From the tame microcurrent facials almost every Instagram star seems to have to the weirder trends, like the foreskin facial that Cate Blanchett, Hollywood is constantly seeking the next fountain of youth.
Next on the list? Jessica Alba's acupuncture facial, or as the beauty industry calls them, acufacials.
The actress and The Honest Company co-founder recently shared the secret to her eternal glow on Instagram by posting a no make-up selfie on her stories with the caption, "Acupuncture on mah face."
Traditionally, acupuncture, which originates from eastern medicine, is used for pain relief, and has been known to help with everything from menopause to infertility. But does it really help with aging? Well, if Alba's timeless looks are any indication, it might be worth checking out.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of complementary medicine that involves stimulating the body to heal itself through the application of needles at various points on the body to help alleviate pain or to treat various health conditions.
According to Acupuncture Canada, acupuncture "stimulates the balance and flow of Qi energy that in Traditional Chinese Medicine is considered essential to health. When the body is healthy, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians that make up a conceptual network of pathways throughout the entire body. When the balance or flow of Qi is deficient or obstructed it may be diseased or susceptible to illness."
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What is an AcuFacial?
While they're trending now (thanks to Alba), acupuncture facials are not new. Deemed a safer alternative to Botox or surgery, acufacials are an extension of traditional acupuncture, and are said to naturally help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier.
Because acupuncture is tied to wellness, an acufacial like Alba's won't just address anti-aging issues, like wrinkles and dull skin, but also the skin's overall health.
"It works internally to optimize your health while simultaneously enhancing the appearance of your skin,” Amanda Beisel, acupuncturist and founder of SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic, told Healthline.
Alba's treatment was done at L.A.'s The Things We Do spa, and per its website, they recommend facial acupuncture "for city-tired skin that is irritated and dull. Soothe and calm your sweet skin by adding on any or all of these no-downtime game changers to your existing treatments."
While willingly sticking needles in one's face isn't everyone's idea of a good time, even for the most intense beauty junkie, if an acufacial could promise plump skin like Alba's without having to undergo more serious treatments, and needles, like Botox, then this could be an ideal alternative.
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