Some things in life just beg
for a touch of gold — arm parties, your New Year’s Eve dress, and, hell, even your mani
. But, one place we never thought we’d see the shimmery stuff? On our face (aside from the occasional swipe of sparkly shadow, that is). Surprisingly, gold is having a major moment in the skin-care world, so of course we had to investigate.
After the Internet went abuzz about Bar Refaeli’s liquid-gold facial
, we thought we’d test the precious-metal waters and see what all the commotion was about. Lucky for us, Labelle Day Spa
in San Francisco (a favorite of Marissa Mayer
) offers this nod-to-the-Gold Rush treatment, so we strolled right up and prepped ourselves to be doused in luxury. "Gold treats all the usual suspects: uneven pigmentation, loss of elasticity, inflammation, and bacteria. Aesthetics is never about exact science; like any art, it is about intuition and great traditions," says spa director Asya Komarova.
We received the Caviar & Carat Facial (ranging in price from $180 to $550), which is an integration of exfoliation and treatment with a liquid-gold mask, gold leaf, and caviar ampules. Read on to see how the glitzy process is done.
Photographed by Maria del Rio