What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic Acupuncture, also known as Facial Rejuvenation or Facial Acupuncture, applies the benefits of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to provide a natural, anti-aging procedure that nourishes your skin from the inside out.
Though elements of Cosmetic Acupuncture, like micro-needling and gua sha have become popular, modern-day beauty staples, Chinese Medical Cosmetology ( 美容 "Mei Rong" ) has a well-documented and respected history dating back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) . Historically, Chinese medical physicians were employed to perform acupuncture and herbal medicine on empresses, as well as emperors' concubines, to enhance their natural radiance, delay signs of aging, and maintain a youthful and lustrous appearance.
Our "Acu-Facial" combines cosmetic acupuncture with other proven modalities to nourish your skin using a holistic, customized approach. TCM-based dietary recommendations, as well as Chinese herbal medicine may also be offered.
Softens/eliminates fine lines and wrinkles
Stimulates collagen and elastin repair
Improves complexion by evening out skin tone
Softens and plumps deeper lines
Improves muscle tone of face and jaw
Increases blood and lymph circulation, reducing puffiness
Improves acne, rosacea, and broken capillaries
More Than Skin Deep
The benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture go beyond healthier-looking skin. In TCM, we observe and treat not only the body, but also the mind and emotions as a whole. If there is an imbalance in one system, it will affect all the others. Therefore, our skin (along with our hair, nails, etc.) is seen as merely a reflection of the state of our internal health, and is treated as such.
With that in mind, Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments not only address skin issues, but also the disharmonies within the body, thereby improving overall health. Facial acupuncture points are used in combination with acu-points on the body. In addition to improvements in their skin, patients may also experience:
Improved sleep quality
Reductions in anxiety and/or stress levels
Reductions in chronic or nagging pain
Increased energy levels and improved mood
Our Customized Acu-Facial Protocol:
Step 2: LED Light Therapy
Low-level LED light therapy is utilized during your acupuncture session to give your skin an added boost. Our CellumaPRO device is proven to decrease inflammation & increase micro-circulation. The NASA-developed technology is FDA-cleared to not only benefit acne and wrinkles, but also treat muscle, joint & arthritic pain (and can be added to any treatment).
Step 3: Skin Nutrition
After acupuncture, your skin receives a topical burst of hydration, then is prepped for gua sha. We utilize nutrient-rich OSEA Malibu skin care products, a company committed to clean & cruelty-free beauty, with an emphasis on sustainability.
Step 4: Gua Sha
The ancient Chinese art of Gua Sha rounds out your treatment. We stick to its medicinal roots in the process, to stimulate all the right acu-points and effectively release muscle tension. Gua Sha can also increase circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage.
Step 1: Acupuncture
Tiny, hair-thin acupuncture needles are inserted into the face and other body points to help stimulate collagen and elastin production, allowing your skin to be nourished, oxygenated and moisturized from the inside out.
A course of 12 sessions is recommended for maximum facial benefits, followed by a treatment every 4-6 weeks for maintenance. Please see our Menu of Services for pricing and package deals.
Cosmetic Acupuncture may not be right for you if you currently:
have severe nickel allergies
have high blood pressure*
are prone to migraines*
*we can address these issues first with traditional acupuncture sessions and/or by utilizing Chinese herbs. We recommend caring for these issues before beginning an Acu-Facial treatment plan.