Ever since makeup and medicine were invented, the more exotic and hard to get an ingredient was, no matter how strange, the better it was said to be for your skin. Some prized historical beauty practices may seem strange or silly to us now -- rubbing lead oxide into your face to look pale as women in the 16th century did, or making expensive crocodile dung facials like the ancient Romans (which actually isn't that strange when you consider one of the items on our list) [source: Hendry].
But while crocodile poop and lead poisoning are finally out of fashion, the demand for extravagant face creams is forever, even to the point that many people are willing to pay more for a miracle cream than they would for permanent cosmetic surgery. Most luxury creams these days contain a "star ingredient," one hyper-rare mineral, strange plant extract or painstakingly bioengineered serum guaranteed to magically restore health and vibrancy to your face. But do they work? Can you afford to find out? In this article, we'll take a look at the top 10 most extravagant face creams.