The wellness world is a fickle place. Trends come and go with staggering frequency, and while some of them are easy to adopt (a scoop of collagen in our coffee? Sure, we’ll try it) others require a bit more commitment. Introducing our new column, “I Tried It” in which our intrepid reporters take on a wellness practice and report back on whether it’s a trend worth trying (we’re looking at you, meditation), or a hard pass. In this installment, our own Eme Housser tries out Cosmetic Acupuncture.
Let’s talk about the dreaded W-word: wrinkles. Chances are you’ve spotted at least one or two and have already had some “how the hell am I going to get rid of these” thoughts. Maybe those thoughts drifted to Botox. But what if there was a way to combat them, not with injection needles, but acupuncture needles? And what if it took just a few sessions to make a visible difference in the look and feel of your face? I tried some cosmetic acupuncture sessions with Kacie Krecolowich of Silk + Palm Acupuncture to find out.
What Happens in a Cosmetic Acupuncture Session?
Already being a fan of acupuncture (it’s helped tremendously with my digestive system issues), the only fear I had to overcome for this session was the idea of having needles in my face, rather than my limbs.
Following a quick intake and briefing on what the session would entail, Kacie began by putting needles all over my body (hitting some essential points for removing energy blocks and aiding in digestion) as she does, with modifications, for all clients. Then she brought out some much smaller needles (around 20 in total) for my face.
She began placement at the top of my head, working her way down to my scalp, forehead, sides of my nose, cheekbones, jawline, and finally my chin. Each one pinched only a little more than your average acupuncture needle, and even that may have been largely related to the shock of a needle being stuck into my forehead.
The facial area needles are generally put in the same place for each person, but Kacie also performs “customized points on each person depending on where their trouble areas are, for example, forehead lines, crows feet, breakouts, or scarring/hyperpigmentation.” That explains how I ended up with so many needles around the forehead.
So Does it Work?
Cosmetic acupuncture is similar in principal to the jade roller or gua sha, which are both well known to the skincare obsessed for their ability to reduce inflammation and release any tissue blockages (I own both, of course). Cosmetic acupuncture “is an all natural facial rejuvenation treatment used to stimulate collagen production and increase blood flow,” Kacie explains. “It does this by causing micro trauma to the skin which signals your body to send collagen, qi, and blood to the area to heal, leaving you with plump, glowing skin.”
And it’s not just for treating fine lines. Kacie says cosmetic acupuncture can also help with “acne, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, texture, redness and so on.”
The Silk Glow Treatment
On my first visit, I tried her Silk Glow treatment, which left my skin feeling intensely pampered. Following the cosmetic acupuncture, she cleansed my skin and applied some fragrant and rich facial oil, which was a mix of camellia, chamomile, and other soothing essential oils that she makes herself and plans to offer for sale at her clinic soon.
She massaged the essential oils into my skin, first with the jade roller and then the gua sha. These tools complement the cosmetic acupuncture, she says, as “they are great for lymphatic drainage, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, increasing circulation, sculpting facial muscles and releasing tension.
“I also recommend my patients to start using the tools at home as part of their daily skincare routine to further enhance the skin,” she added.
After the session my skin felt soft, plump to the touch, and radiant. Kacie recommends, however, that to experience the full results of cosmetic acupuncture, patients should sign up for a series of 10-12 treatments twice a week so that “your body has constant collagen stimulation, and by the end of your treatments, your body will continue to produce collagen on its own without needing to be stimulated anymore.”