You may have heard of it, and you’ve definitely seen it (it’s the one with the needles): acupuncture is a treatment derived from Chinese medicine. The main goal of the treatment is to relieve physical and mental tension, through balancing qi (pronounced ‘chee’) in the body. It’s an oldie, but a goodie, as the ancient technique has been practiced over the centuries, and is still hugely popular today. Ready to give the needles a try? Here’s what’s involved, the benefits, and the answer to the question you’re all wondering: how much does it hurt? By Rachel SpeddingRead more
The idea of sticking needles in your face might not sound like a relaxing beauty treatment, but it could be just what your skin needs. Acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Smaller, ultra-thin needles are inserted into energy points along the body and face (meridian points, if we’re being scientific). These help to heal the body, reducing tension and stress.
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What are the benefits?
Facial acupuncture is a great non-surgical alternative for slowing down the ageing process. Vivienne, owner of Primo Herb, explains, “facial acupuncture increases circulation in the face and promotes collagen production” – two key factors in achieving youthful-looking skin. The micro-wounds left by the needles kickstart the regeneration process and increase blood flow and oxygen, keeping the skin from looking puffy or tired.
What actually happens in an acupuncture session?
It’s not just about sticking needles into your skin, willy-nilly, so don’t try it at home. Before your treatment starts, your therapist will discuss your skin’s needs and what you’d like to improve. Then, up to 80 (yep, really) needles are gently inserted into certain pressure points across the body. You’ll sit back and relax while the needles get to work (believe me, it’s much easier than it sounds) before the needles are carefully removed.
Sounds good, but does it hurt?
Vivienne notes you might feel a little pain during your first session, but it should be relaxing too. Some treatments include a mask and a massage to soothe the skin and help you feel seriously relaxed. “Everything is tailored to your skin’s specific needs,” Vivienne adds, “so it’s suitable for all skin types”.
How often should I get acupuncture?
Needles aren’t everyone’s idea of a good time, so start off with one session and see how you get on, especially if you’re feeling nervous. When you’re won over (yep, we’re that confident), Vivienne suggests a course of six, one treatment a week. You can even up it to twice a week during the winter months when your skin needs a little extra TLC.