The popular saying goes that beauty is only skin-deep. And most facial treatments take that idea quite literally by targeting problems that are visible on the skin surface. Dark spots and blemishes – zap ’em. Wrinkles and sagging – tighten and lift. Dullness or puffiness – scrub and massage.

But where traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is concerned, it’s about far more than that. While regular facials troubleshoot external symptoms, TCM takes a more holistic view. It believes that in order to get to the root of problems like pimples, hyperpigmentation, premature wrinkles and under-eye dark circles, you have to improve the overall health of your body – and facial acupuncture is one way to do that.

Mirror of your health
 

According to TCM theories, your outward appearance reflects your body’s health. Under-eye shadows and puffiness, for instance, can mean a kidney or spleen deficiency, while dark spots could be due to blood or qi stagnation. In other words, if your internal organs or functions are out of whack, the effects will show on your face.

TCM believes that facial and body acupoints tap into channels called meridians which link the body’s surface to its internal organs. Stimulating the acupoints with fine needles is said to have various effects, such as balancing your yin and yang energies, releasing excess heat and boosting circulation. These, in turn, are thought to bring about beauty benefits like improved skin radiance, control of breakouts, and smoothing of fine lines.

Taking a broad, holistic approach
 

At Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinics and Wellness Clinics, a facial acupuncture session kicks off with a detailed consultation where the TCM physician asks questions about your health and takes your pulse. Ultra-fine acupuncture needles are then inserted into the acupoints relevant to your specific concerns and left in place for 20 to 30 minutes while you rest. After the needles are removed, you get a light facial massage (using a jade roller – at additional cost – is optional) to soothe skin and improve circulation for a healthy glow.

Eu Yan Sang recommends a 12-session treatment plan to fully achieve the intended effects. Those who are jittery about needles can rest easy – the ones used for the facial are extremely fine and gentle on skin.

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Participating Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinics and Wellness Clinics: Bedok MRT Station (6242-2205), Bukit Batok (6397-4782), Bukit Panjang Plaza (6766-5234), Clementi Mall (6774-5178), Eastpoint Mall (6785-9159), Harbourfront Centre (6271-0788), Hougang Mall (6385-5969), Jurong East (6896-1249), Jurong Jem (6684-5677), Jurong West (6792-2646), Plaza Singapura (6238-1801), Punggol Waterway Point (6875-7004), Sembawang (6556-4528), Sengkang Compass One (6283-6761), Serangoon Nex (6634-8042), Tampines Century Square (6783-6911), Woodlands MRT Station (6365-6518) and Yishun Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (6570-6625). For more information, call 1800-225-1887 or go to http://sg.euyansangclinic.com.

Terms and conditions: Valid from Aug 1-31, 2017. Limited to one redemption for each customer. Trial price includes consultation and facial acupuncture session. Trial price excludes GST. Not applicable for Eu Yan Sang Needleless Acupuncture. Facial acupuncture is available on selected days only. Call clinic to check availability. Not applicable with any other vouchers, promotions, discounts, packages, privilege cards, corporate plans and managed-care plans. Eu Yan Sang Clinic Management reserves the right of final decision in the event of any dispute.