Sometimes (especially during summer) we forget that spending hours out in the sun can cause extensive damage to the skin on your face and accelerate the effects of aging. Unfortunately, sunbathing and maintaining that youthful glow do not go hand in hand. So, as summer comes to an end and your tan begins to fade, it’s a good time to start thinking about your skin’s health again. Rather than just hope your face will “go back to normal” with minimal damage as we start to spend more time inside, consider trying an acupuncture technique that will actively repair your skin: facial rejuvenation.
Facial rejuvenation is a form of cosmetic acupuncture that counteracts the systemic inflammation, stress, and build-up of toxins that contribute to the appearance of aging. By manipulating the acu-points associated with the face and skin, facial rejuvenation acupuncture balances the flow of energy through the body and face, creating younger and healthier looking skin. Facial rejuvenation treatments also help your body produce more collagen, which improves the elasticity of your skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin tone and provides a more even complexion.
How Does Facial Rejuvenation Work?
Healthline explains the science behind facial acupuncture: “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. This is the same idea microneedling uses to get bright, anti-aging results — except acupuncture is a bit less intense, averaging about 50 punctures. Microneedling applies hundreds of pricks through a rolling device.
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. This helps improve elasticity, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.”
Types of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Endpoint Wellness offers restorative facial acupuncture, which is the insertion of tiny needles into acu-points associated with the face (described above) and microcurrent facial rejuvenation, or Energy Light Rejuvenation. Energy Light Rejuvenation is a technique using microcurrent (electric current) and therapeutic colored light applied in a specific protocol which includes the use of acupuncture points on the face. According to Dr. Darren Starwynn, who developed the Energy Light Rejuvenation technique, “both microcurrent and light help restore the energy circulation and communication within the cells of the body. The amount of aging we see in our faces is in direct proportion to the blockage and reduction of this energy communication in our bodies.”
Endpoint Wellness also offers holistic skin treatments and therapies such as herbal supplements that can promote healthy skin, nails, hair and other cosmetic features. You can also make an appointment for a massage, or esthetician services including brow shaping, facial hair removal, brow and lash tinting.
Proof That Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Actually Works
According to New York AcuHealth Acupuncture, The International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported in a recent study of 300 people, 270 perceived a marked decrease of facial wrinkles after just one treatment. Their skin felt firmer to the touch and elasticity was improved. Their website also states that facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a timeless beauty technique dating back to ancient Chinese culture during the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 AD).
Healthline.com calls facial acupuncture “the reportedly safer alternative to Botox” and claims that “unlike injection procedures, facial acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging, but also the skin’s overall health.”
Another study done by the National Institute of Health examined the effects of acupuncture on 27 women between the ages of 40 and 59 showed that after five acupuncture sessions, 12 exhibited no change, while 15 showed a positive, single-level improvement in their skin’s elasticity.
Facial rejuvenation treatments can be as effective (not to mention safer) as dermal fillers and even surgical facelift procedures. However, the best results occur through prevention; by beginning facial rejuvenation treatments today, you can maintain a healthy glowing complexion and protect your skin from premature aging.
What Contributes to Premature Aging?
Why do we need facial rejuvenation in the first place? Chances are, unless you are someone with no stress, who doesn’t spend any time outside or wear any makeup, you will experience one or more of these factors that contribute to premature aging:
- Pollution, makeup and/or poor cleansing habits block pores. Clean skin is the first step to beautiful skin!
- Sunlight. The sun provides us with warmth, energy and Vitamin D, however, overexposure to the sun can be harmful.
- Smoking, alcohol, drug use and caffeinated beverages take their toll on our skin.
- Stress. Reducing stress and tension in your life will benefit your mind and body, including your skin.
- Lack of sleep. Sleep rejuvenates the body and the mind.
If you want to explore the benefits of facial rejuvenation acupuncture for yourself, make an appointment with Endpoint Wellness today!