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Three easy ways to turn back time

You don’t have to be a movie star to have taut, flawless skin. Las Vegas spas provide many of the same signature treatments celebrities are clamoring for these days. So no excuses: the one thing you shouldn’t be leaving Las Vegas without especially after a full day in the hot sun is a skin firming facial.

Marissa Medoro, the lead aesthetician at Flamingo Las Vegas, says the Flamingo’s 80-minute anti-aging Lighten-Up Tighten-Up Facial produces results after the very first treatment. The facial starts with a skin analysis and cleansing, followed by a scrub, glycolic peel, lifting masque and massage. Medoro says the alpha-hydroxy acids in the treatment products help to lightly exfoliate, resulting in skin that’s smoother and more toned, while also lightening dark spots. The treatment is especially valuable if you’ve been sunbathing or are beginning to notice sunspots. “Eighty to ninety percent of wrinkles are caused by sun damage,” she points out.

Another trendy treatment—the oxygen facial—has been hot in Hollywood for the past couple years and is quickly being adopted by spas everywhere. It’s favored by stars such as Madonna, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and Naomi Campbell; two versions can be found at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace.

On the Nobu Spa menu at Qua, the O2 Awakening Facial combines a topical treatment, in which pure oxygen molecules are released into the epidermal layer to detoxify and revitalize the skin, with a “sculpting massage,” says Angela Tedesco, a master facial artisan at Qua. The massage helps aid circulation, tightens muscles and lifts the skin.

Another Qua treatment, the results-oriented 50-minute Oxygenating Facial, uses ginseng, a powerful antioxidant, to neutralize free radicals—skin-cell scavengers that come from exposure to sun, smoke and pollution or are the result of not getting enough rest. The treatment targets and reenergizes these damaged cells that can lead to premature aging.

With any of these treatments, you can say good-bye to a dull complexion and hello to revived skin. The only thing you have to lose are those fine lines and wrinkles.