Mila Kunis: Diamond and ruby facial
To get that extra glow before beginning the European tour for Friends with Benefits, Mila Kunis treated herself to a $7,000 facial from celebrity aesthetician Scott-Vincent Borba The posh procedure, known as the HD Diamond and Ruby and Diamond Peel, uses tiny precious stones as antioxidants for the skin—and it’s not the first time Kunis has splurged on the treatment. Before the Golden Globes in January, the 27-year-old actress also had the peel, which requires sucking on an ice cube to reduce puffiness. “I always do [this on] her skin, neck, décolleté, arms, and the back of her hands,” Borba told InStyle at the time. “Anything that will be possibly showing with her dress.”
Serena Williams: Evian bath
Though she’s more apt to drink a few bottles during a tennis match, back in 2005, Serena Williams became the first guest Miami’s Hotel Victor to sample the $5000 Evian Experience. Available to those staying in the $6000-a-night penthouse suite, the procedure features a bath in 1000 liters of Evian spring water and colorful Gerber daisies. “I could feel the difference from the moment I stepped in,” Williams said after her chic soak. “The water felt so pure. Also, Evian is a sponsor of the US Open, which I’ve won the last few years, so I guess you can say the water has been lucky for me.”
Angelina Jolie: Caviar skin cream
Surely a mother of six is entitled to a few indulgences. In Angelina Jolie’s case, it’s a beauty regimen that includes La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Cream at $710 for a 100ml container, the cream contains the eggs of Baerii sturgeon, a protein-rich ingredient that’s said to be good for moisturizing and firming the skin. Also, lovely on a blini.
Gwyneth Paltrow: Snake venom facial
Over the years, Gwyneth Paltrow has tried colonics, cupping, and a macrobiotic diet, all in the name of beauty and wellness. But perhaps no regimen has seemed quite as odd as the snake venom cream she uses on her skin. Costing $185 for a 1 oz. container, Sylvia Dakar’s UltraLuxe-9 products contain a synthetic venom that is said to have a similar (but gentler) paralyzing effect on the skin as a snake bite—essentially reptilian Botox. Though some question whether the cream is more like snake oil, there’s no denying the 38-year-old Oscar-winner’s skin looks youthful.
Demi Moore: Leech therapy
While appearing on David Letterman in 2008 to promote, appropriately enough, Flawless, Demi Moore admitted that she had discovered a new beauty treatment while in Austria—leeching. “I feel like I’ve always been someone looking for the cutting edge of things that optimize your health and healing,” Moore told the incredulous host, adding. “These aren’t just swamp leeches though—we are talking about highly trained medical leeches.” (Because, after all, the intended benefit of the leeching is to detox the blood.) “And the other thing I found out,” Moore explained casually, “is leeches don’t like hair. So, if you’re hairy, be prepared to do a little shaving or waxing—they much prefer a Brazilian.” Letterman had no response.
Catherine Zeta–Jones: Caviar hair treatment
Much as caviar is good for the skin, the omega-3 oils also have a nourishing effect on the hair. Which is why Catherine Zeta-Jones has been going to Hari’s hair salon in London for the Beluga conditioning treatment for years. A one-hour session costs £100, but “don’t expect anything fishy,” Hari’s website warns, “this treatment, like old money, is truly discreet and has no odour at all.”
Teri Hatcher: Red wine bath
A glass of wine next to the bathtub, sure. But in it? And yet, that may be the secret to Teri Hatcher’s youthful complexion. The 46-year-old Desperate Housewives star told Britain’s DailyTelegraph that she pours a glass of red into her bath every day for its skin-softening effects. While grapeseed is a powerful antioxidant, it’s unlikely that a glassful would produce the desired result. Fortunately, Les Sources de Caudalie in France offers an array of vinotherapy procedures, including a two-day treatment featuring a wine barrel bath and a merlot wrap or crushed cabernet scrub.
Jessica Simpson: Fish pedicure
On a 2010 episode of her VH1 show The Price of Beauty, Jessica Simpson tested a foot treatment in Japan that’s not without controversy—the fish pedicure. Spa guests place their feet in water with garra rufa (or doctor fish) while pint-size piranhas nibble away the dead skin. Though some states now have fish spas— Yvonne’s in Alexandria, Virginia offers a 30-minute fish therapy for $50—many have banned the procedure for health concerns. And for those too squeamish to make a real doctor fish appointment, there is, of course, an app for that.
Eva Longoria: Placental face cream
Teri Hatcher may rely on red wine, but to keep her skin looking babylike, Desperate Housewives co-star Eva Longoria opts for EMK placental cream, which is derived from botanicals that mimic the nutrients found in human placenta. The vitamins, amino acids and other proteins are known to have restorative properties for the skin. A 1 oz. container of EMK placental cream is $90.
Victoria Beckham: Bird poop facial
Of all the bizarre beauty regimens celebrities experiment with, perhaps none causes more horror than the Geisha Facial. Victoria Beckham gets at New York’s Shizuka Day Spa. Also known as the “bird poop facial” because of the powdered nightingale droppings used in the treatment, the Geisha Facial costs $180 for a 60-minute session and promises to “soften, brighten, and nourish the complexion.” And it must be working, because David Beckham reportedly gets them as well.