Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
What is it??
The insertion of fine acupuncture needles into selected facial and body points in order to tighten, tone, and encourage firming of the skin by stimulating natural collagen production. It increases Qi (energy) and circulation throughout the body while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Acupuncture can provide a safe, effective, natural, and drug-free approach to reduce the signs of aging. In addition to improving the muscle tone of the face and neck, facial acupuncture can also address underlying imbalances that may be contributing to the aging process.
Qi circulates throughout the body within a series of pathways called meridians. This energy provides nourishment to every cell, tissue, muscle and organ in the body. According to Chinese Medicine, wrinkles form when there is an imbalance and weakness of Qi. As we age, it becomes more difficult for Qi to flow upwards in the body to ‘lift’ up the face, and hence the skin starts to sag. Poor diet, digestive imbalances, lack of circulation, and stress can also contribute to inadequate muscle tone and wrinkles.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can help to reduce the signs of aging by stimulating the circulation of Qi, especially in the face. After following a series of treatments, one can look and feel more energetic, calm, and vibrant.
In addition to acupuncture, there are some self-care techniques that can contribute to having healthy skin. Herbal poultices can be made using equal parts of ground almonds & flaxseeds, lavender, rose petals, and oats. Add water (and often French clay) and stir until a thick paste is made. Clean the face first with water, and then apply the mask to the face and let dry. Wash off after 15 minutes.
Water is also important to stay hydrated from the inside out. Try to drink ½ of your weight (in pounds) in ounces of water daily. Water helps to keep the muscles and skin lubricated and prevents dryness.
Massaging the face in circular motions will help to increase circulation and remove toxins from the skin. Exercise enhances blood flow and oxygen to the body (including the face) and this allows healing and repair to happen. Antioxidants – such as Vitamins A, C, E, and the minerals selenium and zinc – are great to nourish the skin, and prevent degenerative changes from happening. Focusing on a diet that is balanced with fruits, a wide variety of vegetables, lean protein, and ‘good’ fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, fish, olive oil) can provide the body with the proper nutrition so that one’s skin looks fresh and radiant.
Here’s to beautiful skin, and feeling good from the inside out!