We've heard of injections used in cosmetic procedures to enhance one's natural beauty or even to revert the effects of age on one's skin but acupuncture as 'beauty therapy' is a first. So we decided to investigate a little further to walk you through the ins and outs of this form of Chinese medicine that is causing quite the stir in the beauty industry.
Why is it good for one's skin?
Anna Silsby, director of Waterhouse Young Clinic in London, explains that:
It works by stimulating organs to give the body a full reset, while at the same time increasing the skin’s microcirculation for a brighter, more lifted complexion.
The effect of boosting microcirculationhelps in delivering oxygen and nutrients to the skin while also removing toxins trapped beneath it. Puncturing the skin with these tiny needles actually tricks the skin into commencing a healing process in which collagen and elastin production is triggered. And as you probably already know, these are the two necessary ingredients for firm and healthy-looking skin.
How does cosmetic acupuncture work?
Dr. Silsby explains that she would start by cleansing the skin to remove any superficial impurities before inserting the needles into the skin. Longer ones are jabbed in the ear and under the chin areas and eventually 60-70 would be inserted throughout the entire face. But worry not, very little pain is involved in the process as the needles gently pierce the skin.
Once all the needles are put into place, a sheet mask is placed over the top of the needles and a jade roller runs over them. And again, although this might sound very painful, some have described this specific process as being so relaxing that it could almost induce sleep.
When the needles are finally removed, Dr. Silsby would then proceed to cleanse the skin once more before using a facial cupping technique to suck onto the skin as a way to further boost microcirculation.
The result? A healthy glow that can last up to weeks as well as a noticeable tightening effect on the skin. It is recommended to go through this treatment about six times one week apart from each other to maximise the effects. But, as with most cosmetic surgeries, this can easily add up with every session costing about £200.
So, will you be trying cosmetic acupuncture?