The majority of the wellness clan have either tried it or are pretty familiar with it, the many thousands-of-year-old alternative medicine practice, acupuncture. We know acupuncture to treat things like pain, insomnia, digestive issues, and even weight loss. But cosmetic acupuncture offers something totally different in that it claims to improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging like dark spots and sun spots. With celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow promoting the "acu-face-lift" procedure on social media, our interest piqued after learning this holistic approach to anti-aging.
Acupuncturists describe an “acu-face-lif” as natural Botox. No matter what you hope to achieve with acupuncture, the application is the same: Needles are placed into the skin at specific points in the body where vital energy is said to flow, called meridians, to improve circulation, unblock "stuck" energy, and help the body to rejuvenate. In cosmetic acupuncture, the idea is to place needles around the face at pressure points to evoke minor trauma, which the body will respond to in order to heal.
This minor damage created in the skin has been shown to encourage the skin's own repair tools to stimulate cell re-growth, which subsequently increases the production of collagen and elastin. More collagen and elasticity in the face equals fewer wrinkles, signs of aging and an overall smoother, more toned complexion.
So if you’re looking for an alternative anti-aging solution to botox, head to your local acupuncturist and try this method first! Always remember as well, alternative anti-aging practices are just one part of keeping your skin healthy! Incorporating vegan beauty products and eating clean will keep you youthful and glowing as well.