The World's Most Expensive Beauty Treatments

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Anyone who has ever gone into Sephora and balked at the price of lip gloss knows that beauty -- and particularly high-end beauty -- doesn't come cheap.

But some of the spa treatments offered are downright obscenely priced.

Take the $460 facial offered at Tracie Martyn's spa in New York City. The facial involves the use of a special device that delivers electrical currents that cause temporary muscle shortening, allegedly lifting and tightening the skin.

And they get worse.

The Solid Gold Treatment:

In 2007, Umosen, a Chinese beauty company, unveiled their facial treatment that applies a 24-karat gold leaf to the face and is then gently massaged into the skin until the gold completely disappears and your skin is said to "glow." The Umo 24-Karat Gold Facial costs about $400 to $500.

Girl's Best Friend (and a Massage, Too!):

What could possibly be better for an aching back than a nice massage. And if that massage is done with diamonds, all the better! The "dream girl" diamond massage places $1 million worth in loose diamonds along the spine and then a massage therapist gently massages. This is offered through an at-home massage service in LA and is popular among the Hollywood elite, which makes sense since, according to BeadingGem.com, the treatment costs around $25K.

Fishy Hair:

In 2007, London's Daily Mail reported that Catherina Zeta-Jones spent $470 on a liquefied sturgeon roe (caviar) treatment for her hair. It's said to be what gives her brown hair the shine she is famous for. According to reports, the treatment also includes truffles and eggs and the Beluga caviar is flown in from Iran five days ahead.

Platinum Nails:

Created as a collaboration between Allure, Essie Cosmetics, Platinum Guild International (PGI), and British platinum supplier Johnson Matthey, the nail polish they called “I Do” was made with powdered platinum and debuted in 2005. The first batch went into a special platinum bottle designed by jewelry designer Henry Dunay. The platinum bottle of “I Do” is valued at $55K while a regular bottle went for about $250.

If money were no object, would any of these be worth a try? Do you think they'd be better than a normal at-home facial?


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