Outrageous Beauty Treatments
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By Zoe Schaeffer
Shiatsu is so last century. With these eight extreme spa serviced, pampering takes on a whole new meaning.
Taking luxe to a whole new level, this 24-karat facial (see at-home alternatives here) firms skin and reduces wrinkles, while leaving you with a golden glow—naturally.
Ice, Ice Baby2 of 8
Get ready for a deep freeze with this cold sauna cryotherapy treatment (in minus 110 degrees Celsius). The chilly experience is said to help with inflammation, improve joint and muscle function and reduce and relieve skin irritation.
Steam Clean?3 of 8
In Santa Monica, Calif., Tikkun Holistic Spa offers a soothing treatment for your nether regions. Based on an ancient Korean treatment, the spa's V-Steam is said to reduce stress, regulate periods and boost fertility. (Search for research on the treatment.)
Dropping In4 of 8
Geisha girls had fabulous skin partly due to a centuries-old secret topical called "uguisu no fun" (you won't believe what this is). Now that the word is out, it may be time to toss the old exfoliator and brighten your complexion the seriously old-fashioned way.
Smooth Moves5 of 8
New Yorkers looking for the latest anti-aging fix turned to a Townhouse Spa's facial with Spermine, an antioxidant made from synthesized human (ick, you guessed it) sperm. While the NY hotspot no longer offers the facial, die-hard devotees have tracked down this product, which contains the exclusive ingredient at Harvey Nichols in the UK.
Whip It6 of 8
In the Ancient Cane Ritual treatment, raw sugar cane juice is combined with crystals and creamy oil to exfoliate and deeply moisturize. The massage also uses bamboo reeds (see pics) during a drumming, tapping and rolling session, meant to rebalance the body’s energy flow.
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In this specialty treatment, botanicals and essential oils are used to firm up that particular part of our bodies that often goes south first. This "breast facial" (it's also called this) exfoliates and is designed to help remove lymphatic congestion (what is this?). Relax in the Jade Igloo Sauna after your treatment.
Couple's Retreat8 of 8
If you and your special someone are looking for something relaxing and romantic, a couple's massage atop a Venetian-style gondola should definitely be on your "to do" list. Champagne and strawberries are included in the journey.
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