Although prized for centuries in Japan for the beauty of its spiritual melody, the noble nightingale is known for something else, which may prove to be a bit surprising and is not for the faint of heart.
Nightingale droppings have a natural enzyme that has been used for facial treatments for centuries untold.
Nightingale droppings are a valued cosmetic and facial treatment in Japan. Known and sold by the name of Uguisu No Fun (really) the word derives from name of the bird. Since ancient times Japanese women maintained their silky white skin and lustrous flowing silky hair with natural products created from the droppings of this lovely songbird.
The guano (an Incan word meaning sea bird droppings) of the nightingale is a fine and almost odorless powder that is mixed to form a paste, which is then applied as a face pack. The result is a lightening and smoothing of the facial complexion, which leaves the skin feeling soft and nourished.
The Uguisu No Fun that is used for a cosmetic skin face pack is very carefully and hygienically collected. The natural properties that aid skin care are ammonic in nature and they beach the skin somewhat while simultaneously smoothing and toning the complexion.
Handed down from one generation to another with all the care and love of family silver, this product is used as much today in Japan as it was in centuries past.
The paste is formed by mixing 1⁄2 teaspoon of the dried slightly musty-smelling Uguisu No Fun with a few drops of warm water in the palm of one hand. Using small circular motions, the paste is then massaged into the skin, carefully avoiding the eyes. The addition of the water increases the intensity of the musky smell.
The mask should be applied about twice a week and can be left on for up to 20 minutes. It is recommended to leave it on for the maximum time as the longer it’s on, the better it works.
The magic behind Uguisu No Fun’s main effect, which is the bleaching and exfoliating of the skin is the natural non-mystical result of the enzyme known as guanine. Kabuki actors and high-ranking geisha girls have always prized the product as the best way to remove their heavy makeup. The droppings are also used effectively on kimonos as stain removers.
The word uguiso also refers to a type of floor in Japanese architecture known as uguisubari, which translates as nightingale floor. Characterized by squeaking floorboards, their sounds are said to resemble the Japanese bush warbler’s low chirping, and are meant to be so designed to warn sleepers of the approach of intruders.
The unusual facial treatment has spread to other countries as well. “We have been trying the nightingale facial out and it has been an unbelievable success for treating tortured, dull and sun-damaged skin,” says Hari Salem, owner of Hari’s Salon in Knightsbridge, West London.
If you are seeking the centuries old facial beauty secrets of the orient, they are finally unlocked for everyone to experience.
Watch the video and be amazed.
And that’s no…bird poo!