I’m experimenting with silver-streaked hair which definitely possesses a surreally romantic quality and silver products. The Ancient Egyptians believed it gave super-human powers to those who wore it. While that may have been a bit of a stretch, it does hold promise for the multi-tasking prize: maintaining healthy skin and rebalancing energy. Julisis Silver Elixir Night, a cult product in Germany has a certain je ne sais quoi: rare ingredients and a founder who studied Paracelsus, a Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist and astrologer as a basis for his intriguing concoctions. Silver products are sold in abundance in Africa too; there’s an almost vampire-esque attitude to colloidal silver (electro-magnetically charged minute silver particles suspended in de-ionised water) which has long been recognised as one of the most potent anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory ingredients. The most interesting brand is Phuza Health which makes Electro Colloidal Silver nasal sprays, great for colds or on planes to protect against cabin germs. The company also manufactures a silver-based gel for insect bites, burns and razor nicks. Gaia Organics have a pigment regulating day lotion with silver, copper, zinc and manganese, a veritable mineral fest for the skin.