Skin Care Series #2: Alternative Treatments for Skin Care
We’ve all heard about microdermabrasion, Botox, fillers, and the mother of all rejuvenating procedures: the facelift. But what if you could achieve the same, or better, results with less invasive treatments?
I’m a firm believer in the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, which is why I maintain a consistent skin care routine. My desire to maintain what I worked hard to achieve, coupled with endless curiosity, has led me to explore various alternative avenues for overall health.
Since our skin is our largest organ and the one connecting us with the outside world, it is definitely our hardest-working body part. Here are four options to nourish the skin that will also contribute to your overall health.
Acupuncture is the grandmother of all medicine and the root of prevention for whatever does, or could, ail you. In addition to addressing pain and all kinds of internal issues there is something called Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation.
According to TCM Healing Center in Los Angeles, Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is the “ancient anti-aging technique designed to rejuvenate and revitalize the face. The treatments focus on addressing energetic imbalances within the body as well as restoring health and vitality to the skin.”
During the session, in addition to correcting any health issues, teeny tiny intradermal needles are inserted within wrinkles and lines, “which creates micro-trauma, which then stimulates elastin and collagen production. Facial acupuncture treatments increase the flow of Qi and blood circulation to the face while simultaneously correcting health imbalances in the body.” In addition to combatting lines and wrinkles, it can reduce what’s puffy, tighten whatever is sagging, treat rosacea, eczema and acne, and balance skin tone and elasticity. There’s even a chance your insurance will cover it.
There are no negative side effects or downtime; you, in essence, take a nap with needles and wake up looking and feeling terrific.
For the needle averse, you will hardly feel the needles going in, they are finer than a hair; and considering the more traditional treatments involve much bigg
2Oxygen Baths and Tents
A dear friend of mine has been battling breast cancer and was able to shrink the tumor using alternative methods, with the support of her doctors. Her primary treatment was oxygen baths. When she was first diagnosed the only place that offered them was in Budapest, Hungary; since then two Kaqun spas have opened in the US; one in Las Vegas and one in downtown Los Angeles.
Since oxygen is good for everything, I took my mom who suffers from a heart condition, chronic pain from arthritis, and eczema. Since regularly taking the oxygen baths she’s been able to take less pain meds and hasn’t experienced eczema flare ups. According to the owners of Kaqun, the water “enables oxygen to be absorbed by the body to a greater extent. The Kaqun technology transforms dissolved oxygen into a stabilized form. Kaqun water is the only currently known water that has undergone more than a decade of clinical and laboratory research and has been tested to produce measurable increase in cellular oxygen levels.” It’s also super relaxing, and unlike a regular bath, the water remains the same temperature for the 50 minute session.
Oxygen tents deliver more oxygen to your bloodstream than breathing alone. I was recently invited to the Eustache Institute in Beverly Hills where I was able to try out a few of their treatments. According to Elena Eustache, the founder and owner of the Institute, “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is an anti-aging, telemeter reversing” treatment that can take off “20 years in three months.” Breathing pure oxygen stimulates stem cells and offers a plethora of benefits beyond anti-aging, skin rejuvenation, and acne reduction.
3Infrared Light Therapy
I first learned about the benefits of infrared light therapy from my acupuncturist who uses the lamps during acupuncture treatments. The light helps the body detox, promotes relaxation, and improves circulation. Physical therapists use it to provide pain relief and as a way to accelerate healing. It’s also used at the Eustache Institute to heal and repair skin.
According to Elena Eustache of the Eustache Institute, the benefits of her Ultra-Light treatment include reducing pore size, promoting collagen, improving the appearance of scars, discolorations, and rosacea, while naturally removing bacteria.
4Facial Isometrics and Massage
Whether or not exercise is a regular part of our life, most of us probably haven’t thought of giving our face a workout or a massage.
Like most things in life, seeing the benefits of facial isometrics comes down to doing it correctly and consistently. There are countless videos online detailing exercises to address just about every saggy, wrinkly concern we might have, and since our face is made of muscles, we should also give it thanks with a loving touch. Each time I moisturize my face I also give it a little massage — upward strokes since gravity is always bringing us down. I also make sure to gently tap around my eyes because that area is super delicate.
The best thing about this alternative treatment is that it is absolutely free. And if you look at yourself doing the isometric exercises — face yoga as I call it — you’ll definitely laugh… which releases endorphins and forces you to take in more oxygen (and we know how good that is for us).
I hope you’ll give some of these alternative treatments a try, your skin (and body) will pay you back in the form of health and longevity.