Get your Lush, Delicious Skin: Facial Rejuvenation
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture aims to correct the signs of aging by treating local points along the face and neck as well as addressing constitutional issues that may be affecting the person. Some issues may be poor metabolism, fluid imbalances, stress, anxiety etc. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture has been shown to increase collagen production and aids in its dispersal thus helping to firm the skin and fill out wrinkles. Bags and sagging around the eyes, face, and neck can be significantly reduced and toned. By substantially increasing the circulation of blood, lymph, and qi to the head, these treatments improve the complexion.
Ten-Treatments Recommended for maximum results.
Treat the skin well:
A balance of oil and moisture is crucial for healthy, attractive skin. Water in the skin sells keeps the cells plumped-up and youthful looking. The oil and moisture work together to both keep the cells plump and the oil keeps the water from evaporating. Dry skin tends to be dull looking and maybe even flakes and readily develops wrinkles and lines. Dry skin of this type usually feels tight after washing unless moisturizer is applied.
Dry skin is exacerbated by poor diet, environmental factors like sun, wind, cold, chemicals, cosmetics, excessive bathing and harsh soaps.
Primrose oil: up to 500mg a day: contains linoleic acid an essential fatty acid needed for the skin
Vitamin A: 25,000 IU daily for 3 months the 15,000 a day. Do not exceed 10,000 IU per day if you are pregnant
Vitamin B complex
Vitamin B12: anti-stress and anti aging vitamins
Kelp: 1,000-1,500 mg daily: needed for good skin tone
Vitamin E: start with 400mg day: protects against free radicals. Can be used topically
Zinc: 50 mg daily
Skin Assist by Vitanica: a great compilation of herbs and vitamins to promote collagen production.
Aloe Vera: used topically, aloe vera can soothe, heal and moisturize. Aloe can also help slough off dead cells.
Calendula & comfrey have skin-softening properties. They can be used in a facial sauna or you make herbal waters. Comfrey reduces redness and soothes irritated skin.
Spray an herbal or flower water on your skin throughout the day to replenish lost water. Lavender is a great herb to try, You can make your own by adding 4 drops of essential oil to 4 ounces of distilled water, or by making an infusion of fresh lavender leaves and flowers.
Weekly facial sauna using the herbs of chamomile, lavender, and peppermint. Using a glass or enameled pot, simmer a total of 2-4 teaspoons of fresh or dried herbs in 2 quarts of water. When the pot is steaming, place it on top of a table and sit with your face a comfortable distance away over the steam for fifteen minutes. You can use a towel to trap the steam in a little tent for more intensity. You can save the water after the steam for a toner.
Green tea: makes a great facial wash. It is very soothing and cooling and is especially good for people with redness and irritation. Exfoliate 1x week:
Ground adzuki beans make a nice homemade exfoliant as well as ground lentils and tumeric.
Honey: pure honey on the face is a wonderful anti-inflamatory and softens and soothes the skin.
Walnut, apricot kernal (tao ren) and egg white: use one teaspoon of walnuts and one teaspoon of apricot kernels and blend in a coffee grinder until they are smooth. Add the mixture to one egg white and apply to a washed face. The egg white will dry and feel tight on the skin but will leave your skin feeling soft and supple.
Mini facial workout
Stroke your eyebrows from the inside to the outside
Knead the muscles of your jaw
Consume plenty of yellow and orange vegetables: high in beta carotene-a precursor to Vit A.
Drink at least 2 quarts of water daily
Eat foods high in sulfur: garlic, onions, eggs, and asparagus.
Look for natural skin products that contain humectants. Humectants are substances that attract water to the skin and hold in moisture. Some examples are vegetable glycerine, Vitamin E and panthenol
Laurel Axen Carroll is a licensed acupuncturist, board certified herbalist and a CD(DONA) labor support doula. Laurel currently works in Brooklyn, NY where she specializes in females reproductive issues such as fertility enhancement, pregnancy, labor preparation, labor induction and postpartum recovery.
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