Best of Manhattan Day Spa 2015
Every year, the Manhattan Award Program selects local businesses in Manhattan for their marketing achievements to establish themselves as a valuable small business in their community. This year the Manhattan Award Program awarded Shizuka New York Day Spa with the Best of Manhattan Day Spa 2015 award.
We’re pleased to receive this annual award with a renewed commitment to continue our long-term value to our local and international customers.
Part III of How to Avoid the Need for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
In part I of How to Avoid the Need for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we looked at two simple products to help protect your skin against the effects of sun and age — sunscreen and moisturizer.
In part II, Lifestyle Choices to Avoid the Need for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we looked at some simple – not necessarily easy – but simple lifestyle changes to help preserve your youthful visage, at any age.
In this final part of the series, we’ll look at what you can do, non-surgically, to take the edge off of any wear & tear that’s starting to take a toll on your skin.
If Age and/or The Mileage Is Starting Show
Despite all the best prevention, age and living on this earth will start to show on you — but there specific things you can do to stay ahead of the aging curve, to age gracefully.
Go Beyond Lotions and Creams: Serums, Retinoids & Brightening Products
Moisturizers are a great first line of defense against aging and will help to restore water and prevent dryness, but as you age, you’ll want to do more – and that’s where serums, retinoids & brightening products come in.
Serums, applied before sunscreen, have high concentrations of active ingredients and powerful doses of peptides and antioxidants, like vitamins C & E. They also contain skin brighteners, such as kojic acid.
Serums are typically made with super tiny molecules, so the skin is able to absorb them rapidly and efficiently.
A retinoid is another product that goes beyond the simple protection of sunscreens and moisturizers: retinoids are effective in keeping wrinkles and sagging skin at a minimum by improving both collagen and elastin production.
Finally, if you have, or are starting to show, age spots, you can reduce their appearance with a good brightening product that contains vitamins C & K.
Top it Off with Facials
French actresses Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche & Catherine Deneuve seem as timeless as they are beautiful – like great magicians, Frenchwomen never reveal their secrets, but a recent New York Times article, Aging Gracefully, the French Way, revealed one surprising trick: facials and facial and body massages – ooh la la!
So, if you feel that age, or just the mileage — or both — are starting to catch up with your skin, take action today: go beyond simple lotions and creams and add serums, retinoids & brightening products to your skin care routine, and take advantage of our highly popular facials, which have been featured on CNN, Fox News, The Today Show, PerezHilton.com, People Magazine, and many more – and, finally, sign up for our newsletter to receive our exclusive spa deals and monthly promotions.
Part II of How to Avoid the Need for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
In part I of How to Avoid the Need for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we looked at a couple of simple products to help protect your skin against the effects of sun and age: sunscreen and moisturizer.
In part II, we’ll look at some simple – not necessarily easy – but simple lifestyle changes to help preserve your youthful visage, at any age.
Exercise helps protects your skin the way it helps protect every other organ in your body: it helps remove the accumulation of free radicals in the body.
How much should you exercise? A recent study in the journal of JAMA Internal Medicine found that you need only 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, though 450 minutes per week, or a little more than an hour per day, which can be accomplished with activity no more vigorous than walking, is the ideal amount — see The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life.
Sleep, Perchance to Dream
Sleep has a powerful restorative effect on all organs of the body, including the skin, where it restores optimal collagen production and cell repair.
Unfortunately, we are not getting enough sleep — so few of us, in fact, that the CDC has declared our collective lack of sleep both an epidemic and a public hazard.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, try mindfulness meditation: a recent clinical trial published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that those with moderate sleep problems who practiced mindfulness meditation improved their sleep more than those who practiced good sleep hygiene.
If you have a serious sleep problem, however, you should instead first see your doctor to rule out any underlying physical causes; if you have no underlying physical issue, then you should get proactive and make a plan, because chronic sleep deprivation takes a steep toll on both your physical and mental health.
Stop Smoking! Just Stop It!
Smoking pumps massive amounts of free radicals into your blood stream, eventually taking a toll on just about every organ in your body, including your skin, wrinkling and prematurely ageing it.
It is tough to quit smoking — but the stakes for your health could not be higher.
Fortunately, science has made great strides in both understanding addiction and in devising practical strategies to beat it. If you’re struggling to quit, check out these resources:
- The New Science of How to Quit Smoking
- What’s the best way to quit smoking?
- Cigarette Break: The Most Effective Ways to Quit Smoking
Need to Lose Weight? Avoid a Crash Diet
The appeal of crash dieting is that one feels one can get it (dieting) over with as quickly as possible. And this is true: you can lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, but it comes at a cost — it’s rough on your body, you can easily gain it all back, and it too takes a toll on your skin, from a sagging face brought on by water loss to a break-down in the skin’s collagen layer due to a shortage of skin-renewal minerals, like zine, copper and selenium.
The best way to lose weight is to eat smart, in a way that supports your body, your health and your goals, and we’ve compiled some resources to help you do just that:
- To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More
- Best Weight Loss Advice You’ve Never Heard
- The 6 Weight-Loss Tips That Science Actually Knows Work
In short then, if you want to avoid the need for plastic surgery, get up early, exercise, eat right, and then wind down and get to bed early – all the things your mother probably already told you to do.
In the next part of this series, we’ll look at what you can do, non-surgically, after age and wear & tear have already taken a toll on your skin.
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!
While the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports a 12% increase in surgical procedures from 2012 to 2013, more and more women are also looking for natural, nonsurgical options for their skin problems – in fact, they are looking for ways to prevent those problems.
So — can you really prevent skin problems before they start or is age and wear & tear just inevitable?
It turns out there are several effective strategies – some easy, some hard – that can help you avoid looking like someone who looks like they need plastic surgery.
Looking Your Best as You Age, Before You Age
While it’s not possible to look 20 forever, you can protect what you have — two simple products will help you do just that: sunscreen and moisturizer.
Sunscreen. Wear It, Year-round
Yes, even if it is blizzarding out, you’ll want to wear sunscreen. This is because cloud cover can enhance the amount of UV light that reaches your skin, a phenomenon called cloud enhancement of UV, and it’s well-known that UV light causes the skin to age by interrupting and damaging a skin cell’s ability to repair itself. To protect your skin cells from UV, you’ll want to use a broad-protection (UVB & UVA) sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 for normal daily use; however, if you’re going to be out in the sun all day, you’ll want a SPF of at least 30, and you’ll want to reapply it every couple hours. In both cases, you’ll want to use the cake principle in application, i.e., cake it on your skin like you’re icing a cake.
At Shizuka’s New York Day Spa, we recommend going higher then these minimum SPF’s: for days when you’re in the sun for only brief periods, we recommend a broad-protection product, like our Sensitive skin Sun Protection SPF 30. However, for weekends on a Coney Island beach, we recommend at least a 45+ SPF, like our Sensitive Skin Tinted Sun Protection SPF 45.
A Simple, Great Moisturizer is Key
If you’re not yet showing serious signs of aging and/or skin damage, then a simple moisturizer is your first line of defense – in fact, what NASA recommends as an effective defense for the skin in an environment of microgravity, an environment far more challenging for the skin than all but the harshest environments found here on earth, is a good moisturizer.
A simple, antioxidant enhanced, moisturizer will provide more than enough protection for your skin, one that contains at least C and E. Terrific additional enhancements would be apple stem cells, pomegranate and acai as they help protect the skin’s elastic layer.
In part II of How to Avoid Needing Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we’ll look at some simple – not necessarily easy – but simple lifestyle changes to help preserve your youthful visage, at any age. In part III (Tackle Lines, Wrinkles, Sags & Spots Now to Avoid Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Later), we’ll look at what you can do, non-surgically, after age and wear & tear have already taken a toll on your skin.