You may have tried this ancient Chinese practice for pain relief, or anxiety, but what about for a natural face lift? Yup, that’s right, cosmetic acupuncture has garnered quite the following amongst celebrity fans as a natural alternative to Botox (Gwyneth Paltrow, Madeleine West, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie included).
Cosmetic Acupuncture is an ancient practice used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and dates back to the Emperors in China. It was a common practice used by Geishas and concubines (yep, it’s the secret to why geishas skin looks so damn flawless) and it’s still around today! Say goodbye to Botox, fillers and all the stuff in between. This technique is completely natural, safe and relatively pain free (unless you’re scared of needles).
Rather than filling your skin with chemical injections, your face will instead be covered with fine acupuncture needles that create an instant lift and over time, can erase fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also great for helping with acne and other skin conditions. Already had Botox or fillers? No worries! Cosmetic acupuncture can work around the beauty treatments you’ve already had, bringing out your natural beauty.
Cosmetic acupuncture has been known to reduce puffiness, reduce wrinkles, increase collagen in the face and soft surrounding areas (so you can stop ruining your perfectly good coffee by adding collagen to it), relieve stress, give you glowing skin, reduce scarring, prevent wrinkles, and even out pigmentation. It’s pretty much the one stop shop for good skin, so you can put your best face forward without the nasty chemicals.
So how does it work?
According to leading Cosmetic Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine at St Kilda’s Zhong Centre, Dr Abbie Cloherty, “Fine needles are placed on your face at specific acupuncture points. One of the ways it works is the ‘microtrauma’ caused by the needle encourages blood flow and the rebuilding of collagen under the skin, which can produce visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.”
So the real question on your lips now is likely, ‘Does it hurt?’. According to Dr Abbie “It absolutely depends on the client and the practitioner. Some people feel next to nothing and others a dull ache at the base of the needle. At Zhong Centre we work hard to make your experience luxurious and relaxing, most of my clients Zen out and nap during their appointment.”
So now you’ve got the facts, but what is the treatment actually like? I booked in for a session at Zhong Centre and after one hour (and one look in the mirror post-Zen) I was totally hooked. My thought-too-hard-about-all the-things lines had vanished from my eyebrows and the redness had faded from my skin.
Four sessions later, my face looked like pre-teen Emma, and it’s been glowing like a diamond ever since.
Dr Abbie calls this the Diamond Factor, “This is the bright and refreshed quality that shines out of my client’s faces. When my clients come to see me in clinic, I take a before and after photo to show you the immediate changes in skin contour and tone, lines and wrinkles, brightness and tightness,” she says.
But don’t take my word for it—give cosmetic acupuncture a go. As always with these things, do your research first. See if it feels right for you, and ask your GP if you’ve got any concerns. Everyone’s beauty routine will be different.
Emma Maidment is passionate about sharing ways to live an authentic and connected life. As a yoga teacher, writer, presenter, co-founder of Mindful Mornings, Mindful Business Academy and Ritual Retreats she runs retreats, workshops, events and speaks on health and wellbeing around Australia and the world. You can follow her adventures on Instagram or connect via emmamaidment.com.
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