White is Beautiful: Japanese beauty with bird poop powder

beauty-crap  facial

April 29, 2008 — New York Post….just $216, Shizuka Bernstein will slather your face in feces for a full 50 minutes – what she calls the “Geisha Facial” – at her Midtown spa, Shizuka New York. The ancient Japanese cleanser – geisha and kabuki dancers have been using the bird poop to wash off their heavy white makeup…more…

My previous 3Yen report of August 5, 2005….

Let’s white happy!
While I’m in the drug store in Japan, I always find aisles devoted solely to skin whitening products. And my favorite traditional Japanese product for skin whitening is uguisu no fun aka swallow nightingale droppings. Being Bihaku ) or a ‘white beauty’ is hot shit here in Japan.
uguisu no fun  aka nightingale droppings
In a machine translation of the product description ofuguisu-no-fun, the cosmetics company uguisunofun.com says to whiten your skin you should take from 0.5 to 1.0 grams (about 1/3 of teaspoon) of the bird poop powder and mix it with soap in your palm and wash your face in the regular manner. Product No. 151 Container (26 g), price: 1,029 yen.

As Japanese love to quote the old Chinese saying: “Being white can cover/compensate for three times of ugliness. ” In the past months that I’ve spent in the hospital, the Japanese student nurses lube me up with NIVEA Whitening Body Lotion after my sponge bath and I always teased them I might disappear into the sheets.

For some women, it’s beauty and the bleach
Concord Monitor—-
….Take a daylight drive through Asian immigrant enclaves such as Monterey Park and Irvine, and you’ll see women trying to shield themselves with umbrellas – even for the short dash from a parking lot into a supermarket. face  UV shade for whiter skin While driving, many wear special “UV gloves”- which look like the long gloves worn with ball gowns – to protect their forearms, and don wraparound visors that resemble welder’s masks….There are doctors who, for about $1,000, will use an electrical field to deliver vitamins, moisturizers and bleaching agents to a woman’s face in a procedure known as a “mesofacial.” Whitening products have been a mainstay in Asia for decades, but cosmetics-industry officials said they have emerged as a hot seller in the United States …..….more….

bihaku ads
Typical Japanese bihaku ads for skin whitening products (mostly fraudulent and ineffective like my hospital’s Whitening Body Lotion).

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11 thoughts on “White is Beautiful: Japanese beauty with bird poop powder”

  1. My dictionary lists uguisu as a Japanese nightingale or bush warbler rather than a swallow, which would be tsubame. Nightingale poo sounds a bit more refined and exotic than swallow…

  2. im looking for whitening boy lotion and for the face soap. the bird poop powder is that effective? i heard some japanese people .

  3. Hey Taro it looks like that a few days (years) after you posted it, FARK discovered this old shit.

    FARK.com Sat, 03 May 2008 at 11:43 PM
    In an effort to look beautiful and reverse the nation’s declining birthrate, Japanese women are slathering their faces with bird poo. You’re doing it wrong.

  4. how to buy this product and where?

    Here ya go! You asked for this shit, ha, ha…

  5. Uguisu no fun
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Uguisu no fun (鶯の糞), which literally means “nightingale feces” in Japanese, refers to the excrement (fun) produced by a particular nightingale called the Japanese bush warbler (Cettia diphone) (uguisu).[1] The droppings have been used in facials since ancient Japanese times. Recently, the product has been used in the Western world.

    Geisha historically used uguisu no fun to whiten their skin, remove their makeup, and condition their skin.
    The use of nightingale excrement dates back to the Heian period (A.D. 794 – 1185).The Japanese used the bird droppings to remove stains from silk garments, like kimonos. Then, during the Edo period (A.D. 1603–1868), the Japanese expanded the use by using it as a beauty treatment.Some sources, however, report that as early as the 3rd century, Japanese women rubbed bags of rice bran on their faces and used nightingale droppings to whiten the skin. Uguisu no fun was used to thoroughly remove the makeup and whiten and even the skin. Also, Buddhist monks used the droppings to polish and clean their bald scalps.
    –Mechanism of facial
    The way the facial works is not entirely clear. The guano from the nightingale has a high concentration of urea and guanine. Because birds excrete a fecal and urine waste from a single opening, called the cloaca, the fecal-urine combination give the droppings a high concentration of urea. Urea is sometimes found in cosmetics because it locks moisture into the skin.The guanine may produce shimmery, iridescent effects on the skin. It is claimed that because of the short intestine of the nightingale, the droppings have protein, a fat-degrading enzyme, and a whitening enzyme that acts on fat and scurf to whiten skin and even out blemishes.
    Numerous sources comment that “the amino acid guanine” gives uguisu no fun its cosmetic properties, though guanine is a nucleotide base, not an amino acid.
    –In popular culture
    Victoria Beckham, who has long suffered with acne, used uguisu no fun to improve her skin. It was reported that Victoria Beckham admired the clarity of the skin of Japanese women and subsequently learned about the droppings. David Beckham has been said to use the product as well.
    In the novel Memoirs of a Geisha, Chiyo repays Hatsumomo’s cruelty by mixing pigeon droppings with her face cream that contained unguent of nightingale droppings.

  6. Ahhh, the bird poop story is like Japanese square watermelons—It must be a slow news day. This story was recycled poop from 2008 in the New York Post’s poop. Actually, I first saw the poop story in the Tokyo Weekender in 1984, then in the Tokyo Journal in 1989 and in the Tokyo Classifieds in 1995-ish.
    white space is good for the soul

    Clients pay $180 for bird-feces facials at New York spa

    Japan Times / 2013 August 3
    Bird droppings for beauty? That is what goes into facials at a luxury spa where the traditional Japanese treatment, using imported “uguisu” bush-warbler excrement mixed with rice bran, goes for $180 a pop.
    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.

  7. But did you notice that she went down in price?

    Must be the weak Yen.

    white space is good for the soul

    2008 — New York Post
    For just $216, Shizuka Bernstein will slather your face in feces for a full 50 minutes – what she calls the “Geisha Facial” – at her Midtown spa, Shizuka New York

    2013– The Japan Times
    facials at a luxury spa where the traditional Japanese treatment, using imported “uguisu” bush-warbler excrement mixed with rice bran, goes for $180 a pop

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