Bird dropping geisha facial
Yet another Asian beauty fad making its way westward, the “geisha facial” is a treatment from Japan that has recently become popular among clientele of Shizuka New York Day Spa. The facial, called “uguisu no fun” (literally “nightingale feces” in Japanese) is made from the droppings of a specific type of nightingale, the Japanese bush warbler.
Uguisu no fun is a traditional part of a geisha’s beauty regimen. According to Discovery Health, geishas wore heavy white makeup made from ingredients such as zinc and lead, which caused skin diseases and other illnesses. The nightingale dropping masks were used as a treatment to remove the toxic makeup and to condition the skin.
The feces of the Japanese warbler contains large concentrations of nitrogen-rich urea (which is also found in urine) and guanine, an amino acid, and is meant to make your skin softer and brighter.
Where to find it:
You can get the bizarre facial from salon owner Shizuka Bernstein of Shizuka New York Day Spa for $180.
Watch a video of Shizuka applying the geisha facial.