Open any gossip or beauty magazine and you’ll find a gorgeous celebrity swearing by some outlandish, bizarre or unusual anti-aging treatment. You might think, “Hey, her skin looks amazing—something must be working, right?!” Well, it might also have to do with her organic diet, good genes and daily use of SPF-50, but sure, there’s truth to some of these wacky nonsurgical treatments, like creams made with diamonds and eyebrow-raising blood facials. Here are six of the latest jaw-dropping beauty bets to try (or laugh at) in the quest for youthful skin.
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This needle-y treatment gives the saying “no pain, no gain” a whole new meaning. The bloody facial—made famous by Kim Kardashian when she underwent the procedure on camera—starts with getting less than an ounce of your blood drawn, which is then spun in a centrifuge to extract the platelet-rich plasma. Next, using a pen-like device, the plastic surgeon produces small puncture wounds on your face and topically applies your blood. It sounds downright medieval, but going vampy is said to stimulate collagen and elastin as well as enhance skin color and texture. Just make sure your doctor is certified with the Vampire Facial trademark to ensure a certain standard of care, recommends the facial’s inventor, Charles Runels, M.D., of Life Stream Medical in Mobile, Ala.
It’s been said that Cleopatra slept in a gold mask to maintain her beauty. Was the Egyptian Queen on to something with her gold standard? Denise Richards thinks so. The Bond girl known for her flawless skin is the new spokesperson for Oro Gold Cosmetics, a luxurious line of anti-aging products infused with 24-karat gold. According to Oro Gold, the precious metal stimulates bioelectrical impulses in the body that promote collagen and elastin fusion inside the skin, causing radiant results. The gold-infused creams come with a hefty price tag, however—$200 per bottle.
Diamonds certainly are a girl’s best friend, but there’s another way that bling is making ladies happy these days—by staving off the signs of aging. Several beauty companies, such as Natura Bisse (Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme, $345, neimanmarcus.com), are creating these luxe topical elixirs to let your skin shine bright like a diamond for years to come.
Stem Cell Facial
This facial has gone cellular—stem cellular, that is. Spatique Medical Spa’s Golden Stem Cell Facial ($225, spatiquemedicalspa.com) in Smithtown, N.Y., for example, infuses dry, mature, sun-damaged skin cells with genetically flawless stem cells to produce healthier, brighter, younger-looking skin. To enhance the benefits of the stem-cell therapy, the aestheticians also apply a 24-karat gold mask (there’s that gold again!) to stimulate blood circulation and boost collagen production. The stem cells are thought to treat everything from hyperpigmentation to rosacea and inflammation.
It may sound super “ick,” but celebs like Jennifer Lopez swear by these protein-rich facial formulas as the secret to glowing skin. Not only is topical placenta said to be good for hydration, but dermatologists, such as Harold Lancer, M.D., F.A.A.D., of Lancer Dermatology in Beverly Hills, say the facials provide a noticeable lift to the skin and are even beneficial for acne-prone skin. What’s more, you can maintain your results post-treatment with an at-home cream, like Nature’s Beauty Placenta Creme ($20, amazon.com), which contains nutrient-rich placenta, along with other skin-conditioning ingredients.
You’ve heard of acupuncture for your body. Now the ancient Chinese treatment is specifically targeting your fine lines. Acupuncture facials, such as the East West Facial at Ona Spa in Los Angeles ($225, onaspa.com), are like a natural form of Botox. Nothing is injected into your face; only very thin acupuncture needles are applied to relax the facial muscles, increase circulation and boost collagen. Sign us up!