Wrinkled skin is skin that has accumulated toxins that interfere with natural cell regeneration; in turn, this slow-down of cell activity causes the tissues to lose their elasticity. Acupuncture needles increase cellular activity and exchanges in the zones where they are placed, and thus help reverse this process. Wrinkles are also created by the patterns of tension of the facial muscles; rebalancing over-tensed and slackened muscles thus addresses one of the main root causes of wrinkles. Finally, facial rejuvenation acupuncture also uses microcurrents, which have multiple benefits including increasing collagen production and blood circulation. The combination of acupuncture and microcurrents also help regulate the skin’s glandular activity, balancing out skin that is too dry or too greasy, as well as calming irritated skin.
By increasing blood circulation and lymphatic circulation, regulating glandular activity and decreasing inflammation, these treatments also address all types of acne, including cystic acne. Acne is generally caused by clogged pores, influenced by hormonal shifts and diet. A course of facial acupuncture treatments will address acne cases locally as well as holistically through additional body points and lifestyle recommendations.
What is a treatment like?
A facial rejuvenation treatment lasts one hour and a half. First the patient’s skin is cleansed of any makeup, dirt or oil using micellar water. The treatment begins with a facial roller massage, which starts to relax the muscles as well as activate circulation and lymph drainage. A facial toning device and/ or GuaSha are used to tone and relax facial muscles, followed by gentle cupping with a water-based aloe gel to increase circulation and drainage. Very thin acupuncture needles are then set and will stay in place 20 to 30 minutes. Microcurrents are added as needed to address specific areas of concern. A face and scalp massage with natural oils round out the treatment.
How often do I need to do it?
This is dependent on your age, the state of your skin and your personal objectives. As with any acupuncture treatment, your acupuncturist will evaluate your overall condition on your first appointment and will take it into account. Generally, above 40 years old, we recommend 4 to 6 consecutive treatments, once per week, which can then be followed with less frequent maintenance treatments.
Caroline Dufour Ac. offers acupuncture & facial acupuncture ( AcuLift / anti-aging ) sessions at our West Island, Montreal clinic.