How clean is your water?

How clean is your water?

Drinking plenty of water is one of those enduring beauty commandments. Like wearing SPF or eating leafy greens, it harks back to the skin’s most basic need for sustenance. After all, humans are made up of over 60% water, so every drop consumed contributes to a vital internal function. The body naturally loses water through breathing, sweating and digestion – rehydrating helps to replenish these lost sources.

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Being a pin-up: The low-down on facial acupuncture

Being a pin-up: The low-down on facial acupuncture

Back in 2007, The New York Times proclaimed: “Hold the chemicals, bring on the needles.” This seal of approval for facial acupuncture had been a long time coming; its older cousin, body acupuncture, has been used for millennia in Chinese medicine to rebalance energy and cure all manner of ills. Over the past decade or so, more and more have moved away from invasive procedures, like Botox, to this natural regenerative solution. Isn’t it time you did too?

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Five natural beauty tips that actually work

Five natural beauty tips that actually work

There’s a certain satisfaction in going back to basics when it comes to beauty. Swapping chemical-packed liquids and gels for organic, naturally potent ingredients opens up a whole world of solutions to common problems. Women and men have been using natural miracle products coconut oil and rose water to improve signs of ageing, acne, oily skin and lacklustre complexions for thousands of years, and with good reason. These are a few of our favourite natural beauty and skincare tips that actually work, and why.

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Your essential guide to facial acupuncture

Your essential guide to facial acupuncture

Back in 2007, The New York Times proclaimed: “Hold the chemicals, bring on the needles.” This seal of approval for facial acupuncture had been a long time coming; its older cousin, body acupuncture, has been used for millennia in Chinese medicine to rebalance energy and cure all manner of ills. Over the past decade or so, more and more of us have moved away from invasive procedures, like Botox, to this natural anti-ageing solution. So today we’re going to talk you through everything you need to know about facial acupuncture.

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Sun-proof your skin from the inside out

Sun-proof your skin from the inside out

Slathering on the SPF 50, donning a wide-brim fedora and slipping into an oversized cotton tee are tried-and-tested ways to shield skin from the sun. We all know plenty about the importance of protecting ourselves on the outside, but that can mean we overlook protecting ourselves from the inside. At Acu-Facial, we’re major proponents of natural beauty and a wholesome, nurturing approach to skincare and wellbeing. That’s why we’ve put together our three-step plan to getting sunshine-ready, from the inside out, in 12 weeks. 

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Chinese medicine seasons: Spring

Chinese medicine seasons: Spring

Sunshine-yellow daffodils and pastel pink cherry blossoms signal the start of spring, the season of hope, creativity and renewal. In the Chinese medicine calendar, spring is associated with the liver, the organ that rids our bodies of toxins. It’s unsurprising that the season is celebrated as a period for personal development, encouraging us to embrace nature’s uplift in energy and tackle any issues holding us back. Just as we use spring as an excuse to sort our over-stuffed wardrobes, or throw out letters and leaflets that have piled up over the year, we can use it to focus on cleaning up our emotional, spiritual and physical lives.

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Chinese medicine seasons: Winter

Chinese medicine seasons: Winter

We’re now firmly in the grip of winter, with gales rattling our windows and smatterings of frost covering the pavements. In traditional Chinese medicine, this Yin season is associated with water and defined as a period of introspection and rest, and is predominantly associated with the kidneys. The kidneys are also known as the source of your body’s Chi, making this the most important time of year for rebalancing your energy. Winter naturally drains us, as we fight against colds and live outside of the daylight cycle. This encourages us to focus on nurturing and restoring our wellbeing, building up our Chi to prepare us for the cold days ahead. 

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Chinese medicine seasons: Autumn

Chinese medicine seasons: Autumn

As the leaves begin to fall and the days get shorter, the Chinese medicine calendar moves into autumn. Traditionally, this season is associated with metal, with an emphasis on purification and refinement. It makes this the perfect time of year to work on getting rid of any unnecessary or toxic influences in your life and body. Each season of the Chinese medicine calendar is linked to an organ, which in this case is the lungs. They similarly represent the process of purification, taking in elements of the outside world and eliminating anything that isn’t helpful to our wellbeing. Following the calendar gives you a framework in which to focus on this one process, giving you a much better chance of following through. 

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Sound therapy series: Tibetan singing bowls

Sound therapy series: Tibetan singing bowls

At Acu-Facial we’re constantly looking for new ways to take better care of our whole selves: mind, body and spirit. One of our most popular treatments which does just that is Facial Rejuvenation With Tuning Forks; it harnesses the soothing power of vibrations to rebalance your Chi. So as part of a new series, we’ll be exploring sound therapy techniques that nurture your energy, helping you to feel more calm and in harmony with yourself.

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