Legions of spa-goers sing the praises of facials, but dermatologists claim the treatments are better for relaxation than they are for your skin. This quiz won't tell you who's right, but it will give you some ideas of what to ask for the next time you're in the spa -- and what everyday ingredients you can use on your face if you're short on cash.
Where do facials rank in spa-treatment popularity?
What kind of fruit is used in facials for its antioxidant properties?
Why are electrical microcurrents sometimes used in facials?
- to stimulate facial muscles
- to stimulate blood flow
- to open pores
About how much will the average facial set you back?
- $25 to $75
- $50 to $125
- $75 to $150
- $100 to $175
The Grand Luxe Facial at Spa Radiance in San Francisco is one of the most expensive in the world. How much is it?
Crème de la Mer is one of the priciest face lotions out there. What is used for exfoliation in the Crème de la Mer facial at Harrod's in London?
- ruby powder and black Hawaiian sand
- sea quartz and diamond dust
- red coral and spherical sapphires
What did Cleopatra reportedly bathe in to keep her skin looking beautiful?
- pig urine
- donkey milk
- goat blood
- horse saliva
If you're looking for an easy at-home facial, what can you grab out of your pantry and slap on your face?
- saltine crackers
- Grape-Nuts cereal
- instant oatmeal
What spice is an anti-inflammatory agent that can be used on your face?
- bay leaf
- chili powder
What other kitchen staple can help irritated skin?
- whole milk
- orange juice
- cream cheese
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, which common medicine-cabinet remedy can you use on your face?
- Milk of Magnesia
- Pepto Bismol
In 2007, only two facial products contained this vegetable. In 2009, that number was up to 10.
Your facialist could add a bit of this extract to your treatment to increase circulation and "tighten up" your skin.
- chili pepper
What's the main ingredient in the "geisha facial"?
- bird poop
- raw fish
- pickled ginger
- lion urine
When word got out that a certain celebrity owned machines for this type of facial, the treatment's popularity shot up.
Who was that celebrity?
- Paris Hilton
- Britney Spears
- Oprah Winfrey
In oxygen facials, this kind of oxygen is forced onto the skin with an airbrush-type device.
What edible delicacy has been showing up on high-end facial menus?
If you have acne-prone skin, which type of facial should you choose?
- alpha hydroxy peel
- beta hydroxy peel
Which kind of facial uses an electric current to stimulate the skin?