Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

24-Carat Gold Facial

Nidah Spa at the Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe, N.M.

Forget diamonds — gold might be a girl's new best friend. At Santa Fe's Nidah Spa at the Eldorado Hotel, clients can sign up for a 24-karat-gold facial — basically, a metallic sheet of liquid gold applied to the skin. UMO, a high-end Japanese skin-care company, has created technology that "dissolves the gold so it can be used to soften the layers of the skin," says spa director Susan Keene. "It's like gold leaf." The superhydrating treatment lifts and firms the skin, reducing the appearance of sun damage and lines, she says. Though expensive — a session will run you $500 — it's a hit with Nidah's customers. This ultra-luxe beauty treatment is right at home at the Eldorado Hotel, named after El Dorado, the mythical city of gold.