By Nieves Sevilla
These days, it seems that treatments for skin rejuvenation are dominated by botulinum toxin (most commonly known as ‘Botox’) and Fillers. However, believing that these are the only options is unfounded, since natural methods for skin rejuvenation do exist. I have been working in the beauty industry as an aesthetic nurse for 10 years now, and have seen the miraculous things the skin can do.
Botulinum toxin, or ‘Botox’, is a neurotoxin that when applied in the muscles produces relaxation or paralysis, depending on the dosage, for a period of time (3-6 months). This can result in skin looking frozen or, if applied well, a relaxed yet lifted expression with less wrinkles.
But why do we inject synthetic substances into our body, when our own skin has the ability to rejuvenate itself? By using less invasive methods, you can make your skin function more youthfully.
Simplicity is key. By merely triggering the process of rejuvenation in our skin, the results can be outstanding. But you must be thinking, how?
Facial acupuncture is my favourite. With no chemicals and no toxins involved, just stainless-steel fine needles, facial acupuncture is a natural way of rejuvenating the skin.
If you haven’t heard about it yet, facial acupuncture is a treatment that uses single needles applied to specific points of the face to release tension in the muscles.
To achieve optimum results when having facial acupuncture, the most important part is to know where the needle goes. Mapping the face and identifying the point of maximum muscle tension is key. My years of experience administering Botox and fillers has given me an extensive understanding of the facial anatomy, and helps to identify these points.
No two faces are alike, that is why in order to achieve the best results we need to find the points of maximum accumulated tension according to the patient’s facial anatomy, applying the needles with the right depth and pressure.
Facial acupuncture also promotes new collagen synthesis which gives to our skin that youthful desired look. Last but not least, this natural skin process increases the blood flow in the facial surface, optimising the absorption of products applied during and after treatment.
The result: a more relaxed complexion after just 20 minutes, and refreshed look, perfect before any event or special occasion.
For long lasting results, receive treatments every two weeks. Start with a course of 6 treatments, then take it from there, as it might become your new pampering addiction! If you are thinking of trying facial acupuncture, make sure you go to someone that knows how the facial anatomy works.
As you can see, there are less invasive alternatives to chemical-heavy aesthetic procedures that currently dominate, that are more respectful to the skin’s natural aging process. Facial acupuncture is only one of them, and my favourite so far, however, let’s see what the future brings!