Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for centuries, but it’s only in recent years that TCM practices have gained more international recognition. In the beauty world, there’s been the rise of gua sha, an ancient healing practice which involves scraping your skin with a jade or crystal massage tool to improve circulation; while TCM-inspired skincare formulas have been introduced in big-named brands such as Shiseido and Sulwhasoo as well.
While most of the popular TCM beauty treatments have been non-invasive, topical ones, I’ve decided to dive a bit deeper into the TCM wellness world, giving acupuncture—specifically facial acupuncture—a try.
From what it is, to where to go and the results to expect, here's everything to know about facial acupuncture:
What is facial acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of TCM where thin needles are inserted into different acupuncture points to encourage the flow of Qi, the vital energy that is believed to flow through the body at all times. When the energy flow is blocked within the body, TCM practitioners believe that diseases may form and poor health may follow. Facial acupuncture is simply an extension of body acupuncture where the practitioner places needles on the face’s acupuncture points to boost blood supply to the face.