By Dr. Hilary Booth, ND
As we age, our skin elasticity declines, our skin produces less oil, and our collagen production wanes. Repeated facial expressions, such as smiling or furrowing, cause grooves to be formed beneath the skin, and with thinning, less flexible, and drier skin, we begin to see lines and wrinkles form. Despite that this process is natural, most of us aren’t too thrilled at the thought of it happening and want to do something to slow the process of aging.
Not-So-Natural Anti-Aging Treatments
There are lots of anti-aging strategies out there: Botox, fillers, surgical lifts, creams, and serums. However, each come with risks and drawbacks.
Botox actually involves injecting the toxin that causes botulism into the muscle to paralyze it, and they can cause drooping, unsymmetrical/unnatural looks, vision problems, and difficulty speaking or swallowing. Fillers are chemical plumpers injected under the skin, but they can cause allergic reactions, permanent bumps, colour changes, paralysis and blindness. As with any surgery, risks include reactions to anesthetics, infection, nerve injury, hair loss, paralysis, pain, and asymmetrical/unnatural looks. Creams and serums often contain cancer-causing and hormone-disrupting toxins such as fragrances, dyes, phthalates, and parabens.
Despite these risks, one of the biggest drawbacks is the cost of maintenance. None of these treatments are permanent, so upkeep can cost thousands of dollars annually.
Natural Anti-Aging Treatments
As a Naturopathic Doctor, I address anti-aging from a few perspectives. I ensure adequate hydration and oil-content of the skin, and support with anti-oxidants to prevent damage from toxins and the sun. I also use all-natural anti-aging serums that don’t contain toxins or additives, such as coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and rosehip seed oil. I also use a technique called Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture as a safe, effective, non-surgical and non-toxic anti-aging alternative to Botox, surgery, and fillers.
Benefits of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
- Reduces fine lines & wrinkles
- Tightens pores
- Eliminates bags under the eyes
- Lifts sagging jaw and cheeks
- Reduces stress in the face
- Tightens & firms skin
- Reduce double chin
- Brightens complexion
How Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture works
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture uses the ancient Chinese medicine techniques based on the movement of blood and Qi (also understood as energy) throughout the body, and combines them with what we now know about collagen production, skin elasticity, and skin tone.
Studies have found that after facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatments, skin has increased water and natural oil content1. The gentle “irritation” from the needles causes natural collagen production to significantly improve elasticity and plumpness in skin2,3.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture also improves resting muscle tone in the face 2,4, which reduces the look of line lines and wrinkles. This works in a similar way to Botox. As the muscle tone improves, the skin over top of these muscles relaxes and the lines fade5.
Acupuncture also decreases inflammation6,7,8, and increases circulation1,6,7,8. Improved circulation helps to eliminate toxins and provide vital nutrients and hydration to the skin, giving you a natural, healthy glow.
A Journalist’s Review
Recently, an image consultant and journalist from the Toronto Star and Huffington Post interviewed me and did a trial Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture appointment to see for herself if my claims hold true. You can read her review here. In the article, Leah Morrigan compares Facial Acupuncture with fillers and Botox in cost, treatment experience, and overall benefit in a non-biased way.
What to Expect at your Appointment
Our initial consultation is 80 minutes, where I will conduct a full health interview and assessment, and then I will provide your first Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment. Subsequent treatments are 60 minutes, and cost-saving packages of 5 and 10 treatments are available. The treatment involves the insertion of tiny, single-use, sterile acupuncture needles into specific areas of the face, head and body. Each treatment is a relaxing, spa-like experience, including cool and warm compresses, a facial massage, and a post-acupuncture skin care regimen.
Results are noticeable immediately after your first treatment, and become long lasting after four to eight weekly treatments. Monthly maintenance treatments are recommended to keep your skin looking young and vibrant.
Booking your appointment
If you’re ready to reduce signs of aging, and promote a youthful, glowing appearance book your Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture appointment with Dr. Hilary Booth, ND on our website at www.darouwellness.com or by phoning the office at 416-214-9251. Appointments are covered under Naturopathic Medicine by most extended healthcare plans.
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