Bird Poop Facial – The very thought of it is disgusting but bird poop facials have taken Japan by a storm. Also called Shizuka’s Geisha Facial, the facials use traditional Japanese ingredients to soften the skin and the secret ingredient is none other than faeces of Japanese Nightingale bird.
Shizuka Bernstein, the creator of The Geisha Facial and owner and lead esthetician at Shizuka New York Day Spa, created the facial eight years ago after learning about the natural beautifying properties of nightingale droppings from her mother. While the world-renowned facial at Shizuka New York continues to delight people throughout the world, delighted clients at the spa continue to benefit from this celebrity facial.
Scents of a Geisha: A Natural Way to Heal the Skin
Medical Daily visited Shizuka new york Day Spa this month to the get the inside scoop on The Geisha Facial® and to experience its a natural way to heal the skin.
One aspect of the facial that gets newcomers both squirmy and anxious is the smell. Because we all know poop, well, smells. However, because all bacteria has been removed from the bird droppings, what we are left with is its essential enzymes and guanine components which carry a slight ‘earthy’ scent.
Upon creating the facial seven years ago, Shizuka Bernstein, master aesthetician and creator of The Geisha Facial® decided to mix the sterilized bird droppings with rice bran powder to both sweeten its natural scent as well as add additional exfoliating and brightening properties to the facial. Some say the mixture smells like toasted rice or peanut butter. Medical Daily reporter, Susan Scutti, says it smells like ‘honeysuckle’.
Shizuka wanted the facial to be both results-oriented as well as provide a pleasant experience for the customer to unwind and relax knowing their skin is in good hands.
Imagine the scent of honeysuckle complemented with the gentle aroma of camellia flowers, green tea, and lavender oil all derived from the Shizuka NY Skincare System products used throughout the facial. Shizuka created The Geisha Facial® as a natural way to heal the skin while ensuring you feel relaxed and pampered throughout.
As Ms. Scutti remarked in the video, “the smells are part of the peaceful feeling”.
CBS News reveals The Geisha Facial as an Effective Beauty Treatment
An interview with Shizuka Bernstein and one of our clients aired on September 8th, 2015 on a CBS news segment titled: Ugly Beauty.
Sometimes the best ingredients in beauty treatments are sourced directly from mother nature, with results that are much prettier than the ingredients themselves. Natural beauty treatments that use all-natural ingredients like sterilized bird droppings bring added benefits to your skin that synthetic products may not be able to deliver. For example, the naturally occurring enzymes in guanine (main ingredient in bird droppings) retexturizes skin to impart a pearly luster.
Here’s a portion of the transcript from the CBS News segment:
Manhattan spa owner Shizuka Bernstein created a facial using nightingale droppings.
“I really do swear by it,” she said.
Client Amanda Hoffman said the bird poop, which was allegedly first used hundreds of years ago to cleanse the skin of Geisha, has made a world of difference in her skin.
The droppings are UV sterilized which produces a powder form of the ingredient mixed with rice bran to help with the smell. Clients said the results are immediate.
“So you must wonder, ‘ok, what will it do for the skin?’” she said.
Experts say longevity is key when seeking out ugly beauty products.
“Fads will come and go, but if it’s been out there for six to eight months I think it’s pretty safe to try,” Dr. Kavita Mariwalla said.
The Geisha Facial® has been around for seven years, since 2008, so we’d say it’s more than a fad, it’s a tried and true beauty treatment!
Innovative Spa Treatments that Deliver Glowing Skin
The Geisha Facial was highlighted in a recent article on TODAY.com about popular and innovative spa treatments that deliver glowing skin. Spa owner Shizuka Bernstein was quoted as an authority on beauty and wellness in the spa industry:
“Spas are a wonderful place to experience what’s on the leading edge in the beauty industry and to try out the same red carpet treatments celebrities receive for their flawless skin,” Shizuka Bernstein, Owner and Lead Aesthetician of Shizuka New York Day Spa, who created the Geisha Facial. “In this way celebrity beauty can be accessible for everyone.”
Only in spas can you experience new and exciting ways to achieve optimum skin while being pampered in a relaxing setting. Read more about The Geisha Facial® and other popular and innovative spa treatments that are not only on the leading edge on the beauty and wellness front, but also deliver in the pampering department as well.
Come and experience how a relaxing bird poop facial can also deliver glowing skin!
All eyelash extension treatments at Shizuka new york are completely customizeable according to your needs. Extension choices include curl, length, and thickness.
We offer two eyelash curls: the J Curl and the C Curl. As the shape of the letter suggests, the J Curl offers a slight curl at the end while the C Curl offers a curl that starts nearer to the root of the eyelash. Both looks open the eyes and add more volume to your natural lashes.
The full set below features J curl lashes affixed using a variety of different lengths: 10, 11, 12, 13 cm. Your technician will be able to further asses and recommend the best combination of lengths to achieve the exact look you want.
Whether you’re going for dramatic or a naturally subtle enhancement, eyelash extensions can open up your eyes and elevate your look to the next level. Eyelash extensions are highly recommended for special events like weddings, parties, or everyday beauty enhancement!
Read on for tips to keep your lashes looking perfect longer.
Tips to keep your lashes looking perfect longer
Consult a Professional
Get a professional consultation before getting eyelash extensions affixed to your natural lashes. You want to make sure you get the best look for your buck! Let Kim Kardashian have her own look, let’s find you yours! By assessing the condition of your natural lashes, a licensed esthetician will help you decide on the best curl and length for your ultimate beauty enhancement.
Keep Lashes Dry
Eyelash glue can take up to two days to firmly bond to your natural lashes so avoid getting them wet as much as possible. Be sure to protect them while showering and washing your face and completely avoid activities like swimming and those that involve excessive sweating like using saunas and working out. If you go in the water, wear goggles to protect those lashes.
Gently Remove Makeup
Use makeup removal wipes to gently remove makeup from the eye area. Avoid using cotton balls or pads as cotton fibers can get stuck in lashes and make them fall out sooner. A little extra care everyday can extend the life of your lashes in the long run.
Most mascaras will interfere with eyelash glue lessening their bond to the eyelash extension. Mascara, especially oil-based ones, can be difficult to remove which can further weaken and limit the life of the eyelash extension. Added benefits of getting eyelash extensions include giving mascara and eyelash curlers some time off. Enjoy it!
Reset and go!
You’re bound to get eyelashes wet in the shower or after cleansing your face. When this happens simply reset them by combing them gently with an eyelash comb and blow dry them with a hairdryer set on its coolest setting. Using hot air will further weaken the eyelash extension adhesive.
Sleep on your back
Sleeping on your stomach or on your side can cause eyelash extensions to bend awkwardly throughout the night making them difficult to deal with in the morning. In order to protect lashes during slumbering hours, sleep on your back instead.
Here’s the scoop on the latest celebrity beauty scene from OK! Magazine and Hollywire press. Celebrity beauty is always a hot topic here at SNY because if there’s a new and better way to achieve flawless red carpet and silver screen skin perfection, we want to know! Celebrities show us what measures they are willing to take to look their best. Sometimes celebrities push the bar into unusual over-the-top treatments like placenta facials or caviar cream and others go back to nature for natural beauty secrets like using Demi Moore who uses leeches to detoxify her blood or Blake Livey who uses mayonnaise to retain hydration for her hair. Would you try any of these celebrity beauty secrets for yourself?
Photo credit: Hollywire
OK Magazine and Hollywire shared some of these popular and unusual beauty secrets from Hollywood’s most glamorous beauties. Some treatments are downright scary like vampire facials from Kim Kardashian and placenta face cream used by Katie Holmes and Eva Longoria. Some more expensive treatments include caviar face cream used by Angelina Jolie, and how about the $7K facial that Mila Kunis throws down for that uses daimonds and rubies to exfoliate and brighten the skin. Both OK! Magazine and Hollywire press lists Victoria Beckham and her use of The Geisha Facial to achieve her flawless glowing perfection. Of all the facial treatments mentioned, it’s the most affordable celebrity beauty treatment (aside from Snooki’s cat litter exfoliant–we don’t judge).
With The Geisha Facial you can receive a celebrity treatment without the celebrity price tag. Shizuka Bernstein, the creator of The Geisha Facial, prides herself and her highly trained estheticians to instill every facial experience with calming and authentic Japanese aesthetics. With SNY’s signature celebrity beauty treatment each client will feel like a celebrity before, during, and especially after their facial!
Every year, the Manhattan Award Program selects local businesses in Manhattan for their marketing achievements to establish themselves as a valuable small business in their community. This year the Manhattan Award Program awarded Shizuka New York Day Spa with the Best of Manhattan Day Spa 2015 award.
We’re pleased to receive this annual award with a renewed commitment to continue our long-term value to our local and international customers.
We’re thrilled to share that Shizuka New York Day Spa was selected as a ‘Best of New York Spa’ by Insider’s Guide to Spas!
A panel of Expert Spa Judges at Insider’s Guide to Spas shined some spotlights on the best of New York City Spas. Scroll down to the “Most unusual treatment” category to find The Geisha Facial listed!
Geisha Facial at Shizuka NY Day Spa, 7 West 51st Street, 212-644-7400. An ancient Geisha beauty secret, this facial is often referred to as the “Bird Poop Facial.” It uses powdered nightingale droppings to help brighten and nourish complexions. SHIZUKANY.COM
Experience The Geisha Facial for yourself to see how this popular ‘unusual spa treatment’ utilizes all-natural ingredients for smoother and brighter skin!
A Spa Day with Shizuka awarded on the Style Network
The Style Network show ‘How do I look‘ hosted by Jeannie Mai and celebrity stylists awarded a spa day at Shizuka new york Day Spa to one lucky makeover contestant. The show lets the contestant’s two closest friends and relatives and a celebrity stylist design a custom makeover contributing to the ‘new look’.
In this How Do I Look episode Finola Hughes surprises Emily Blumenthal with a spa day makeover including treatments with Shizuka Bernstein, one of which is the luxuriously pampering Signature Micro Facial. The Signature Micro Facial featured in Allure Magazine is a complete deep cleansing facial that includes a hand and shoulder massage and reflexology foot treatment.
Schedule a spa day for yourself or with a friend by choosing a combination of your favorite treatments or choose from our pre-selected Spa Package menu.
Where to Shop, Eat, Drink, and Relax in New York City’s Midtown Manhattan
Get the scoop on the best places to eat, drink, shop, and explore in the bustling area of Midtown Manhattan surrounding SHIZUKA new york Day Spa. Spa owner, Shizuka Bernstein, who lives and works in Midtown, shares her personal midtown hot spots to find your own serenity in the city and make your visit to the area a memorable one! She’s put together some itinerary options including a serenity-in-the-city stop at her day spa for some pampering and relaxation time to rest and recharge before setting out again into the city that never sleeps!
Shizuka’s City Guide: Serenity in the City, Midtown Hot Spots
Slow down, relax, and surround yourself with beauty:
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Saks Fifth Avenue
Relax and recharge with our Japanese hospitality at SHIZUKA new york Day Spa. We are eight blocks from Central Park South, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and across from Rockefeller Center Plaza.
Break for lunch:
Eat lunch with Central Park views at the Time Warner Center restaurants or at The Robert NYC.
See a show or go to the theater at The Paley Center or to Times Square for Broadway shows.
Call it a night with dinner and drinks at:
Fig & Olive
So–whether you’re here on vacation, for work, or just want to explore more of what Midtown Manhattan has to offer, check out the list above for places that prove this vibrant part of NYC has got something for everybody.
Shizuka NY was named a 2015 New York City Hot Spot to relax and unwind by Avianca em Revista Magazine!
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® was featured in the February 2015 Issue of Avianca em Revista Magazine, a magazine for Brazil’s Avianca airlines. The article is titled “Relax em Nova York” or “Relax in New York”.
The magazine listed SHIZUKA new york Day Spa as a preferred New York City Spa and “hot spot” to relax, unwind, and “beautify” in between shopping, sight-seeing, and exploring.
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan across from Rockefeller Center Plaza, so as you can imagine tourists and New Yorkers alike visit our spa for a bit of respite and relaxation in between a busy day of shopping and sight-seeing, for a special day of pampering, after a long day at work, or even for a quick beauty stop during lunch hour.
Shizuka New York’s Men’s Spa Named One of the City’s Best
New York News named Shizuka New York’s Men’s Spa one of the best in the city! If you’re looking for the perfect father’s day gift, a Gift Certificate to Shizuka New York’s Men’s Spa should do the trick. Our men’s spa has everything you need for grooming and polishing like nail treatments, waxing, facials, massages, and much more.
At the Men’s Spa, men can get the smooth, porcelain-like skin that facial promises, along with other treatments like anti-aging facials, toning facials, chest facials, back facials, botox, hair removal, hair rejuvenation, eyelash tinting, mani- and pedicures, and all manner of massages.
Shizuka New York Day Spa is mentioned in American Spa Magazine’s May 2015 issue!
The Geisha Facial is still getting media buzz, almost as much as it did when Shizuka New York Day Spa owner, Shizuka Bernstein, introduced the facial to the beauty and spa industry in 2008.
According to owner and celebrity facialist Shizuka Bernstein, geishas relied on frequent facials using nightingale droppings to not only remove makeup but also to brighten and heal their skin. She attributes the ingredient’s natural enzymes and guanine to helping impart a pearly luster to the skin.
In the article, spa consultant Peter Anderson speaks to how the origin of The Geisha Facial stems from ancient Japanese culture and how “that predates a modern understanding of skincare”.
Many of these facials have their roots in culture and chemistry that predates a modern understanding of skincare.
The usage of nightingale droppings in The Geisha Facial isn’t the facial’s only element with ancient Japanese origins. A recent article on Vogue.com highlights an ancient Japanese skincare technique known as double-cleansing. The Geisha Facial (and all other SNY facials) incorporates double-cleansing using the all-natural products from the Shizuka New York Skincare System to thoroughly cleanse and refresh the skin before the nightingale droppings are applied. This technique maximizes the “Geisha Glow” effect following the facial.
It’s said that Geishas would use nightingale feces to keep their skin beautiful and unblemished, and would brighten and heal their skin after continued use. At Shizuka Spa in New York, powdered nightingale droppings are sanitized through exposure to ultraviolet light and mixed with Japanese rice bran to enhance its exfoliating properties. $180 for a facial; shizukany.com
The Geisha Facial is pooping–er–popping up all over the world wide net. We received this new mention in Her.ie, an online publication from Ireland!
According to New York dermatologist Debra Jaliman, “The bird dung is UV irradiated to make it sterile,” and isn’t as laden in bacteria as you might expect.
So how exactly does the bird bowel contents work its way into your skincare routine?
The bird poop facial uses powdered nightingale droppings, and can be massaged into your skin for $180 at Shizuka New York Day Spa.
Every spring Japanese sakura, or cherry blossoms, bloom around the world displaying its natural ephemeral and gleaming beauty. In Japanese, the term ‘hanami’ pertains to the practice of gathering together with friends and family under sakura trees when they’re in full bloom. Hanami literally means “blossom watching”. Gatherings usually comprise of bringing boxed meals or bento to picnic under the blooms. Hanami is a tradition over a thousand years old and is a symbol of togetherness, fresh renewal, and all the notions of new life that spring brings with it every year.
Sakura blossoms last only for a week or two so hanami is a special time for people to meet and create joyous memories together.
These cherry tree blossoms represent a beaming delicate beauty that’s displayed only once a year, but in terms of skincare you can gently revitalize your skin anytime with fruit enzyme peels. Fruit peels are a natural alternative to acid peels to refresh your skin’s tone and texture regularly. This Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel is a gentle but effective way to exfoliate your skin while joyously indulging your senses in the deep luscious scents of sweet cherries and red wine.
While The Geisha Facial is an all-natural way to cleanse the skin, the enzymes in the nightingale droppings work to also gently exfoliate and nourish the skin producing smooth glowing results. Just look at Victoria Beckham!
Victoria Beckham loves a good bird poop facial
Bird poo? No, seriously! The Daily Mail reports that the former pop star’s glossy skin is all about bird poop and smearing it on her face. Also known as the Geisha facial, it is an ancient Japanese beauty practice that uses nightingale droppings to form a cleansing paste. Sounds gross, but it works. What’s more, celebrities (including Posh’s hubby David Beckham) are all about it today as it leaves the skin super shiny and smooth.
Further down the list notes that Halle Berry uses coffee grounds to deeply cleanse and smooth her skin. Coffee grounds is also a natural way to beat cellulite. Halle Berry proves our Coffee Break Mud Wrap is a tried and true way to achieve smooth vibrant skin!
Ever wanted flawless celebrity skin? The Times of India reported that Tom Cruise and Victoria and David Beckham include The Geisha Facial in their skincare regimens! Read on for some celebrity beauty secrets from The Times of India:
Tom Cruise – powdered Nightingale poop: The actor is as known for his acting as he is for his belief in Scientology and so on. But he too, like the Beckhams, believes that bird droppings can keep him looking young. However, not just any bird poop will do for him! Known as a Geisha facial due to its Japanese origins, the technique involves powdered nightingale droppings in the facial cleanse.
Since Shizuka Bernstein created The Geisha Facial® utilizing the geisha beauty secret of nightingale droppings to cleanse and purify skin. The natural enzymes in the droppings removed the geishas’ heavy makeup while giving the skin nourishment making it smooth and supple.
Ancient geishas who were known for their flawless skin took great care to make sure they treated their skin as a prized possession. As much of a ritual as it was to put on their make up, removing it and prepping the skin before sleeping was another ritual altogether.
Believe it or not, there are geisha beauty secrets that go beyond bird poop. Another ingredient primary to the flawless skin of geisha beauty is rice. Rice has been a staple in Japanese cuisine for centuries so it comes as no surprise that Japanese people would find other ways to incorporate it into their lifestyles. For ancient geishas, it was a primary component to their beauty ritual to keep their skin bright and moisturized. Two ways rice was and still is used for the skin today is in its fermented and raw states.
Geishas were known to use sake and rice bran to brighten and soften their skin. Sake, which is prepared from fermented rice grains, contains kojic acid, a common ingredient in brightening serums and creams. When used over time kojic acid gradually brightens the skin, evening out skin tone. Additionally, Geishas applied sake to their skin for its natural antibacterial and anti-aging properties to purify (protect against acne) and soften skin.
Rice bran and rice bran oil comes from the bran that surrounds the rice grain. Rice bran is rich in nutrients such as fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamins A and E. This oil naturally moisturizes and protects skin from free radical damage. Rice bran’s ability to retain moisture on the skin’s surface keeps the skin deeply hydrated creating a youthful glow.
You can bring geisha beauty secrets that go beyond bird poop into your skincare regimen everyday. In the effort to keep these time-honored traditions of geisha beauty secrets alive, Shizuka Bernstein incorporated sake and rice bran into the Shizuka New York Skincare System. These products are used in The Geisha Facial® and can be purchased so you can make geisha beauty secrets your own beauty secret!
TruTV featured Shizuka New York Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® on their show: Top 20 Funniest TV Blunders3!
They borrowed footage from Shizuka Bernstein’s Interview with RT TV News back in 2013 while poking fun at the prized ingredient: bird poop.
Shizuka assures the poop is sanitized and comes from a special breed of birds who are fed organic feed for the best quality bird poop around–only the best for our clients!
This treatment is popular among men and women alike, including women who are pregnant. Due to the all-natural ingredients used throughout the facial, The Geisha Facial® is a nourishing and deeply cleansing treatment even for those with sensitive skin.
A common skincare mistake is treating dry and dehydrated skin the same way. Each has a different cause therefore requires its own skincare regimen. Applying the wrong regimen could further harm skin potentially leading it to age prematurely. Read on for tips on how to tell if your skin is dry or dehydrated and what to do about it.
What is dry skin?
Dry skin is a skin type whose cause is not entirely clear. Sometimes the cause of dry skin is genetics while other times it’s the product of hormonal changes in the body. Whatever the reason, spotting dry skin is relatively easy. Dry skin is characterized by lack of natural oils, or sebum, that are present in normal skin types. Dry skin will look rough and scaly and may also be sensitive or inflamed. Also, wrinkles or fine lines can look more pronounced.
It’s a misconception that completely oil free skin is healthy. A thin layer of sebum is necessary to protect skin and keep it hydrated. Harsh cleansers and bath sponges actually strip the skin of the natural oils needed to keep moisture sealed in. These natural oils also fight against free-radicals in the environment that can damage and cause the skin to age over time. As natural oils decrease skin becomes more sensitive and inflamed leading to collagen break down.
Dry skin solutions:
Choose moisturizers that are rich in natural oils and butters.
Use a cleanser that’s creamy. It will most likely contain niacinamides and ceramides which help retain natural oils and not strip them away.
Avoid bar soaps and harsh cleansers and use hands or a soft washcloth over sponges to cleanse your body.
Follow up facial cleansing with a toner to balance pH levels, followed with a nutrient rich moisturizer.
Partake in oil-based anti-aging facial massages like the one incorporated into The Geisha Facial®
Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that’s temporary. Cold weather and illness can easily prompt skin to become dehydrated as well as not drinking enough water. Dehydrated skin is tight and flaky and appear dull and tired.
In a nutshell, dehydrated skin means that your skin lacks water. When the weather is cold skin can easily become dehydrated since the cold air zaps water from the skin. Dehydrated skin is easier to treat than dry skin since dry skin is a skin type that needs to be cared for constantly. Dehydrated skin can come and go. The first step to alleviating dehydrated skin is to..well..hydrate! Drinking enough water is the first step to quell your skin’s thirst for moisture. Remember biology class? The cells in your skin need water to fill out and when they do your skin will appear plumper and more supple.
Dehydrated skin solutions:
Drink more water and incorporate more water-based foods such as fruits and vegetables into your diet.