Tinseltown’s hottest celebrities are known to spend on lavish skincare regimens just to keep the signs of aging at bay. Check out five of the most bizarre rituals that show you just how far they’d go for vanity.
What it is: A 90-minute non-surgical cosmetic procedure that involves withdrawing the patient’s own blood from their arm, processing it to create platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and then re-injecting it to the face to activate new tissue. Some practitioners combine the PRP with dermal fillers to further plump up wrinkly areas, such as the undereyes. Recommended dosage is three sessions four weeks apart, and then once a year for maintenance.
Cost: About $700 (P41,000) per session
Celebrities who tried it: Kim Kardashian and Rupert Everett
What it is: A facial and body pampering treatment that smears fish eggs all over the skin for a firming and moisturizing effect. There’s also a hair-conditioning version. Caviar is seen as a powerhouse ingredient because it contains several kinds of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Cost: $250 (P12,000) for a 100-minute facial, $55 (P2,600) for a 45-minute hand treatment, and $145 (P7,000) for a 1-hour hair conditioning session. For those who want to take it home, there are caviar creams available. A popular celebrity pick is La Prarie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, which costs $430 (P11,000) per 50ml bottle.
Celebrities who tried it: Angelina Jolie, Katie Holmes, Victoria Beckham, and Catherine Zeta-Jones
What it is: Looking back at ancient Egypt where leeches were used to treat many diseases through bloodletting, leech therapy uses the same principle of placing leeches on the client’s body to let them suck out impure blood. According to leech therapist Mehdi Jaffari, out of 600 identified species of leeches, only 15 are used medically to detoxify the blood and cure a variety of ailments such as skin diseases and infections.
Cost: £75 or about P5,000/hour
Celebrities who tried it: Demi Moore
24-Carat Gold Facial
What it is: Also known as chrysotherapy, this facial treatment infuses 24-carat gold foil with other facial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and collagen to improve skin elasticity and reverse cell damage from pollutants. For those who can’t afford the spa version, you may buy do-it-at-home kits that come with real gold sheets.
Cost: Between $380-1,200 (P18,000-P57,000) per facial. Bella Schneider Beauty’s Glow Facial Kit retails at $50 (P2,300) each.
Celebrities who tried it: Bar Refaeli, Cameron Diaz, and Nicole Kidman
Kitty Litter Face Scrub
What it is: A DIY facial exfoliating treatment that mixes a few tablespoons of fresh cat litter with other organic ingredients such as honey and aloe vera. There are many tried-and-tested recipes you can find online. Just make sure you read the kitty litter ingredients to make sure it’s unscented and made of bentonite clay, the main ingredient in most spas’ purifying facial masks and body wraps.
Cost: Varies depending on the cat litter brand and ingredients you use
Celebrities who tried it: Snooki and Michelle Phan