Seven of the Most Expensive Spa Treatments in the World

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5. UMO 24 Karat Gold Facial

$300 for 75 minutes

Rumor has it Cleopatra slept in a gold mask every night, and good for us in modern times, this ancient secret to more youthful skin is available to more than just royalty. Created by Japanese company UMO, this 24-karat gold face mask claims to be a major breakthrough in science. Sounds like a major breakdown of personal budgets to us. The treatment combines nano mist technology with the natural "youth enhancing properties" of gold to hydrate and cleanse even the deepest layers of the skin.

4. Snakeskin Pedicure

$300 for real snakeskin at Euphoria Lounge Salon & Spa in Monterey, California

Sure, you could have your favorite nail artist paint a snakeskin pattern on your nails but then that would be too easy wouldn't it? And besides, snakeskin is a completely sustainable and renewable resource since the animals usually shed three or more times a year. In fact if you think about it that way, this is really a new frontier in recycling. To achieve this fierce look, manicurists sandwich custom-cut pieces of snakeskin between to coasts of Bio Sculpture Gel, which looks and feels just like regular nail polish. The job can last for weeks -- not bad at $30 a toe.

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Lauren Saria
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