Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow may be gal pals no more, but we bet they aren’t parting ways with their mutual love of cosmetic acupuncture anytime soon.
It may be as old as time, but there’s a reason this ancient art holds it own among today’s celebs. Not only does it give good glow, acupuncture comes with lasting benefits. It halts aging.
For women who want to put a new face on aging well, it’s worth trying says Dr. Fong Wang, a Toronto practitioner who uses an East-meets-West variety for doubly dramatic results. She starts with traditional acupuncture to help stimulate circulation for that inner glow, and then layers on glycolic peels, ultrasound or microdermabrasion for an instant radiance.
Here’s how it works:
As in traditional acupuncture, the technique is based on strengthening and stimulating the circulation of Qi (energy) within the meridians (pathways) that flow throughout our bodies. As we get older, it becomes more difficult for Qi to flow upwards to lift the face, explains Wang.
The painless treatment (honest!), can focus on full-face or just the niggling things that bug you when you look in the mirror: crow’s feet, lip lines or brow creases. The bulk of the needles are inserted on meridians close to your trouble spots but they will also be placed head to toe. Your whole body contributes to what your face looks like, so you can’t just concentrate on one area.
The 60-minute treatment costs $100 and includes cleansing, acupuncture and facial massage with Chinese essential oils. For best results, 10-12 sessions are recommended. Why so many? It’s just like going to the gym. You can’t expect the body to respond in one session. For more info: cosmetic-acupuncture.ca