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!
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
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Mark Farrell Interviews Skin Care Guru Shizuka Bernstein on Award Winning 101.9 RXP
Mark: You work very, very hard, and why not take care of yourself right?
Mark: Our listeners work very hard, and why not find out the best services that are out there in terms of skincare, massages, making yourself more beautiful and complete. This show is frequency on 101.9 RXP. I’m you host Mark Farrell. Shizuka Bernstein is my guest this morning. She is the owner of Shizuka New York Day Spa. Hello Shizuka.
Mark: Beautiful name you have.
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: You told me right before we started this morning that it means something very special. Tranquil.
Mark: I can see that in your demeanor.
Shizuka: Oh yeah? Thank you.
Mark: You’ve had ten successful years in New York here.
Mark: Congratulations to you.
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: Also something else just came out in New York Magazine.
Shizuka: The article about the one use salve is, it’s called Geisha facial.
Mark: Geisha facial, so that means all these gorgeous women come in with beautiful silk robes and kimonos.
Shizuka: Unfortunately not.
Mark: Oh no, okay. Maybe the next incarnation of that.
Mark: What does that really consist of, this facial? Geisha facial.
Shizuka: Well, the consists of Nightingale droppings. The birds.
Mark: The bird.
Mark: The bird droppings. Really?
Shizuka: Yes, it’s …
Mark: I think I’ve read about this. This was around hundreds of years ago?
Shizuka: Yes, in Japan. Kabuki actors, and Geisha’s they used to use this birds droppings to cleanse their skin. Then still now that they use a lot of white makeup. The Japanese. The other Asians too. They admire white skin, so they always want … Including me. They want to have a white porcelain skin, so that those actors and Geisha that they feature to put their white makeups. They used to contain the lead, and it was poisonous. It was very difficult to remove, and there was a really bad skin disease among them. Someone, or somehow they started to use Nightingale droppings to cleanse their skin.
Mark: Fascinating, so obviously you’ve perfected this.
Mark: I guess you can’t reveal the secrets.
Shizuka: That’s right.
Mark: It’s service now you’re providing.
Shizuka: Yes. We don’t, of course, we don’t use …
Mark: Of course.
Shizuka: … Nightingale droppings on our clients skin.
Mark: No, no, no now you use New York pigions.
Shizuka: They’re worse.
Mark: It’s cheaper, much more plentiful.
Shizuka: Yes. Those, it’s powder now. Sterilized by UV ray, and then it’s totally safe to use on the skin, and it’s powdered. Mixed with the rice bran. Which exfoliate the skin, to brighten the skin. I make it as a mask, or exfoliator, and it’s fairly popular at my salon now.
Mark: Now this is your specialty. You’re a master aesthetician.
Mark: This is what you basically you formed your business around.
Mark: This is your specialty.
Shizuka: Right. The facial used to be just a luxurious thing for them.
Shizuka: Relaxation, but now it’s … They can see the result right away, and if they want to have younger look all the time, that’s including men too. They want to take care of themselves, and the anti-aging is in their mind constantly now.
Mark: Everywhere you go it’s anti-aging this, anti-aging that.
Shizuka: Right, right. I mean we want to postpone the …
Mark: The inevitable.
Mark: Shizuka, you’re typical facial, what does that actually do? It’s cleaning your pores, it’s rejuvenating your skin.
Shizuka: Yes, cleansing the skin, exfoliate the dead skin cells. That’s very important.
Mark: That’s what, removing a layer of dead skin?
Shizuka: Right. Extraction, which is cleansing, deep pore cleansing, and then the massage. The facial massage we usually use the manual, you know hands. By hands, our hands, or sometimes … Many times now we use some ionization, or micro current to stimulate facial muscles.
Shizuka: Then we finish with hydrating mask.
Mark: Because you face is very thirsty.
Mark: I know mine always is. Now what about for guys? Because this is becoming more popular for men. Talk about all the benefits, and what they can expect, and why you should get a facial.
Shizuka: Of course that they are seeking anti-aging too, and they want to skin to look nice. It also that their daily regimen …
Mark: Mm-hmm (affirmative)
Shizuka: It’s called, the regimen many men don’t know how to take care of their skin. I’m surprised when I see their skin. It’s first time …
Mark: Coming in to your service sure.
Shizuka: … Coming in, yes. It’s very nice they start to be aware of that. The how to take care of their skin.
Mark: I would imagine men and women have different reason why their skin reacts or doesn’t react to certain circumstances, but men obviously shave on a daily, or semi-daily basis. Now you’re probably going to kick me right underneath this table right here when I tell you this, but when I shave I use soap in the shower. I don’t use shaving cream, and somebody told me once that’s a real big no-no.
Mark: Why is this?
Shizuka: That person was right. Well, soap is too harsh.
Mark: Too harsh.
Shizuka: Too harsh. It’s too alcoholine for your skin. Maybe it’s good to wash your body. You know like the underarms and …
Mark: Sure okay.
Shizuka: For you skin …
Mark: For your face.
Shizuka: Face, it’s too harsh. Especially just like you can use little bit, and then wash the t-zone if someone is really oily. In someone who has an oily skin. For the shaving it’s the soap stays there longer than you wash your face.
Mark: Interesting. Now explain the science behind it. How does it stay there for rinsing and washing your face?
Shizuka: Well, you are … I don’t shave, so I don’t know how to …
Mark: You don’t?
Shizuka: Watching my husband, and it seems like they shave … Like the shave same area over and over.
Shizuka: Which irritates the skin already, and then the soap stays there even … You don’t rinse it every time you stroke.
Mark: Sure, sure. It gets absorbed by the pores.
Shizuka: Right, right.
Mark: That’s why people should use shaving cream.
Shizuka: There’s some regular shaving cream is fine. With no problem with that, but if someone has extremely sensitive skin, you can choose. Some skin care manufactures, they have the shaving foam for men, and of course. There’s some women use for their legs and things like that, but for face. Which contains some moisturizer, or the silicone based one it doesn’t … Those silicone based one doesn’t make lather.
Shizuka: Usually, so some men don’t like it.
Mark: I see.
Shizuka: Some men want to see it.
Mark: It’s better for you skin.
Mark: Now if you have the proper shaving cream. What do you do afterwards? Because usually after you shave your skin feels really, really dry.
Shizuka: Yes, you need to moisturize your skin. Then you need to find the moisturizer suited to your skin type.
Mark: If you have oily skin you want a dryer lotion.
Shizuka: Right. Not contain oil. Many men they say that, oh their skin is so oily. They don’t need to put anything. That’s wrong. They need to … The skin needs to be …
Shizuka: Hydrated, and they don’t need oil but hydration is different matter, different things. The skin needs to be protected by environment.
Mark: How much does your diet relay to how oily your skin is?
Shizuka: Most dermatologist are saying that diet is …
Mark: Everything. I noticed certainly, I was on diet once just for some more of cleansing type of thing. Then I realized in a couple days I was well aware that my skin was much less oily, mush more clear, et cetera. It’s amazing in a few days.
Shizuka: Right, right yes. Then also alcohol and cigarette …
Mark: You had to bring up alcohol huh?
Mark: Does alcohol dry out your skin?
Mark: I guess it dehydrates your body.
Shizuka: Usually, alcohol does makes more broken capillaries. Not the dryness or oiliness. The cigarettes makes the skin makes really older.
Mark: Sure, sure, yeah.
Shizuka: Than the actual
Mark: What about the … You were just talking about moisturizers and stuff like that for men and women. You should possibly look for something with some sun protection in it. SPF.
Mark: Because even in the middle of winter you can still get …
Shizuka: It’s difficult for men to apply sun protection everyday, but it’s better to do that. It’s easy. There is one that sun protection moisturizer sun protection in it. You don’t need to apply two layers.
Mark: Because you feel weird walking around with a bottle of … What’s it called? Panama Jack, or whatever that suntan lotion is. Now of course another very popular things that’s been going on for, oh jeez I don’t know, maybe seven years now. Is the Brazilian wax.
Mark: I read somewhere that he Brazilian didn’t actually begin in Brazil. It began on Park Avenue.
Mark: Is that true?
Shizuka: It is true. The founder of that salon, they are from Brazil.
Mark: It started here in New York City.
Shizuka: Like the pizza right.
Mark: Like a pizza, I like your analogy there. Of course that’s very popular.
Mark: Yeah, yeah. For men of course, men are getting everything waxed nowadays. Their backs, their arms, eyebrows. Is that good for the skin?
Mark: No. I like your answer, very succint no.
Shizuka: You need to of course, you need to find the good wax not to irritate your skin. Then after the treatment it’s very important you know again apply soothing cream, or moisturizer, or aloe vera gel just to protect you skin from those harsh procedure. Then I recommend the permanent solution.
Mark: What does that do?
Shizuka: The laser hair removal, IPL hair removal. Those are common hair reduction, it’s called. Not the permanent hair removal. Electrolysis is the only one. The needle one.
Mark: Shizuka, why would somebody choose to have the hair reduction versus the hair removal?
Shizuka: On many people it becomes permanent hair removal, but because of the nature of the laser and IPL, what they can do, it’s limited. Electrolysis we can do on anybody, everybody. Skin color, hair color.
Mark: Are there any side effects?
Mark: Hair grows back?
Shizuka: Well, side effect there are laser and IPL, we need know the skin type very well. We can …
Mark: How do you determine someone’s skin type? Under magnification?
Shizuka: Yes, and also that we have a questionnaires, and we try to understand the region that you are the skin type. You know, you’re mother father.
Mark: Yeah. Now you’re five feet away from me. Can you tell what type of skin I have?
Shizuka: You are the type two. The skin type two.
Mark: Type two, and what is type two. Hopefully a good type.
Shizuka: Well, it’s just this is from one to the it’s called the Fitzpatrick. Dr. Fitzpatrick that he made …
Mark: The scale.
Shizuka: Yes, and then we use his scale when we treat our clients. Skin type one is like a northern European, Scandinavian,
Mark: Oh, I see the actually pigmentation of the skin.
Shizuka: Right, blondes and blue eyes.
Mark: Okay, so number two is?
Shizuka: It’s like a Caucasian, the light skin, the fair skin, but the darker hair.
Shizuka: Features yes. It’s little mixed. Then as you go down, the skin becomes darker and darker.
Mark: You would be a number two as well?
Shizuka: No, I would say like between three and four.
Mark: I want to be three or four.
Shizuka: My origin I think it’s actually four.
Mark: You’re lucky. I think you’re a ten. Because you’re beautiful. You’re easy on the eyes as well.
Shizuka: Thank you. No, I think that everybody, again the Japanese people or Asians, want to have one. It’s the opposite always.
Mark: Yeah, it’s interesting right?
Mark: Of course your spa offers massages and all kinds of different services. Now what do people look for? How do you choose a spa that had good massages? How do you know how spa’s differ? How do you choose the right spa? Besides looking through New York Magazine.
Shizuka: I think they have to know what they’re looking for. What they are seeking for.
Mark: Sure, so if you’re looking for a certain type of massage?
Mark: Swedish, sports, hot stones.
Shizuka: Right, and also the atmosphere too. They want to … They want between the massage and therapist and the client, of course there is chemistry.
Mark: Oh sure.
Shizuka: The best massage therapist cannot please everybody. The communication is very important.
Mark: Yeah, I’ve experienced that. Because I’ve actually … I tell people usually on the rare times I get a massage, I like a very deep tissue massage. I say, don’t worry you’re not going to break me. Give me a real deep soothing massage. Then I’d say maybe three times I was like wow this is killing me.
Shizuka: It’s too much.
Mark: I was too afraid, too intimidated to say, okay you know back it down a notch.
Shizuka: Right, yes. It’s communication
Mark: I was actually sore the next day.
Shizuka: It happens. That happens. We try to understand, it’s a skin care part too. We try to understand what client is looking for, and what their goal is. Goal has to be the same. If the clients expectation is too high, and we cannot do, we cannot reach that high level from one treatment. She or he is going to be disappointed.
Mark: Hmm, and you don’t want that.
Mark: No. You don’t want somebody walking out of spa being disappointed right?
Mark: Shizuka Bernstein is my guest. She the owner of Shizuka New York Day Spa, that’s located on 7 West 51st Street in New York City. My names Mark Ferrell. The program is Frequency on 101.9 RXP.
Yeah, you have all these different services, you know all these different spa’s, you know New York, New Jersey, Connecticut wherever you go in the world.
Mark: Everyone, you have to cater to everybody.
Shizuka: It so many now.
Mark: Especially casinos. They have them like all kinds of packages. How do you choose a massage I mean? How do you know whether you’d like a Swedish one, a deep tissue massage, you name it? Hot stone therapy?
Shizuka: Hot stones therapy is very popular.
Mark: Geisha girls walking on your back, I mean all these choices.
Shizuka: No, we don’t do that.
Mark: That’s next year. You need to introduce that.
Shizuka: Well, the Swedish massage that you need to … Client wants to have a gentle stroke, not too harsh on your back, or legs. That is good. Usually the massage therapist they use either oil or the massage cream, so it’s a very nice relaxing massage. If you have a back pain, you may want to have a deep tissue. It depends. Like someone that has a back pain, and they don’t want to … Just to relax the muscle, maybe Swedish is better. It depends on what you need. Hot stone massage is
Mark: Sounds painful.
Shizuka: No, no. It’s very warm, and then it’s beneficial because it’s warm stone, it’s relaxing the muscle right before the massage therapist work on that area.
Mark: The warm stones get placed on that area.
Mark: They remain there for a few minutes, and then they get removed, and then a massage therapist actually works on that particular region.
Shizuka: It’s very …
Mark: What would be the difference between a hot towel verses a warm stone?
Shizuka: Well, the hot towel’s very good too. It’s because of the nature, in it has water, so it evaporates or like …
Mark: Ah, much quicker.
Shizuka: … Quicker. Not evaporates the temperature. The temperature …
Shizuka: … Dissipates very very quickly, and especially as soon as you take the hot towel from your skin. That … The moisture evaporates and it takes your temperature out from there too.
Shizuka: Hot stone is already really, really hot. It’s confined, so it stays that warm there for a long time.
Mark: Now does this date back? I know massage dates back to, jeez, hundreds of years ago, correct?
Shizuka: It think so.
Mark: Yeah, I mean through the Roman era and I’m sure in Japan.
Shizuka: In Japan Shiatsu.
Mark: Yeah, hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Is this a very older form as well?
Shizuka: Yes. Yes, it’s popular massage in Japan. It’s called Shiatsu. It’s more pressure point. It’s not relaxing massage.
Mark: Now what is aroma therapy?
Shizuka: Aroma therapy is using aroma, essential oil to each for the skin or for body, the essential oil has an own ingredient. Certain scents for certain body parts. It’s relax the muscles, it relax the mind, hydrate the skin, or dry the skin things like that.
Mark: Interesting, so why would somebody go to a spa to get this done? Can they do this at home?
Mark: Oh, you can.
Shizuka: Mm-hmm (affirmative), yes, but it’s … Aroma therapy is the massage therapist has to learn, or a skin care specialist has to learn the what kind of essential oil works for certain skin …
Mark: Body part.
Shizuka: Certain skin and certain body parts.
Mark: Skin type.
Shizuka: Of course you can learn, but it’s many people it’s just that they want to go to the spa and then just get it done.
Mark: Of course, is that very popular, aroma therapy?
Shizuka: Yes, I mean they want, very popular, and just relaxing.
Mark: I love the overall scents when you go get a massage. I mean when you walk into a spa it smells so heavenly.
Mark: What does your place smell like. I’m sure that’s part of the whole allure of the spa
Shizuka: As soon as you … We are located on the sixth floor, and as soon as you …
Mark: The elevator door opens.
Shizuka: The elevator door opens and then that’s
Mark: Scent comes wafting right in.
Shizuka: Yes, yes.
Mark: You feel like you’re transfixed, elevator or transformed into another place.
Shizuka: Into another place, yes. Especially our place is in the middle, in the middle midtown, and very, very busy area. As soon as clients come in, they already they feel relaxed.
Mark: In the middle of an oasis.
Mark: Are there any new trends out in the spa world in terms of healthcare treatment et cetera.
Shizuka: Yes, the photofacial is very, very popular at our place.
Shizuka: It’s intense pulsed light, we call it IPL, and it stimulates the skin. It’s similar to laser treatment, but it’s not a invasive. It’s a very very invasive treatment, and it’s much less, almost none downtime to client, so we like that. Everybody likes that. Then I think you will get the immediate result.
Mark: Does Shizuka New York, you spa, offer any green or organic treatments? Because of course it’s very in vogue. I read that a lot of spas across the world are using treatments, ointments, et cetera that are much more pant based.
Shizuka: Yes. Actually myself is very, very environmental conscious.
Mark: Ah, congratulations.
Shizuka: Thank you. Of course product that we use botanical based product, hypoallergenic, and then like my skin scare product package I didn’t want to use extra paper into the insert.
Mark: Wasteful packaging.
Shizuka: Right, so when you open the package those directions and the warning on the
Mark: Are printed right on the box. That’s great.
Mark: Does the product work?
Mark: Who cares if it works, you’re saving on packaging.
Shizuka: Well it does. It does, and then the services as well. There some like very green that we have. We don’t have a green … It’s called green pedicure, but we have the … We use the organic ingredients, and actually edible, but it doesn’t … It’ drain, like we concerned about the drain too.
Mark: Sure, sure.
Shizuka: It’s very clean, those type of the things that we offer.
Mark: Now in a perfect world Shizuka. How often should ladies men get massages and/or facials and body treatments?
Shizuka: Well the messages it depends on the again how …
Mark: How active you are.
Shizuka: Again like your needs.
Mark: If you’re an athlete.
Shizuka: Right. It’s some people et every week, but there’s some people don’t need every week, just the once a month or once in awhile. They don’t feel that they have back pain or shoulder pain, and then just the relaxation wise. As you want, right. Then a facial the women I recommend five, six weeks.
Mark: Five, six weeks.
Shizuka: Every month is the ideal, but if you’re too busy every two months is good. Every week or every two weeks, unless the women need to achieve some special result. Unless that, it’s too much facial is not good for you either.
Shizuka: Then for men I want my male clients to get every quarter.
Mark: Mm-hmm (affirmative) every three months.
Shizuka: Every season changes. Because the season changes of course the air is different, the temperature is different, your skin reacts differently. Then they need …
Mark: It acclimates or it doesn’t acclimate.
Shizuka: Right, and if they need a really good poor cleansing.
Mark: Don’t use soap when you shave.
Mark: That’s the one thing I learned today, and I will try to change that habit, and so should you if you’re out there using soap and shaving. Shave in the shower is actually very good because it opens your pores.
Shizuka: Very good yes.
Mark: You get a very deep and clean shave.
Shizuka: Yes, and the end … Many men use toner to close their pores, but would like you to use cold water.
Mark: Cold water?
Shizuka: To finish you’re …
Mark: Shave process.
Shizuka: Shave or you know wash your face. Then can I say one more thing?
Mark: Absolutely Shizuka. It’s you radio show.
Shizuka: Oh thank you. Well one thing I have, you know being an aesthetician …
Mark: A master aesthetician.
Shizuka: Thank you. I have noticed men don’t wash their face at night, unless they take a shower. They should. The morning they take a shower, so the face clean.
Mark: Sure, but I rinse my face off throughout the day.
Shizuka: Okay, that’s good.
Mark: Go in the bathroom wash your hands, put some cold water on your face.
Shizuka: That’s very good, yes.
Mark: You know in New York City you get that funk on you.
Shizuka: Right, yes. The end of the day the me don’t use the makeup so they think they don’t need to use … They don’t need to cleanse their skin, but again the New York has a lot of pollution, and then just the oil from your own skin. You need to cleanse your skin before you go to sleep.
Shizuka: That is really important.
Mark: You heard it here from Dr. Shizuka. Shizuka Bernstein, owner of Shizuka New York, they’re located on 7 West 51st Street. The phone number is 212-644-7400, and you’re online at ShizukaNY.com. That’s S-H-I-Z-U-K-A-N-Y.com. Again beautiful name
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: Thank you so much for the insight on, you know what to do and how to do it.
Shizuka: Thank you so much.
Mark: There’s a lot of great services and companies out there. Wherever people go. On vacation, and in their daily life, and they need to care of number one. Your body.
Mark: Even if it’s just a … That’s actually a great thing to do for other people for gift ideas.
Mark: I’ve determined that’s a great thing to do for women, a little spa treatment here and there, and it’s a great gift certificate to give. Next thing you know, it’s a great gift and you’re done. Of course you must get some good facials, because you just radiate.
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: A real pleasure Shizuka.
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: My name is Mark Farrell, this has been a Frequency on 101.9 RXP, the rock of New York.
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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.
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.
How to Get Smooth Skin while Beating Cellulite
A recent article in The Hindustan Times mentions our Geisha Facial in an article about celebrity beauty secrets titled: Bird poop and leeches to mayonnaise: 17 bizarre celeb beauty secrets.
While The Geisha Facial is an all-natural way to cleanse the skin, the enzymes in the nightingale droppings work to also gently exfoliate and nourish the skin producing smooth glowing results. Just look at Victoria Beckham!
Victoria Beckham loves a good bird poop facial
Bird poo? No, seriously! The Daily Mail reports that the former pop star’s glossy skin is all about bird poop and smearing it on her face. Also known as the Geisha facial, it is an ancient Japanese beauty practice that uses nightingale droppings to form a cleansing paste. Sounds gross, but it works. What’s more, celebrities (including Posh’s hubby David Beckham) are all about it today as it leaves the skin super shiny and smooth.
Further down the list notes that Halle Berry uses coffee grounds to deeply cleanse and smooth her skin. Coffee grounds is also a natural way to beat cellulite. Halle Berry proves our Coffee Break Mud Wrap is a tried and true way to achieve smooth vibrant skin!
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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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- Beckhams Love Bird Poop Facials
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.
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!
TruTV featured Shizuka New York Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® on their show: Top 20 Funniest TV Blunders3!
They borrowed footage from Shizuka Bernstein’s Interview with RT TV News back in 2013 while poking fun at the prized ingredient: bird poop.
Shizuka assures the poop is sanitized and comes from a special breed of birds who are fed organic feed for the best quality bird poop around–only the best for our clients!
This treatment is popular among men and women alike, including women who are pregnant. Due to the all-natural ingredients used throughout the facial, The Geisha Facial® is a nourishing and deeply cleansing treatment even for those with sensitive skin.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
New mention about The Geisha Facial® is in Metro News! Check out the article titled:
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.
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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An article about Shizuka and The Geisha Facial® appear in 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.
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®!
The anti-aging benefits of The Geisha Facial® have been garnering acclaim from near and far since its inception January 1st, 2008 when Shizuka Bernstein introduced it to the beauty world. Benefits of this controversial treatment include: reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, firmer skin, brighter and more even complexion. And as our most recent reviewer states in The Daily Mail that the Geisha Facial would even “beat botox”:
I notice a definite improvement in my dark circles and the sun damage marks on my forehead. I also have bad scarring on my chest following an unfortunate incident with hot oil and a chip pan some years ago and the marks there are also significantly reduced.
Two days later, I meet a friend for her birthday lunch and she tells me I look glowing before miming a needle going into my forehead to suggest I’ve had Botox. But I haven’t actually had any for more than a year.
Since I reckon Botox takes around five years off my face and that my friend thinks the nightingale droppings have done the same, that’s a result I am more than pleased with.
If botox and The Geisha Facial both take 5 years off the face, in a show down, here’s 5 reasons The Geisha Facial would beat Botox:
5 reasons why The Geisha Facial® Beats Botox
1. All-natural Alternative
The Geisha facial involves no needles, just bird poop. The amino acid present in the guanine enzyme works to brighten skin, lightening dark circles and hyperpigmentation. It also tightens skin and is what gives it that signature Geisha Facial *glow* that lasts for days.
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2. Uplifting Benefits of a Facial
Feeling refreshed will make you look it too. Facials aren’t just about cleansing, they also help boost immunity and relieve stress. The Geisha Facial is designed to pamper you and melt away stress. Finding the time to relax may be challenging for most, but it can actually trim years off your face. Think about the last time you felt refreshed, didn’t you also look it? Our skilled technicians perform this treatment under the highest standards to make you feel like you are on cloud 9.
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3. Lower Price tag
The Geisha Facial is priced at $180 per treatment. Every treatment builds upon the other to improve skin elasticity and even out complexion. If you receive a facial once a month, the price tag would still be less than a standard botox injection.
4. Natural Route
The original Geisha Facial incorporates the Shizuka new york Skincare System to cleanse, brighten, and tone the face. These products are made of all natural ingredients sourced directly from Japan such as sake, fermented soybeans, mushrooms, and green tea. They are specially designed to bring you a taste of Japan in a bottle. Escape to Mount Fuji without leaving the city!
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5. Celebrity Status
Aside from it being a good conversation piece, sleep better knowing you’ve overcome your fear of strange things and that bizarre beauty has got nothing on you now. And hey you now run with the likes of celebrities like Tom Cruise and Victoria Beckham.
Cruise is “proud” of himself for taking the natural route. Tom [Cruise] doesn’t go in for Botox or surgery .. the [Geisha Facial] results have been fantastic. ~ Now Magazine
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A writer for the The Daily Mirror, a UK publication, recently wrote a review about a facial performed by a spa in London, England that’s strikingly similar to Shizuka new york’s Geisha Facial® .
While other spas around the world may imitate The Geisha Facial®, the original was born right here in New York City by Shizuka Bernstein and her husband, the dermatologist, Dr. Robert M. Bernstein. We still think it’s worth responding to her review. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion, right?!
While some may believe the facial is effective but not worth the price point, we beg to differ. The years of research Shizuka and her husband put into the treatment process ensures it’s “scientifically correct” and effective for balancing out skin tone, deepening hydration, and to ensure it’s facial-worthy, it’s a highly relaxing and calming experience.
As a master aesthetician herself, Shizuka ensures that every Geisha Facial® is performed with techniques that fit her standard of care and precision for each and every client. “I want to bring Japanese beauty secrets to all my clients so that their skin may benefit from all-natural Japanese ingredients without having to leave the city. I’m not happy until my clients are satisfied with the results”, says Shizuka.
Every Geisha Facial® incorporates all-natural ingredients sourced directly from Japan like green tea, sake, and Mount Fuji water. With the help of Shizuka new york’s highly trained facialists, you’ll be transported to Japan and back in little under an hour!
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- Make an appointment to experience the original facial for yourself!
The Times of India included Shizuka new york Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® in its list of bizarre facials that deliver ‘diva-approved’ results!
Celebrity fans of the facial are Tom Cruise and Victoria and David Beckham.
Here’s what The Times of India had to say:
Glow with bird poop
If there is something other, that Tom Cruise is known to advocate for after Scientology, it’s the bird poop facial. Not one for the botox and surgeries, rubbing a concoction of nightingale poop, rice bran and water gives his face the shine that he is looking for. The nightingale poop facial, also known as the Geisha facial as it originates from Japan, is known to exfoliate the dirt from the skin and leave it shining and squeaky clean. Guess who introduced him to the ways of the nightingale? Good friend David Beckham. He and his wife, Posh are known to be high on the treatment too.
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What’s wabi sabi?
Many people have tried to explain the meaning of the Japanese term wabi sabi but with great difficulty. In the same way that we can’t “catch” or hold onto time, neither can words hold onto wabi sabi’s meaning. Wabi sabi relates to an understanding of natural beauty that dates all the way back to ancient Japanese tea ceremony practices.
The initial idea of wabi sabi stems from the ancient rituals of Japanese tea ceremony where the purity and simplicity of an objects’ natural beauty were honored. Revering the beauty of a handmade tea cup for its uneven glazing and cracks is a basic example of wabi sabi.
In modern times, wabi sabi relates to all aspects of life from relationships to design to beauty. Since all life is constantly changing, honoring life’s impermanence while revering the imperfections in any given situation or item is also considered wabi sabi. A common misconception of wabi sabi is that it connotes carelessness or frivolity, while in fact wabi sabi is revealed and understood only when putting the utmost care and attention into embracing imperfections and change.
Wabi Sabi Aesthetic
Just like tea ceremony masters take impeccable care of their cracked and imperfect tea cups, wabi sabi aesthetic is about embracing the aging process while maintaining impeccable self care and pampering.
When extending the concept of wabi sabi into beauty, wabi sabi honors imperfections such as freckles and laugh lines over perfectly spotless and smooth skin. Wabi sabi natural beauty acknowledges that while skin care is a constant affirmation of self care, obsessing over changing the way we look isn’t.
Wabi sabi aesthetic encompasses self care and pampering alongside the three realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
Try adding a little more wabi sabi aesthetic into your self care ritual with a pampering skin care treatment like The Geisha Facial®.
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India’s newspaper, The Business Standard, reports on the efficacy of Anti-Aging Facials and touts Shizuka new york’s The Geisha Facial® in their article titled: Anti-Aging Facials can Save you from Losing that Youthful Appearance.
Manhattan’s Shizuka New York Day Spa specializes in the Nightingale facial in which bird droppings, which removes dead cells, are slathered onto a client’s face to give a youthful appearance.
With a wide range of facials and treatments available to choose from, Shizuka Bernstein advises on the best time to receive an anti-aging facial:
“Basically, anti-aging facials are unnecessary before the age of 25. These treatments are most effective once the skin begins to age, which is generally in someone’s 30’s (depending on their lifestyle, genetics, etc.). With that said, it’s never too late to begin an anti-aging regimen.”
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From the report titled, Trends-In-Sight: U.S. Spa Market Activity :
In the beauty and spa industry, R&D specialists and marketers
alike look to nature for product inspiration. The newest spa treat-
ments are inspired by birds, mollusks and insects! The Shizuka Spa
in New York City offers “The Geisha Facial,” also known as a “Bird
Poop Facial,” which is a Japanese treatment made with Asian Night-
ingale excrement and rice bran. It is believed that the bird waste
contains a natural enzyme from its seed diet and this enzyme is
said to smooth and soften the skin.
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