CBS News reveals The Geisha Facial as an Effective Beauty Treatment
An interview with Shizuka Bernstein and one of our clients aired on September 8th, 2015 on a CBS news segment titled: Ugly Beauty.
Sometimes the best ingredients in beauty treatments are sourced directly from mother nature, with results that are much prettier than the ingredients themselves. Natural beauty treatments that use all-natural ingredients like sterilized bird droppings bring added benefits to your skin that synthetic products may not be able to deliver. For example, the naturally occurring enzymes in guanine (main ingredient in bird droppings) retexturizes skin to impart a pearly luster.
Here’s a portion of the transcript from the CBS News segment:
Manhattan spa owner Shizuka Bernstein created a facial using nightingale droppings.
“I really do swear by it,” she said.
Client Amanda Hoffman said the bird poop, which was allegedly first used hundreds of years ago to cleanse the skin of Geisha, has made a world of difference in her skin.
The droppings are UV sterilized which produces a powder form of the ingredient mixed with rice bran to help with the smell. Clients said the results are immediate.
“So you must wonder, ‘ok, what will it do for the skin?’” she said.
Experts say longevity is key when seeking out ugly beauty products.
“Fads will come and go, but if it’s been out there for six to eight months I think it’s pretty safe to try,” Dr. Kavita Mariwalla said.
The Geisha Facial® has been around for seven years, since 2008, so we’d say it’s more than a fad, it’s a tried and true beauty treatment!
Affordable Celebrity Beauty Treatments
Here’s the scoop on the latest celebrity beauty scene from OK! Magazine and Hollywire press. Celebrity beauty is always a hot topic here at SNY because if there’s a new and better way to achieve flawless red carpet and silver screen skin perfection, we want to know! Celebrities show us what measures they are willing to take to look their best. Sometimes celebrities push the bar into unusual over-the-top treatments like placenta facials or caviar cream and others go back to nature for natural beauty secrets like using Demi Moore who uses leeches to detoxify her blood or Blake Livey who uses mayonnaise to retain hydration for her hair. Would you try any of these celebrity beauty secrets for yourself?
OK Magazine and Hollywire shared some of these popular and unusual beauty secrets from Hollywood’s most glamorous beauties. Some treatments are downright scary like vampire facials from Kim Kardashian and placenta face cream used by Katie Holmes and Eva Longoria. Some more expensive treatments include caviar face cream used by Angelina Jolie, and how about the $7K facial that Mila Kunis throws down for that uses daimonds and rubies to exfoliate and brighten the skin. Both OK! Magazine and Hollywire press lists Victoria Beckham and her use of The Geisha Facial to achieve her flawless glowing perfection. Of all the facial treatments mentioned, it’s the most affordable celebrity beauty treatment (aside from Snooki’s cat litter exfoliant–we don’t judge).
With The Geisha Facial you can receive a celebrity treatment without the celebrity price tag. Shizuka Bernstein, the creator of The Geisha Facial, prides herself and her highly trained estheticians to instill every facial experience with calming and authentic Japanese aesthetics. With SNY’s signature celebrity beauty treatment each client will feel like a celebrity before, during, and especially after their facial!
A Spa Day with Shizuka awarded on the Style Network
The Style Network show ‘How do I look‘ hosted by Jeannie Mai and celebrity stylists awarded a spa day at Shizuka new york Day Spa to one lucky makeover contestant. The show lets the contestant’s two closest friends and relatives and a celebrity stylist design a custom makeover contributing to the ‘new look’.
In this How Do I Look episode Finola Hughes surprises Emily Blumenthal with a spa day makeover including treatments with Shizuka Bernstein, one of which is the luxuriously pampering Signature Micro Facial. The Signature Micro Facial featured in Allure Magazine is a complete deep cleansing facial that includes a hand and shoulder massage and reflexology foot treatment.
Schedule a spa day for yourself or with a friend by choosing a combination of your favorite treatments or choose from our pre-selected Spa Package menu.
Where to Shop, Eat, Drink, and Relax in New York City’s Midtown Manhattan
Get the scoop on the best places to eat, drink, shop, and explore in the bustling area of Midtown Manhattan surrounding SHIZUKA new york Day Spa. Spa owner, Shizuka Bernstein, who lives and works in Midtown, shares her personal midtown hot spots to find your own serenity in the city and make your visit to the area a memorable one! She’s put together some itinerary options including a serenity-in-the-city stop at her day spa for some pampering and relaxation time to rest and recharge before setting out again into the city that never sleeps!
Shizuka’s City Guide: Serenity in the City, Midtown Hot Spots
Slow down, relax, and surround yourself with beauty:
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Saks Fifth Avenue
Relax and recharge with our Japanese hospitality at SHIZUKA new york Day Spa. We are eight blocks from Central Park South, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and across from Rockefeller Center Plaza.
Break for lunch:
Eat lunch with Central Park views at the Time Warner Center restaurants or at The Robert NYC.
See a show or go to the theater at The Paley Center or to Times Square for Broadway shows.
Call it a night with dinner and drinks at:
Fig & Olive
So–whether you’re here on vacation, for work, or just want to explore more of what Midtown Manhattan has to offer, check out the list above for places that prove this vibrant part of NYC has got something for everybody.
Shizuka NY was named a 2015 New York City Hot Spot to relax and unwind by Avianca em Revista Magazine!
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® was featured in the February 2015 Issue of Avianca em Revista Magazine, a magazine for Brazil’s Avianca airlines. The article is titled “Relax em Nova York” or “Relax in New York”.
The magazine listed SHIZUKA new york Day Spa as a preferred New York City Spa and “hot spot” to relax, unwind, and “beautify” in between shopping, sight-seeing, and exploring.
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan across from Rockefeller Center Plaza, so as you can imagine tourists and New Yorkers alike visit our spa for a bit of respite and relaxation in between a busy day of shopping and sight-seeing, for a special day of pampering, after a long day at work, or even for a quick beauty stop during lunch hour.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution Lists this Spa for an Unforgettable Gift for Mom
A spa service at SHIZUKA new york Day Spa made it into the Atlanta Journal Constitution last week.
In an article titled: Top 3 ways to make your Mother’s Day gift unforgettable, SNY’s The Geisha Facial was mentioned as the only spa service in the U.S. to make an unforgettable mother’s day gift.
Now, both of those services are offered by spas outside of the U.S. But if you want something a little closer to home, you can always get your mom the Bird Poop Facial from a spa in New York.
Now Mom can enjoy this unforgettable gift any time of year with a SNY Gift Certificate. Choose from a variety of designs and have it emailed directly to her inbox.
See other recent press about SHIZUKA new york Day Spa here.
Shizuka New York in American Spa Magazine
Shizuka New York Day Spa is mentioned in American Spa Magazine’s May 2015 issue!
The Geisha Facial® is still getting media buzz, almost as much as it did when Shizuka New York Day Spa owner, Shizuka Bernstein, introduced the facial to the beauty and spa industry in 2008.
According to owner and celebrity facialist Shizuka Bernstein, geishas relied on frequent facials using nightingale droppings to not only remove makeup but also to brighten and heal their skin. She attributes the ingredient’s natural enzymes and guanine to helping impart a pearly luster to the skin.
In the article, spa consultant Peter Anderson speaks to how the origin of The Geisha Facial stems from ancient Japanese culture and how “that predates a modern understanding of skincare”.
Many of these facials have their roots in culture and chemistry that predates a modern understanding of skincare.
The usage of nightingale droppings in The Geisha Facial isn’t the facial’s only element with ancient Japanese origins. A recent article on Vogue.com highlights an ancient Japanese skincare technique known as double-cleansing. The Geisha Facial (and all other SNY facials) incorporates double-cleansing using the all-natural products from the Shizuka New York Skincare System to thoroughly cleanse and refresh the skin before the nightingale droppings are applied. This technique maximizes the “Geisha Glow” effect following the facial.
TruTV featured Shizuka New York Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® on their show: Top 20 Funniest TV Blunders3!
They borrowed footage from Shizuka Bernstein’s Interview with RT TV News back in 2013 while poking fun at the prized ingredient: bird poop.
Shizuka assures the poop is sanitized and comes from a special breed of birds who are fed organic feed for the best quality bird poop around–only the best for our clients!
This treatment is popular among men and women alike, including women who are pregnant. Due to the all-natural ingredients used throughout the facial, The Geisha Facial® is a nourishing and deeply cleansing treatment even for those with sensitive skin.
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E! News’ A List Beauty Secrets Red Carpet Edition was televised on February 20th, 2015 showcasing The Geisha Facial® as one of many celebrity beauty secrets.
Host Alicia Quarles samples The Geisha Facial® by spa owner and creator of the facial, Shizuka Bernstein. As touted by Hollywood royalty like Victoria Beckham, the anti-aging properties of the bird droppings used in the facial work to deeply cleanse and exfoliate revealing soft glowing skin.
As Alicia says,
If it’s good enough for Victoria Beckham, it’s good enough for me, right?
An article about Shizuka and The Geisha Facial® appear in MSN Japan!
The article titled, Japanese originated ‘Nightingale Dropping ‘ Facial available at Hilton in England Now. Despite its scent writers praised its effect after giving it a try talks about The Geisha Facial’s “flight” overseas to spas in England and highlights the origin of The Geisha Facial®.
Even before “Bird Poop Facial” was introduced in England for the first time, Shizuka Bernstein, a Tokyo-born master aesthetician, has been offering The Geisha Facial® that includes a customized nightingale dropping exfoliate at her own spa in New York.
Her mother once told her that geishas would use the nightingale droppings to keep their skin clear and blemish-free, and that story inspired Shizuka to create this facial.
Three of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Guidice, Dina Manzo, and Amber Marchese recently visited Shizuka new york Day Spa to sample The Geisha Facial®!
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.
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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.
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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!
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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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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:
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 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.
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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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!
- Learn more about Shizuka Bernstein’s The Geisha Facial®
- Make an appointment to experience the original facial for yourself!
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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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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The Limoneira Company recognized Shizuka as a Beauty Opinion Leader in their February 2014 newsletter. Shizuka has been offering her expert advice on skin care and beauty for 20 years.
Limoneira’s February Newsletter focuses on ways to promote natural beauty with lemons through their UNLEASH THE NATURAL POWER OF LEMONS CAMPAIGN. Check out Shizuka’s tips for hydrating skin naturally using a lemon juice face mask.
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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.
NY Weekly Japion featured Shizuka Bernstein, owner of SHIZUKA new york Day Spa, in their January 10th, 2014 issue.
In the article, Shizuka offers DIY skincare tips to hydrate dry skin naturally and effectively at home for plump skin throughout the winter months.
Follow these steps to nourish and hydrate dry skin naturally:
- After washing your face, warm a wet towel in the microwave and wrap it around the face. This will open pores and will feel very relaxing.
- Next, massage the face with jojoba oil, almond oil, and 1-2 drops of essential oil. Use upward circular movements whenever performing a facial massage to help lift and rejuvenate the skin.
- Make a face mask by mixing together lemon juice, honey, and a small amount of grated apple. Shizuka says, “the acid from the apple will help slough away dead skin”. Leave on for 3-5 minutes before washing away.
- Wrap the face with another hot towel to wipe away any excess from the mask and warm the skin.
- Finish by applying a moisturizer that’s been chilled in the refrigerator. This tightens pores while sealing in moisture.
Additionally, Shizuka suggests taking daily measures to ensure skin stays hydrated such as using a humidifier and drinking water after consuming alcohol.
For a related spa treatment, SHIZUKA New York Day Spa offers the Plant Stem Cell Facial ($ 160). This facial combines Naturopathica’s powerful anti-ager, Plant Stem Cell Serum, with ultrasonic and microcurrent technologies for a deeply hydrating facial–this facial is perfect for hydrating dry winter skin!
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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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