There is no doubt that skin treatments have evolved a lot over the years. In the good old days, those wanting healthy skin would stick with the basics – eating right, taking basic care of the skin and trying to live a healthy life. Of course, back then no-one worried much about supplements, vitamins and other relatively new concepts in the world of health. The saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ may well have been the best advice back then, but today consumers will stop at nothing to get perfect skin. Even if it means paying a fortune for expensive products that promise results.
It is not just celebrities who have embraced the current trend of trying the latest, greatest and often, the most expensive skin treatments. Ordinary (or at least wealthy) consumers are also scooping up skin creams that have everything from 24-carat gold to platinum listed in their ‘magical’ ingredients.
Have we lost sight of the skin care basics, or do these high value miracle treatments actually work as well as humble vitamins and nutrients?
High Priced Skin Treatments – Investment or Scam?
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and gold and other precious metals are something every woman adores too. But while you would certainly consider it an investment to wear such precious commodities on your neck, arm or finger, would you wear it on your skin if it promised results? Here are some of the new wave of high priced skin treatments on the market that show just how far we have taken the quest for the perfect complexion…
- Gold – face masques and skin creams boasting 24-carat gold are hitting the shelves across the world, with prices ranging from $450 onwards for a small tub of gold-laden creams. Apparently, gold has skin-firming and anti-aging properties that aid tone and appearance but there is no real evidence to suggest that results are ensured.
- Royal Jelly – this highly expensive ingredient is essentially the secretion of honey bees that is fed to bee larvae. The properties are said to be similar to honey, but far more powerful. While the thought of using such an ingredient may seem strange, consumers flock to the shelves in search of pricey skin treatments containing royal jelly.
- Platinum – at $1000 a tub, platinum-enriched treatments are also being snapped up by the rich and famous. Ironically, the primary success of this product is simply due to the fact that it contains platinum – the most expensive metal in the world. Whether or not it actually has any benefits to the skin remains to be seen however.
- Bee Venom – the lovely Katherine Middleton is said to be a fan of masques containing bee venom of all things, which sells at the price of $55,200 per ounce. Venom is diluted to make it less painful to apply, with only 1% used within the masque. While the newest and most beautiful Royal certainly has amazing skin, the potential risks of such a treatment along with the cost make this somewhat of a strange beauty routine.
But despite all of these expensive products that are becoming the norm, the irony is that the humble apple is still proven to contain something that no other ingredient has… the ability to help skin cells renew and restore. Supplements such as MIREICA that use apple skin cells and other simple ingredients found in nature do not only come at a reasonable price tag, they also ensure results that gold, platinum and even bee venom cannot guarantee. At the end of the day, skin treatments that work will always win over those that don’t… even without the hefty price tag.