Here at Ámé, we are big fans of all things TCM – aka Traditional Chinese Medicine. Think: herbal remedies, lymphatic work, massage, acupuncture, energy healing, and so much more. We typically think of acupuncture as a relief for muscle tension and ailments of certain systems or organs, utilizing the meridians in the body for healing by stimulating deep energetic channels – and rarely do we think of acupuncture for cosmetic purposes. Alas, there are actually some major perks to this relaxing needle practice in that realm.
A new wellness sanctuary has landed in Los Angeles called Seyhart, specializing in acupuncture, cupping, and tuina healing. Tuina is a massage technique that focuses on acupressure points to activate meridians – similarly to acupuncture – in order to release the flow of qi and promote healing. This beautiful space cultivates inner and outer healing, and an honest glow.
The knowledgeable practitioners at Seyhart also often perform facial acupuncture, which has incredible beauty benefits when coupled with the right routine. Specialist Shannon Lawerence shared with us just how it works.
“Acupuncture on the face has many benefits: It improves fine lines and wrinkles, supports restoring collagen production and skin elasticity by promoting qi and blood flow, and supports the glow of the skin. Facial acupuncture can also support weak facial muscles, and improve mouth and tooth pain. Other areas of the body, as well as meridians that promote qi and blood flow, are stimulated. Thus, acupuncture on the face is a full body experience.”
That’s more than we can say about most facial treatments. While we won’t bash Botox – because, hey, to each their own, and we think it can show amazing results – facial acupuncture claims to have similar results, while also stimulating the skin, muscles, and entire body.
Lawrence went on to tell us, “By promoting qi and blood flow, acupuncture on the face – as well as other parts of the body and other meridians – can support the integrity and health and wellness of the muscles. When it relieves muscle tension in the face, it is said to have Botox-like effects.”
So how soon till one sees results? And are they lasting? According to Lawrence, “Acupuncture is not immediate like Botox or other injectables. Each experience is unique to the individual. Results are dependent on each individual body constitution, and the overall health of the individual. Each client is unique, and the experience and frequency can vary. Generally, we recommend two to three times per week for one month.”
However, acupuncture is known to have profound effects on relaxing muscles – and facial muscle tension is one of the main culprits of facial wrinkles. When we hold onto tension in the muscles just below the skin’s surface, we create tightness. Botox completely relaxes muscles, rendering them immobile, which is what gives the appearance of smooth, line-less foreheads. Acupuncture does the same thing over time, without causing muscle immobility.
Can you go to any practitioner of TCM acupuncture for this service, or do you need to go to a spa specialist? Unfortunately, not all acupuncturists will offer this unique experience, so it’s a smart idea to ask ahead of an appointment if beauty benefits are your goals. And as always, acupuncture should only be performed by a Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist.