Holistic Beauty

May 14, 2013 2:04:04 PM PDT
How does this sound? Shave at least five years off of your face without ever going under the knife? No surgery, no injections, no chemicals, no down time. We found two holistic treatments promising to make you look and feel younger the all natural way.

"I think my face looks better subtly," says Ruth Ann Dubb of Center City. "People will say, 'You look really good.'"

Dubb is choosing holistic needles over injection treatments or surgery.

"I wouldn't think of cutting my face or getting a Botox injection," she says. "This is a wonderful alternative because it's about health."

At the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson University Hospital, Dr. Jingduan Yang, the Director or Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, is tapping into the basic principles of acupuncture to restore a youthful glow, on the spot.

"I always tell my patients that when they come in for health lift, I give them a face lift as a bonus," he laughs.

"Do you know what I see? I see a refreshment," says patient Lee Ducat.

Dr. Yang strategically places each needle, stimulating collagen reproduction and smoothing fine lines.

"It lifts the face, tightens the muscles," he says.

Dubb says the tiny needles only pinch a bit.

"Once they are in it's very relaxing," she says.

Here's the health bonus: Each facial acupuncture point also opens the energy channels to key internal organs like the liver, spleen and kidneys.

"Your face is really a reflection of your health, so beauty is not superficial," Dr. Yang says.

At Equilibrium Spa in Bryn Mawr, aesthetician and owner Marta Tothova's Time Expert facial is also eliminating fine lines the all-natural way.

"This is a treatment for people who don't want to do micro injections," Tothova says.

It's a 3-part process that involves a facial massage to ease lines of expression, then a serum steeped with soybean seed, peptides and other vitamins and minerals seeps into the skin, restoring the collagen.

She wraps it up with a hydrating and firming mask that unveils a more youthful YOU!

She says people look and feel five years younger afterwards!

Marta says if you get Botox or other injected treatments, Time Expert can also extend the life of those treatments.

Again, both the accupuncture and the facial are all-natural and come with very few, if any, side effects and risks. But, of course, consult your doctor if you have any concerns.