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Written by Juliana Sim, 24 Saturn Life Stylist
Just the other day I was siting at a cafe with a cappuccino in one hand and a local women's magazine in another, pouring through pages of beautiful clothes when I came upon a section on facials. The prices of some of these facials took me by surprise! Some of them cost way more than my monthly petrol bill.
I must admit, I was intrigued. The more I flipped through the glossy pages of images of these spas and facial salons the more I wanted to explore deeper into this "other world" the rich live in. Where one pays a high price for privacy, exclusivity, undivided attention, pure decadence with an ambience that probably emulates their luxurious homes.
I have sensitive skin and was curious to find out what facials were available for skin like mine and at what price. There was a skin calming facial at $325 for 90 minutes which came with gentle massaging and a combination of masks and serums to fight inflammation. An Anti-aging facial with several masks for $288 for 120 minutes and another, a vitamin concoction facial that costs $250 for 60 minutes. And there was even one slimming facial which targets the fat deposits responsible for sagging chins and cheeks.
Think you've heard it all? Well, you are in for a surprise!
Cue in the Vampire Facial. One of the world's most expensive facial, also known as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
It involves two different injections: The first is a fresh supply of hyaluronic acid in the form of a dermal filler that immediately smoothes away wrinkles. The next injection is filled with platelet rich plasma cells that are separated from the patient's own blood. Over time, these cells stimulate the natural growth of collagen in your skin, creating a long-lasting youthful appearance. Gimmick or godsend?
Intrigued about its origin? The basic PRP treatment has been used for almost 20 years to accelerate the healing of wounds and burnt skin, and help athletes including, reportedly, tennis ace Rafael Nadal - recover from injury. But it was when Dr Charles Runels from Alabama trademarked the name "Vampire Facelift" in 2010, during the craze for the Vampire Diaries and Twilight Saga, that the procedure became attractive for A-listers. The godmother of vampire facials is socialite Kim Kardashian who made it so popular!
The recommended dosage is three sessions, four weeks apart, and then once a year for maintenance. At £600 a session, this will set you back £2,000!
Other expensive skin or body treatments that people pay through their noses to get youthful looking skin:
The HD Diamond and Ruby Peel involves scrubbing the body with crushed rubies and diamonds. This luxurious treatment was popularized by Mila Kunis. Sign up if you have US$7,000 to spare.
An Evian bath made famous by Serena Williams soaking in a tub filled with 1,000 liters of Evian water at the Hotel Victor in Miami. This treatment believed to illuminate the skin with the effects of the mineral water. How much? US$5,000.
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