Celebrity Beauty Secrets from The Times of India

Times of India Geisha Facial

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Celebrity beauty secrets from The Times of India

 

Ever wanted flawless celebrity skin? The Times of India reported that Tom Cruise and Victoria and David Beckham include The Geisha Facial in their skincare regimens! Read on for some celebrity beauty secrets from The Times of India:

Tom Cruise – powdered Nightingale poop: The actor is as known for his acting as he is for his belief in Scientology and so on. But he too, like the Beckhams, believes that bird droppings can keep him looking young. However, not just any bird poop will do for him! Known as a Geisha facial due to its Japanese origins, the technique involves powdered nightingale droppings in the facial cleanse.

 

 

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E! News Reveals The Geisha Facial as a Red Carpet Celebrity Beauty Secret

Tom Cruise and The Geisha Facial®

Beckhams Love Bird Poop Facials

 

 

 

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Geisha Beauty Secrets that Go Beyond Bird Poop

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Geisha Beauty Secrets that Go Beyond Bird Poop

Since Shizuka Bernstein created The Geisha Facial® utilizing the geisha beauty secret of nightingale droppings to cleanse and purify skin. The natural enzymes in the droppings removed the geishas’ heavy makeup while giving the skin nourishment making it smooth and supple.

Ancient geishas who were known for their flawless skin took great care to make sure they treated their skin as a prized possession. As much of a ritual as it was to put on their make up, removing it and prepping the skin before sleeping was another ritual altogether.

Believe it or not, there are geisha beauty secrets that go beyond bird poop. Another ingredient primary to the flawless skin of geisha beauty is rice. Rice has been a staple in Japanese cuisine for centuries so it comes as no surprise that Japanese people would find other ways to incorporate it into their lifestyles. For ancient geishas, it was a primary component to their beauty ritual to keep their skin bright and moisturized. Two ways rice was and still is used for the skin today is in its fermented and raw states.

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rice bran

Geisha Beauty Ingredient Highlight: Rice

Geishas were known to use sake and rice bran to brighten and soften their skin. Sake, which is prepared from fermented rice grains, contains kojic acid, a common ingredient in brightening serums and creams. When used over time kojic acid gradually brightens the skin, evening out skin tone. Additionally, Geishas applied sake to their skin for its natural antibacterial and anti-aging properties to purify (protect against acne) and soften skin.

Rice bran and rice bran oil comes from the bran that surrounds the rice grain. Rice bran is rich in nutrients such as fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamins A and E. This oil naturally moisturizes and protects skin from free radical damage. Rice bran’s ability to retain moisture on the skin’s surface keeps the skin deeply hydrated creating a youthful glow.

You can bring geisha beauty secrets that go beyond bird poop into your skincare regimen everyday. In the effort to keep these time-honored traditions of geisha beauty secrets alive, Shizuka Bernstein incorporated sake and rice bran into the Shizuka New York Skincare System. These products are used in The Geisha Facial® and can be purchased so you can make geisha beauty secrets your own beauty secret!

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Shizuka NY Day Spa featured on TruTV’s show: Top 20 Funniest TV Blunders3!

Shizuka NY featured on TruTV’s show: Top 20 Funniest TV Blunders3!

 

TruTV featured Shizuka New York Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® on their show: Top 20 Funniest TV Blunders3!

They borrowed footage from Shizuka Bernstein’s Interview with RT TV News back in 2013 while poking fun at the prized ingredient: bird poop.

Shizuka assures the poop is sanitized and comes from a special breed of birds who are fed organic feed for the best quality bird poop around–only the best for our clients!

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This treatment is popular among men and women alike, including women who are pregnant. Due to the all-natural ingredients used throughout the facial, The Geisha Facial® is a nourishing and deeply cleansing treatment even for those with sensitive skin.

 

 

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How to tell if your Skin is Dry or Dehydrated

How to tell if your Skin is Dry or Dehydrated

A common skincare mistake is treating dry and dehydrated skin the same way. Each has a different cause therefore requires its own skincare regimen.  Applying the wrong regimen could further harm skin potentially leading it to age prematurely.  Read on for tips on how to tell if your skin is dry or dehydrated and what to do about it.

 

What is dry skin?

Dry skin is a skin type whose cause is not entirely clear. Sometimes the cause of dry skin is genetics while other times it’s the product of hormonal changes in the body. Whatever the reason, spotting dry skin is relatively easy. Dry skin is characterized by lack of natural oils, or sebum, that are present in normal skin types. Dry skin will look rough and scaly and may also be sensitive or inflamed. Also, wrinkles or fine lines can look more pronounced.

It’s a misconception that completely oil free skin is healthy. A thin layer of sebum is necessary to protect skin and keep it hydrated. Harsh cleansers and bath sponges actually strip the skin of the natural oils needed to keep moisture sealed in. These natural oils also fight against free-radicals in the environment that can damage and cause the skin to age over time. As natural oils decrease skin becomes more sensitive and inflamed leading to collagen break down.

 

Dry skin solutions:

– Choose moisturizers that are rich in natural oils and butters.

– Use a cleanser that’s creamy. It will most likely contain niacinamides and ceramides which help retain natural oils and not strip them away.

– Avoid bar soaps and harsh cleansers and use hands or a soft washcloth over sponges to cleanse your body.

– Follow up facial cleansing with a toner to balance pH levels, followed with a nutrient rich moisturizer.

– Partake in oil-based anti-aging facial massages like the one incorporated into The Geisha Facial®

 

 

What is dehydrated skin?

 

Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that’s temporary. Cold weather and illness can easily prompt skin to become dehydrated as well as not drinking enough water. Dehydrated skin is tight and flaky and appear dull and tired.

In a nutshell, dehydrated skin means that your skin lacks water. When the weather is cold skin can easily become dehydrated since the cold air zaps water from the skin. Dehydrated skin is easier to treat than dry skin since dry skin is a skin type that needs to be cared for constantly. Dehydrated skin can come and go. The first step to alleviating dehydrated skin is to..well..hydrate! Drinking enough water is the first step to quell your skin’s thirst for moisture. Remember biology class? The cells in your skin need water to fill out and when they do your skin will appear plumper and more supple.

 

Dehydrated skin solutions:

– Drink more water and incorporate more water-based foods such as fruits and vegetables into your diet.

– Topical serums like hyaluronic acid gel will help your skin retain moisture throughout the day.

– Apply a moisturizer immediately after washing your skin. It will lock in moisture and will reconstitute dehydrated skin throughout the night while you sleep.

– Use a humidifier to surround your skin with moisture as you sleep.

 

 

 

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E! News Reveals The Geisha Facial as a Red Carpet Celebrity Beauty Secret

 

E! News reveals red carpet celebrity beauty secrets at SHIZUKA new york Day Spa

E! News’ A List Beauty Secrets Red Carpet Edition was televised on February 20th, 2015 showcasing The Geisha Facial® as one of many celebrity beauty secrets.

Host Alicia Quarles samples The Geisha Facial® by spa owner and creator of the facial, Shizuka Bernstein. As touted by Hollywood royalty like Victoria Beckham, the anti-aging properties of the bird droppings used in the facial work to deeply cleanse and exfoliate revealing soft glowing skin.

As Alicia says,

“If it’s good enough for Victoria Beckham, it’s good enough for me, right?”

Geisha Facial a Red Carpet Beauty Secret, E! Entertainment News

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Avianca em Revista names Shizuka NY a 2015 New York City Hot Spot

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SHIZUKA new york Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® was featured in the February Issue of Avianca em Revista Magazine, a magazine for Brazil’s Avianca airlines. The article is titled “Relax em Nova York” or “Relax in New York”!

They listed SHIZUKA new york Day Spa as a preferred New York City Spa and “hot spot”, for tourists and residents alike, to relax, unwind, and “beautify” in between shopping, sight-seeing, and theater going.

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NYC’s Far Infrared Sauna Service featured in Giada Weekly

Far Infrared Sauna Giada Digital Weekly

 

Shizuka new york Day Spa’s NYC Far Infrared Sauna treatment was mentioned in Giada Weekly’s Winter Wellness issue!

Far Infrared Sauna treatments are what’s hot in wellness right now. It provides a safe and relaxing way to detox (sweat) that’s more effective than traditional methods. The article quotes Sophie Chiche, founder of LA’s Shape House, who says that “the level of toxins that you release with infrared heat is 27 percent—roughly four times as much as with more traditional methods.”

And there are other benefits, too: “As you sweat, you stimulate blood flow and circulation throughout the body,” says Dr. Frank Lipman. “The increased circulation helps lower blood pressure, and makes you feel good all over, relaxing tight muscles, easing minor aches and pains, reducing stiffness and inflammation.”

 

There’s no better time than now to give your body the detox and rejuvenation it desires! Your body will thank you as it releases toxins while melting away muscle tension and stress. For the ultimate in detox and renewal, combine your Far Infrared Sauna treatment with our signature Coffee Break Mud Wrap. This full body treatment will enliven your senses, clear your pores, and soften your skin–you’ll feel and look brand new!

At SHIZUKA new york Day Spa a Far Infrared Sauna treatment takes place in a private suite that’s all yours for an hour.  In the suite you’ll have private access to a steam shower and locker where you’ll find a Japanese robe, slippers, towels, and soap to use at your convenience.  After your treatment relax in our Tranquility Lounge while sipping our refreshing fruit-infused water before setting off into the day.

 

Far Infrared Sauna use is $50 per session or $20 with any of our signature massages, facials or body treatments

*Please give us a call at 212-644-7400 to make an appointment for the Far Infrared Sauna. For same day appointments, please contact us at least a 90 minutes in advance to ensure the sauna is properly prepared for your arrival.

 

 

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Latest Shizuka’s Geisha (Bird Poop) Facials Mentions from Around the Web

Journalist and media outlets have variously described the Geisha Facial as a craze, hyped, really weird, and definitely bizarre while the young, rich and beautiful have raved about it, touting its all natural properties (Tom Cruse) and talking about how much they love it (Posh Spice & David Beckham) — and all this has been in the last 7 years, going back to when ShizukaNY introduced the Geisha Facial to New Yorkers back in 2008.

Today, 7 years later, the Geisha Facial is still attracting positive attention and testimonials — check out these recent mentions from around the web:

Simon Hill, the assistant editor for The Knot, a one-stop online wedding planning site, had this to say about her unique experience with the infamous ‘bird poop’ facial:

As far as beauty treatments go, putting bird poop on your face is as pretty strange as it gets, but it’s really not as bizarre as you might think . . . afterwards my face felt clean and had a nice glow to it . . . what really stood out to me was how gentle the facial was. All of the products used are all-natural which is great if you have sensitive skin or prefer to avoid chemicals.

Latest Shizuka’s Geisha (Bird Poop) Facials Mentions from Around the Web

Latest Web Mention Touts the Geisha (Bird Poop) Facial As Just The Thing To Make You Wedding Ready!

The OMGSkinCare.com site adds a new superlative to the list of adjectives journalists and bloggers have used to describe the Geisha Facial – insane:

Perhaps the best known aspect of the geisha is her white pancake makeup, which was once lead-based and ravaged the skin. To restore their appearance, the geisha used a cream made from the droppings of nightingales, which contained revitalizing enzymes . . . customers have reported a “glow” on their face after the treatment.

~ 10 Insane Beauty Treatments

Finally, both TreatNowBlog.com and Metro.us, drawing on a list of previously used adjectives – weird and bizarre respectively – also brought to the attention of their audiences the benefits of the Geisha Facial:

The story goes that in the past Japanese Geisha’s used a cream derived of Nightingale dropping to revitalise their skin after a day wearing harmful lead based make-up. The dropping are said to contain beneficial enzymes that help heal and brighten the skin. Today, the Shizuka Day Spa in New York [has] brought this ancient treatment into the 21st century in the form of a facial.

~ TreatNOW discovers: 5 of the World’s Weirdest Beauty Treatments

The Geisha Facial at Shizuka New York Day Spa cleanses and rejuvenates the skin with a little help from some bird poop (nightingale droppings, to be precise). The treatment wraps up with an antioxidant green tea collagen masque. When all is said and done, [Shizuka New York Day Spa] says the glow the bird poop leaves behind is well worth it.

~ The Most bizarre spa treatments in NYC

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Metro News Promotes The Geisha Glow

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Shizuka new york Day Spa was mentioned in this Metro US article, “Most Bizarre Spa Treatments in NYC”.

New mention about The Geisha Facial® is in Metro News! Check out the article titled:

Most bizarre spa treatments in NYC

 

Have you tried The Geisha Facial® yet? Make an appointment today and experience ‘the Geisha glow’ for yourself!

The treatment wraps up with an antioxidant green tea collagen masque. When all is said and done, Bernstein says the glow the bird poop leaves behind is well worth it.

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Adult Acne Causes and Treatments

Adult Acne Causes – Propionibacterium, Hormones vs. Free Radicals

Propionibacterium is a naturally occurring bacterium living inside your follicles and pores, below the surface of the skin. Normally this bacterium does no harm to your skin because it feeds on the sebum secreted by your sebaceous glands along with any cellular debris and wastes products from skin cell production (1).

Hormones and Free Radicals can Trigger Adult Acne

Hormonal fluctuations brought on by stress, poor diet, PMS, or pregnancy can cause an increase in cortisol.  Cortisol then breaks down into testosterone causing excess oil production – sebum – in your skin and pores.  This excess oil production can increase the growth of propionibacterium, and this in turn can contribute to the pores getting clogged up with dead skin cells, dirt and oil. This gunky pileup then causes inflammation of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands – in other words: adult acne.

And it doesn’t take much stress to bring on adult acne. “Even a moderate amount of daily stress—like balancing a career and a social life, or coming home from work and having to cook dinner for your family—is enough to trigger a breakout,” says Ava Shamban, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA and author of “Heal Your Skin” (2).  Smoking can also trigger adult acne, at least in women (3).

A recent theory proposes that inflammation of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands can be caused by oxidative stress (4). Oxidative stress is counteracted by antioxidants. A decrease in antioxidant vitamins such as A, C and E in adults has been correlated with acne.

Adult Acne Treatment

Adult Acne Treatment, Salicylic Acid Cleaners, Topical Retinoids

Adult Acne Treatment – We’ve Come a Long Way Baby

Salicylic Acid Cleaners & Anti-Microbial Agent

Whether adult acne is caused by hormonal fluctuations and/or oxidative stress, the best way to clean the skin and unplug pores is to use over-the-counter salicylic acid cleaners, like our AHA Oily & Acne Solution (4 oz), followed by a product containing benzoyl peroxide to fight bacterial growth in the skin (or an oil free moisturizer with anti-microbial agent, like our Oil Free Moisturizer (1 oz) and a skin cover, like our Vitamin C Power Gel (1 oz), to combat both inflammation and oxidative stress.

Topical Retinoids

Topical retinoids, which come in liquids, creams or gels, like our Hyaluronic Acid Gel (1 oz), help remove plugged follicles by inducing the skin to create new skin cells. Creating new skin cells in this way increases the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, so you’ll want to apply a good sunscreen before you head outdoors, like our Super Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50+ (2.5 oz).

If you have severe, potentially disfiguring, adult acne, you may need to try prescription oral retinoids, but these oral retinoids do have some potentially serious side effects, like depression and inflammatory bowel disease.

Antibiotics

Because bacterium is the root cause of adult acne, especially in serious cases, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics in the form of either a cream, gel or lotion. Such antibiotics include erythromycin (Brand name: Benzamycin), clindamycin (Brand name: Duac), and sulfacetamide (Brand name: Plexion).

Birth control pills

For women, birth control pills have traditionally provided great defense against acne.  Common birth control pills include Ortho Tri-Cyclen and Yasmin.

Skip The Laser And Light Therapies For Now.

Laser light therapies may one day play a role in treating adult acne, but so far, there is little good research to support their use.

Finally, if you have acne and your diet is poor, shift to a high antioxidant diet to combat both inflammation and oxidative stress

References

  1. Evgenia M., Ruta G., and Christos C.Z. “An update on the role of the sebaceous gland in the pathogenesis of acne“. Dermatoendocrinol. 2011 Jan-Mar; 3(1): 41–49.
  2. Ava S. “Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal.” Wiley, 1st ed., May 1, 2011.
  3. Bruno C., Jo Linda S., Valentina B., Paola C.F., Mauro P., and Christos C. Z. “Underestimated clinical features of postadolescent acne.” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 63(5), 782-788.
  4. Bowe W.P., Patel N., and Logan A.C. “Acne vulgaris: the role of oxidative stress and the potential therapeutic value of local and systemic antioxidants.” J Drugs Dermatol. 2012 Jun; 11(6):742-6.
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Shizuka offers Skin Care Advice for Young Women on MTV’s Girl Code

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Shizuka Bernstein, owner of Shizuka new york Day Spa, offers skin care advice for young women while performing The Geisha Facial® on MTV’s hit show: Girl Code .

 

Here’s a rundown of MTV’s Girl Code from IMDb:

“Girl Code” offers over-the-top tips to open the dialogue about being a woman, covering everything from “frenemies” and girl fights to dancing, drinking and dating. Female comics, athletes and entertainers — and even some dudes — discuss the rules girls can use for any and every situation in life.

In the segment Shizuka offers skin care advice for young women after the cast member asks: What can I do to keep my skin healthy after a facial?

 

Shizuka offers this advice to young women:

1. Stay out of the sun.
2. Don’t drink too much.
3. Always cleanse the face before going to sleep.

 

 

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What is the Best Moisturizer for the Face?

What is the Best Moisturizer for the Face?

Moisturizer Confusion? It’s Important to Separate Fact from Friction
CONFUSED by Whologway, CC BY 2.0

In Part I, “Types of Moisturizers: Everything You Need to Know,” we looked at what moisturizers are, how they work, their health benefits, and how today’s moisturizers do more than just moisturize.

In this post, we’ll take a more in-depth look at moisturizers and talk a bit about which products are probably the best moisturizers for the face — and which you’ll want to avoid.

Applying Vitamins and Antioxidants

While evidence abounds that having a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants confers health benefits and protects against a variety of illnesses and aliments, the same, unfortunately, cannot be said about taking vitamin and antioxidant supplements (1).

Given the lack of evidence for the health benefits of supplementing with vitamins and antioxidants, does it make sense to put vitamins and antioxidants in moisturizers for the benefit of the skin?

Surprisingly, it turns out that vitamins and antioxidants applied to the skin may indeed help heal and protect it.

For example, derivatives of vitamin A can help repair wrinkles, altered texture, discolored skin, mottled hyperpigmented skin, and epidermal thickness due to photodamage; in addition, these derivatives can increase collagen production improving both the skin’s elasticity and firmness.

Vitamin C and B (niacinamide) work similarly: vitamin C can help repair the skin’s elastic tissue by increasing collagen production, and vitamin B can help repair other damage done to the skin by the sun. Coenzyme Q, alpha lipoic acid, and copper also seem to help repair and protect against sun damage.

There is evidence that combining antioxidants may result in a synergistic effect. For example, research  has shown that combining vitamins C, E and ferulic acid helps protect against both sun damage and skin cancer (2).

Other Ingredients that May Help Heal and Protect the Skin

Most moisturizing products have other vitamin and antioxidant substances with purported benefits – we say ‘purported,’ because to date, for most part, there’s scant evidence that these extra ingredients help heal and protect the skin.

  • Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) – a compound purported to improve wrinkles. This claim is backed up by some research (3).
  • Genistein – an antioxidant purported to protect skin against UVB damage. This claim is also backed up by at least one study, but only for skin cells in cell cultures (4).
  • Green tea – another antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that may protect against UV damage and repair photoaging damage. A recent 2013 study (5) has found some evidence for this claim when green tea was combined with lotus extract.
  • Growth factors – substances purported to assist in wound healing and to repair sun damaged skin.
  • Kinetin – a specific plant growth factor and antioxidant purported to improve skin texture and wrinkles. Scant evidence exists for this claim (6).
  • Peptides – an amino acid purported to increase production of collagen and elastin. A 2004 study using a synthetically developed peptide found it had a strong effect in reducing wrinkles (7).

Do You Need a Skin Toner?

Contrary to the name, skin toners will not improve the tone of your skin (for that, you’ll need to use a laser or IPL); instead, skin toners are designed to shrink the appearance of pores, and are meant to be used after cleansing.

So, do you need a skin toner? It depends on the type. For example, as we age, our skin often becomes dryer.  In this case, you’ll want to avoid any skin-toning products that contain alcohol or acetone because while they will help firm the skin, they’ll also exacerbate any dryness. Further, some skin toners are also acidic, containing ingredients like citrus, camphor, or menthol. These acidic ingredients can irritate the skin, especially dry, older skin.

To avoid worsening dry skin and minimize irritation, use water and glycerin-based toners as they can help provide extra moisture to the skin.

Avoid Mineral Oil

You’ll want to avoid any moisturizers that contain mineral oil as researchers (8) have found some of those moisturizers have caused skin cancers in hairless mice to grow more rapidly than they otherwise might.

It is important to highlight that the moisturizers tested by these researchers did not cause skin cancer; rather they caused existing skin cancer in UVB irradiated mice to grow faster.   This suggest that on non-sun or UVB damaged skin, such moisturizers may be safe to use.

Nevertheless, common sense dictates caution when using the type of moisturizers these researchers tested in their study.

To partially allay any fears that all moisturizers are potentially harmful, the researchers asked the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to make them a “custom blend” moisturizer without two ingredients previously linked to skin irritation (sodium lauryl sulfate) and tumor promotion (mineral oil). The custom blend (on which Rutgers University and Johnson & Johnson hold a patent) did not promote skin cancer.

 

References

  1. Harvard School of Public Health. Antioxidants: Beyond the Hype.
  2. L. How to Prevent Photoaging? Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2005), 125.
  3. Grossman R. The role of dimethylaminoethanol in cosmetic dermatology, Am J Clin Dermatol. 2005; 6(1):39-47.
  4. Barbara L., Maria L., Franco G., Giuseppe M.,4 and Maria B. Synergic Effect of Genistein and Daidzein on UVB-Induced DNA Damage: An Effective Photoprotective Combination. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology Volume 2011 (2011).
  5. Mahmood T. and Akhtar N. Combined topical application of lotus and green tea improves facial skin surface parameters. Rejuvenation Res. 2013 Apr; 16(2):91-7.
  6. Jacquelyn L. and Saira M. How Much Do We Really Know About Our Favorite Cosmeceutical Ingredients? J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. Feb 2010; 3(2): 22–41.
  7. Bauza E., Oberto G., Berghi A., Dal C.F., Domloge N. Collagen-like peptide exhibits a remarkable antiwrinkle effect on the skin when topically applied: in vivo study. Int J Tissue React. 2004; 26(3-4):105-11.
  8. Yao-Ping Lu, You-Rong Lou, Jian-Guo Xie, Qingyun Peng, Weichung J Shih, Yong Lin and Allan H Conney. Tumorigenic Effect of Some Commonly Used Moisturizing Creams when Applied Topically to UVB-Pretreated High-Risk Mice. Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2009) 129, 468–475
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Types of Moisturizers: Everything You Need to Know

Who Needs To Moisturize?

Types of Moisturizers: Everything You Need to Know

Moisturizers: It’s Important to Separate Fact from Friction
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Basically anyone who has dry skin, and most often, that means older adults.

Why Moisturize?

Moisturized skin feels better and looks better than dry skin because it is more smooth, flexible and pliable.

Health Benefits of Moisturized Skin

One of the main functions of the skin is to act as a barrier to protect against infection, dry skin, chemical exposure, and mechanical injury. Compromises in this barrier can lead to conditions like atopic dermatitis and other chronic skin diseases. Many skin conditions are preceded by prolonged dry skin.

How Do Moisturizers Work?

Moisturizers work in two ways: 1) first they improve skin hydration by increasing the amount of water in the skin and 2) they create a “protective” or occlusive barrier on the surface of the skin to prevent water evaporating from the epidermis layer.

The main ingredient for improving skin hydration is glycerin, a humectant type of compound that attracts and binds water in the upper layers of the epidermis and makes the stratum corneum (the visible surface of your skin) more flexible.

The main ingredients for keeping for skin hydrated are various types of lipids that create an occlusive barrier to keep water from evaporating from the skin. These ingredients include certain plant oils, petrolatum, and mineral oil.

Today’s Moisturizers do Way More than just Moisturize – Two Main Types of Moisturizers

Most moisturizers also contain ingredients that help improve the appearance of the skin in other ways. Perhaps the most important ingredients are the exfoliants alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs).

These two exfoliants improve the appearance of the skin by removing dead surface skin cells. This makes more visible newer skin cells that make the skin appear clearer. In addition to giving the skin a newer, fresher look, AHAs can brighten the skin by evening out discoloration from too much sun exposure. Exfoliants can be particularly useful for aging skin that doesn’t replace dead surface skin cells with new cells as easily as younger skin does; exfoliants can help restore this natural skin rejuvenation process.

AHAs come from fruit (e.g., citrus) and are labeled as either glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, hydroxycaprylic acid, alphahydroxyoctanoic acid, triple fruit acid, or sugar cane extract.

While most moisturizers contain a safe amount of AHA, you should double check that you’re not getting an AHA concentration of more than 10%; additionally, it should have a pH of 3.5 or more. Finally, to protect the new skin cells, you’ll want to use sunscreen each day.

Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are salicylic acids, a close relative of aspirin.  Salicylic acids work in the same way as AHAs, but they’re more effective than AHAs on oily skin.

Most moisturizers do not list the concentration of BHAs, so the FDA recommends that you ­ first test an area of skin to make sure a particular product’s BHA concentration won’t irritate you. And, again, you’ll want to use a good sun screen in conjunction with BHA products.

In part II of this post, “What are the Best Moisturizers for the Face?,” well look at some of the more esoteric and controversial ingredients in some moisturizers, and we’ll tell you which products you’ll want to avoid.

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Shizuka and The Geisha Facial® appear in MSN Japan

MSN Japan

 

An article about Shizuka and The Geisha Facial® appear in MSN Japan

Geisha Facial on MSN Japan
The article titled, Japanese originated ‘Nightingale Dropping ‘ Facial available at Hilton in England Now. Despite its scent writers praised its effect after giving it a try talks about The Geisha Facial’s “flight” overseas to spas in England and highlights the origin of The Geisha Facial®.

Even before “Bird Poop Facial” was introduced in England for the first time, Shizuka Bernstein, a Tokyo-born master aesthetician, has been offering The Geisha Facial® that includes a customized nightingale dropping exfoliate at her own spa in New York.

Her mother once told her that geishas would use the nightingale droppings to keep their skin clear and blemish-free, and that story inspired Shizuka to create this facial.

 

The famous facial is offered at SHIZUKA new york Day Spa, read more about it here.
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Brown Spot Causes and their Removal and Treatment Using IPL

 

 
Out, damned spot! out, I say! ~ Lady McBeth

What are those Damned Brown Spots Anyway?

Brown spots are flat, oval areas of skin that are darker than the surrounding skin – hence called ‘spots’ – and they are typically tan, brown or black. While brown spots develop most often in people with light to fair complexions, those with darker skin can also experience small areas of increased pigmentation.

What Causes Brown Spots?

Prolonged and repeated exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is the most frequent cause of brown spots in those that are genetically predisposed. UV light causes brown spots because the skin reacts by increasing melanin production in a localized area; increased melanin production is also how you get a tan to help protect deeper layers of skin from UV rays, but with a tan the distribution of pigment is even. Moreover, because it is UV light rather than the entire spectrum of sunlight that causes brown spots, commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can also contribute to their development.

While UV light is the most common cause, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from skin injury, certain skin diseases, and certain medications that sensitize the skin to the sun can also cause brown spots.

The development of brown spots usually happens gradually over time. Because of their gradual development, they are sometimes called ‘age spots,’

Where do Brown Spots Occur?

In the case of UV exposure, brown spots usually occur on those parts of the skin that have had the most sun exposure, e.g., on the back of the hands, the top of the feet, on the face, or on the shoulders and upper back.

How Can I Get Rid of Brown Spots?

Brown, dark, or age spots have many causes, UV light being the most common, but they are easily removed using IPL

Brown, dark, or age spots have many causes, UV light being the most common, but they are easily removed using IPL

Before using a laser or IPL to get rid of a brown spot, see your doctor first to make sure the spot is not pre-cancerous or cancerous.

You’ll especially want to see your doctor if you notice that a brown spot has any one or more of these characteristics:

  1. It is darkly pigmented
  2. It is rapidly increasing in size
  3. It is greater than 5mm
  4. It has an irregular border
  5. It has an unusual combination of colors
  6. It is accompanied by itching, redness, tenderness or bleeding

If your doctor tells you it is safe to remove a brown spot, if you only have 1-2 spots, liquid nitrogen is quite effective. Sometimes, however, more than one treatment may be needed to fully remove a spot and repeated treatment with liquid nitrogen can cause blotchy pigmentation over time.

IPL, on the other hand, is equally effective in removing many brown spots at once while also maintaining skin tone; in fact, the goal of IPL treatments is to make your skin more evenly colored by decreasing the irregular brownish and reddish areas that have developed as a result of aging and sun damage. In addition, IPL also brightens the skin and gives it a more youthful glow.

It should be noted, however, that the effectiveness of IPL in removing brown spots depends somewhat on your skin tone; while IPL can be adjusted to your skin tone, if your skin is too dark, your best bet is to use a Yag or Q-switched Yag laser.

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How to be a Natural Beauty

 

 

Being a natural beauty means doing basic things like getting enough rest and eating nutritious foods. This can do wonders to enhance your overall mood and lead to a more rejuvenated appearance.

We came up some spa-related beauty tips that will let your natural beauty shine and help you feel better too!

Read on for 5 ways to easily enhance your natural beauty (and share it with the world)!

How to be a Natural Beauty

  1. Facial massage: loosen up tight facial muscles every night before bed.

Most spa facials will incorporate a facial massage into its treatment. Why? Because the massage draws nutrients into the face to prevent signs of aging and gives your face a healthy vibrant tone. A facial massage further increases circulation, oxygenates, and detoxes the skin tissues.

It’s best to massage your face at night when applying moisturizer. Simply incorporate a light massage into your moisturizing routine.  As an added bonus, the massage will help relax you before bedtime so you (and your smile muscles) will be rested and ready for the next day!

Loosen up tired “facial-expression” muscles that are hard at working during the day with this simple facial massage.

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  1. Open your eyes: open up the look of your eyes with a Japanese eyelash perm treatment or Eyelash Extensions. Both can open up and revive the look of your face anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks! The effect gradually lessens as your lashes naturally grow and fall out.

A Japanese eyelash perm is a temporary way to give your lashes a luscious curl sans an eyelash curler! The treatment is safe and painless and you leave the spa looking bright eyed!

You can choose the tightness of the curl (the tighter the curl the more “glamorous” it will appear).

Eyelash extensions work in much the same way but without the chemical treatment of an eyelash perm. Fake lashes are individually applied to each of your natural lashes to make your lashes look naturally longer, fuller, and darker. So say goodbye to mascara!

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  1. Keep lips hydrated and smooth for a youthful smile: exfoliate lips with a sugar scrub to get rid of dead skin on and around the lips. Then be sure to keep them moisturized to protect the new skin with a lip balm throughout the day.

Lips are an important feature of your face as it frames your smile. Exfoliation simply means removing the top layer of skin which is mostly consists of dead skin cells. When this top layer is removed a new layer that soft and even is revealed. Slough off dry skin with a gentle scrub, if the scrub is too harsh you could strip valuable natural oils from the skin causing more damage than good.

Sleep with a humidifier in your bedroom. This will keep your lips and skin hydrated throughout the night.

Get youthful looking lips by exfoliating them daily for a youthful smile.

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  1. Optimize your cleansing routine: Find a facial cleanser that works best for your skin type (normal, oily, dry, sensitive, or combination skin).

Finding the right cleanser may take some trial and error but it’s just as important as washing your face. For example, if you have sensitive skin you’ll want to stick to a gentle cleanser with naturally moisturizing components like aloe vera, otherwise cleansers with certain chemicals will cause inflammation and strip skin of natural oils. It’s better to do a little research by asking your esthetician for advice or trying out samples. Choose the best cleanser that works with your skin’s chemistry and wash away dirt and debris without any unsightly side effects. And always remember to moisturize your face immediately after cleansing to rehydrate skin!

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  1. Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated and looking healthy throughout the day. If you’re not drinking enough water, your skin will start to look dry and flaky. Dry skin is less resilient and more prone to premature aging. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will help flush toxins from your body and, overtime, will give you youthful glowing skin.

We all know that staying hydrated is important for overall good health, but for healthy skin it’s a must. Skin, like any other bodily organ, is made up of cells which are made up of water. Without this primary component, cells just wouldn’t be able to function optimally.

In addition to hydrating from the inside out, replenish lost moisture by applying a moisturizer within 2 minutes of showering or bathing. During this short window of time, the skin remains porous allowing for better absorption.

For optimal absorption, use a hydrating serum that contains hyalauronic acid before applying moisturizer. Hyalauronic acid attracts and holds water making your skin look plump and firm.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey visit Shizuka New York!

Three of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Guidice, Dina Manzo, and Amber Marchese recently visited Shizuka new york Day Spa to sample The Geisha Facial®!

While the three cast members discussed among themselves, Shizuka Bernstein, owner of Shizuka new York Day Spa and developer of The Geisha Facial®, gave them each a sample of the prized treatment by first cleansing their faces and applying her unique nightingale dropping-based exfoliating mask.

Their reactions are priceless!

 

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Is There Any Difference Between Laser Vs. IPL When Treating Redness, Rosacea or Veins

If you ask around, you’ll hear that lasers are “the gold standard” for both hair removal and for treating skin disorders, such as rosacea; however, this “goal standard” reputation really only holds in a few specific cases.

For example, for hair removal, the diode laser at 810nm is extremely effective for any hair color or type; however, unless you have very light or blond hair, IPL is just as effective.

What’s The Difference Between Laser VS. IPL?

A laser produces an intense beam of light composed of one wavelength that targets a specific body structure, e.g., a hair follicle or a red blood cell; IPL (short for ‘intense pulsed light’), on the other hand, rather than producing a sustained beam of light, produces a series of intense short flashes. Unlike a laser, IPL light is composed of many wavelengths, but to target a specific body structure, technicians use filters to narrow the focus of the light.

The main overall advantage of IPL over lasers is efficiency in treating different skin problems: the pulsed light allows for an accumulation of energy (heat) on the target under the surface of the skin while letting the surface of the skin cool and recover between pulses; this, coupled with the use of filters, allows for rapid shifting of frequencies to treat different conditions.

Additionally, IPL can treat a larger area than a laser which results in less treatment time for large areas of rosacea.

So for Rosacea & Veins, Which is Better, IPL or Laser?

In most cases, there’s very little difference between Laser Vs. IPL in terms of treating Redness, Rosacea & Veins

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You’re far more likely to experience significant treatment outcomes depending on the quality of equipment used and the skill level and experience of the technician than you are on whether or not you use laser or IPL; in fact, controlling for the quality of equipment and the experience level of the technician, major studies have found either no or little difference in treatment outcomes or a small advantage of laser in special cases.

For example, a 2007 study reported in the Annals of Plastic Surgery found no difference between intense pulsed light versus a long-pulse pulsed dye laser in the treatment of facial skin rejuvenation (Ann Plast Surg. 2007 Nov;59(5):479-83); it did find, however, that laser was superior to IPL in the treatment of lentigines. Other studies have found an IPL advantage over pulsed-dye laser in the treatment of facial acne and port-wine stain.

In short, in the right hands, in most cases, both technologies produce excellent results.

What About Bruising After Treatment?

To be on the safe side, you should probably expect some bruising after IPL treatment for rosacea. However, you can reduce the possibility of bruising by not taking blood thinners, like aspirin, Advil or Aleve within a week of your treatment.

Because we see bruising on some clients after IPL treatment for rosacea, we do not recommend IPL (both hair & photo facial) for our clients during summer.

What About Downtime After Treatment?

While there is very little, if any, downtime after treatment, if you work on camera, especially given today’s high definition cameras, you may have a wait a day or so before you become camera ready; however, if you don’t work on camera, you can apply makeup after treatment and then go right back into your normal routine.

 

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Summer Facial Care Tips: How to Get Glowing Skin all Summer Long

 

 

As summer’s sweltering temperatures may make you want to move to cooler shores, you can at least keep your skin glowing throughout the heat wave.  Here are some top tips on how to get glowing skin all summer long.

 

Summer Facial Care Tips: How to Get Glowing Skin all Summer Long

 

It’s easy to underplay the importance of facials in the summer: why get a facial when I’ll just be slathering sunscreen on it a moment after, you might ask? The skin really takes a beating in the summer and while we protect it with sun screens and blocks, those can easily clog pores and lead to acne. To offset the effect of summertime skincare, facials reset skin by clearing out pores of buildup from sunscreen and makeup that builds up over time. Get a facial at least once during the summer season and one right before autumn begins. This will reset the skin by giving it a deep cleansing while de-stressing the skin.

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During the summer be on guard against free radicals that damage skin and cause pre-mature aging. While protecting your skin from the sunlight is of utmost importance, consider adding free radical damage prevention to your summertime skin care routine. It’s just as important to build up skin defenses against free radicals. Stock up on antioxidants and vitamin C serum to keep the skin protected against fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and uneven complexion. These anti-inflammatories also help ward off excess redness (inflammation).

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Even if you’re not acne prone, it’s best to practice keeping skin as oil-free as possible to reduce shine and to prevent against future breakouts. Wash your face as much as possible after sweating (and be sure to reapply sunscreen). Sweating releases the body’s toxins out through the pores and if sweat sits on your face for long it can become a breeding ground for bacteria leading to acne, inflammation, and clogged pores. You can also carry oil blotting sheets, or keep a towel or small rag on hand.

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Most people aren’t aware that going in and out of air conditioned environments and into the scorching sun can severely dehydrate the skin. Dehydrated skin can start to itch and flake leading to other concerns relating to premature aging. Stay hydrated to keep your skin fortified with moisture from the inside out. Drink plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables and anything else with high water content, like green tea.

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Does IPL Work as an Effective Beauty Treatment? A Survey of Studies

What is IPL? It is short for “intense pulsed light” and it describes a class of devices that deliver high-intensity light for a very short duration at frequencies easily absorbed by red blood cells (hemoglobin) or melanin.

The idea behind IPL is that when high intensity light is absorbed by the hemoglobin inside dilated or broken blood vessels, it can reduce the appearance of redness or rosacea. When it is absorbed by the melanin in freckles or age spots, it can lighten them – in some cases, it can even remove them.

IPL is also claimed to improve the look of one’s skin by stimulating collagen, which is responsible for the skin’s tightness and strength.


Yeah, But Does IPL Work?

Worldwide, each year, women and men spend over US $110.3 billion on beauty and skin care treatment products.  Given the amount of money spent on skin care, one has to ask how effective are these products and treatments? Most skin care products are not regulated by the FDA because they only make beauty or skin improvement claims, not medical or health claims. However, this doesn’t mean they are ineffective or a waste of money – many are quite effective.

IPL, on the other hand, does make medical and health claims, so it is an FDA approved treatment for certain conditions and problems — our Lumenis M22™ is an FDA approved device; further, because these treatments result in improved skin appearance, IPL qualifies as a beauty treatment product because it improves skin texture, tone and color.

Specific Claims and Evidence

Does IPL Lighten “Sun Spots”, “Age Spots”, And Brown Blotches?

  • According to Harvard’s Skin Care and Repair Special Health Report, IPL can effectively diminish sun and brown age spots, freckles, red spots, and dilated blood vessels; additionally, these effects appear to be long lasting, according to the University of Maryland’s Medical Center.
  • According to the University of Utah’s Health Care site, IPL can effectively diminish freckling and skin discoloration caused by sun damage and compounded by aging.
  • According to The University of Texas’s Medical Branch at Galveston, IPL is “especially effective” in treating mottling (uneven dark spotting) and dyschromias (hyperpigmentation) caused by sun damage and inflammation from skin injury; additionally, according to a 2008 California State Science Fair project conducted at the University of Southern California under the direction of Dr. Verbin,  IPL can reduce a scar’s hyperpigmentation to more “aesthetically pleasing” levels.

Is IPL Effective In Removing Hair?

  • A recent review of “Current Trends in Intense Pulsed Light” by Dr. David J. Goldberg in the Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology (Jun 2012; 5(6): 45–53) found that IPL “can be used to treat unwanted hair in a variety of anatomic locations,” but its effectiveness varies with both hair color and size: IPL works better on coarse, dark hair rather than on light, fine hair, and it is typically ineffective on blond hair.
  • According to The University of Texas’s Medical Branch at Galveston, recent advancement in IPL technology have resulted in these devices having increased hair removal effectiveness.

Can IPL Stimulate Collagen?

According to the same review of “Current Trends in Intense Pulsed Light” in the Journal of Clinical & Aesthetic Dermatology,  IPL has been found to trigger a cytokine reaction in the skin which in turn stimulates the formation of new collagen I, III, and elastin. Because wrinkle reducing collagen creams ‘are a waste of money’, say scientists, this cytokine reaction triggering property makes IPL the only technology currently available that can slow the age related loss of collagen; further, this benefit could be combined with Botox for even better anti-aging results.

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