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Skin Care:

Many people go to great lengths to take care of their skin.  Of course, everyone wants to look good!  But do you ever find that it’s just too complicated?  This article will discuss some simple and helpful tips to help you take care of your skin.  Interestingly, ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques like acupuncture can also be used for skin care!  Read on to find out more.

Skin Types:

To take care of your skin properly, you need to know your skin type.  You can test your skin type by observing the amount of oil, or “sebum” that your skin produces.  Depending on your skin type, you may need to use different skin care routines and products to keep your skin healthy.

To test your skin type at home, clean your face thoroughly then pat it dry.  After 30 minutes, press a clean tissue onto your face, pressing into all the different areas.  Then hold the tissue up to the light.  If the tissue is soaked through with oil, you have oily skin.  If it’s dry and has small flakes of skin, you have dry skin.  A slightly oily tissue with no dry skin flakes means you have normal skin.  If different areas of the face produced different amounts of oil on the tissue, this indicates combination skin.  

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Skin Care Products:

You may wish to use skin care products in order to maintain healthy skin.  However, make sure you patch test any new products before applying them to your face.  You can patch test a new product by applying a small amount to your wrist and observing it after 48 and 96 hours.  If you have any redness, itchiness, or bumps, you may have had a reaction.

Cleansers, moisturisers, and sunscreen (minimum 30 SPF) are all common skin care products.  Try to find products which suit your skin type, such as gel-based moisturisers for oily skin, and cream-based moisturisers for dry skin.  Cleansers should be used only once or twice a day and shouldn’t leave your skin feeling “squeaky clean”.  This could indicate that all the important oils in your skin have been removed.  You may also like to try using serums which contain growth factors, vitamin C, or peptides.  These work well when applied in the morning, and should be applied after cleansing, but before applying moisturiser or sunscreen.

Tips for Healthy Skin:

No matter what type of skin you have, be sure to drink enough water.  Staying hydrated helps to keep your skin healthy and looking good!  Another important part of skin care is getting enough sleep every night and making sure you exercise regularly.  These lifestyle habits help to improve overall health in the body and promote skin repair.  It’s also important to make sure you use a clean pillowcase.  This can be washed at least once a week.

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Acupuncture for Skin Care: 

Another great skin care option is acupuncture.  You may wonder, “How can acupuncture possibly help my face to look better?”.  But this Traditional Chinese Medicine technique has been used effectively for thousands of years and has even been shown to improve facial appearance.  

In acupuncture, very thin needles are applied to specific pressure points in the body.  The needles can be placed in different locations, depending on what type of health problem the acupuncturist is trying to treat.  The needles stimulate certain energy meridians that run throughout the body.  In this way, a trained practitioner can use acupuncture to promote healing in different areas of the body.

It may seem self-explanatory that to achieve brighter, tighter, younger-looking skin, acupuncture needles would be applied to the face.  This is true, but it’s only a secondary aspect of cosmetic acupuncture.  The special thing about acupuncture for skin care is that the practitioner treats your skin by investigating the root cause of your skin problems.  From there, the acupuncturist can boost any weaker areas of the body, which may be affecting your skin.  This means that to heal your face, needles may be applied to pressure points in other areas of your body!

Conclusion:

Overall, taking care of your skin can involve many different aspects.  From knowing your skin type, choosing skin care products, to eating healthy and exercising, skin care can be quite complicated!  However, at Centre of Balance we can help you to heal your skin naturally.  Acupuncture is an effective technique that can improve your facial features by prompting healing within the body.

To find out more about cosmetic acupuncture, see our blog at https://balancetcm.co.nz/category/cosmetic-acupuncture/, and our webpage at https://balancetcm.co.nz/category/facial-acupuncture/.

If you’d like to know more about how Chinese Medicine can help, please see our website at https://balancetcm.co.nz/traditional-chinese-medicine-hamilton/.

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References:

Centre of Balance Hamilton: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (n.d.). Archive for category: Cosmetic Acupuncture. https://balancetcm.co.nz/category/cosmetic-acupuncture/

Centre of Balance Hamilton: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (n.d.). Archive for category: Facial Acupuncture. https://balancetcm.co.nz/category/facial-acupuncture/

Phua, S. (n.d.). What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine? Centre of Balance Hamilton: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. https://balancetcm.co.nz/traditional-chinese-medicine-hamilton/

Yuen, C. (2016, December 22). A Guide to Taking Care of Your Skin. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/skin-types-care