Top 10 Spas in NYC
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa is listed in The Culture Trip’s list, NYC’s Top 10 Spas: Find Your Urban Relaxation. We’re thrilled for the recognition and invite you to come in to experience our signature facials and body treatments as well as our nail salon, cosmetic services, and much much more!
Shizuka Day Spa
Shizuka Day Spa is all about the Japanese holistic way, offering massages, saunas, and facials to soothe the mind and invigorate the body as well as impeccable nail services for the fashion-forward. Perfect for couples, cliques, or much-needed solo time, Shizuka’s ‘Geisha Facial’ is a popular treatment that keeps customers loyal. A favorite among celebrities and high-profile figures, this unique facial is made of Nightingale droppings, which is a Japanese tradition to enhance and beautify the skin.
Shizuka Day Spa, 7 West 51st Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 644 7400
Cultural Differences in Pubic Hair Removal
In a recent article by a Japanese publication WithNews, titled “The Hair Removal Situation in USA: Is it for “Unexpected Happenings” as well as for for Men & the Elderly?, the author describes the differences among Japanese and American people’s tendencies to care for their pubic hair region. The author concludes that the outcome is largely due to overall cultural differences in hair care and grooming.
The article explains that Japanese people tend to not care as much for pubic hair care maintenance as American people. In American drugstores you are more likely to see hair care products and tools such as razors or hair removal creams more than you would in Japan.
Shizuka Bernstein, owner and lead aesthetician of Shizuka new york Day Spa in Manhattan was quoted in the article saying that Americans are culturally more likely to be aware of each others’ body hair just as a cultural consequence of greater everyday physical contact. In this way, it would make more sense that Americans would be more conscious and aware of pubic hair care as well.
“Compared with Japanese people, Many American people have thicker body hair by nature because of the difference of constitution. So the hair removal service is already so commonplace that taking it a step further to cover pubic hair grooming is not a big deal and seems natural.”
The author concludes that there are cultural differences in pubic hair removal. American people tend to be more open-minded when it comes to sex and so it would make sense they would go to greater lengths to care for pubic hair over Japanese people.
Toyama Barber and Beauty School visits Shizuka New York
On September 30th, 2015 students from the Toyama Barber and Beauty School in Japan traveled to Shizuka Bernstein’s Manhattan spa to hear her speak about the beauty industry in the United States. Following the lecture about beauty and business, students observed and participated in the application of Shizuka New York Day Spa’s Signature Micro Facial (80min, $170). Shizuka demonstrated her signature touches that make every facial and treatment a positively memorable experience for clients.
One student from the school interned for Shizuka new york Day Spa for the day to gain real life spa experience answering phones, taking appointments, and cleaning. It was an uplifting experience for all! Here’s a video one student made to commemorate her day at the spa.
World-renowned Facial at Shizuka New York
News of The Geisha Facial continues to spread the world over. Shizuka’s The Geisha Facial made it on The Times of India’s top 5 of the world’s most bizarre beauty trends; a list that also includes a vampire facelift and snake massage!
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
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!
Confused about which sunscreen to buy?
You’re not alone: a recent JAMA Dermatology study  found we’re really dumb when it comes to understanding sunscreen labels.
Just how dumb are we? The study found that only 43% of us understand the definition of sun factor protection (SPF)*.
Worse, only 7% of us know how to tell how much protection a sunscreen product has against early skin aging.
These levels of confusion are alarming given that rates of skin cancer have been increasing in both men and women since 2002 .
Why are We so Confused?
Paradoxically, because science has made significant advances in understanding how the sun can damage skin cells, sunscreen labels have become more complicated, evolving past a simple SPF rating to listing a bunch of confusing ingredients that somehow offer various levels of broad UVA & UVB spectrum protection – it’s no wonder the average consumer is now more than just a little confused.
“We need to do a better job of educating people about sun protection and make it easier for them to understand labels,” said Dr. Roopal Kundu, lead author of the study.
One way to make sunscreen labels easier to understand would be to have a simple star-rating system for UVA protection along with the current SPF system for UVB protection. When test subjects in the JAMA study where shown a 4-star-rating system for UVA protection, nearly 80% could accurately identify how much UVA protection a particular star-rating indicated and 90% could accurately determine the level of UVB protection when represented as an SPF value, all a far cry from the accuracy people have now, with current sunscreen labels.
How to Choose a Sunscreen
While sunscreen labels have become more complicated, choosing the appropriate sunscreen is a relatively simple matter if you keep these three criteria in mind:
- For UVB protection, choose a product with a SPF of at least 30. If you’re going to be in the sun all day, choose one with a SPF of at least 45, ideally 50.
- The sunscreen should be waterproof, esp. if you’re wearing it during the hot, sweaty, summer months.
- For UVA protection, there is no star-rating system, yet, so look for a product that contains at least one of the following ingredients: ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide.
Did You Know?
* SPF tries to estimate the amount of time you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned. For example, an SPF of 15 would allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer than you could without protection. SPF is only an estimate because how quickly you’ll burn depends upon a number of factors including the time of the year, the time of day, your geographic location, and weather conditions.References:
- Betty Y. Kong, Sarah L. Sheu, Roopal V. Kundu. Assessment of Consumer Knowledge of New Sunscreen Labels. JAMA Dermatology, Published online June 17, 2015. [↩]
- Kohler, BA, Sherman RL, Howlader N, Jemal, A, Ryerson AB, Henry KA, Boscoe, FP, Cronin KA, Lake A, Noone, A-M, Henley, SJ, Eheman, CR, Anderson, RN, Penberthy, L. Annual report to the nation on the status of cancer, 1975–2011. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2015;107(6 [↩]
- Gilchrest BA. Skin and aging process. CRC Press. 1984; 124. [↩]
- Hughes MCB, Williams GM, Baker P, Green AC. Sunscreen and prevention of skin aging: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 2013 June; 158 (11):781-790 [↩]
Affordable Celebrity Beauty Treatments
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?
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!
Best of Manhattan Day Spa 2015
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.
Part III of How to Avoid the Need for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
In part I of How to Avoid the Need for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we looked at two simple products to help protect your skin against the effects of sun and age — sunscreen and moisturizer.
In part II, Lifestyle Choices to Avoid the Need for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we looked at some simple – not necessarily easy – but simple lifestyle changes to help preserve your youthful visage, at any age.
In this final part of the series, we’ll look at what you can do, non-surgically, to take the edge off of any wear & tear that’s starting to take a toll on your skin.
If Age and/or The Mileage Is Starting Show
Despite all the best prevention, age and living on this earth will start to show on you — but there specific things you can do to stay ahead of the aging curve, to age gracefully.
Go Beyond Lotions and Creams: Serums, Retinoids & Brightening Products
Moisturizers are a great first line of defense against aging and will help to restore water and prevent dryness, but as you age, you’ll want to do more – and that’s where serums, retinoids & brightening products come in.
Serums, applied before sunscreen, have high concentrations of active ingredients and powerful doses of peptides and antioxidants, like vitamins C & E. They also contain skin brighteners, such as kojic acid.
Serums are typically made with super tiny molecules, so the skin is able to absorb them rapidly and efficiently.
A retinoid is another product that goes beyond the simple protection of sunscreens and moisturizers: retinoids are effective in keeping wrinkles and sagging skin at a minimum by improving both collagen and elastin production.
Finally, if you have, or are starting to show, age spots, you can reduce their appearance with a good brightening product that contains vitamins C & K.
Top it Off with Facials
French actresses Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche & Catherine Deneuve seem as timeless as they are beautiful – like great magicians, Frenchwomen never reveal their secrets, but a recent New York Times article, Aging Gracefully, the French Way, revealed one surprising trick: facials and facial and body massages – ooh la la!
So, if you feel that age, or just the mileage — or both — are starting to catch up with your skin, take action today: go beyond simple lotions and creams and add serums, retinoids & brightening products to your skin care routine, and take advantage of our highly popular facials, which have been featured on CNN, Fox News, The Today Show, PerezHilton.com, People Magazine, and many more – and, finally, sign up for our newsletter to receive our exclusive spa deals and monthly promotions.
Part II of How to Avoid the Need for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
In part I of How to Avoid the Need for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we looked at a couple of simple products to help protect your skin against the effects of sun and age: sunscreen and moisturizer.
In part II, we’ll look at some simple – not necessarily easy – but simple lifestyle changes to help preserve your youthful visage, at any age.
Exercise helps protects your skin the way it helps protect every other organ in your body: it helps remove the accumulation of free radicals in the body.
How much should you exercise? A recent study in the journal of JAMA Internal Medicine found that you need only 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, though 450 minutes per week, or a little more than an hour per day, which can be accomplished with activity no more vigorous than walking, is the ideal amount — see The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life.
Sleep, Perchance to Dream
Sleep has a powerful restorative effect on all organs of the body, including the skin, where it restores optimal collagen production and cell repair.
Unfortunately, we are not getting enough sleep — so few of us, in fact, that the CDC has declared our collective lack of sleep both an epidemic and a public hazard.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, try mindfulness meditation: a recent clinical trial published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that those with moderate sleep problems who practiced mindfulness meditation improved their sleep more than those who practiced good sleep hygiene.
If you have a serious sleep problem, however, you should instead first see your doctor to rule out any underlying physical causes; if you have no underlying physical issue, then you should get proactive and make a plan, because chronic sleep deprivation takes a steep toll on both your physical and mental health.
Stop Smoking! Just Stop It!
Smoking pumps massive amounts of free radicals into your blood stream, eventually taking a toll on just about every organ in your body, including your skin, wrinkling and prematurely ageing it.
It is tough to quit smoking — but the stakes for your health could not be higher.
Fortunately, science has made great strides in both understanding addiction and in devising practical strategies to beat it. If you’re struggling to quit, check out these resources:
- The New Science of How to Quit Smoking
- What’s the best way to quit smoking?
- Cigarette Break: The Most Effective Ways to Quit Smoking
Need to Lose Weight? Avoid a Crash Diet
The appeal of crash dieting is that one feels one can get it (dieting) over with as quickly as possible. And this is true: you can lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, but it comes at a cost — it’s rough on your body, you can easily gain it all back, and it too takes a toll on your skin, from a sagging face brought on by water loss to a break-down in the skin’s collagen layer due to a shortage of skin-renewal minerals, like zine, copper and selenium.
The best way to lose weight is to eat smart, in a way that supports your body, your health and your goals, and we’ve compiled some resources to help you do just that:
- To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More
- Best Weight Loss Advice You’ve Never Heard
- The 6 Weight-Loss Tips That Science Actually Knows Work
In short then, if you want to avoid the need for plastic surgery, get up early, exercise, eat right, and then wind down and get to bed early – all the things your mother probably already told you to do.
In the next part of this series, we’ll look at what you can do, non-surgically, after age and wear & tear have already taken a toll on your skin.
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 shone 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!
While the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports a 12% increase in surgical procedures from 2012 to 2013, more and more women are also looking for natural, nonsurgical options for their skin problems – in fact, they are looking for ways to prevent those problems.
So — can you really prevent skin problems before they start or is age and wear & tear just inevitable?
It turns out there are several effective strategies – some easy, some hard – that can help you avoid looking like someone who looks like they need plastic surgery.
Looking Your Best as You Age, Before You Age
While it’s not possible to look 20 forever, you can protect what you have — two simple products will help you do just that: sunscreen and moisturizer.
Sunscreen. Wear It, Year-round
Yes, even if it is blizzarding out, you’ll want to wear sunscreen. This is because cloud cover can enhance the amount of UV light that reaches your skin, a phenomenon called cloud enhancement of UV, and it’s well-known that UV light causes the skin to age by interrupting and damaging a skin cell’s ability to repair itself. To protect your skin cells from UV, you’ll want to use a broad-protection (UVB & UVA) sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 for normal daily use; however, if you’re going to be out in the sun all day, you’ll want a SPF of at least 30, and you’ll want to reapply it every couple hours. In both cases, you’ll want to use the cake principle in application, i.e., cake it on your skin like you’re icing a cake.
At Shizuka’s New York Day Spa, we recommend going higher then these minimum SPF’s: for days when you’re in the sun for only brief periods, we recommend a broad-protection product, like our Sensitive skin Sun Protection SPF 30. However, for weekends on a Coney Island beach, we recommend at least a 45+ SPF, like our Sensitive Skin Tinted Sun Protection SPF 45.
A Simple, Great Moisturizer is Key
If you’re not yet showing serious signs of aging and/or skin damage, then a simple moisturizer is your first line of defense – in fact, what NASA recommends as an effective defense for the skin in an environment of microgravity, an environment far more challenging for the skin than all but the harshest environments found here on earth, is a good moisturizer.
A simple, antioxidant enhanced, moisturizer will provide more than enough protection for your skin, one that contains at least C and E. Terrific additional enhancements would be apple stem cells, pomegranate and acai as they help protect the skin’s elastic layer.
In part II of How to Avoid Needing Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we’ll look at some simple – not necessarily easy – but simple lifestyle changes to help preserve your youthful visage, at any age. In part III (Tackle Lines, Wrinkles, Sags & Spots Now to Avoid Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Later), we’ll look at what you can do, non-surgically, after age and wear & tear have already taken a toll on your skin.
Mark Farrell interviews Shizuka Bernstein about her work as a master aesthetician and a recent New York Magazine write-up of her as a skin care guru on his award winning entertainment, lifestyle and public affairs talk radio show, 101.9 RXP FM.
Listen to the interview:
Mark Farrell Interviews Skin Care Guru Shizuka Bernstein on Award Winning 101.9 RXP
Mark: You work very, very hard, and why not take care of yourself right?
Mark: Our listeners work very hard, and why not find out the best services that are out there in terms of skincare, massages, making yourself more beautiful and complete. This show is frequency on 101.9 RXP. I’m you host Mark Farrell. Shizuka Bernstein is my guest this morning. She is the owner of Shizuka New York Day Spa. Hello Shizuka.
Mark: Beautiful name you have.
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: You told me right before we started this morning that it means something very special. Tranquil.
Mark: I can see that in your demeanor.
Shizuka: Oh yeah? Thank you.
Mark: You’ve had ten successful years in New York here.
Mark: Congratulations to you.
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: Also something else just came out in New York Magazine.
Shizuka: The article about the one use salve is, it’s called Geisha facial.
Mark: Geisha facial, so that means all these gorgeous women come in with beautiful silk robes and kimonos.
Shizuka: Unfortunately not.
Mark: Oh no, okay. Maybe the next incarnation of that.
Mark: What does that really consist of, this facial? Geisha facial.
Shizuka: Well, the consists of Nightingale droppings. The birds.
Mark: The bird.
Mark: The bird droppings. Really?
Shizuka: Yes, it’s …
Mark: I think I’ve read about this. This was around hundreds of years ago?
Shizuka: Yes, in Japan. Kabuki actors, and Geisha’s they used to use this birds droppings to cleanse their skin. Then still now that they use a lot of white makeup. The Japanese. The other Asians too. They admire white skin, so they always want … Including me. They want to have a white porcelain skin, so that those actors and Geisha that they feature to put their white makeups. They used to contain the lead, and it was poisonous. It was very difficult to remove, and there was a really bad skin disease among them. Someone, or somehow they started to use Nightingale droppings to cleanse their skin.
Mark: Fascinating, so obviously you’ve perfected this.
Mark: I guess you can’t reveal the secrets.
Shizuka: That’s right.
Mark: It’s service now you’re providing.
Shizuka: Yes. We don’t, of course, we don’t use …
Mark: Of course.
Shizuka: … Nightingale droppings on our clients skin.
Mark: No, no, no now you use New York pigions.
Shizuka: They’re worse.
Mark: It’s cheaper, much more plentiful.
Shizuka: Yes. Those, it’s powder now. Sterilized by UV ray, and then it’s totally safe to use on the skin, and it’s powdered. Mixed with the rice bran. Which exfoliate the skin, to brighten the skin. I make it as a mask, or exfoliator, and it’s fairly popular at my salon now.
Mark: Now this is your specialty. You’re a master aesthetician.
Mark: This is what you basically you formed your business around.
Mark: This is your specialty.
Shizuka: Right. The facial used to be just a luxurious thing for them.
Shizuka: Relaxation, but now it’s … They can see the result right away, and if they want to have younger look all the time, that’s including men too. They want to take care of themselves, and the anti-aging is in their mind constantly now.
Mark: Everywhere you go it’s anti-aging this, anti-aging that.
Shizuka: Right, right. I mean we want to postpone the …
Mark: The inevitable.
Mark: Shizuka, you’re typical facial, what does that actually do? It’s cleaning your pores, it’s rejuvenating your skin.
Shizuka: Yes, cleansing the skin, exfoliate the dead skin cells. That’s very important.
Mark: That’s what, removing a layer of dead skin?
Shizuka: Right. Extraction, which is cleansing, deep pore cleansing, and then the massage. The facial massage we usually use the manual, you know hands. By hands, our hands, or sometimes … Many times now we use some ionization, or micro current to stimulate facial muscles.
Shizuka: Then we finish with hydrating mask.
Mark: Because you face is very thirsty.
Mark: I know mine always is. Now what about for guys? Because this is becoming more popular for men. Talk about all the benefits, and what they can expect, and why you should get a facial.
Shizuka: Of course that they are seeking anti-aging too, and they want to skin to look nice. It also that their daily regimen …
Mark: Mm-hmm (affirmative)
Shizuka: It’s called, the regimen many men don’t know how to take care of their skin. I’m surprised when I see their skin. It’s first time …
Mark: Coming in to your service sure.
Shizuka: … Coming in, yes. It’s very nice they start to be aware of that. The how to take care of their skin.
Mark: I would imagine men and women have different reason why their skin reacts or doesn’t react to certain circumstances, but men obviously shave on a daily, or semi-daily basis. Now you’re probably going to kick me right underneath this table right here when I tell you this, but when I shave I use soap in the shower. I don’t use shaving cream, and somebody told me once that’s a real big no-no.
Mark: Why is this?
Shizuka: That person was right. Well, soap is too harsh.
Mark: Too harsh.
Shizuka: Too harsh. It’s too alcoholine for your skin. Maybe it’s good to wash your body. You know like the underarms and …
Mark: Sure okay.
Shizuka: For you skin …
Mark: For your face.
Shizuka: Face, it’s too harsh. Especially just like you can use little bit, and then wash the t-zone if someone is really oily. In someone who has an oily skin. For the shaving it’s the soap stays there longer than you wash your face.
Mark: Interesting. Now explain the science behind it. How does it stay there for rinsing and washing your face?
Shizuka: Well, you are … I don’t shave, so I don’t know how to …
Mark: You don’t?
Shizuka: Watching my husband, and it seems like they shave … Like the shave same area over and over.
Shizuka: Which irritates the skin already, and then the soap stays there even … You don’t rinse it every time you stroke.
Mark: Sure, sure. It gets absorbed by the pores.
Shizuka: Right, right.
Mark: That’s why people should use shaving cream.
Shizuka: There’s some regular shaving cream is fine. With no problem with that, but if someone has extremely sensitive skin, you can choose. Some skin care manufactures, they have the shaving foam for men, and of course. There’s some women use for their legs and things like that, but for face. Which contains some moisturizer, or the silicone based one it doesn’t … Those silicone based one doesn’t make lather.
Shizuka: Usually, so some men don’t like it.
Mark: I see.
Shizuka: Some men want to see it.
Mark: It’s better for you skin.
Mark: Now if you have the proper shaving cream. What do you do afterwards? Because usually after you shave your skin feels really, really dry.
Shizuka: Yes, you need to moisturize your skin. Then you need to find the moisturizer suited to your skin type.
Mark: If you have oily skin you want a dryer lotion.
Shizuka: Right. Not contain oil. Many men they say that, oh their skin is so oily. They don’t need to put anything. That’s wrong. They need to … The skin needs to be …
Shizuka: Hydrated, and they don’t need oil but hydration is different matter, different things. The skin needs to be protected by environment.
Mark: How much does your diet relay to how oily your skin is?
Shizuka: Most dermatologist are saying that diet is …
Mark: Everything. I noticed certainly, I was on diet once just for some more of cleansing type of thing. Then I realized in a couple days I was well aware that my skin was much less oily, mush more clear, et cetera. It’s amazing in a few days.
Shizuka: Right, right yes. Then also alcohol and cigarette …
Mark: You had to bring up alcohol huh?
Mark: Does alcohol dry out your skin?
Mark: I guess it dehydrates your body.
Shizuka: Usually, alcohol does makes more broken capillaries. Not the dryness or oiliness. The cigarettes makes the skin makes really older.
Mark: Sure, sure, yeah.
Shizuka: Than the actual
Mark: What about the … You were just talking about moisturizers and stuff like that for men and women. You should possibly look for something with some sun protection in it. SPF.
Mark: Because even in the middle of winter you can still get …
Shizuka: It’s difficult for men to apply sun protection everyday, but it’s better to do that. It’s easy. There is one that sun protection moisturizer sun protection in it. You don’t need to apply two layers.
Mark: Because you feel weird walking around with a bottle of … What’s it called? Panama Jack, or whatever that suntan lotion is. Now of course another very popular things that’s been going on for, oh jeez I don’t know, maybe seven years now. Is the Brazilian wax.
Mark: I read somewhere that he Brazilian didn’t actually begin in Brazil. It began on Park Avenue.
Mark: Is that true?
Shizuka: It is true. The founder of that salon, they are from Brazil.
Mark: It started here in New York City.
Shizuka: Like the pizza right.
Mark: Like a pizza, I like your analogy there. Of course that’s very popular.
Mark: Yeah, yeah. For men of course, men are getting everything waxed nowadays. Their backs, their arms, eyebrows. Is that good for the skin?
Mark: No. I like your answer, very succint no.
Shizuka: You need to of course, you need to find the good wax not to irritate your skin. Then after the treatment it’s very important you know again apply soothing cream, or moisturizer, or aloe vera gel just to protect you skin from those harsh procedure. Then I recommend the permanent solution.
Mark: What does that do?
Shizuka: The laser hair removal, IPL hair removal. Those are common hair reduction, it’s called. Not the permanent hair removal. Electrolysis is the only one. The needle one.
Mark: Shizuka, why would somebody choose to have the hair reduction versus the hair removal?
Shizuka: On many people it becomes permanent hair removal, but because of the nature of the laser and IPL, what they can do, it’s limited. Electrolysis we can do on anybody, everybody. Skin color, hair color.
Mark: Are there any side effects?
Mark: Hair grows back?
Shizuka: Well, side effect there are laser and IPL, we need know the skin type very well. We can …
Mark: How do you determine someone’s skin type? Under magnification?
Shizuka: Yes, and also that we have a questionnaires, and we try to understand the region that you are the skin type. You know, you’re mother father.
Mark: Yeah. Now you’re five feet away from me. Can you tell what type of skin I have?
Shizuka: You are the type two. The skin type two.
Mark: Type two, and what is type two. Hopefully a good type.
Shizuka: Well, it’s just this is from one to the it’s called the Fitzpatrick. Dr. Fitzpatrick that he made …
Mark: The scale.
Shizuka: Yes, and then we use his scale when we treat our clients. Skin type one is like a northern European, Scandinavian,
Mark: Oh, I see the actually pigmentation of the skin.
Shizuka: Right, blondes and blue eyes.
Mark: Okay, so number two is?
Shizuka: It’s like a Caucasian, the light skin, the fair skin, but the darker hair.
Shizuka: Features yes. It’s little mixed. Then as you go down, the skin becomes darker and darker.
Mark: You would be a number two as well?
Shizuka: No, I would say like between three and four.
Mark: I want to be three or four.
Shizuka: My origin I think it’s actually four.
Mark: You’re lucky. I think you’re a ten. Because you’re beautiful. You’re easy on the eyes as well.
Shizuka: Thank you. No, I think that everybody, again the Japanese people or Asians, want to have one. It’s the opposite always.
Mark: Yeah, it’s interesting right?
Mark: Of course your spa offers massages and all kinds of different services. Now what do people look for? How do you choose a spa that had good massages? How do you know how spa’s differ? How do you choose the right spa? Besides looking through New York Magazine.
Shizuka: I think they have to know what they’re looking for. What they are seeking for.
Mark: Sure, so if you’re looking for a certain type of massage?
Mark: Swedish, sports, hot stones.
Shizuka: Right, and also the atmosphere too. They want to … They want between the massage and therapist and the client, of course there is chemistry.
Mark: Oh sure.
Shizuka: The best massage therapist cannot please everybody. The communication is very important.
Mark: Yeah, I’ve experienced that. Because I’ve actually … I tell people usually on the rare times I get a massage, I like a very deep tissue massage. I say, don’t worry you’re not going to break me. Give me a real deep soothing massage. Then I’d say maybe three times I was like wow this is killing me.
Shizuka: It’s too much.
Mark: I was too afraid, too intimidated to say, okay you know back it down a notch.
Shizuka: Right, yes. It’s communication
Mark: I was actually sore the next day.
Shizuka: It happens. That happens. We try to understand, it’s a skin care part too. We try to understand what client is looking for, and what their goal is. Goal has to be the same. If the clients expectation is too high, and we cannot do, we cannot reach that high level from one treatment. She or he is going to be disappointed.
Mark: Hmm, and you don’t want that.
Mark: No. You don’t want somebody walking out of spa being disappointed right?
Mark: Shizuka Bernstein is my guest. She the owner of Shizuka New York Day Spa, that’s located on 7 West 51st Street in New York City. My names Mark Ferrell. The program is Frequency on 101.9 RXP.
Yeah, you have all these different services, you know all these different spa’s, you know New York, New Jersey, Connecticut wherever you go in the world.
Mark: Everyone, you have to cater to everybody.
Shizuka: It so many now.
Mark: Especially casinos. They have them like all kinds of packages. How do you choose a massage I mean? How do you know whether you’d like a Swedish one, a deep tissue massage, you name it? Hot stone therapy?
Shizuka: Hot stones therapy is very popular.
Mark: Geisha girls walking on your back, I mean all these choices.
Shizuka: No, we don’t do that.
Mark: That’s next year. You need to introduce that.
Shizuka: Well, the Swedish massage that you need to … Client wants to have a gentle stroke, not too harsh on your back, or legs. That is good. Usually the massage therapist they use either oil or the massage cream, so it’s a very nice relaxing massage. If you have a back pain, you may want to have a deep tissue. It depends. Like someone that has a back pain, and they don’t want to … Just to relax the muscle, maybe Swedish is better. It depends on what you need. Hot stone massage is
Mark: Sounds painful.
Shizuka: No, no. It’s very warm, and then it’s beneficial because it’s warm stone, it’s relaxing the muscle right before the massage therapist work on that area.
Mark: The warm stones get placed on that area.
Mark: They remain there for a few minutes, and then they get removed, and then a massage therapist actually works on that particular region.
Shizuka: It’s very …
Mark: What would be the difference between a hot towel verses a warm stone?
Shizuka: Well, the hot towel’s very good too. It’s because of the nature, in it has water, so it evaporates or like …
Mark: Ah, much quicker.
Shizuka: … Quicker. Not evaporates the temperature. The temperature …
Shizuka: … Dissipates very very quickly, and especially as soon as you take the hot towel from your skin. That … The moisture evaporates and it takes your temperature out from there too.
Shizuka: Hot stone is already really, really hot. It’s confined, so it stays that warm there for a long time.
Mark: Now does this date back? I know massage dates back to, jeez, hundreds of years ago, correct?
Shizuka: It think so.
Mark: Yeah, I mean through the Roman era and I’m sure in Japan.
Shizuka: In Japan Shiatsu.
Mark: Yeah, hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Is this a very older form as well?
Shizuka: Yes. Yes, it’s popular massage in Japan. It’s called Shiatsu. It’s more pressure point. It’s not relaxing massage.
Mark: Now what is aroma therapy?
Shizuka: Aroma therapy is using aroma, essential oil to each for the skin or for body, the essential oil has an own ingredient. Certain scents for certain body parts. It’s relax the muscles, it relax the mind, hydrate the skin, or dry the skin things like that.
Mark: Interesting, so why would somebody go to a spa to get this done? Can they do this at home?
Mark: Oh, you can.
Shizuka: Mm-hmm (affirmative), yes, but it’s … Aroma therapy is the massage therapist has to learn, or a skin care specialist has to learn the what kind of essential oil works for certain skin …
Mark: Body part.
Shizuka: Certain skin and certain body parts.
Mark: Skin type.
Shizuka: Of course you can learn, but it’s many people it’s just that they want to go to the spa and then just get it done.
Mark: Of course, is that very popular, aroma therapy?
Shizuka: Yes, I mean they want, very popular, and just relaxing.
Mark: I love the overall scents when you go get a massage. I mean when you walk into a spa it smells so heavenly.
Mark: What does your place smell like. I’m sure that’s part of the whole allure of the spa
Shizuka: As soon as you … We are located on the sixth floor, and as soon as you …
Mark: The elevator door opens.
Shizuka: The elevator door opens and then that’s
Mark: Scent comes wafting right in.
Shizuka: Yes, yes.
Mark: You feel like you’re transfixed, elevator or transformed into another place.
Shizuka: Into another place, yes. Especially our place is in the middle, in the middle midtown, and very, very busy area. As soon as clients come in, they already they feel relaxed.
Mark: In the middle of an oasis.
Mark: Are there any new trends out in the spa world in terms of healthcare treatment et cetera.
Shizuka: Yes, the photofacial is very, very popular at our place.
Shizuka: It’s intense pulsed light, we call it IPL, and it stimulates the skin. It’s similar to laser treatment, but it’s not a invasive. It’s a very very invasive treatment, and it’s much less, almost none downtime to client, so we like that. Everybody likes that. Then I think you will get the immediate result.
Mark: Does Shizuka New York, you spa, offer any green or organic treatments? Because of course it’s very in vogue. I read that a lot of spas across the world are using treatments, ointments, et cetera that are much more pant based.
Shizuka: Yes. Actually myself is very, very environmental conscious.
Mark: Ah, congratulations.
Shizuka: Thank you. Of course product that we use botanical based product, hypoallergenic, and then like my skin scare product package I didn’t want to use extra paper into the insert.
Mark: Wasteful packaging.
Shizuka: Right, so when you open the package those directions and the warning on the
Mark: Are printed right on the box. That’s great.
Mark: Does the product work?
Mark: Who cares if it works, you’re saving on packaging.
Shizuka: Well it does. It does, and then the services as well. There some like very green that we have. We don’t have a green … It’s called green pedicure, but we have the … We use the organic ingredients, and actually edible, but it doesn’t … It’ drain, like we concerned about the drain too.
Mark: Sure, sure.
Shizuka: It’s very clean, those type of the things that we offer.
Mark: Now in a perfect world Shizuka. How often should ladies men get massages and/or facials and body treatments?
Shizuka: Well the messages it depends on the again how …
Mark: How active you are.
Shizuka: Again like your needs.
Mark: If you’re an athlete.
Shizuka: Right. It’s some people et every week, but there’s some people don’t need every week, just the once a month or once in awhile. They don’t feel that they have back pain or shoulder pain, and then just the relaxation wise. As you want, right. Then a facial the women I recommend five, six weeks.
Mark: Five, six weeks.
Shizuka: Every month is the ideal, but if you’re too busy every two months is good. Every week or every two weeks, unless the women need to achieve some special result. Unless that, it’s too much facial is not good for you either.
Shizuka: Then for men I want my male clients to get every quarter.
Mark: Mm-hmm (affirmative) every three months.
Shizuka: Every season changes. Because the season changes of course the air is different, the temperature is different, your skin reacts differently. Then they need …
Mark: It acclimates or it doesn’t acclimate.
Shizuka: Right, and if they need a really good poor cleansing.
Mark: Don’t use soap when you shave.
Mark: That’s the one thing I learned today, and I will try to change that habit, and so should you if you’re out there using soap and shaving. Shave in the shower is actually very good because it opens your pores.
Shizuka: Very good yes.
Mark: You get a very deep and clean shave.
Shizuka: Yes, and the end … Many men use toner to close their pores, but would like you to use cold water.
Mark: Cold water?
Shizuka: To finish you’re …
Mark: Shave process.
Shizuka: Shave or you know wash your face. Then can I say one more thing?
Mark: Absolutely Shizuka. It’s you radio show.
Shizuka: Oh thank you. Well one thing I have, you know being an aesthetician …
Mark: A master aesthetician.
Shizuka: Thank you. I have noticed men don’t wash their face at night, unless they take a shower. They should. The morning they take a shower, so the face clean.
Mark: Sure, but I rinse my face off throughout the day.
Shizuka: Okay, that’s good.
Mark: Go in the bathroom wash your hands, put some cold water on your face.
Shizuka: That’s very good, yes.
Mark: You know in New York City you get that funk on you.
Shizuka: Right, yes. The end of the day the me don’t use the makeup so they think they don’t need to use … They don’t need to cleanse their skin, but again the New York has a lot of pollution, and then just the oil from your own skin. You need to cleanse your skin before you go to sleep.
Shizuka: That is really important.
Mark: You heard it here from Dr. Shizuka. Shizuka Bernstein, owner of Shizuka New York, they’re located on 7 West 51st Street. The phone number is 212-644-7400, and you’re online at ShizukaNY.com. That’s S-H-I-Z-U-K-A-N-Y.com. Again beautiful name
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: Thank you so much for the insight on, you know what to do and how to do it.
Shizuka: Thank you so much.
Mark: There’s a lot of great services and companies out there. Wherever people go. On vacation, and in their daily life, and they need to care of number one. Your body.
Mark: Even if it’s just a … That’s actually a great thing to do for other people for gift ideas.
Mark: I’ve determined that’s a great thing to do for women, a little spa treatment here and there, and it’s a great gift certificate to give. Next thing you know, it’s a great gift and you’re done. Of course you must get some good facials, because you just radiate.
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: A real pleasure Shizuka.
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: My name is Mark Farrell, this has been a Frequency on 101.9 RXP, the rock of New York.
Mark Farrell is host of the award winning entertainment, lifestyle and public affairs talk radio show on CD 101.9 FM and 101.9 RXP FM. Guest highlights include: Robin Williams, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lance Armstrong, Dr. Oz, Bob Vila, Oliver Stone, Quincy Jones, Peter Max, Rosie Perez, Ken Burns, Mariel Hemingway, Danny Boyle, Sade, Joe Pantoliano, Joseph Abboud, Chrissie Hynde, Peter King, Mira Nair, George Martin, Diana Krall, Suze Orman, Chelsea Handler, Warren Haynes, Cyndi Lauper, Kenneth Cole, Rudolph Guiliani, Vincent D’Onofrio, John Leguizamo, Sue Simmons, Moby, Denise Austin, Greg LeMond and countless everyday people accomplishing extraordinary feats.
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.
When, ideally, should you start a cosmetic treatment?
It depends on both your age and the type of cosmetic treatment you want.
There’s two types of cosmetic treatment – invasive and non-invasive. Invasive treatment, like a facelift, require surgery; non-invasive treatment, like botox or soft-tissue fillers (like Juvederm), do not.
The best time to have a non-invasive cosmetic treatment pretty much depends only on your age, but it varies with the type of non-invasive you want; the best time to have an invasive (surgical) cosmetic treatment on the other hand depends on many more factors, age being but only one.
The Best Time to Have Botox Treatment
When it comes to botox (the most popular non-invasive treatment according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, or ASAPS), some experts recommend waiting until your late 30’s or early 40’s, when lines and wrinkles first become noticeable; however, because it takes years for habitual facial expressions to produce noticeable frown lines and crow’s feet, other experts recommend starting Botox around 25 years old, as a preventative measure.
The Best Time to Have a Soft-Tissue Filler Treatment
For soft-tissue fillers (the second most popular non-invasive treatment according to ASAPS), most experts recommend starting no earlier than midlife, to fill in folds and raise sunken areas in the face.
Soft-tissues fillers are effective because some studies suggest that they stimulate the body’s own natural collagen production. There’s even evidence that suggests the more often one uses fillers, the less necessary they become over time.
The Best Time for Laser or IPL Treatment
For low-intensity laser light therapy, or intense pulsed light therapy, to improve the skin’s appearance, doctors generally recommend waiting until one is in their 30s or 40’s, when the negative effects of sun damage and age start to become visible.
Like soft-tissues filler that may trigger natural collagen production in the body, one study found that some light treatments seemed to alter gene expression in older skin so that it began to behave more like younger skin.
The Best Time to Have a Surgical Cosmetic Treatment
For surgical cosmetic treatments, like breast augmentation, nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelifts, you’ll need to consult with a qualified doctor as there are many factors other than age to take into consideration before deciding if a particular treatment is right for you. While there’s no hard age cutoff rule for many surgical treatments, one study (1) did find that the younger a patient was, the less happy they were with the outcome of their surgery.
1. Honigman R.J., Comm B., Phillips K.A, M.D., and Castle D.J. A Review of Psychosocial Outcomes for Patients Seeking Cosmetic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004 Apr 1; 113(4): 1229–1237.
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.