Why we LOVE LAVENDER (& why you should too!)

Aside from the fact that lavender is highly calming and soothing; the main reason why lavender is positively first-rate is because of its potent acne-fighting properties.

Lavender is a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic—meaning it disrupts and stops the growth of bacteria that lead to acne and skin infections.

When included in facial cleansers, toners, and moisturizers like those in the Shizuka New York Skincare System, lavender offers a botanical-based alternative to purify and balance acne-prone skin.

Lavender also soothes and heals inflammation.

If you have a scrape or burn, or even dry or itchy skin, skip rubbing alcohol and dilute lavender oil with warm water and carefully apply the mixture to the wounded area. It will disinfect the skin and generate new skin faster for quicker healing and less scarring.

In addition to its antiseptic properties, lavender calms the mind and body and soothes nerves like nothing else. Add a few drops of lavender oil to your bath water for a relaxing and delightful soak before bed.

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Hey Sleeping Beauty–An Extra Hour of Beauty Sleep Awaits!
Aromatherapy for Headache Relief
Summertime Lavender Skincare
The Art of the Bath
 

 

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Preserve your Youthful Glow with Vitamin C Power Gel

Preserve your youthful glow by applying a Vitamin C  serum to damp skin every morning after cleansing. Vitamin C Power Gel combines the potency of Vitamin C with Green Tea Extract for an antioxidant “power blend” that protects the skin from free radical damage while hydrating and increasing collagen production throughout the day.

 

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A Holiday Gift to Remember

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season?

Our luxuriously silky SHIZUKA new york Moisturizer from Japan is packed with natural anti-agers like green tea, soy collagen, pearl protein, and natto bean extracts to immediately hydrate, brighten, and strengthen your skin.

 

luxuriously silky SHIZUKA new york Moisturizer from Japan is packed with natural anti-agers like green tea, soy collagen, pearl protein, and natto bean extracts to immediately hydrate, brighten, and strengthen your skin.

 

 

Pair it with a spa store item like an aromatherapy pure soy candle from Maddison Ave for the ultimate holiday gift to remember.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Layer the Perfect Skin Care Cocktail

Once you’ve decided on the perfect skin care cocktail, be sure to apply each product by layering them much like you would layer coats and scarves over thinner sweaters and shirts to help seal in warmth. In much the same way, applying creams and moisturizers over lighter water-based products helps seal in the vitamins and moisture your skin naturally craves.

How to layer skin care products:

  • Start with clean skin.
  • Apply any specialty prescription creams, gels, etc.

Mornings:

1. Anti-oxidant or vitamin rich serum

2. Moisturizer

3. Sunscreen

4. Makeup

Evenings:

1. Anti-aging serum or cream

2. Moisturizer

Tell us: What’s in your skin care cocktail?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kiss those Lip Lines Goodbye!

Kissing lines, or perioral lines, are wrinkles that form around the mouth by way of repetitive facial expressions.

As skin matures, it loses its elasticity and fine lines begin to form and deepen around the corners of the mouth and above the upper lip.

An effective anti-aging measure to prevent these lines from deepening is a routine peel or exfoliating treatment. Chemical, enzyme, and crystal peels (microdermabrasion) work to slough away dead skin cells revealing a brighter, firmer layer of skin.

For best results, opt for a spa treatment over an at-home kit. Spas use professional grade products which are more potent than those sold in stores. Plus you can relax knowing the procedure is being administered by a trained skin care expert!

 Other tips to prevent lip lines:

-          Refrain from smoking

-          Apply sunscreen regularly
(product recommendation: Chemfree Superblock)

-          Keep lips hydrated by using a lip balm
(product recommendation: Honey Vanilla Lip Balm )

-         Apply an anti-aging cream or serum daily
(product recommendation: Primrose Eye & Upper Lip Treatment Cream)

 

 

 
Related blog post: Crystal Peel (Microdermabrasion) vs. Chemical Peel, which one’s right for you?

 

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The Anti-Aging Serum that Does what it Says (without costing a lot)

When the seasons change, so should your skin care routine. For example, during the fall and winter months, the air is very dry so your skin craves extra hydration. Naturopathica’s Plant Stem Cell Serum works with the change in seasons to jump start and enhance the skin’s firming and hydrating properties.

This signature product of the Natural Face Lift Facial* utilizes potent anti-aging components of these 100% natural ingredients to treat premature aging, inflammation, fine lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin:

Plant Stem Cells- taken from the wound tissue of plants, improves collagen synthesis, hydration, suppleness and elasticity.

Echinacea Angustifolia Stem Cell- plumps skin by preserving skin’s elasticity and firmness.

Buddleja Davidii (Butterfly Bush) Stem Cell-  helps to strengthen and regenerate skin cells, protecting against signs of aging.

Acai- this berry’s potent bounty of anti-oxidants, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids, Vitamin C and polyphenols promotes supple and healthy skin as it protects against free radicals.

Helichrysium- soothes inflammation and protects against broken capillaries.

 

Plant Stem Cell Clinical Results

Naturopathica’s Plant Stem Cell Serum is recommended for use for 30 days at the beginning of every season.

 

*The Natural Face Lift Facial is a 60min hi-tech facial that’s also naturally aromatic; leaving you not only with a fresh and radiant complexion, but also feeling pampered and relaxed. Ultrasonic and microcurrent technologies send serums deep into the skin’s epidermal layers for deep hydration and lifting.

 

 

 

Benefit from the the Plant Stem Cell Serum by applying a dime-sized amount to your skin every night for 30 days, repeat every 90 days >>

 

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Crystal Peel (Microdermabrasion) vs. Chemical Peel, which one’s right for you?

For smoother, brighter, and younger looking skin, Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels are two go-to methods that effectively “peel” away signs of aging. While each treatment method is different, both effectively help to eliminate wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (sun & age spots), enlarged pores, and blemishes.

Peels are specialized exfoliation treatments that, conveniently, have little or no down time. Peels may be repeated every 2-3 weeks  until the desired effect is reached.

For optimum rejuvenation and to increase your skin’s health and vibrancy, peels are recommended once a month to coincide with its natural and continual 4-5 week renewal process.

DIY products can be used at home, but they are less potent than professional-grade peels. Read on for a treatment guide by Shizuka New York’s skin experts:

Go for a Crystal Peel (Microdermabrasion) if your skin is:

-           Acne-prone

-           Oily

-          Thick

-          Sun-damaged (brown spots)

A fine crystal powder blasts across the skin’s surface to physically break up and exfoliate dead skin while a suction simultaneously vacuums the powder and dead skin away from the face revealing a new “polished” layer of skin.

Crystal Peels are ideal for unclogging pores and freeing skin from bacteria that may be lurking on the surface. If you have acne, it’s best to stay away from Crystal Peels since the procedure is likely to spread bacteria across the face. Crystal Peels are also NOT recommended if you have sensitive skin, broken capillaries, or rosacea (see IPL below).

At Shizuka New York, our Crystal Peel treatment includes a light layer of salicylic or lactic acid (depending on your skin type) to soften the skin’s surface for the microdermabrasion to follow. This customized prep allows for a very thorough and complete exfoliation process.

Go for a Chemical Peel if your skin is:

-Acneic

-Blotchy (uneven complexion)

Chemical Peels utilize an acid solution combining TCA, Salicylic and Lactic acids to break down and exfoliate dead skin cells for removal.  Chemical Peels are recommended for all skin types, especially acneic skin as it lifts away bacteria that has settled into pores. They also lighten brown spots promoting an even complexion.

At Shizuka New York we offer two chemical peels: Lunchtime Peel & Total Skin Rejuvenation. The Lunchtime Peel has very little or no downtime. If minor peeling/flaking occurs, make up may be used to conceal it. The Total Skin Rejuvenation treatment will cause peeling/flaking of the skin for 5-7 days.

DIY Chemical Peel products~

Glycolic Refining Peel (2.5 oz)

Glycolic Purifying Peel (2.5 oz)

Chem-Free Options:

If you have sensitive skin, Enzyme Peels offer a gentler alternative to Chemical Peels. They’re contracted from fruit enzymes and work the same way Crystal and Chemical Peels do but are much milder.  You can add on a customized Enzyme Peel to any Shizuka New York facial treatment for $30.

DIY Enzyme Peel products~

Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel (1.7 oz)

 

Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel (1.7 oz)

 

We also offer IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) which penetrates deeper layers of skin, or dermis, than peels. Short pulses of light target broken capillaries, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation (sun and age spots) while leaving the skin’s surface intact. IPL also aids in skin rejuvenation as it stimulates collagen production.

 

 

 

Post-peel skin care:

Whether you choose a Peel or IPL, it’s highly recommended to apply sunscreen before going outdoors, both to protect your new skin and the treatment’s results.

The application of Epidermal Growth Factor gel is also highly recommended for advanced healing. EGF gel aids new skin generation with nourishing hydration, while preventing excessive peeling/flaking.

 

 

 

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Fashion Week Skin Care

Want a radiant and glowing complexion that lasts throughout all the Fashion Week frenzy?

Up your Fashion Week skin care routine with a Collagen Fiber Mask chock-full of anti-oxidants, soothing aloe vera, and skin brighteners.

Most SHIZUKA new york spa facials include a customized Collagen Fiber Mask treatment for deeply hydrated, smooth, and positively glowing skin.

Collagen Fiber Masks serve to not only replenish lost collagen, but they also promote further collagen production, leaving your skin smooth and firm long after your treatment.

Want a quick collagen infusion? Add a Collagen Fiber Mask to the Express or Classic Facial for an additional $30.

See our current Spa Deals here >>

How do you prep your skin for a busy week?

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Are Hi-Power Facials the new Fountain of Youth?

 

An invigorating facial massage can do wonders to rejuvenate and rehydrate tired and lack-luster skin.

 

However, when skin looks exceptionally dull and pattered with fine lines, you may need to forego a bit of pampering in lieu of a “hi-tech” facial for deeper hydration and skin restoration. Hi-tech facials are results-driven treatments, incorporating modern technology with deep cleansing refreshment.

 

Shizuka new York Day Spa’s specialty hi-tech facials can be customized and complemented with Medi-Spa treatments such as Botox or Juvederm injections for non-surgical alternatives to face-lifts– at a fraction of the cost and with little or no down time.

 

Natural Face Lift Facial – Combines Naturopathica’s potent aromatherapy blends, including Plant Stem Cell Serum, with ultrasonic and microcurrent technologies.

Lifting Facial - Microcurrents gently stimulate, tone, and oxygenate skin. Voted Best Facial NYC by New York Magazine.

 

Lightening Facial – Ionization allows skin brightening agents to penetrate deeply to even out the complexion.

 

GentleWaves® LED Facial Rejuvenation – Specially coded LED lights engage the skin in photomodulation. This synthesis smooths fine lines and wrinkles, shrinks pores, stimulates collagen production, and encourages cellular renewal.

 

Collagen Boost Facial – This facial combines GentleWaves® LED Facial Rejuvenation with microcurrent facial toning.

 

Anti-Aging IPL Photofacial – Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) works to remove hyperpigmentation, rosacea and broken capillaries. An IPL treatment also stimulates collagen formation, and tightens pores.

 

Chemical Peels – Varying strengths of chemical peels remove superficial dead skin cells.

 

Microdermabraision (Crystal Peel) – Medical-grade microdermabrasion facials vacuum fine crystal powder across the surface of the skin to remove dead cells.

 

Ionizing Facial – Light microdermabrasion and ionization helps to further brighten and restore complexion.

 

Microcurrent Facial – Light microdermabrasion and microcurrent further lifts and tones skin.

 

 

 

Not sure which one’s right for you? Call us at (212) 644-7400 or email: [email protected] to>>

>> Set up a skincare consultation with Shizuka

>> Inquire about pricing for Botox or Juvederm treatments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Product Highlight: SHIZUKA new york Clay Cleanser

 

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Shizuka NY Clay Cleanser

 

Do you have oily or acne prone skin? Try SHIZUKA new york’s Clay Cleanser with Moroccan Lava Clay, Green Tea, and Peppermint. It absorbs surface oils and rids impurities as it soothes and brightens skin.

 

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The Nest talks with Shizuka about Top 10 Summer Beauty Products

thenest-4_600The Nest talks with Shizuka Bernstein, Celebrity Esthetician and Owner of SHIZUKA New York Day Spa, about summer beauty products in their article:

 

Top 10 Beauty Products for Summer — From Splurges to Steals!

 

 

 

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Shizuka describes Naturopathica’s Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 17 as an ideal  summertime skin care product that’s great for use year round.

 

“This moisturizer from Naturopathica is a perfect makeup base in the summer, offering UVA and UVB protection with a smooth, matte finish,” says Bernstein. “Micronized zinc oxide is a physical sun blocker, so it doesn’t penetrate the skin, which means it doesn’t irritate it. But the secret ingredient is turmeric root, which reduces redness and helps inhibit melanin production for added protection. I love this product and use it all year round!”

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Product Highlight: SNY’s Skin Freshener (Mt. Fuji Water Tonic)

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Today’s article in The New York Times offers a fresh perspective on facial toner. It was once scoffed as unnecessary, but doctors are now proving it an effective element to any cleansing routine.

 

“They used to be associated with pimply skin and were alcohol-based or made to control the production of oil while rebalancing the skin’s pH levels.  Like anything else, they’ve dramatically changed. They’re now used as a second stage of cleansing, and treat a variety of issues. They can exfoliate, reduce redness, fight aging and brighten the skin.”

- Dr. Paul Frank, a cosmetic dermatologist and the founder of the Fifth Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center
 

Shizuka New York’s Skin Freshener is perfect for the summer, a time when the skin becomes excessively oily. To give this Mt. Fuji water tonic its moment in the sun, Shizuka is offering 30% off throughout the month of June!
 

 

 

This skin-softening tonic is made with pure Mt. Fuji mineral water that’s been filtered through the mountain’s sacred volcanic rock. All Shizuka New York Skincare products are made with natural ingredients sourced from Japan.

Skin Freshener’s non-drying formula includes pure Mt. Fuji water, mushroom extract, and soothing calendula and sage to hydrate, remove excess oil, and gently exfoliate the skin. Refreshing lemon and antioxidant-rich green tea purifies and balances the skin to shrink pores while preparing it for better absorption of serums and creams that follow.

The result is a softer, smoother, brighter, and more balanced complexion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June Brides: Shizuka’s Suggestions to Summer Bridal Beauty

As your wedding day draws nearer, the last thing you want to be stressing over is your skin. It’s always a good idea to get a head start on a season-specific regimen (in this case: summer!) that will leave your skin smooth and glowing on your big day.

 

For summer brides, the best skin care regimen includes a deep cleansing facial cleanser, toner, and a an oil-free moisturizer. While the deep cleanser helps keep your pores flushed, the toner will replace the healthy fatty acids and antioxidants that may have been stripped from the cleansing. An oil-free moisturizer will seal in hydration without clogging pores which is especially important during the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding planning brings about a lot of stress, and stress, unfortunately, also leads to premature aging.  To keep fine lines at bay, be sure to use an antioxidant rich serum to help boost collagen production. In addition, serums also work to help plump and hydrate dry skin.

 

As you get closer to the big day, be sure to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation will slough away the dead skin cells and any bacteria that lead to acne break outs. It also helps to smooth and even your complexion. Always follow exfoliation with a deeply hydrating serum, cream, or mask.

 

 

 

All those nerves may make it difficult to get a good amount of “beauty rest” right before the wedding day, so I recommend applying a cold compress to the eyes to help reduce puffiness in the morning. Use chilled green tea bags for a quick and easy way to sooth puffy eyes in a flash.

 

 

 

 

Have more bridal beauty questions for Shizuka? Feel free to leave a comment or send an email to: [email protected]

 

 

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Why Use a Facial Toner?

A few clients have been asking: “Why is toner important for my skin?”

First off, what’s most important is your own skin’s reaction to the toner.

Absolutely do not use any toner that irritates your skin. Any irritation disrupts your skin’s natural healing process and reduces healthy collagen production.

The purpose of toner is to rebalance and restore skin’s pH balance after cleansing. Your skin needs a range of ingredients like antioxidants, glycerin, fatty acids and ceramides to restore and repair its surface (skin can never get too much of these important ingredients!) The right toner can do wonders for your skin, giving it what it needs for a healthy, radiant glow.

Skipping toner can cheat your skin of the beneficial ingredients it needs to become healthier and smoother. Using toner within a particular skin care line is always a good idea because the products are formulated to work together (cleanser, toner, and moisturizer).

 

>>In the news: Tune in to the Hallmark Channel to watch the debut of Marie Osmond‘s new talk show October 16th, 2012 at noon. Shizuka new york Day Spa will be featured in the “Extreme Beauty” segment!

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At Home Pumpkin Enzyme Facial

It’s that time of year when we see pumpkins popping up everywhere as festive decor, in desserts, even as seasonal ale! Why not apply pumpkins’ sweet hearty goodness to your skin too?

Naturopathica’s Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel utilizes pumpkins’ powerful carotenoid antioxidant qualities to slough away dead skin cells for a clean, clear and radiant complexion. This peel also includes antiseptic herbs such as cinnamon bark, oregano and rosemary extract that help clean and soften skin. It smells so good, you’ll want to eat it (PLEASE DON’T)!

We use this peel in some of our Shizuka NY facials and also offer it as an add-on treatment.

Use this peel on normal to oily skin and give yourself a mini-facial at home 2-3 times a week. Here’s how:

  1. Apply 1 tsp of Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel to clean skin and hold face near a stream of hot water (can be done in the shower) to allow steam to activate the enzymes. Massage with fingertips and leave on for 3-5 minutes, rinse and towel dry.
  2. Rebalance skin with Shizuka NY’s Skin Freshener to help close pores and remove excess oil.
  3. Finish by applying Shizuka NY’s Oil Free Moisturizer to hydrate and restore normal barrier function without clogging pores.

 

 

 

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Hydration for Supple Skin

From Elle Magazine: Just add water for a supple complexion

Maintaining an optimal moisture balance is essential to youthful-looking skin. Avoid harsh detergents and exceedingly hot showers, and always use a moisturizer. Formulas rich in glycerin and hyaluronic acid will plump, while formulas with ceramides or lipids help lock in hydration.

 

Check out our Hyaluronic Acid Mask ($52) and Hyaluronic Acid Gel ($70) for its deeply hydrating and anti-aging properties.

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Summertime Lavender Skincare

During these hot summer days, we invite you to cool down and relax with some soothing lavender for your skin. Shop around our store for some fragrant summertime skincare treats:

Aloe Cleansing Gel – A foaming sulfate-free cleanser with a refreshing blend of Aloe Vera and Lavender that gently clarifies the skin while maintaining natural moisture.

Lavender Honey Balancing Mist – A refreshing blend of balancing Lavender and moisture rich Honey helps tone and hydrate the skin while restoring equilibrium to the mind. This can be used as a toner after cleansing the face or throughout the day as a skin refresher.

Lavender Protective Moisturizer w/ SPF 17 – This nourishing emollient cream combines micronized Zinc Oxide to help protect the skin from UV damage with antioxidant Turmeric Root to help reduce redness. Apply a liberal amount to skin 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. The SPF 17 blocks over 95% of sun’s damaging rays. (Note: this product is not water-proof).

 

Lavender oil, known for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties, can be found in our Shizuka New York Skincare line as well:

Shizuka NY Moisturizer – This moisturizer is a non-greasy and absorbs immediately to hydrate, condition and rejuvenate, and works to clarify and brighten the complexion.

Shizuka NY Foaming Cleanser -This Foaming Cleanser is used in most facial treatments in our NYC day spa and contains a slew of other nourishing ingredients leaving the skin renewed, softer and more supple.

 

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Retinol for Timeless Skin

A recent article in Vogue Daily, “The Return to Retinol” by Cristina Mueller, highlights the time-honored and celebrated anti-aging qualities of retinol. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is a compound discovered 81 years ago. Because of its ability to “penetrate all the layers of the skin, prompting extra-speedy cell turnover and exfoliation in the process”, retinol has been used to treat skin conditions from acne to reduction in fine lines and hyperpigmentation.

“Retinoids trigger change in the skin to make it look clearer and more youthful; they actually help skin get back to a healthier place. And there’s strong, strong clinical data behind that,” says Jennifer Linder, M.D., dermatologist and chief scientific officer for a clinical skin care line.

 

We agree that retinol can do wonders for the skin! Our Shizuka NY Anti-Aging Night Repair 1 product contains retinol which actively evens skin tone and texture, while it also gently reduces fine lines and wrinkles (all while you sleep)! We suggest using this product in conjunction with Anti-Aging Night Repair 2 and Weekly Brightening Pads for maximum results.

 

 

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Product Highlight: Shizuka NY Clay Cleanser

Discover our Shizuka NY Clay Cleanser featured in the latest issue of Essential Homme Magazine, pp. 154-55:

 

Before basking in the rays of the sun, you’ll need to clean up that face. Made with Moroccan lava clay,this cleanser rids clogged pores of the kind of impure built-up that could result in an uneven tan while its green tea and pearl protein components leave your skin looking rejuvenated. $48/ 5.3 oz.; shizukany.com/development

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How to get Celebrity (flawless) Skin

Rooney Mara at the 2012 Oscars

Ever wonder how celebrities get their skin to glow on the red carpet?  Though you may not be a celebrity (yet) Glamour.com’s article, “Celebrity Skincare: What Makes Celebs’ Skin Look So Good”, shares some tips that every woman can use to achieve that “flawless glow”.

 

“I insist on exfoliation, even if you have dry skin,” says  Susan Evans, M.D., a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist,  ”You have to remove old layers first before products can really penetrate.”

 

“Microdermabrasion treatments, which polish the face with tiny crystals, are a celeb favorite. They slough away dulling skin cells and create a ready and willing surface for anti-aging creams and serums.”

 

Too pricey? “Just use something with exfoliating beads,” says Dr. Evans, and massage it lightly into your skin.”

 

 

 

Check out Shizuka Bernstein’s appearance on Good Morning America with Dr. Evans >>

Shop online for Naturopathica’s Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub >>

Learn more about our Microdermabrasion Facials at Shizuka NY >>

 

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