The “No-Tox”: NEW Acupuncture Restorative Facial at IO
Need an easy way to detox without the (Bo)Tox? May we present our newest facial, the Acupuncture Restorative Facial.
Just in at our San Francisco spa, the Acupuncture Restorative Facial, is our newest addition to the IO skin menu. The highly-anticipated facial, needles and all, is here to stay.
Before the launch, I had a chance to catch up with Amy to get the inside scoop on why needles on the face truly bring out the best in us – inside AND out. And, it goes without saying that Amy’s top wellness rule to live by is prevention, prevention, prevention.
What is the principle behind acupuncture?
Acupuncture needles are a method of communication between a skilled practitioner and the interior of the body. We use the needles to cause microtraumas to carefully chosen acupoints, thus drawing an immune response of fresh oxygenated blood carrying white blood cells and nutrients to the area.
What is the Acuppuncture Restorative Facial all about?
I always start by treating the body so we can address any underlying issues that are mirrored on the face – primarily stress, hormones, poor digestion, pain, toxicity. From there I move to the face where the needles address fine lines and wrinkles to hyperpigmentation and acne.
Seems scary. Needles on the face? Ouch. What does it feel like and approximately how many needles are used? Everyone’s different. Treatments are tailored to each client’s unique physiology. I might use anywhere from 10 plus needles on the area of the face, but keep in mind these are teeny tiny hair thin needles. I find it to be gentler than extractions.
Which points on the face are used?
We’ll start by choosing a few lines or scars to work on, other popular points are located along the jaw to release jaw tension, above the brow to prevent eyelid drooping, and some wonderful points on the neck to help lift the neck.
How quickly can one see the benefit?
You’ll begin to notice a difference after 3-5 treatments. And, not to be overlooked here, the amount of internal medicine that is received in the course of several Acupuncture facials amplifies the benefits from the inside out.
However, these treatments are most effective when performed weekly over a period of 3-6 months, but because it causes such a flush of circulation to the face, you’ll notice a lighter and brighter countenance that lasts longer and longer with each treatment.
Is this OK for expecting mothers? No
Or men? Definitely!
Who should avoid this treatment?
Mainly expecting mothers, anyone with a cold/flu, herpes outbreak, skin that is having a reaction, recent history of migraines, uncontrolled hypertension, using blood thinners, etc. I will also avoid any areas where one has had laser treatments, botox or fillers within a certain period of time.
Give it a try,