Beauty from within
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:
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 (fiveinstitute.com). ‘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.
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 (happysoles.net).
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,’
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.
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.