What causes wrinkles?
In TCM the Lung and Spleen govern the health of our skin. (Note: The definition and function of the Lung and Spleen in TCM is different than the biomedical definition and function). The Spleen governs the production of qi and blood of our body, and the Lung carries this nourishment to the surface of our skin. It is the combination of these two Organs that keep our skin smooth, hydrated, and wrinkle free!
Wrinkles development vary between people, depending on their genetics, exposure to the sun, and lifestyle. People may first experience surface wrinkles, which are barely visible. Later, age will produce more prominent wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and neck.
How to we prevent and treat wrinkles?
Acupuncture, facial massage, and diet make a significant difference!
Facial acupuncture promotes the circulation of qi and blood to your face.
Massage the following acupressure points in the morning and night:
UB2 – the insides of your eyebrows
LI20 – on either side of your nose, by your nostrils
ST6 – the lower border of your cheeks (hint: clench your teeth and you will feel a muscle, your masseter bulging – that’s the point!)
SJ17 – directly below your earlobe
Tai Yang – your temples
The following foods promote qi and blood. Not only will you be eating for skin health, but for the nourishment of your entire body!
green and white tea
nuts (almonds, walnuts)
Stress and cigarette smoking are contributors to wrinkles. Alleviate your stress with meditation and exercise!
I can’t stress how great oils are for skin health. My favorite to use is jojoba oil. It’s super light and easily absorbed. It also mimics the serum on your skin, tricking your face to produce less oil!
Jojoba is a great base for essential oils. I would recommend using 1ml of base oil for every drop of essential oil.
Here are some essential oils I recommend:
Lavender is great for all skin types. It smells great and naturally lightens your mood. Not to mention it helps regenerate skin cells to soften any signs of skin aging and scarring!
Palmarosa has a sweet, lemony smell that can uplift your spirits. It regulates oil production, making it great for oily or dry skin!
Tea Tree is famous for it’s anti-bacterial properties to help treat and prevent acne-prone skin.
Neem has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. It is great for skin problems such as acne and eczema.