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Facial Acupuncture | Pin Point.

facial acupunctureBy Stephanie Matchung, July 2015

Peculiar anti-aging therapies have taken modern beauty markets by storm, and while many seem devised for shock value (the vampire facial, for example), others have cosmetological merit. One particular practice that has recently experienced a surge in popularity involves poking dozens of hair-thin, disposable needles into your face—in the name of beauty. Not quite as outlandish as bee venom cream or leech therapy, but not for the faint of heart.

Facial acupuncture, a holistic east-meets-west approach to anti-aging, marries the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine with western anti-aging modalities. It has been a tried and true cosmetic staple for over one thousand years—early records date back to the Song dynasty—and yet it only began to attract international attention in the last decade. Its newfound trendy status is owed to growing public interest in natural alternatives to Botox and invasive clinical procedures. Sweden, Australia, the U.K., Japan, and Hong Kong were among the first beauty markets to adopt and adapt the ancient therapy to suit discerning clientele.

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