A catch-all treatment for younger skin
Acupuncture has been around for centuries. A part of traditional Chinese medicine, it may help treat body pains, headaches, or even nausea. But it’s supplementary benefits might surprise you — especially if you decide to let your acupuncturist have a go at your smile lines.
Enter: Facial acupuncture, the reportedly safer alternative to surgery or Botox.
This cosmetic treatment is an extension of traditional acupuncture. It’s said to naturally help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier. And unlike injection procedures, facial acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging, but also the skin’s overall health.
“It works internally to optimize your health while simultaneously enhancing the appearance of your skin,” explains Amanda Beisel, acupuncturist and founder of SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic.
What is Cosmetic (Facial) Acupuncture?
When it comes to needles puncturing the face, fillers and Botox may now form our main association. However, acupuncture has been used in a cosmetic context for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
While facial acupuncture can refer to the treatment of acupuncture points on the face for varying health and wellness concerns, cosmetic acupuncture specifically relates to acupuncture for aesthetic purposes.
The science behind facial acupuncture
On the face, the acupuncturist will insert more than 70 tiny and painless needles. As the needles puncture the skin, they create wounds within its threshold, which are called positive microtraumas. When your body senses these wounds, it goes into repair mode.
Repairing The Skin means producing more Elastin &
Collagens. This is the same idea microneedling uses to get bright, anti-aging results.
These punctures stimulate your lymphatic and circulatory system, which work together to deliver nutrients and oxygen to your skin cells, nourishing skin from the inside out. This helps even out your complexion and promote your skin’s glow. The positive microtraumas also stimulates the production of collagen
& Elastin too . This helps improve elasticity, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.
Inserting around 80 ultra-fine microneedles into our face cause stimulating Collagen and Elastin Productions. Through a micro-wound healing response, it addresses multiple factors of ageing – from smoothing lines, to enhancing the firmness and volume of skin. Unlike Botox, cosmetic acupuncture can influence the health of the skin, working on more than the superficial signs of premature ageing.
Celebrities Using Cosmetic Acupuncture
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Madonna and Angelina Jolie are all said to be fans, while Millie Mackintosh, Kim Kardashian and Victoria’s Secret model Bar Refaeli have proudly posted bristling ‘needle selfies’ on social media.
The treatment is being touted as a natural alternative to Botox. ‘I see a lot of people who have tried the Botox route but prefer cosmetic acupuncture,’ says John. ‘Botox hides a problem, but acupuncture does so much more. It enhances the skin’s own ability to regenerate.’
But can needles really turn back the clock?
As I approach my 40th birthday, I’m keen to find out. My chubby cheeks mean in some ways I look younger than my years — but my gaping pores, increasing frown lines and red, patchy skin tell another story.
Friends have had Botox, but I’ve always been scared of losing my expressive face, and somehow it doesn’t feel right to inject my body with poison ( Marianne Power said for the Daily Mail)