The Strange Secret Behind Bar Refaeli’s Glowing Skin

Rachel Krause

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We’ll give you one guess as to what is covering Bar Refaeli‘s face. Here’s a hint: It’s exactly what it looks like. The supermodel took to Instagram earlier this week to document her luxurious liquid gold facial, a treatment that’s reportedly popular with celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Nicole Kidman.

We were initially skeptical about what this facial actually does, other than cost a lot of money, but it turns out that gold actually does have numerous beauty benefits. “Gold has been used in skin care and healing for centuries,” said Hana Kelly of Rodial, the skin care brand responsible for the May Fair Hotel in London’s £1,000 (or around $1,660) Gold Bee Venom Facial. “Cleopatra slept with gold on her face, and ancient Ayurvedic treatments have always used gold.”

There’s a reason the precious metal was the ancient Egyptian’s nighttime treatment of choice: Gold is anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, and anti-aging, so it’s basically the skin care holy grail. Also, it apparently leaves you looking like this:

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