w Nothing says luxury like treating your skin to the rejuvenating benefits of caviar and gemstones. Skin care brands are setting the bar high with products that contain some of the most precious ingredients nature has to offer. Orchids are known for their exotic beauty and surprising longevity and, over the past seven years, Guerlain has selected four out of the 30,000 identified species to create its Orchidee Imperiale molecular extract, the key ingredient found in the Orchidee Imperiale cream (HK$2,700). The extract sustains the youthfulness of skin by boosting its capacity to function, protect and regenerate. One last age-defying effect involves suppressing excess pigmentation production to prevent dark spots and complexion deterioration. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Serum (left, HK$1,890) uses ingredients extracted 'from the fruit of the tree of life' to enhance the youthful appearance of skin by reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Other active ingredients in the serum include quartz, which improves cellular performance with its atomic vibrations, and rhodochrosite, a semi-precious stone that encourages natural cell defence mechanisms. To top off the ingredients, pavina pavonica, a marine extract more commonly known as peacock's tail, strengthens the epidermis and increases the skin's elasticity. The Ginkgo, also known as the maidenhair tree, is renowned for everything from enhancing memory and concentration to serving as an aphrodisiac and even an anti-vertigo agent. Ginkgo extract is used as an antioxidant in the MTM Custom-Blended Botimate Eye Serum (below, HK$1,380), reducing fine lines while revitalising and firming the skin. Bulgari has spent the past century creating exquisite jewellery from gemstones, and it was only a matter of time before its experience in gemmology yielded a skin care product that makes use of the beneficial effects gemstones have on the skin. Products in the new Bulgari Gem Essence collection (right) contain extracts from sapphire, malachite, tourmaline and citrine, precious stones chosen for their synergetic effects on the skin. The formula restores radiance in the skin by helping with cellular exchanges. The Masque Precieu (above right, HK$1,100) is an intensive regenerating mask that hydrates and re-energises the skin while reducing muscular tensions. Caviar brings to mind opulence, fine taste and, above all, luxury, and the last thing you would expect to do with the expensive delicacy is to have it massaged on your face. The Mandarin Spa (above) proposes to do just that with its new Caviar Collagen facial (HK$1,400), a 74-minute treatment that leaves skin soft, toned and refined with the help of a hydrating oil-free formula containing caviar extract. Those who want extra pampering can go for the special package available before 5pm (additional HK$200) which includes, along with the facial, a hair blow dry at the Mandarin Salon and a glass of champagne.