Good skin is an inside job. Cosmetic Acupuncture has been taking the beauty world by storm recently. With celebrities posting pictures of themselves undergoing the treatment on Instagram and raving about it in interviews. The likes of Gywneth Paltrow, Chissy Tiegan and Lisa Snowdon are all fans. But what is it and how does it work?
Cosmetic or facial acupuncture is part of the wider practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Like all facets of Chinese Medicine it addresses not just the symptoms of stressed or ageing skin but the underlying causes.
So as well as looking at the skin and working locally to improve it's appearance, it looks at any underlying health issues, such as digestive or respiratory disorders; stress or tension that may be negatively affecting the skin.
What to expect?
Cosmetic acupuncture, like regular acupuncture, involves the insertion of hair-fine acupuncture needles into pre-determined acu-points and what we call 'ashi' or local points on the face and body. The majority of needles are on the face, targeting problem areas. Treatment time is generally one hour and is pain-free and perhaps surprisingly, relaxing.
How does it work?
Cosmetic acupuncture stimulates the flow of Blood & Qi (energy) to the face. This increase of circulation of Blood & Qi results in a fresher, brighter and more youthful-looking complexion. It helps to even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and eliminate puffiness. One client described it 'like a workout for the face'.
Who is it suitable for?
The treatment is ideal for those who don't want to go down the road of chemical or surgical treatments. It is completely safe, has no adverse side effects and no downtime is required. Because it incorporates the body treatment you feel relaxed and rejuvenated from the inside out - good for those seeking some stress relief into the bargain!
And it's not just a beauty treatment. Other skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and conditions such as Bell's palsy or post-surgery scarring can be treated using cosmetic acupuncture.
How many sessions will I need?
It is very dependent on the individual but you should start to see an improvement immediately. We generally recommend weekly treatments initially and then as and when you feel you need it.
What our clients are saying...
'It was like my skin had been ironed out, my skin feels more taut and wrinkles less pronounced' Aisling, 46
'My skin was glowing. Obviously, as people were telling me how young I looked' Bernie, 43
'My rosacea symptoms reduced markedly after just 2 sessions. After 4 treatments, I reduced to monthly treatments to keep it at bay.' Aoife, 39
'I had initially come for acupuncture for my sinusitis but after the sessions, noticed how good my skin looked. My usual redness had calmed down and now my sinuses are fine and I continue to use it to keep my skin looking good.' Margaret, 40