Some people will do anything to ward off aging, up to and including having finely ground bird poop rubbed all over their faces. It’s clear that some people are obsessed with staying young no matter what the cost but when you’re resorting to rubbing poop on your face you may need to take a moment to reflect on your priorities in life.

At Shizuka New York, a skin care salon in NYC, shit is getting real. Literally.

About 100 women and men go into the Shizuka New York skin care salon, just off Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, each month to get the treatment, which is promoted as a way to keep the face soft and smooth using an enzyme in the poop to gently exfoliate the skin.

Spa owner Shizuka Bernstein, a Tokyo native married to an American, has been offering what she calls the Geisha Facial for about five years.

“I try to bring Japanese beauty secrets to the United States,” says Bernstein, who learned the treatment from her mother.

I’m not sure which is more disturbing, the fact that women are willing to have bird poop smeared all over their face or the fact that they’re willing to pay $180 dollars to have it done to themselves.

Don’t worry though, the spa doesn’t use just any old bird poop, or so it says. Shizuka Bernstein says only droppings from birds of the nightingale species are used because they live on seeds, producing the natural enzyme that is the active ingredient. “We don’t do Central Park facials,” she says, “because those birds eat garbage.”

Not everyone however, is sold on the efficacy of poop facials.

Dr. Michele Green, a Manhattan cosmetic dermatologist, says that while the nightingale facial “definitely has some rejuvenating effect, I don’t think it’s any different than, say, an apricot scrub or a mask that you could buy in a local pharmacy.”


Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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