You’ve Been Washing Your Face Wrong

We’ve all been there before. You wake up and see a face covered in acne reflected in the mirror. Grimacing at the unfortunate state of your face, you get yourself ready to tackle the problem. You wash your face 2-3 times a day, apply a really strong medicated astringent all over the face and then spot treat with even more medication. You then continue to moisturize your face with oil-free lotion. An hour later, you find yourself dismayed that your face is once again oily and shiny… and another zit!

The problem in the above scenario is two-fold. First, you’re washing your face too often. The oil on your face is not the enemy. The natural oils and healthy bacteria on your face are necessary for a clean and healthy complexion. You need to maintain a healthy balance of the two. The bigger culprit is more likely a problem with your diet and/or hormonal imbalances (there will be an article with this topic).

Second, you’re using too many oil-free products or trying to dry out the face too much. The human body is a very efficient and smart machine. When you keep stripping the skin of oil, the body will take that as a cue to produce even more oil (sebum) to keep the skin moist. So using oil-free moisturizers and strong astringents may actually be making your face even more oily than before, causing more clogged pores, which then leads to more acne.

So how do you wash the face? The face should be washed thoroughly with a gentle cleanser before bed. Apply a gentle toner (witch hazel is a great choice) and apply a good natural moisturizer (try to find one without too many chemicals). When you wake up, do not wash your face with a cleanser. Merely rinse your face with water to rid your face of any excess oil. Apply your toner and moisturizer and always put on sunscreen.

Note: Water temperature should not be too cold or too hot. Too cold and you will not be able to cleanse away any impurities and too hot will dry out your skin causing faster aging. Water should be a comfortable warm to lukewarm temperature.

There are other methods to cleanse your face, such as the oil-method, which I will cover in another article. Also, be aware that a dirty pillow case can also cause more acne. Be sure to change it often, or at least cover your pillow with a new towel every night.

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Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Is your beauty masked by the effects of life?

In Chinese medicine, beauty is not defined by age or your waist size. Beauty is defined as having a clear face. A clear face would be bright eyes, a bright complexion and a bright spirit that shows through with a brilliant diamond-like clarity.

Facial Rejuvenation does not make you beautiful. We cannot make beautiful, what is already beautiful. So be mindful that the first step in facial rejuvenation is accepting that you are and always have been beautiful.

With these rounds of treatments we enhance the beauty that you already possess. We bring forth what has been hidden away due to… well, life! Pollution, stress, lack of sleep, etc., can all mask the beauty that is already there.

What it does:
Facial rejuvenation is able to bring back youth to the face because it revitalizes the qi, blood, energy and life force of the body. With facial acupuncture, blood flow and energy is brought back, not only in to the face, but also into the whole being. Aging is reversed or prevented, by reversing or preventing the effects of an unbalanced life or lifestyle. And there are the wonderful side benefits of less wrinkles and a glowing complexion.

Facial rejuvenation brings back the youthful glow and muscle tone of the face. By placing small hair thin needles into the face, a micro injury is created, which then calls forth blood and collagen to rush to the site to heal it. in this process, an increase in collagen and blood circulation tightens the skin and opens up fine wrinkles and softens up deep wrinkles.

Who it is for:

  • Those in their 20s and 30s: prevent early aging signs, clear acne, look years younger
  • Those in their 40s and 50s: minimize the appearance of fine lines and bring back a youthful glow, look years younger
  • Those in their 60s and 70s: soften the appearance of deep wrinkles and rejuvenate a dull complexion, look years younger.

This is great for both men and women.

What to expect:
In your first consultation, we will determine the the constitution of your skin and body. This will determine the basis of the course for your treatments. Nutritional and skin care advice will also be given based on this first consultation.

  • Needles will be placed in the hands and feet for constitution.
  • Needles will be placed in the face.
  • Treatments will last for 30 minutes once the needles are in.
  • Each session will end with a face acupressure massage using a specially made cream

You will begin to see a slight difference from the 1st treatment and a significant difference by the 8th treatment. For optimal results, it is recommended that 10 treatments be completed either twice a week or once a week. The results will last for a year. Single follow-up treatments are great for maintenance or to look refreshed before a big event.

Call 562.473.5371 for more information and ask for Grace.

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