Who wouldn’t want to look 5 to 10 years younger in just 30 minutes? Without any injections or acidic peels?
Celebrities have discovered the anti-aging power of facial acupuncture. This ancient Chinese practice is reportedly used by over-40 celebs, like Madonna, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Aniston, to reduce fine lines and give them a youthful glow.
“Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a gentle and natural procedure used to maintain and improve the skin,” reveals acupuncturist Maya Kron of NYC’s James Corbett Studio.
“Acupuncture needles are used to relax and stimulate muscles of the face resulting in a higher production of collagen and increased blood circulation, leaving the skin bright and refreshed. The benefits that you can expect are healthier glow to the skin, smoother skin, better skin tone, increased skin hydration, and increased lymph drainage. Dark circles will improve, fine lines and wrinkles will lessen, bags under the eye will reduce and the skin of the neck will become firmer,” adds Maya.
The benefits sound too good to be true? So, I had to try it myself!
I went to see Maya at the James Corbett Studio. First she took my pulse and inspected my tongue to find out what’s happening in my body. It turns out I have a ‘liver qi deficiency’ and this energy blockage prevents my skin from looking its best. Next, she applies an herbal mask and once removed, the fun begins. Using thin needles, Maya inserts them into acupuncture points on my face, legs, arms, abdomen, ears, and top of my head. Also, she taps needles into my frown lines and the wrinkles between my brows. Surprisingly, this doesn’t hurt and is oddly relaxing.
After 30 minutes, Maya takes out the needles and applies one last mask. The results? The fine lines between my brows were gone and the lines across my forehead were significantly less. I had to check the mirror twice to make sure I was seeing it right! Alas, my fine lines came back after a few days – but I did enjoy my wrinkle-free complexion for the moment.
With regard to the results, Maya says every patient is different. Typically, she recommends 10 successive treatments to see optimal results, followed by monthly maintenance. I will definitely try it again. Unfortunately, my budget doesn’t allow for too many treatments, which can cost upwards of $100 per session.