Beauty from within

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Nur­tur­ing your skin from the out­side can help you heal on the in­side... find out how

Nur­tur­ing your skin on the out­side can help heal you on the in­side

If the eyes are win­dows to your soul, then your face is a door to your phys­i­cal and emo­tional health. Through­out the ages, we have an­a­lysed fa­cial fea­tures to gauge a per­son’s well­be­ing. In fact, ac­cord­ing to many dif­fer­ent cul­tures, in­clud­ing In­dian Ayurveda and Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine, the face is deemed a mir­ror to health.

By ob­serv­ing out­ward signs care­fully, it’s be­lieved we can dis­cover more about our moods, emo­tions and ten­den­cies. And now, fol­low­ing on from the idea that car­ing for your skin can help heal the in­side, we’re see­ing a new ar­ray of holis­tic fa­cial treat­ments de­signed to do ex­actly that.

Our busy lives mean pri­ori­tis­ing our­selves is of­ten at the bot­tom of our to-do list but tak­ing time out to look after you can en­rich you phys­i­cally, spir­i­tu­ally and emo­tion­ally. And with the weather grow­ing colder, your skin is more likely to suf­fer the ef­fects of the harsh tem­per­a­tures, so it’s a great time to prac­tise a lit­tle skin­care TLC that can boost you from the in­side out. Here’s how:

Face map­ping

De­cod­ing the clues your face gives about your health and well­be­ing is an an­cient tra­di­tion still used by many holis­tic health ex­perts.

The con­cept be­hind face map­ping is that our whole body is in­ter­con­nected, and our ap­pear­ance is a di­rect re­flec­tion of what’s go­ing on in­side, with each part of the face rep­re­sent­ing a dif­fer­ent area of in­ter­nal health. For ex­am­ple, ac­cord­ing to Ayurveda, hor­i­zon­tal fore­head lines in­di­cate a ten­dency to worry ex­ces­sively, while lines at the side of the mouth are a sign of stress.

‘It also shows how well you are han­dling your emo­tions. There are dif­fer­ent views as to why your face is such a good in­di­ca­tor of all these things,’ ex­plains cre­ator of The Vi­tal­ity

Test and teacher in Chi­nese en­er­get­ics, Ni­cholas Haines (five­in­sti­ ‘From a Chi­nese per­spec­tive, it’s based on the idea that many of the acupunc­ture chan­nels fin­ish in the head and so leave their in­flu­ence.’

And ac­cord­ing to an­cient Chi­nese wis­dom, our emo­tions can be read by analysing the face. ‘Cer­tain ar­eas of skin can show dis­coloura­tion or changes in tex­ture, which in­di­cate that some­one is per­haps strug­gling

with a cer­tain emo­tion. So, for ex­am­ple a red­der area around the nose tends to show over­heated emo­tions or if it has a pur­ple tinge to it, that the emo­tions are more

stuck,’ adds Ni­cholas.

Crys­tal fa­cial

Re­flex­ol­ogy is per­formed on spe­cific pres­sure points on the hands and feet, but fa­cial re­flex­ol­ogy with crys­tals adds a unique spin on the treat­ment by in­cor­po­rat­ing the heal­ing power of gem­stones.

Just like reg­u­lar re­flex­ol­ogy, the idea is that touch gen­er­ates en­ergy which can pen­e­trate deep into our stored emo­tions and heals by re­leas­ing some of that en­ergy. And it’s be­lieved that us­ing crys­tals we are nat­u­rally at­tracted to can help am­plify the ben­e­fits.

‘Skin tis­sue on the face is stim­u­lated by ro­ta­tion, gen­tle stroking with the fin­ger­tips into the skin and in var­i­ous points with crys­tals. It’s a deeply re­lax­ing treat­ment which also has the ef­fect of re­vi­tal­is­ing dry win­ter skin and brings about an en­hanced sense of well­be­ing,’ shares re­flex­ol­o­gist and yoga teacher, Caro­line Svi­tana (hap­

The treat­ment is unique to in­di­vid­ual needs, and the crys­tals used are cho­sen by you.

We are all in­nately at­tuned to our needs, so the crys­tals you choose will au­to­mat­i­cally res­onate with emo­tional and spir­i­tual needs. Once you’ve made your se­lec­tion, the gems are ap­plied to the face and used to stim­u­late the chakras. It’s thought that the body re­sponds to the sub­tle vi­bra­tions of each crys­tal in a pos­i­tive way.

‘The crys­tals bal­ance en­ergy and you’ll feel re­laxed on a deeper level,’

con­tin­ues Caro­line.

Sound bath fa­cial

Med­i­tat­ing to the sounds of Ti­betan gongs is al­ready a big thing in well­be­ing cir­cles.

It’s thought the vi­bra­tions the an­cient in­stru­ment pro­duces has a ther­a­peu­tic ef­fect on brain waves that leave us feel­ing re­laxed. And now, the trans­for­ma­tive ef­fects of gongs has been taken one step fur­ther by com­bin­ing these re­lax­ing vi­bra­tional sounds with the ther­a­peu­tic power of touch.

‘To­day, more than ever, peo­ple are more in­ter­ested and aware of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the mind and body,’ says Lush Spa Train­ing Men­tor, So­phie-Rae Mar­tyn. The de­sire to nur­ture on the out­side to heal from the in­side is the idea be­hind this new fa­cial.

‘The treat­ment is an ex­pe­ri­ence which has an em­pha­sis on longer last­ing well­be­ing, as op­posed to a skin­care fo­cused fa­cial,’ ex­plains So­phie-Rae. ‘It’s balanc­ing treat­ment for your en­tire sense of be­ing and cre­ates pro­found re­lax­ation, help­ing us to con­nect more to our in­ner self.’

It does this by gen­tly plac­ing tun­ing forks on the face, so that you phys­i­cally feel the vi­bra­tions they cre­ate, which has an in­stantly calm­ing ef­fect on the ner­vous sys­tem.

Fa­cial acupunc­ture

Win­ter can stress out skin, and if your com­plex­ion has taken a hit from the change in cli­mate and you’re seek­ing a treat­ment that helps boost emo­tional health at the same time, then fa­cial acupunc­ture could be the way for­ward for you.

As with reg­u­lar acupunc­ture, the idea is that in­sert­ing nee­dles into the face helps in­crease the flow of en­ergy through the body which can help re­lieve ev­ery­thing from stress and anx­i­ety to more med­i­cal con­di­tions.

In fa­cial acupunc­ture, the ef­fects are cos­metic (brighter, younger look­ing skin) and also help to cre­ate a sense of calm from within.

There’s no pain fac­tor to con­sider and the treat­ment is deeply re­lax­ing while ex­ert­ing phys­i­cal ben­e­fits.

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