The Ultimate Facial Quiz

By: Staff
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About This Quiz

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?

According to the International Spa Association, facials come in third, after massages and manicure/pedicures.

What kind of fruit is used in facials for its antioxidant properties?

Antioxidants can slow skin decay, so pomegranates have recently become a popular facial ingredient.

Why are electrical microcurrents sometimes used in facials?

Electrical microcurrent treatment can give skin a temporarily tightened look by stimulating facial muscles.

About how much will the average facial set you back?

You'll have to shell out $75 to $150 for most facials.

The Grand Luxe Facial at Spa Radiance in San Francisco is one of the most expensive in the world. How much is it?

The three-hour Grand Luxe features Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion, Purikiss Microcurrent Disencrustation and LED light treatment and will set you back $750.

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?

If you've always wondered what it feels like to have pure diamond dust scrubbed over your face, get yourself to Harrod's in London.

What did Cleopatra reportedly bathe in to keep her skin looking beautiful?

Cleopatra bathed in sour donkey milk, which contains lactic acid. Lactic acid is a hydroxy acid; hydroxy acids are the active ingredients in anti-aging creams.

If you're looking for an easy at-home facial, what can you grab out of your pantry and slap on your face?

Celebrity makeup artist Cristina Bartolucci swears by packets of instant maple brown sugar oatmeal. Mix it in your hands with cleanser and put it on your face for about 10 minutes.

What spice is an anti-inflammatory agent that can be used on your face?

Turmeric mixed with yogurt, honey and oat flour can soothe dry, irritated skin.

What other kitchen staple can help irritated skin?

You can ease your skin irritation by soaking a washcloth in cold whole milk and placing it on your face.

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, which common medicine-cabinet remedy can you use on your face?

Unflavored Milk of Magnesia can help dry up the oil on your face.

In 2007, only two facial products contained this vegetable. In 2009, that number was up to 10.

Spinach has been touted lately for its anti-oxidant properties, and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon.

Your facialist could add a bit of this extract to your treatment to increase circulation and "tighten up" your skin.

Chili peppers get their heat from capsaicin, which proponents say can increase facial bloodflow and decrease the look of wrinkles.

What's the main ingredient in the "geisha facial"?

Nightingale poop is the key to the geisha facial (no, we're not kidding). The active ingredients are urea, which helps the skin hold in moisture, and guanine, which creates an iridescent effect.

When word got out that a certain celebrity owned machines for this type of facial, the treatment's popularity shot up.

Demand skyrocketed for oxygen facials when it was reported that a certain celebrity owned hyperbaric oxygen machines from Intraceuticals Infusion.

Who was that celebrity?

Madonna revealed her love of oxygen facials in a 2006 interview with "Harper's Bazaar."

In oxygen facials, this kind of oxygen is forced onto the skin with an airbrush-type device.

Oxygen facials involve spraying the face with hyperbaric oxygen -- along with add-ons like hyaluronic acid.

What edible delicacy has been showing up on high-end facial menus?

Caviar is gaining popularity as a facial ingredient. But your face won't be coated with actual caviar -- just caviar extract.

If you have acne-prone skin, which type of facial should you choose?

Alpha hydroxy acids (which include salicylic acid) get into the oil glands and help to dry up acne.

Which kind of facial uses an electric current to stimulate the skin?

Galvanic facials involve a handheld device that shoots electrical stimulation into the skin.

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