Today marks the commencement of New York Spa Week. It’s the one week, a year, when select New York spas offer select spa treatments for only $50. It’s a great deal if you have the money. (I, myself, will be celebrating by lying on some tennis balls and smearing things from my kitchen on my face.)
But if you’ve got some money to spare and are feeling adventurous, check out Shizuka New York Day Spa’s $50 Spa Week offering (a $180 value).
It’s called the “bird poop facial”. (Suddenly, my April Fool’s “cat food facial” doesn’t sound so gross.)
This facial has caused quite the media frenzy. It’s been featured on The Today Show, The View, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, etc. (Just think of how excited they would have gotten if it was a ”dog poop facial”.)
The “bird poop facial” is the brainchild of Manhattan skin care guru, Shizuka Bernstein.
She says Japanese Geishas used to use nightingale droppings, to not only remove makeup, but also to brighten, heal and smooth skin. (Apparently, a natural enzyme in the poop breaks down dead skin cells and a protein called guanine gives the skin a pearly luster.)
Don’t worry. It doesn’t involve lying on a massage table, waiting for a bunch of birds to poop on your face.
The facial also involves a cleansing of the skin with Shizuka’s own all-natural product line and a facial massage with Japanese camellia blossom oil, a relative of the green tea plant.
Shizuka says she chose to offer the 50-Minute Geisha Facial as a Spa Week special because she wanted more people to be able to try this one-of-a-kind facial.
"First and foremost, the Geisha Facial is quality skin care”, she states, “but it also represents a way for us to relax and pamper ourselves and, especially now, we could all use more of that."