Silver in Skincare: What's It All About?

Every few years, an ingredient pops up in the skincare world that's set to be the "next big thing." We've had copper and gold, and now it seems that silver is the metal of the moment. But it turns out that silver in skincare isn't actually all that new.

Silver has been used for centuries for its incredible antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Before the introduction of antibiotics, silver was used to treat antimicrobial conditions. Throughout World War II, bandages were soaked with colloidal silver to promote faster healing, and even the ancient Egyptians used it to treat infectious diseases.

So it's surprising that it's taken us so long to harness the power of this rejuvenating ancient ingredient within skincare. Colloidal silver (small silver particles suspended in water) is incredibly cleansing and antibacterial, making it a wonder ingredient for acne. Plus studies have shown colloidal silver triggers healing effects in tissue, which makes it great for scarred and ageing skin.

Whilst there's no denying colloidal silver is a powerfully potent ingredient, it can also come with a hefty price tag. But if you're wanting to harness the power of silver, here's where you should start…