Our Senior Affiliates Manager, Chikay, swears by the skin-healing benefits of Cor's {Silver Soap} (you can read her rave review in full right {here}), while Argentum Apothecary's {La Potion Infinie} stars silver hydrosol (positively charged silver ions, suspended in pharmaceutical-grade purified water), which works to regulate skin's natural flora and fauna while neutralising 'bad' bacteria to promote skin's resilience and maintain clarity. This treatment cream is truly miraculous - toning, tightening, hydrating, plumping and purifying with each application.

And for those stubborn, under-the-skin spots that take their sweet time to emerge then forever to leave, prevent arrival altogether (or accelerate departure) with Sonya Dakar’s phenomenal {Blemish Buster} – a targeted treatment that calms inflammation, reduces any redness and prevents infection spreading thanks to (you guessed it…) silver, together with zinc, sulphur and camphor.


Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...