Gold, gems, caviar: So much to love in the new spa treatments
Gold, precious gems, and caviar can help you keep up with the Joneses, but these luxuries may help you look better than them, too. Now these opulent items are being used in a new and lavish way: incorporated into facials and body treatments in elegant spas around the world. It’s hard to turn down the chance to give these extravagant beauty tricks a try.
Indulge Your Skin with a Mask of Gold
The idea of painting your skin with gold stems back to ancient Egypt. It’s said that Cleopatra coddled her gorgeous skin by sleeping in a mask of solid gold, and this age-old beauty secret, revived by the Japanese company UMO, is winning modern fans. Skin specialists claim that gold has natural “youth-enhancing properties” that hydrate and cleanse your skin down to its deepest layers.
Book an appointment at 122 knightsbridge, The Beauty Clinic of London, if you’re ready to go for the gold. This exclusive salon offers the real thing—UMO’s original 24-Carat Gold Facial—for about $600. Aestheticians massage your skin gently with Gamma PGA, an intensely hydrating compound, then sheets of pure gold are smoothed onto your face. A thorough massage follows before the sheets are removed and discarded.
Gold is a very soft metal that absorbs quickly and deeply into the skin, according to the salon. It can firm and brighten your skin, reduce wrinkles, stimulate blood circulation, and help skin cells replenish quickly. The UMO beauty super-treatment utilizes a proprietary new technology of gamma-PGA, ions, and ultrasonic nano mist combined with pure 24-carat gold to deliver glowing, radiant skin.
Many exclusive spas offer variations on UMO’s 24-Carat Gold Facial, including gold leaf and gold mesh facials. Some beauty products also incorporate gold into indulgent moisturizing creams for face, hands, and body.
Pamper Yourself with Precious Gems
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, according to the song made famous by Marilyn Monroe, owner of more than a few sparklers herself. But the hard, glittery gemstones—as well as rubies and other precious jewels—are currently touted as exfoliates, used in creams and facial treatments to remove dead outer layers of skin.
Perhaps the most famous gemstone treatment was the one created by Scott-Vincent Borba, aesthetician to the stars. Borba’s method involves a crushed diamond and rubies scrub, followed by a lactic acid peel that stimulates cell turnover. This uber indulgence has cost some celebrities approximately $7,000, according to reports.
Another extravagant option is the full-body Diamond Peel offered at Sonya Dakar’s Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills. A crushed-diamond rub resurfaces your face and entire body for just over $1,000, exfoliating the aging outer layers and encouraging elastin formation for younger, more radiant skin.
You’ll find a similar procedure at Spa Radiance in San Francisco for $750. If you have three free hours and feel like indulging yourself, ask for the Grand Luxe Facial, the ultimate in luxury face treatment. This one-of-a-kind procedure draws clients from around the world and reportedly leaves your skin looking years younger. It includes the application of a diamond peel to exfoliate and deeply cleanse your skin. Micro currents provide a gentle non-surgical face-lift for your skin. An aesthetician then bathes your face with an amino-acid-rich caviar mask to nurture and plump the skin, while a second therapist pampers you with a whole body massage.
Caviar also plays an important role in the White Caviar Illuminating Facial offered at La Prairie in New York for $1,000. The golden caviar in this extravagant procedure reduces the appearance of age spots and brightens the skin. The package includes a caviar firming facial, an hour-long caviar body massage, and hand, foot, and scalp massages.
Gold, gemstones and caviar already have a place in your life, whether it’s in your jewelry box or on your table. Why not let these luxuries work their magic in extravagant skin treatments that leave your skin looking radiant and refreshed?