If the idea of Botox fills you with horror, you might be pleased to know there Is a way to fight wrinkles naturally. Cosmetic acupuncture is an inner health treatment with beauty benefits! Naturally Australia’s project director Sandra Johansson tried it out.
The name “cosmetic acupuncture” makes it sound rather superficial. But actually, this natural therapy is as much about nurturing your body as it is your face. “Beauty is about general health,” acupuncturist Peter Aftanas from Bondi Natural Health Clinic tells me at my first appointment. “You cannot be beautiful if you’re not in good health.”
With cosmetic acupuncture, your internal health will be assessed to ensure you’re benefiting inside and out. Fine needles are inserted into specific points on your face, neck and body along energy channels known as meridians. This is said to balance and restore energy flow, and improve blood flow to the face.
Having never had needles in my face before, during the first two sessions I felt a tight pressure in my forehead that turned into quite a sharp pain – not quite the pamper session I was expecting! Afterwards, I had a nasty headache for about 10 minutes and I tossed and turned in bed that night with vivid dreams. But that was the worst of it.
From my third session onwards I didn’t feel much pain at all. As my body got used to the tiny needles playing with my energy, I felt relaxed and peaceful to the point where I could feel the energy flowing between the needles. I also enjoyed the face massage Peter taught me: three times a day for five minutes, I massaged my face to stimulate the pressure points.
Now, this was all well and good but I wasn’t there just to feel better – I also wanted to see if I looked better. And I think I did! After the third session I noticed a slight softness in the lines on my forehead. Knowing very well this could have been my imagination, I was flabbergasted when my fiancé commented how much softer my face looked.
Not only have those deep lines softened, but what is amazing is how the finer lines on the sides of my face have almost disappeared! I don’t know if this is because of the acupuncture, the massage or me simply taking better care of myself during those weeks. Either way, it’s been a great reminder that health and beauty are inseparable – and I for one won’t be taking any more shortcuts.
TOP TIP! Choosing a complementary medicine practitioner is an important decision. Just as you wouldn’t go to a doctor who doesn’t have the necessary qualifications, your acupuncturist should be held up to the same high standards. Look for a practitioner who is registered with the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association.
Cosmetic acupuncture (also known as acupuncture facelift)
Who it’s for:
People who want to fight wrinkles naturally, typically men and women aged 40-50
$100 per treatment