A bird poop facial?? GROSS
I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. A bird poop facial?? Yep, it's a real thing and this lady from Cosmo tried it.. BLAAAH..here she is to tell you all about it
This is pre-facial. #Selfie
I've never had a facial before. So I decided, why not make my first one shitty?
I will do just about anything in the name of beauty. When I heard that bird poop facials were a thing, I obviously had to try it. You guys already know. I will try anything. In the past I've had someone wash me from head to toe, and I've also paid for a nap. Ugh. Trying all these luxurious treatments are sooo exhausting. But someone's gotta do it! :)
The proper name for the treatment is The Geisha Facial and it is currently only found at NYC’s Shizuka New York Day Spa. When I read about it, I immediately booked an appointment. I was ready to have my face lathered with Japanese nightingale droppings.
At the spa, I stripped down to my skivvies and put on a Geisha-like robe and cotton slippers. It was part of the entire experience.
I was ushered to a room and laid down on a super-comfy bed. As soon as celebrity facialist Shizuka Bernstein got started, I said, "IS THIS THE BIRD POOP?!" I was kind of excited. She assured me that she would let me know when she was rubbing the poop all over my face. Shizuka told me that the bird poop really isn't the main part of treatment, it's just one of the steps. Oh, poop. I was expecting to spend a whole 60 minutes with bird feces caked on my face.
Anyway, the bird feces is the third step in the treatment. First a clay is applied to your face, then your face is cleansed, and then...Shizuka first mixes the bird poop with a rice bran to mask the shitty scent, and applies it to your face with a brush and then scrubs your skin to exfoliate.
The formula feels a little gloopy, but doesn't smell bad. It kind of smelled like oatmeal.
The bird poop comes in the form of a powder. It turns out that Japanese nightingale droppings are manufactured in Japan, where they are sanitized with UV rays and turned into a powder. I envision an entire warehouse of birds shitting into trays and it being someone's job to go scrape it and then pass it on to be sanitized.
When asked why bird poop, Shizuka says, "The bird poop actually has a natural enzyme in it that will cleanse the skin. It also has guanine, which is found in many makeup products that help produce shine."
After the bird poop part of the facial a few more steps follow, including extraction. Once she was done, my face felt as smooth as a baby's butt. I think I'd do it again.