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Inner Balance = Outer Beauty

By: Darren Starwynn
Posted: June 1, 2012, from the June 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Facial Reflex Zones

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It is often remarked that some people have a healthy glow, and people flock to skin care professionals to help them achieve that. Although there are many methods for helping make a client’s face look more attractive, all the methods more or less fall into three main categories.

  1. Methods that work superficially.
  2. Methods that work systemically from the inside out.
  3. Methods that do both.

Methods that work superficially. These include methods ranging from natural and gentle to harsh and invasive. Gentle methods include botanical and mineral applications, massage/acupressure, and low-intensity microcurrent and light therapies. The more invasive local methods include dermabrasion and other exfoliation methods, chemical peels, plastic surgery, fillers, Botox and thermal treatments. Also included in the invasive category would be strong electrical stimulation (galvanic) and intense pulsed light (IPL).

All of these methods can create younger-looking contours and fresher-looking skin. There are some drawbacks to the invasive procedures, however. In order to produce significantly noticeable results, these methods often need to be intense and are often disruptive to the subtle energy flows of the body. Some of these methods deliberately injure the sensitive tissues of the face, thereby triggering granulation of new cells in response to the minor wounds created.

There is a limit to what any of these methods can achieve if the inner terrain of the client’s body is stressed, toxic or imbalanced. It is common to meet people who have had lots of work on their faces or bodies, use the best skin products and dress fabulously, yet radiate unhappiness and discontent.

Methods that work systemically. As the Facial Reflex Zones diagram reveals, the face’s problem areas usually mirror imbalances in the internal organs, blood, qi (vital energy) and fluids. The most powerful stressors are the emotions; habitual feelings of negativity, anger and depression trigger the release of cortisol in the body, which makes clients look and feel more stressed. Happy, positive emotions promote the release of “happy” bio-chemicals, such as dopamine, endorphins and sex hormones that can make anyone look better. Methods that balance and heal the nervous system, help de-stress organs, tonify qi and blood, and promote emotional balance will improve the appearance and attractiveness of a person’s face. The holistic healing arts, such as acupuncture, nutrition, bodywork, homeopathy and energy healing promote these types of effects.