Born in 1962, Tom Cruise is 61, but would you believe it if you’ve seen the latest Mission Impossible film? How does he look so young?
Ten years ago, The Huffington Post wrote up anonymous insider accounts, saying;
Tom doesn’t go in for Botox or surgery, but he does pay close attention to all the new and popular natural treatments. He recently started experimenting with the nightingale poo facial.”
That’s a registered trademarked cream which claims to be the only one in the world with extracted enzymes from the excrement of the Japanese nightingale.
- The good news? Shipping is free.
- The bad? A small tub costs over £425.
Wikipedia alludes to why the Japanese nightingale might be so expensive. There aren’t many in Japan. Instead, Wikipedia says;
The leiothrix is usually found in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma and parts of Tibet. This species is a bird of the hill forests, found in every type of jungle though it prefers pine forests with bushes.
Red-billed leiothrix is the full name of the nightingale. However, it’s worth noting that the bird does come to Japan and likes the forests of Abies and Tsuga while there.
Nightingale droppings are not a new trend. The practice dates back hundreds of years, as Asami Geisha explain.
“Geisha Facial” refers to a beauty treatment that uses nightingale droppings. In Japan, the poop is called Uguisu No Fun. Japanese geishas have used this treatment for centuries.
Geishas used to wear a white makeup called oshiroi, which contained zinc and lead. This makeup could cause skin problems, such as skin diseases.
However, it’s suggested that the Uguisu No Fun could clean and regenerate the damaged skin. This resulted in softer, more radiant, and smoother skin.
The Geisha Facial is still used today, and it is said to have many benefits for the skin, but it is important to find a reputable spa that offers this treatment.
The cream treatment may be uncomfortable, as it can cause some redness and irritation. Finally, you should only have the treatment done a few times a year, as it can dry the skin. Perhaps it is a good thing it’s not Amazon.
In Pure Spirit
If Japanese nightingale poop facials exist, does that mean birds are kept in cages purely for poo farming? If so, then there are likely ethical considerations.
Would you spend £400 a year on Japanese anti-wrinkle cream made from bird boop if it made you look younger?