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Bird poo facial is the new craze in skincare

No really, it is.

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IS THERE ANYTHING that can’t be put in a facial? Bird poo is the latest rage in skincare, with a New York salon now offering the traditional Japanese treatment for just $180 a pop.

The facial is made using imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran and claims to keep skin soft and smooth due to a special poo-enzyme which exfoliates the skin.

The owner of the Shizuka skin care salon, Shizuka Bernstein, decided to bring the Geisha facial to New York having picked up the treatment from her mother in Japan.

To make the treatment, the cream-coloured poo is dried and finely ground into a bowl to mix with the rice bran. The mixture is then applied to the client’s face with a brush, leaving a smell ‘like toasted rice’.

However, Manhattan cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, says that the affects aren’t much different to using an apricot scrub or any other facemask.

Bernstein maintains that the integrity of the bird poo is key, only using the nightingale species because they live on seeds and produce the enzymes needed for the most effective treatment.

We don’t do Central Park facials because those birds eat garbage.

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