The Mail Online’s Claudia Connell Finds That The Geisha Facial Beats Botox

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.

Related blog post: The Associated Press Reports on The Geisha “bird poop” Facial®

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.

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!

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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Men Outpace Women As The Fastest Growing Skin Care Demographic Worldwide

HONG KONG/FRANCE, Paris—Men are now the fastest growing skin care demographic market worldwide according to data compiled by Euromonitor.

The growing male market, however, is highly localized to the Asia-Pacific region. This region accounted for US$2.1 billion last year. This is well over half of the $3.3 billion spent globally by men in 2013 with most of the growth coming from South Korea.

Of the worldwide total spent on skin care, US $110.3 billion, women still dominate in raw dollars spent, almost $107 billion. But this difference, $3.3 billion, is not small change to companies like Estee Lauder who are stepping up their development and marketing of male-targeted products.

Men: Fastest Growing Skin Care Demographic Worldwide

Scruffy Guys Need Quality Skin Care Treatment Too
Unspeaking by David Goehring, CC BY 2.0

Why a specialty men’s skin care product line? It isn’t that men don’t want to stand in a line at a frilly cosmetics department store decorated with fuchsia feather boas fans — they definitely don’t want to do that; it’s that a man’s skin care needs are different from a woman’s.

For one, men have firmer, 25% thicker, skin then women. This is due to having more naturally occurring collagen and elastin in their dermal layer. A man’s skin also ages differently than a woman’s: when a man starts to age, the first signs appear around the eyes with dark circles, bags and wrinkles. Finally men have larger pores and more oily skin than women due to high androgen hormone levels.

All these differences mandate a separate line of skin care products for men.

What Is The Best Skin Care Regime For Men?

  1. For cleaning, rubbing a bar of soap on one’s face, while easy and convenient, isn’t going to cut it. Because a man has larger pores and more oil, he needs something that will exfloliate, hydrate, and clean his larger pores. And most men will find it easier to shave because exfoliation helps reduce ingrown facial hairs.
  2. For moisturizing, pick an oil based moisturizer if you have dry skin or a water-based moisturizer if you have oily skin. Keeping skin hydrated is an important step toward keeping it healthy. Facial moisturizers can enhance the functioning of the stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of skin.
  3. To get rid of wrinkles, use a retinol cream, ideally one with a moisturizer.
  4. The sun is your enemy. To protect your skin, use a good sunscreen every day, year round. If you work inside, look for a sunscreen in the 15 – 30 SPF range that blocks both UVA and UVB rays; Go for a higher SPF if you work outdoors.
  5. Consider a regular regime of facials tailored for guys. If you have normal skin, consider one of these: the Classic Men’s Facial, Signature Micro Facial, or the Express Facial; if you have dry skin, try one of these: the Classic Men’s Facial + Collagen Mask or the Collagen Boost Facial; or if you have oily/combination skin, go for a Classic Men’s Facial or General Skin Care + Anti-Aging;  or you can fine tune your facial with our  men’s facial finder.
  6. If you want to step out from the pack and engage in some top notch care for your skin, do what the big boys do, like Tom Cruise, and try our renowned Geisha Facial.

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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.

Related blog post>> Facial Massage for Stress-Busting Rejuvenation

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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Rachael Bletchly’s Bird Brained Geisha Facial Review In The Daily Mirror

Rachael Bletchly's Bird Brained Geisha Facial Review In The Daily Mirror

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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Does Botox Help Depression? The Latest Research Findings

Does Botox help depression? The latest research has found that Botox does help depression — but not directly.  Rather Botox reduces the symptoms of depression by paralyzing certain facial muscles.

The idea that facial expressions might affect those areas of the brain responsible for emotion, is not new. It goes back to Charles Darwin, who observed:  “The free expression by outward signs of an emotion intensifies it.”  Research today continues to support this idea.

For example, researchers have discovered that people who were asked to frown during a physically painful situation felt more pain than people who were asked to smile.  These results suggest that we can reduce the experience of pain by changing our expression.

But physical pain runs along different neural pathways then emotional pain.  Can facial expressions affect emotions as well as physical sensations?

Current research suggests they can. University of Groningen psychologist Judith Grob asked subjects to look at disgusting images. Half the subjects were prevented from expressing disgust by holding a pen between their teeth while viewing images. This kept them from frowning. The other half, however, could respond normally.  The subjects who could not frown reported feeling less disgust than those who could — but this came at a cost. While they reported feeling less disgust, they also showed symptoms of emotional repression. That is, they performed worse on a memory test and they tended to view ambiguous situations more negatively.  This suggests that at some level they were experiencing disgust, but that experience failed to reach the level of conscious awareness.

Botox, like holding a pen between one’s teeth, also prevents the activation of one’s frown muscles. But this raises an interesting question:  does Botox alleviate depression or are the negative emotions merely suppressed?

Currently, no one knows.

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. -  Unknown

This latest study found that Botox helped those diagnosed with a major depressive disorder, but does this mean you should get Botox if you’re this depressed? Absolutely not.

First, having major depression is one of the highest risk factors for suicide. If you’re experiencing a major depressive episode, you need to seek out expert medical help, not a Botox injection.

Second, if you have a non-major form of depression, it may be far better to work through it. Many professionals think that non-major forms of depression are a evolutionary adaptations designed to help us solve complex personal and interpersonal problems.  These individuals, some scientists argue, are better off working through their emotions and problems, as long as the depression isn’t  life threatening.

Finally, abundant research has found that choosing to see the bright side of things, choosing to really smile, can truly make one feel happier.

But, feeling happier won’t erase one’s fine lines and wrinkles — for that, you will need Botox.

Shizuka new York Day Spa Botox Treatment

Shizuka New York Botox injections are performed by Dr. Olivia Hutchinson, one of Manhattan’s leading plastic surgeons, in our tranquil and non-clinical spa. Botox treatments take as little as 5 minutes to perform, they are effective in smoothing wrinkles between the eyebrows, on the forehead and in reducing fine lines under the eyes, and the effects of treatment last 4-6 months.

Experience what Shizuka New York Botox treatment can do for you by scheduling a consultation with our doctors by phone at (212) 644-7400 or book an appointment online today.

References

  1. Treatment of depression with onabotulinumtoxinA: A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial, Journal of Psychiatric Research Volume 52, Pages 1–6, May 2014
  2. Study: For a better workday, smile like you mean it, Brent Scott, Michigan State University, 22-Feb-2011
  3. Keep smiling: Enduring effects of facial expressions and postures on emotional experience and memory, Cognition and Emotion, 2003, 17 (5), 787-797
  4. Depression’s Evolutionary Roots, Paul W. Andrews and J. Anderson Thomson Jr., Scientific America, Aug 25, 2009
  5. Emotion regulation: Affective, cognitive, and social consequences, James J. Gross, Psychophysiology, 39 (2002), 281–291.

 



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