Q. As a treat for myself, I would like to do something to help look a bit younger. I do not think I fancy botox or surgery. What can you suggest?
A. Firstly, I love that you are do this as a treat for you and there are methods you could consider. Most have heard of acupuncture but far less have heard of Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture (CFA). CFA is not new in its origin and is growing in popularity. It is the application of acupuncture techniques and theory to reduce the signs of ageing.
Facially, it aims include encouraging lifting and toning, assist with wrinkles, benefit puffiness and give a fresher complexion. It can also be very relaxing. The needles used on the face for CFA are even finer than those used in normal acupuncture which are already particularly fine.
CFA is not about just placing needles in the face. A normal acupuncture full case history is taken all about your health and a Chinese Medicine (CM) diagnosis is formed. This is to establish what normal body acupuncture can be used assist the work of the facial needles. For example; if there is dry skin, the acupuncturist may use acupuncture points that will help with Blood Nourishing from a CM perspective to assist this.
The great thing is that it is a natural treatment and you still look like you at the end of it but a more refreshed you.
CFA has not escaped the attention of the stars. Here is a link, via the British Acupuncture Council website to OK magazine :http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1788:wrinkles?-stressed?-ditch-botox-for-acupuncture&Itemid=64 with an article about Madonna and Gwenyth Paltrow as users of CFA, as well as mentioning other big names in relation to acupuncture.
As the treatment involves fine needles in the face and elements of normal body acupuncture, I would recommend you please use a practitioner who is qualified and a member of a professional body. For example, the BAcC requires a degree level training and has codes of Professional Conduct and Safe Practice for your piece of mind.