Facial Delicacies

shutterstock_715381525According to legend, Cleopatra was a fan of 24 karat gold facials and would apply a mask of the precious metal before she slept. Gwyneth Paltrow and Debra Messing reportedly praised the virtues of a synthetic, snake venom-based product for their skin. Victoria Beckham and Tom Cruise were allegedly fans of the anti-aging “geisha facial,” made from the droppings of Japanese nightingales. But, of all the luxe ingredients used in skin care for centuries, perhaps the most decadent is caviar, which has been popping up in cosmetic lines for decades. Guests of Montage Hotels & Resorts in Laguna Beach, Palmetto Bluff and Kapalua Bay can now enjoy the benefits of this royal roe with Spa Montage’s Deluxe Caviar Facial, which features the Caviar skin care collection from Orange County-based brand Kerstin Florian.

If you’re looking for a truly rejuvenating treatment, Julie Andrews, president of Kerstin Florian International, says the caviar facial is a perfect choice. “Its immediate anti-aging results—smoothing fine lines, diminishing puffiness, increasing firmness—make it ideal for aging skin, but it can be used on virtually any skin type. You’ll have a luxurious and relaxing experience as well as a ‘wow’ result when you leave,” she says, adding that this facial is a go-to option for special occasions.

The 60- or 90-minute facial combines powerful antioxidants, protein-rich caviar, regenerating coenzyme A and a specially designed AcuLift massage to deeply hydrate, reduce fine lines, improve skin elasticity and smooth skin texture. The Kerstin Florian Caviar products are made of extracts from the nutrient-rich matrix that surrounds the caviar, which includes doses of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and is combined with peptides. According to third-party testing, the latter ingredient can reduce wrinkle depth by up to 27 percent after 56 days of use. The result is a gorgeous, youthful glow that leaves skin looking radiant and hydrated.

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The harvesting of caviar itself is highly controlled because of overfishing in the Caspian Sea, and it is also regulated in the U.S. by the Fish and Wildlife Service. “Sustainability is important to our company as a whole and, of course, that extends to our Caviar products,” Andrews says, which is why Kerstin Florian relies on a sustainably-sourced extract that comes directly from France.

High levels of vitamins and trace elements, similar to the intracellular fluid in our own skin, allow caviar extract to be readily absorbed during these treatments, Andrews says. “The peptides in the serum, eye cream and night cream help stimulate cell communication, repair age-related skin damage and smooth wrinkles, and the organic green tea extract is a powerful antioxidant which helps stimulate microcirculation.” The product also contains bupleurum falcatum root extract—a botanical valued in Chinese medicine for centuries for its anti-inflammatory, soothing and refining benefits.

When combined with white rose, yet another ingredient from nature that’s infused into these Kerstin Florian products, your skin will feel like that of an aristocrat. All that’s missing is a glass of Champagne and an abalone shell spoon.

By Justine Amodeo