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 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!
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.
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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.
For the mature skin, a good moisturizer is critical for optimal skin health — in fact, NASA considers a moisturizer so fundamental for skin care that they recently conducted an experiment aboard the International Space Station to investigate the protective benefits of using a moisturizer in space.
The Best Moisturizer?
The most effective moisturizer on the market today also turns out to be the least expensive — but there is a catch: its petroleum jelly (yuck!), so unless you’re OK with a greasy look and feel, you’ll probably want to try something else.
Your Moisturizer Options
Fortunately, you have many options – 4 to be exact.
The most common type of moisturizer today is the humectant, an oil-free moisturizer that helps the skin absorb water, so it’s best to use it just after showering or bathing.
Another type of moisturizer is the emollient, an oil- or water-based moisturizer that helps smooth and hydrate the skin. Emollients strengthen the “mortar” of the skin, the mortar being the fat that surrounds the stacked cells in the stratum corneum, a structure that resembles a brick wall and serves as protective barrier to keep water inside the skin.
A third type of moisturizer is the ceramide, a moisturizer that helps replace damaged or depleted ceramides. Ceramides reside naturally in the skin to help retain moisture.
The forth type is the occlusive, a moisturizer that directly carries water into the skin, a product meant more for the body than the face.
By containing different amounts of humectants, emollients, ceramides, and occlusive, moisturizers are able to target different degrees of dehydration. For example, if your skin is extremely dry, you’ll want a predominately emollient or occlusive type of moisturizer; if your skin is only mildly dry, than you’ll want a predominately humectant and/or ceramide type of moisturizer.
Finally, many moisturizers today are more than just purveyors of hydration – most will have a sunscreen, to help protect against sun damage (dermatologist recommend an SPF of at least 30), and many will have some kind of cosmeceutical, to help prevent and/or hide wrinkles and even out skin color.
What’s The Best Way to Apply a Moisturizer?
Believe it or not, there is a best way to apply a moisturizer:
- Starting between the eyebrows, apply the moisturizer upwards and out, swirling gently in small circles as you go
- Next, starting from the bridge of your nose just below the eyes, work your way across your cheeks, again, gently swirling
- Finally, starting from your collarbone, work your way up, applying the moisturizer upwards and out, again gently swirling as you go
Try Shizuka’s New York Day Spa’s highly regarded skin care moisturizers
Within the last 10 years, the number of different kinds of skin care products has exploded – in addition to the familiar cleansers, toners and moisturizers, we now have essences, serums, ampoules and boosters.
To make sense of all these new products, it seems like you need an advanced degree in both chemistry and skin biology — and that’s not far from the truth: it turns out that a bunch of rocket scientists at NASA and the European Space Agency are also trying to figure out what’s the best skin care product for their astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).
You’d think skin care for astronauts would be low on NASA’s list of things to worry about, but it just so happens that those changes which occur in the skin that lead to dryness and itchiness here on earth also occur in space, and worse – those changes accelerate in a microgravity environment.
And while the stakes for us in having healthy skin here on earth are relatively low, they can be quite high for astronauts in space. This is because as one’s skin dries and thins, it becomes more easily bruised, and in space, it takes longer for those bruises to heal. Additionally, dry itchy skin can negatively affect both sleep and mood – the last thing anyone needs, but especially an astronaut 250 miles up in a tight, cramped machine whizzing around the planet at 17,000mph.
A Simple Moisturizer Affords Good Protection in the Challenging Environment of SpaceBecause NASA sees the protection of the skin of astronauts as an important part of personal hygiene in space, researchers from NASA and the European Space Agency decided to test the protective effects of a simple skin care emulsion (a light moisturizer) on the skins of an astronaut during a recent ISS mission(1).
During the mission, the researchers had an astronaut treat one area of his right forearm with a moisturizer while leaving an identical area on his left forearm untreated. The researchers then measured skin hydration, trans-epidermal water loss, and skin elasticity during the mission.
They found that as more time passed on ISS, the untreated area of the skin experience a clear loss of elasticity, a decrease of density of the skin fiber system, a thinning of the top skin layer and a decrease in the skins ability to replace old, surface-level damaged skin cells with new skin cells.
On the treated arm, however, the researchers found a clear protective benefit against these negative microgravity environment effects on the skin. Specifically, compared to the untreated arm, they found that application of a moisturizer over the course of the mission led to improved hydration, improved skin elasticity, and an improved ability to replace damaged skin cells with new skin cells.
So, among all the new skin care products out there, if you’re wondering, what is the best daily product to maintain the health of your skin, it’s probably that simple moisturizer.
1. Tronnier H, Wiebusch M, Heinrich U. Change in Skin Physiological Parameters in Space – Report on and Results of the First Study on Man. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. 2008; 21(5): 283-292.
Try Shizuka’s New York Day Spa’s highly regarded skin care moisturizers
- Shizuka New York Skin Care Moisturizer (4.2 oz)
- Shizuka New York Skin Care New Barrier Repair (2 oz)
A Message from the International Space Station to All Humankind
In December of 2012, NASA Television shared this inspiring production by Italian videomaker, Giacomo Sardelli, about the International Space Station, its inhabitants, and its role in space exploration:
The Atlanta Journal Constitution Lists this Spa for an Unforgettable Gift for Mom
A spa service at SHIZUKA new york Day Spa made it into the Atlanta Journal Constitution last week.
In an article titled: Top 3 ways to make your Mother’s Day gift unforgettable, SNY’s The Geisha Facial was mentioned as the only spa service in the U.S. to make an unforgettable mother’s day gift.
Now, both of those services are offered by spas outside of the U.S. But if you want something a little closer to home, you can always get your mom the Bird Poop Facial from a spa in New York.
Now Mom can enjoy this unforgettable gift any time of year with a SNY Gift Certificate. Choose from a variety of designs and have it emailed directly to her inbox.
See other recent press about SHIZUKA new york Day Spa here.
Computer, computer on the wall. Who is the fairest of them all?
Last year saw an explosion of smart, personalized beauty-based assistive technologies led by L’Oréal’s Make-up Genius app. Other smart, beauty-based assistive technologies were the Plum Perfect app (similar to L’Oreal’s Genius app), Sephora’s Skin Care IQ (a diagnostic tool that identifies the right skin care for each consumer), Oku (an at-home device and app that analyses skin condition) and Klara (an app that sends pictures of your skin to dermatologists).
Rapidly building on this surge of beauty-based, personalized technology is the development of new smart, personalized skin care diagnostic tools, forecast to be a leading consumer skin care trend in the coming years says Euromonitor International, an independent provider of global strategic market research.
There’s an App for That
Fitbit is a family of smart devices and mobile apps that track every part of your day, from the specific activities and exercises you’ve done and the food you ate to how much you slept. Using all this data, Fitbit devices give you specific recommendations to improve your eating habits and physical fitness routines.
“I think that they’ll eventually develop an app that’s kind of like a FitBit for your skin,” says Marla Malcolm Beck, an ‘Entrepreneur-in-Residence’ at Harvard Business School. “It will tell you everything you need to know about your skin that day: the water levels, collagen levels, and on and on. Because, your skin is different from day to day.”
Ms. Beck foresees a time when such smart technology will plug into our smart home and work environments, customizing and tailoring temperature, humidity, and sunlight. Further, these personalized sensing technologies could easily design our skin care products and routines. Says Ms. Beck, “the app [could] be hooked up to a 3-D printer that’s equipped with different skin-care ingredient cartridges. It will be able to cocktail products for you and then print them, so every day you have exactly what you need for your face.”
Such smart devices could soon do more than just make us prettier – with recent advances in sensor technology and data analytics, “mobile devices will [soon] know more about users, their preferences, and the environment than ever before,” says Mckinsey & Company in their recent 2012 report ‘A New Era of Personalized Computing.’ Such advanced sensor and data analytics power could, for example, allow a smart device to check your calendar, ‘notice’ an important upcoming business call, and, if you’re out in the city, automatically suggest a nearby coffee shop, one that that the coffee shop’s real-time internal sensors has indicated is quiet. That’s ‘smart’ off the charts.
Says global market insight agency Mintel, it is the consumers’ increased desire to save both time and money with custom tailored recommendations and solutions that is ultimately driving this trend across all industries.
Shizuka New York in American Spa Magazine
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.
Shizuka New York Day Spa in Marie Claire
At the top of their list of 6 Bizarre Beauty Treatments You Never Knew Existed, Marie Claire listed Shizuka New York Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial as number one!
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.
Sakura Inspired Skincare with Fruit Enzyme Peels
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.