And vibrance! The things you’ll do for beauty, right? Traditional cosmetic treatments generally treat the surface of your skin to help make changes. Things like lasers, Botox, dermal fillers and even surgery are all topical. But acupuncture apparently works on your inner wellness. It is said to focus on the health of your organs and apparently moves your "chi" – stay with me – around the body to bring blood to different areas and boost the muscles which hold the face up. “It’s the functioning and the energy of the organs that we want to work better. For example, sagging muscles are about the spleen,” says Forbes (because I specifically asked her about my sagging jawline!) “The spleen is about the digestive system so I’ll ask questions about that then place the needles on the body and face to support the spleen. Every treatment is different according to the needs of the client.” She quizzes me on my stomach, my sleep, my period, my mood swings, my stress levels, my diet, all kinds of things. It’s almost like a nice therapy session. She works on my face with a “guashua”, which is a paddle made of jade, and strokes it quickly and gently along my jawline to cause micro-trauma to the skin which then draws blood to the area to heal itself.
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