WHAT IS FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE?
Cosmetology has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for thousands of years, using various ancient techniques to improve beauty. One of the techniques, called facial acupuncture, is when extra-fine needles are inserted into the acupuncture points along the face. But the TCM approach to treating the face isn’t merely about the face.
WHAT GOES DOWN?
When giving an acupuncture facial, a seasoned practitioner will focus on promoting the health of the entire body to enhance the appearance of the skin. This method is a unique way of improving the complexion and smoothing out fine lines because of its holistic nature. For example, smoking is respiratory, inhaled through the lungs, but it has a tremendous impact on your facial appearance and skin! Herbal remedies may also be added as a complement to the facial acupuncture treatment.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARD?
There are a few main effects from facial acupuncture. First off, the treatment helps to detoxify the body, which is great, because toxins in the skin lead to wrinkles and unwanted redness. Secondly, the needles create ‘microcirculation,’ which improves blood flow to the face. This helps with getting rid of impurities and enhancing the natural ‘glow’ of the face. In some cases, the improved circulation even reduces dark circles and dark spots. In addition, the muscles in the face will relax. This helps smooth out fine lines and soften any wrinkled areas. The needles also create micro traumas to the face, which help stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity. Collagen provides that taught, youthful look to the skin — droopy skin associated with aging is largely the result of natural collagen depletion.
WHO SHOULD TRY IT?
Because facial acupuncture is a holistic, natural treatment, it is recommended that first timers have at least eight to ten treatments, depending on their constitution and how they respond. After that, a monthly treatment or so helps maintain the effect. Acupuncture facials are also great for prevention before signs of aging set in, as they are a great way to maintain a youthful look.
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