Extravagant Spa Treatments That People Pay for and I Kinda Want to Try?
Sure, I’ve spent hours imagining myself in a bath of diamonds — dunking under and coming up for air like a Chuck E. Cheese patron in a ball pit — who hasn’t? But would I spend thousands to rub ground diamonds on my face? Would that be a thing? Apparently we’re not far off. It seems that there’s a trend in spa services a la lifestyles of the rich and famous which says if you put something ‘chi chi’ on a spa menu, people will pay to be slathered in it.
What’s hot, what it does and … would you try it?
Caviar Facials: Used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years, caviar is said to rejuvenate and illuminate the skin. The claim is that the caviar stops the cycle that creates discoloration and age spots before they start by decreasing the production of pigmentation.
Where: Mulini Spa, Croatia, multiple spas in NYC and around the world.
How Much: $250 - $1,250
My Take: I’d try this (with a side of crème fraiche)
Golden Facials: Supposedly used by Cleopatra — 24 carat gold leaf is painted onto the skin to renew cells. It’s said to reduce fine lines, eliminate toxins and dullness, improve blood flow and elasticity and give oxygen to your skin. All of which should leave your skin looking refreshed, youthful and clear. However, in my research, I found articles claiming there is no proof of these results and if the gold were absorbed as nanoparticles (meaning it would get into the skin and actually be able to work deeper than the surface) it could be toxic. Gold is also known to cause allergic reactions.
Where: Many places around the world and the US, but most common in Asia.
How Much: $300 — $1,000s
My Take: I prefer my gold where it belongs — wrapped around my fingers.
Platinum Facials: One of the rarest elements on Earth, it is said to restore balance to your skin to help hydrate, maintain moisture and protect skin from cellular damage. It is also used to energize your skin and strengthen its supportive tissues.
Where: LaPrarie Spa at the Ritz NYC
How Much: $595
My Take: See golden facials.
Gemstone Facials: Gemstone facials utilize the natural energy and properties of the gems. Gemstones like rubies, emeralds, sapphires and pearls are ground to a micro-fine powder or ash to help detoxify, exfoliate and rejuvenate skin. The claim is that the electrical current in these stones will help hydrate and the luster of the stones will translate into a luminous radiance.
Where: The Cornelia Spa at The Surrey NYC
How Much: $295 +
My Take: I could be convinced. I do believe there is a unique energy in gems. Also, this may be as close as I can get to my diamond pit.
Vino Therapy: For skin brightening and lightening. Wine is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that are said to be just as enjoyable on the body as in the body. Grapes are natural resurfacers, which leaves skin more radiant, and diminishes sun damage and hyper-pigmentation.
Where: Aire Spas worldwide, and many other spas and even wineries.
How much: $536 for ritual packages (Note: I was able to find a spa that charged $65 for a 25 minute soak)
My Take: I’d definitely do this one … Is it gross to bring in a straw?
While all of these skin treatments are available, perhaps you should consider indulging in a more tried-and-true skin treatment like laser resurfacing or IPL to refresh and rejuvenate without breaking the bank and with a significantly better sense of what you’re getting into.
Plus, for what you’d spend on these procedures which don’t necessarily guarantee results, you could also afford a round or two of Botox or fillers like Radiesse and Juvederm which may also produce a more obvious result thanks to the fact that they are FDA-approved and do what they’re intended to do.
Ultimately, it’s your call. No matter what you opt for though – do yourself a favor and find a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform any invasive or semi-invasive cosmetic procedures – especially on your face!