Special Report: Beauty bling
Diamonds, pearls, gold -- in Hollywood, it's all about the bling. Now, these A-list accessories may also be also be a swanky secret weapon to looking and feeling young.
To look as "good as gold," this hot, new facial from Japan may do the trick. It's the Umo 24 Karat Gold Facial, where pure gold is lavishly layered onto the skin.
"The first time you see the benefits," Veronica Barton-Schwartz, an Umo gold facialist at Veronica's Skin and Body Care Center, said.
The precious metal forms a glittering mask that absorbs into your pores.
"It's definitely more luminous, but what you do see a golden glow to the skin," Barton-Schwartz said.
Inventors say this treatment not only rejuvenates the skin, but removes wrinkles, banishes blemishes and fades age spots.
"I feel like it's firming and tightening as I am sitting here," Yolanda Hogh, a gold facial client, said
Are you feeling like a diamond in the rough? A traveling spa service in Hollywood promises to have you shining like the stars with a "dream girl" diamond massage. Medford native and NBC host Maria Menounos checked it out.
"This is the most heavenly thing Iíve ever done in my life," Menounos said.
Over $1 million in loose diamonds are laid lovingly along the spine, as a massage therapist rubs away the stress.
"Multi-millions-dollar massage, who am I right now," Menounos asked. "I am just a girl from Medford!"
The company says real diamonds add a soothing and ultra luxurious touch, even to your hands, if you are looking for a multi-million manicure!
One Newbury Street salon, Spa Newbury, stops the signs of time with The Diamond of the Sea.
"In the pearl has hyaluronic acid and fibrous proteins," said Selena Belisle, Spa Newbury. "Both of these help repair the skin."
This luxurious facial by Pevonia uses crushed pearls that makers say will give you a firmer face!
"Your skin appears firmer and a little bit more plump," Belisle said.
The pulverized pearls are applied to a special cream and then put on your skin. A mud mask seals the deal.
"I had expectations because it's a pearl facial," Aimee Maurer, a Pevonia pearl facial client, said. "It was awesome [and] defiantly lived up to it!"
But before you empty your bank account on these opulent options, doctors say buyers beware!
"Gold, pearls, [and] diamonds are not the best way to make you skin look better, but it sure sounds good," said Jeffery Dover, M.D., Skincare Physicians of Chestnut Hill. "Frankly, I would save up and buy a ring, but that's up to you."
If you want to try any of these posh procedures, get ready to pay up! For a pearl facial, you'll shell out over a $100. The 24-karat gold facial starts at $400, and the diamond massage is by appointment only!
115 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
Umo 24-karat Gold Facial
9663 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 536
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Veronica's Skin and Body Care Center
24955 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste B101
Malibu, CA 90265
Dream Girl Diamond Massage
Spa On Location
2461 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 404
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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