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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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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An Anti-Aging Facial that’s also an Immunity Booster

 

Have you wondered why spa facials leave you feeling better afterwards? Aside from giving you a youthful complexion, a spa facial actually enhances your body’s wellness by increasing immune system functioning. There are a few components of an anti-aging facial that will actually help relieve allergy symptoms like nasal congestion and drain toxins from the face and body.

SNY’s award winning Lifting facial was voted best facial by NY Magazine and most recently awarded Best Facial Massage hot spot by Style.com. The popular anti-aging facial uses microcurrent technology to stimulate and tone facial muscles. Shizuka comments on the correlation between the technology and allergy relief:  “We don’t guarantee that the Lifting Facial’s microcurrent technology will clear sinuses, but it can definitely be a side effect as the microcurrents work to rejuvenate tissues in the face.

While medication can bring instant relief, try complimenting your allergy relief routine with this award winning anti-aging facial which includes these three additional sinusitis relieving components:

Facial Massage

A spa facial will almost always include a facial massage which stimulates muscles to promote collagen production which simultaneously drains fluids from the face to decrease puffiness. A facial massage generally includes applying gentle pressure to the areas around the nose, forehead, and cheeks to ease muscle strain and provide significant relief from nasal congestion. For sinusitis sufferers, a facial massage breaks up the mucus that collects in nasal cavities thereby increasing blood circulation and allowing for headache relief from pressure build up.  This also opens up passageways and is very relaxing and all-natural.

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Steam

Steam can be a powerful aid in allergy relief.  During the Lifting Facial a steam machine in placed near the face to open pores to prepare them for extraction.  Slowly inhaling the steam opens up passageways allowing fluids to drain from sinuses naturally.

Lymph drainage

The Lifting Facial provides lymph drainage which allows the release of any toxin buildup in the lymph nodes that have collected over time. The lymph system drains the body of excess fluids but sometimes these fluids pick up allergens that don’t respond well to the immune system. Draining lymph nodes manually boosts immune system functioning by stimulating the flow of lymphatic fluid and draining out harmful toxins.

The dual nature of the Lifting Facial as an anti-aging treatment and an immune booster will leave you looking and feeling your best! Check out what this award-winning facial can do for you!

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New Press on Style.com’s Beauty Counter!

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Shizuka new york Day Spa’s The Lifting Facial, voted Best Facial NYC by New York Magazine is featured on Style.com’s Beauty Counter as one of the ‘Best Facial Hot Spots’ in New York City!

Even leading make-up artists insist on facial massages before applying make up to stimulate collagen production and wake up facial muscles to lift and firm skin. See what Style.com writes about Shizuka Bernstein’s The Lifting Facial:

 

The Service: The Lifting Facial

The Pain Is Worth the Gain: “This treatment gently stimulates and tones muscles while oxygenating the skin for a more rejuvenated appearance,” says Shizuka Bernstein. “And in addition to manual massage, we use a microcurrent machine to further stimulate the facial muscles. Its ionization helps products to penetrate farther into the skin. We use ingredients like algae and a collagen fiber mask with green tea. Pore extraction and light massage complete the treatment.”

 

 

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Energizing Aromatherapy Scents

 

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Spring is all about renewal and re-invigoration like with spring cleaning and updating your wardrobe. But why stop there? Give your senses their own spring overhaul! Renew your senses for spring with energizing aromatherapy scents to boost energy levels and relieve stress.

Energizing Aromatherapy Scents for Spring

Orange- citrus fruits like orange and lemon uplifts the spirit and sharpens the mind with its bright and optimistic scent. The clean aroma is a mood enhancer and promotes concentration.

 

Ginger- Ginger has been revered for thousands of years in Asia for its healing properties.  Its spicy aroma quickly enlivens and heats the senses. Use it especially if you have a cold or flu to help combat infections.

 

Peppermint- to increase performance accuracy and alertness peppermint works as an energy booster and sharpens the mind. The menthol opens up the sinus passageways making it not only easier to breathe but also smells invigorating.

 

Jasmine- Jasmine is a rich floral with a fruity undertone. it relaxes nerves while stimulating the brain for improved mental performance. It also improves quality of sleep and lessens anxiety.

 

Rosemary- Rosemary’s refreshing and savory scent improves long-term memory. It’s also used in certain bath salts to ease muscle pain and relieve congestion.

 

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Best Natural Jet Lag Cure? A Spa Massage!

A Spa Massage is One of the Best Natural Jet Lag Cures Around

After a long flight the body can get swollen or stiff from sitting for long hours. To reset your body clock and ease stiff and sore muscles, skip the sleeping pills and caffeine and opt instead for a spa massage.

A soothing massage, especially one with essential oils, will help relax your nervous system and recover the body’s internal balance.

Natural Jet Lag Recovery Massage

Reducing fatigue and stimulating circulation will allow your body’s internal clock to naturally adjust to its new time zone.

To cure jet lag, try one of these two recovery spa massages: reflexology or a aromaScape massage. Reflexology targets the central nervous system and pineal gland which produces the melatonin needed for healthy sleep-wake cycles.

AromaScape massage uses essential oils with a flowing Swedish massage to soothe and strengthen the mind and body. Inhaling essential oils effects the limbic system which in turn regulates heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, digestion, and immune system.

In addition to getting a spa massage, be sure to stay well hydrated and you’ll be back to normal in no time.

 

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Shizuka’s BeautyZen Corner: Wabi Sabi Aesthetic

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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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Celebrated Anti-Aging Facial in New York City: 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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Which Massage is Best

Regular massage therapy treatments can help overcome stress and tension, however, not all massages are created equal. Each massage modality targets something different, so it’s no surprise if you’re left wondering: which massage is best?

Whether you need superficial relief, have chronic back pain, or just need to relax your mind and body, chances are there’s a massage therapy more appropriate over another. We came up with some tips to wipe out the guesswork so you can easily choose the best massage for your needs.

 

Which Massage is Best

If your back is very tense and feels hard and stiff like concrete..we suggest: Reflexology, Hot Stone, or AromaScape Massage.

Since massage works best the body is already relaxed, excessive pounding may do more harm than good when the body is overly stressed and tense. These gentle treatments will help ease the nervous system to help the body relax.

- Reflexology is gentle treatment applied to the feet and legs to restore balance to the body, mind, and spirit.
- Hot Stone Massage incorporates heated cobble stones to induce deep relaxation. The stones are glided over the body and placed at certain points to literally melt away stress and tension. The heat has a calming effect on the nervous system.
- AromaScape Massage combines aromatherapy with massage therapy to relax and calm the nervous system and entire body. Healing essential oils of your choosing are inhaled through vapors.

 

If you play sports regularly and have specific problem areas…we suggest: Deep Tissue Massage.

Deep Tissue Massage works to release chronic tension with deep palpating and kneading slow strokes and deep finger pressure across the grain of the muscle to rework stiff tissues that lead to chronic stiffness and tension. It’s corrective and therapeutic treatment.

 

If you work at a computer all day and your shoulders, neck and upper back are chronically sore…we suggest: Swedish Massage.

Swedish Massage uses gentle long flowing movements in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart, thereby increasing blood circulation. Additionally, Swedish Massage increases oxygen flow in the blood, releases various toxins from the muscles, stretches ligaments and tendons, and stimulates and soothes the nervous system. We highly recommend this massage for stress management.

 

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Gifts to Rekindle Romance

 Check out these spa gifts to rekindle romance and soothe the heart. 

 

 

Rekindle romance by candle light with Maddison Avenue Pure Soy Candles. Let the soothing scents and warm glow transform any room into an instant spa.

Choose from Bajan Fig, Jasmine, and White Tea & Ginger. Available in 7.5 oz & 9oz.

 

 

Open the look of your eye with Revitalash/ Nouriche Eyelash Conditioner. Lashes will grow longer and lusher for naturally gorgeous eyes!

Revitalash/ Nouriche

 

 

Give the gift of roses. Naturopathica’s uplifting Rose Geranium Soothing Mist keeps skin dewy soft and refreshed.

Rose Geranium Soothing Mist

 

 

For sweet kissably soft lips, treat them with these honey-based hydrating lip balms.

QTICA Intense Lip Repair Balm

Honey Vanilla Lip Balm

 

 

Set the mood: Fill your space with these soothing fragrances to stimulate and uplift the senses.

Alora Fragrances are available in 8oz. and 16oz.

BEST SELLER: Due – Jasmine, cucumber, basil and ylang ylang.

Bimbi – Lavender, chamomile, bergamot and rose.

Caldo – Amber, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver.

Rosa – Rose

 

 

Give the gift of pampering and relaxation!

Shizuka new york Day Spa Gift Certificates are available for any service or amount. Our 6th floor spa is the perfect “serenity retreat” from the hustle and bustle of the city streets below. At Shizuka new york Day Spa, we pay the utmost attention to every detail of your visit so you can fully relax during your stay. Check out our current Spa Deals for relaxing and pamper-worthy specials all year round!

 

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Best Way to Shrink Pores Fast for Flawless Skin

 

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Exfoliate regularly for smaller pores

 

 

Best way to shrink pores fast for flawless skin

 

Pores become enlarged when they become clogged. Those with oily complexions are more prone to enlarged pores, but no one’s immune!  During a spa facial, a trained esthetician will carefully unclog and refine pores through a process of deep cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction.

 

But facials aren’t the only avenue to pore refinement. Regular cleansing and exfoliation is the best way to keep pores small. Choose the right product for your skin type and apply a chemical or enzyme peel at least once a month to slough away dead skin cells.

 

To shrink pores fast, Shizuka recommends DCL’s AHA Oily & Acne Solution and Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel. These concentrated products clear skin of micro-toxins that can lead to acne, shrinks pores, and keeps skin clear of build up.

 

Pore Shrinking TIP: Facial treatments that include scrubs and brush cleansing (think Clarisonic) are meant to open up pores for deep cleansing. Finish with a cold water wash to close pores, and immediately follow with a moisturizer.

 

 

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Winter Detox Cleanse Treatments to Warm Your Body and Soul

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Need a little recovery time from holiday eating and drinking? Spa treatments designed to warm you up and give you a winter detox cleanse may be just what you and your skin craves post-holidays.

Holiday treats like sugar cookies, heaping cups of hot cocoa, and cocktails combined with late nights can actually dry out your skin leaving it fatigued and craving some serious recovery time. Make haste and rest easy knowing these relaxing –and warming–full body detox spa treatments not only relieve you of that  winter chill, but also revive and rejuvenate lackluster skin giving you back your healthy glow.

 

 

Far Infrared Sauna – Bask in the warmth of a Far Infrared Sauna while your body heats up from the inside out. Meditate, read a magazine, or just imagine yourself reaping the benefits of hot yoga without the yoga.

 

Coffee Break Mud Wrap – Let the earthy & energizing aromas of black silt clay and coffee arabica awaken your senses as you cozy up in a heated body wrap that exfoliates while drawing out impurities.

 

Hot Stone Massage – Stones are heated up and rubbed along the body to melt away any and all tension. Combine a Hot Stone Massage with an Infrared Sauna session and a Coffee Break Mud Wrap for the ultimate NYC winter spa treatment package.

 

AromaScape Massage – Healing essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Juniper berries, Geranium,  and Lavender are used together with warmed stones to take your body and mind on a relaxing journey through the senses.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Care for Weak and Damaged Nails

Repair:

For split or cracked nails, cut tiny strips from a tea bag. This will act as a band aid while your nail grows out. Cover the nail with a clear polish or top coat, place the strip on the crack and cover with another layer of polish. This will seal the crack, allowing you to add a layer or two of your favorite polish over it.

Strengthen:

Nails, hair, and skin are primarily made up of the protein keratin.  When a diet lack lacks protein and proper vitamins weak or brittle nails can develop.  To strengthen nails take B vitamin supplements daily and be sure to include healthy sources of protein into your diet. Expect to see results in three to six months (the time it takes for a new nail to grow).

Prevent:

To prevent already weakened nails from incurring additional damage, opt for an LED Gel manicure or pedicure instead of regular polish. LED gel firmly adheres to the nail’s surface, shielding it from incurring further damage from the environment.

Further prevent your manicure from prematurely chipping by wearing gloves when washing dishes and gardening. Also, moisturize hands and feet daily to keep skin and cuticles supple and soft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Prep Your Skin for a Facial

Whether you’re a facial veteran or are about to get your first facial ever—knowing how to prepare your skin for your treatment will help extend the life of the facial keeping your face aglow longer.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a facial:

-          Know your skin. While our skilled estheticians will let you know the best treatment upon examining your skin, it’s best to already know which areas you’d like to target. For example:  Tone down oily skin, target acne prone areas, focus on lifting, deep cleansing with pore extraction, etc.. Communicate this to your esthetician and your treatment will be specially catered to your needs.

-          No scrubbing. Skip harsh cleansers or facial exfoliants before your treatment. Your facial will consist of exfoliation and most likely pore extraction as well, so leave the dirty work to a trained professional!

-          Save new products for later. Just clean your face following your usual cleansing routine. It’s best not to experiment with new products right before a facial so that your skin can be examined in its “usual” state. Using new products may have adverse reactions on your skin (i.e. over drying, inflammation, etc.), so it’s best to hold off until after your treatment.

-          To steam or not to steam. This is a personal preference that doesn’t positively or negatively affect your treatment. Some like to use a sauna before a facial to relax and open up pores. While this is an option, it’s not necessary since your face will be steamed and cleaned for an hour or more anyway.

-        Remove makeup. While estheticians will remove makeup for you before beginning your facial, you can arrive to the spa 5-10 minutes earlier and remove it yourself to save time. Or just arrive without makeup altogether.

It’s never too early to start getting regular facials for optimum skin health! Shizuka began getting facial treatments in her 20’s and says “facials have helped keep my skin clear and firm throughout the years”. See Shizuka’s related post for tips on how to continually refine your skincare routine: Look Great in Every Decade

What special measures do you take to prepare your skin for a facial?

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Facial Massage for Stress-Busting Rejuvenation

The holidays can bring with it unwonted stress, causing you to look tired even if you’re not!

This happens because facial muscles store tension much like muscles in the body do, so a tired expression can actually start to feel “normal” for your face.

The next time you’re feeling zapped of energy or just need to revive a tired face, try this spa technique (offered in all Shizuka New York Spa Facials) to wake up tired facial muscles and go from Grinch to jolly St. Nick in no time!

At Shizuka New York, a facial massage is incorporated into each facial treatment to help stimulate collagen production and new cell regeneration. It also “wakes up” tired facial muscles making you look more awake by increasing blood flow and bringing oxygen to the skin.

A facial massage works wonders to relax overactive muscles and softens the expression so you APPEAR AND FEEL refreshed.

How to give yourself a Stress-Busting Facial Massage:

Start by applying a moisturizer, cream, or essential oil such as lavender to your face…

1.     Begin at the cheeks. Use your fingers or knuckles to draw big circles around your cheeks, be sure to always push the skin upward.

2.     Using upward strokes, firmly rub the skin from the mid jaw to the cheekbone. Apply pressure to the cheekbones for a few seconds.

3.     Massage smile lines by starting from the corners of the mouth and ending at the corners of the nose.

4.     Using your fingertips, apply pressure to the brow bones to lift and open the eyes. Apply light pressure around the eye sockets and out to the temples and up to the forehead.

5.     To plump lips, use forefinger and thumb to pinch upper and lower lips to stimulate blood flow.

6.     To end, drain lymphatic fluid from the face to the collarbone. Place fingertips under the eyes on either side of the bridge of your nose. Gently apply pressure in a long flowing motion across the under eye area to the temples, down the side of face (along sideburns), and down the neck to the collarbone.

 

 

 

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Date Night Ideas: Night at the Spa

You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to indulge in a relaxing couples massage or couples spa treatment. Instead, schedule your next date night at the spa!

Bring your date to the spa for a fun and relaxing activity to enjoy before or after dinner!

Popular Couples Spa Treatments include:

Couples Swedish Massage

Couples AromaScape Massage

Couples Shiatsu Massage

Spa Pedicure (Basic, Bamboo Scrub, Sakura)

Start your date night side by side with a relaxing couples massage in our serenely decorated treatment room. Whether it’s with the long flowing movements of the Swedish massage, soothing scents of the AromaScape massage, or the healing pressure of the Shiatsu massage, you’re both sure to relax and feel pampered together.

 

After your treatment, decompress in the Tranquility Lounge or head over to our NYC Nail Spa for a deluxe pedicure of your choosing. Sit side by side while sipping Japanese green tea or houjicha, and breathe easy knowing you’ve achieved date night glory!

 

 

 

What other tried and true date night activities have you discovered?

 

 

 

 

 

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DaySpa Magazine features Shizuka New York Day Spa in December 2013 Issue

Day Spa Magazine

DaySpa Magazine featured Shizuka New York Day Spa in their December 2013 issue:

Setting the Scene, Design Tips for Smaller Spas !

 

 

 

 

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Shizuka’s BeautyZen Corner: Japanese Foot Reflexology

Shizuka's BeautyZen Corner

Foot reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to areas of the feet, using specific hand techniques, to relieve ailments and keep the body aligned and balanced.

Japanese reflexology is a derivative of Chinese reflexology with only a few modifications. Japanese reflexology differs from massage in that it works to activate nerve endings whereas massage is pressure applied to the body’s soft tissues and muscles.

With reflexology, areas of the foot are mapped out to correspond to certain organs and bodily functioning. Trained massage therapists apply precise pressure to these areas together with specific and correlating hand movements. As a result, the entire body will feel rejuvenated and awake.

Upon stimulating the nerve endings in your feet, the corresponding body parts get stimulated too. Some opt for “walking reflexology” by wearing sandals with stones, rubber prongs, or wooden pegs. These sandals can be worn for as little or as long as possible to stimulate and massage nerve endings in the feet.

Though reflexology sandals are a convenient way to wake up your feet, it doesn’t compare to the precision and relief a skilled therapist provides during a foot reflexology session.

 

 

 

 

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Make Holiday Shopping Easy with NYC Spa Gift Certificates

NYC Spa Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.

Our Shizuka New York Day Spa online gift certificates are available for any of our popular NYC Day Spa services or dollar value. Browse our new holiday designs to find the best fit for your recipient!

Give the gift of a pampering spa day or a deluxe salon treatment like our Eyelash Perm. Check out our Spa Gift Certificate page for more popular treatment suggestions such as The Geisha Facial® and Spa Package deals such as the Total Spa Package.

Spread some holiday cheer with everyone on your list with a Shizuka New York Gift Certificate!

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