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.
Click here for more information about The Geisha Facial®
For centuries, geishas’ beauty has been likened to their mysteriously flawless skin. Geisha beauty secrets reveal that simple ingredients native to Japan like rice bran, camellia oil, and green tea work together to protect, nourish, and brighten skin. These and other ingredients create the cornerstone of time-honored geisha beauty.
Geisha Beauty Secrets
Many describe geisha’s skin as mochi-hada or baby skin because it resembles skin so soft and flawless like a baby’s. The secret to their flawless skin attributes back to their skincare routine that’s been passed down for centuries.
At one time, the heavy makeup worn by geishas contained harsh chemicals like lead and zinc which led to severe skin problems. Eventually, they discovered nightingale droppings as a natural way to not only remove the makeup but to retexturize and strengthen the bonds of the skin at a cellular level.
Traditional Skincare: Simple Ingredients
After Shizuka learned that geishas used simple ingredients easily sourced throughout Japan to care for their skin, she carefully studied the effects of these ingredients along with her husband, the dermatologist, Dr. Robert Bernstein. From their findings, Shizuka created The Geisha Facial® , which incorporates simple Japanese ingredients like rice bran, camellia oil, green tea, and uguisi no fun or nightingale droppings.
Deep Cleansing Facial
Since ancient times the enzymes from nightingale droppings proved to deeply cleanse and lift away harsh chemicals from the skin leaving it renewed and dewy each time. (Think of it like an enzyme peel). By mixing the droppings proportionally with powdery rice bran, Shizuka created a fine enzyme exfoliate that’s been lauded the world over.
Israeli magazine, Shamenet, names Shizuka New York Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® as one of the most unique spa treatments in the world!
There’s always the Geisha “bird poop” facial for $180 at the Shizuka NY spa in Manhattan. Throw in an eyelash perm. Top lashes only: $90. Add the bottom lashes for an extra $30.
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Back in 2010 Shizuka appeared on ABC News Now to demonstrate The Geisha Facial® on a segment called “Bizarre Beauty Secrets”. The segment also included other services (NOT sponsored by Shizuka) such as the Fish Pedicure where tiny garra rufa fish literally nibble the dead skin off your feet.
Since the show aired, we’ve received plenty of phone calls asking about this pedicure, but our spa never has nor ever will offer Fish Pedicures—sorry!
The treatment, also known as “Dr. Fish” is banned in NY State primarily for sanitary reasons. Because the fish are very much alive, it’s nearly impossible to fully sanitize the water in which they swim (and produce bio-wastes!) And then there’s the matter of the fish themselves. It’s just as impossible to sanitize the fish between treatments. So while it may seem unlikely, the fish can actually become vehicles to spread fungal infections and other diseases between other customers.
When it comes to pedicures, we recommend keeping it clean and simple. A good exfoliation and thorough callus care will slough any and all dead skin away. Next time you need a good scrub, reconsider sticking your feet in a fish tank, and opt instead for a pedicure treatment like our Bamboo Scrub Pedicure.
A French science magazine for kids, “Science & Vie découvertes”, includes The Geisha Facial® in its latest October 2013 issue!
A father and daughter team from The Daily Cookie visited our spa and received The Classic Men’s Facial & The Geisha Facial®.
Here’s what they said about The Geisha Facial®:
…The overall results I saw with the facial were due to the combination of products used and the care my skin received from Shizuka Bernstein.
Along with the nightingale droppings, Bernstein cleansed my skin with the Shizuka New York Foaming Cleanser and the Clay Cleanser… Additional products used were the Shizuka New York Skin Freshener, Moisturizer, and an amazing-smelling camellia oil. All the products, which are sold in the spa and online, are very gentle and designed to work with almost all skin types. They are formulated with Japanese extracts like pearl protein, green tea, and sake. Usually, my skin feels oily with too much product, but after the facial, I was pleased to find soft and clean skin…
and the Classic Men’s Facial:
My dad…came along for the spa’s Men’s Facial. This was his first time trying a treatment like this… but he said that he felt very comfortable during the process. His aesthetician explained all the steps to him and made sure he was aware of what was going to happen. It was fun for me to see him marveling over his skin afterwards, which he said felt like an entirely new layer.
How do you spend quality time with your parents?
The Ukraine channel, INTER TV, visited SNY to film an interview and facial treatment with Shizuka. In the video you’ll see footage of The Geisha Facial® and another treatment from a salon in London.
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RT TV News visited SNY on August 17th, 2013 to interview Shizuka for a feature on The Geisha Facial®!
RT TV News is a 24-hour international news network, broadcasting in over 100 countries, including the U.S. In NYC, RT TV is on Time Warner Cable channel 135.
Veria Living TV has a new show: Naturally Beautiful with host Nitika Chopra!
Check out the debut episode where they discover and share beauty secrets from around the world.
Look out for Shizuka at the 17:46 mark. She talks about her revival of a Japanese beauty secret: nightingale droppings!
See the full episode here >>
Read the full article (in Swedish!) here>> Nya trenden som gÃ¶r dig skitsnygg
A reporter from The Daily Beast walks us through The Geisha Facial® process at Shizuka new york Day Spa.
When my facialist Satomi Teraoka made it clearâ€”multiple timesâ€”that there would be bird poop included in this treatment, I wondered how many people just thought a Geisha Facial seemed pleasant, got in the room, and were greeted with this lovely news. “That’s why I’m here,” I told her, like a poop fiend.
Read the full article here>> I Got a $180 Bird-Poop Facial
A recent article in Nature World News shares Shizuka’s take on nature’s beauty secrets.
A famous spa chain in Japan made headlines recently when news of the company’s snail facials began to spread. The process, which entails live snails crawling across one’s face, distributing mucus as they go, claims to offer that renewed glow so many spa-goers are desperate for.
Surely, the world thought, this is as weird as it gets. Then came news of the bird poop facial.
According to the Huffington Post, facial is slowly being popularized by individuals such as Victoria Beckham and Tom Cruise. However, as Japanese facialist Shizuka Bernstein will tell you, the practice has been around for centuries where she comes from.
Read full article here>> Forget Snails, Bird Poop Facials are Where it’s at, Spa Owner Says
Shizuka New York Day Spa is offering the Geisha Facial as an attempt to import beauty secrets once only found in Japan to New York. Introduced by the spa’s owner, Shizuka Bernstein, the Geisha Facial includes powdered nightingale droppings, uguisu no fun, and the spa’s skincare system, which includes green tea, sake, rice bran and pearl protein. The bird poop facial will leave one’s face rejuvenated and will “soften, brighten and nourish the facial complexion.”
Read the full story here>> Bird Poop Facials May Be The Latest Spa Craze, NYC Spa Offers A ‘Geisha Facial’ For $180
A recent article in The New York Observer highlights nightingale droppings’ complexion enhancing properties in The Geisha Facialâ“‡.
But don’t worry, spa owner Shizuka Bernstein isn’t running after flocks of pigeons hoping she can scrounge up the stuff, she uses Asian nightingale droppings, which contain an enzyme that helps brighten and heal skin.
Ms. Bernstein brought the full service facial to her spa â€” located at 7 W 51st St. â€” five years ago after a discussion with her mother about ancient Japanese skin care techniques used by geishas.
Read the full article here>> Dropping Dough for Deuces: New Yorkers Pay $180 for Bird Poop Facial
Check out CBS New’s extensive coverage of our Geisha “bird poop” Facial®!
NBC News 4 New York visits Shizuka NY for this special feature on The Geisha Facial ®!
FOX 5 News New York investigates the skin purifying properties of nightingale droppings a.k.a. The Geisha Facial(R).