Is acupuncture the new Botox?

Is acupuncture the new botox.

Is acupuncture the new botox.

For over a year I’ve been investing in an alternative needle to the Botox needle – the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture and for the first time I’ve documented the results through before and after pictures, for my new column on

Unlike Botox, facial acupuncture is not a quick fix for anti-ageing the face but rather a longer term investment into the quality, strength and tone of facial skin and muscles. Instead of paralysing the muscles, acupuncture stimulates the blood flow and energy to the skin, waking muscles up and bringing skin to life. Skin is refreshed, enlivened and energised. Like you’ve had the best sleep ever…

I go to see Maggie Brown at Beaute Chinoise in north London and I’ve written about her before but have never documented the differences in my skin, before and after the treatment. So much of it is to do with increased energy and vibrancy which is difficult to capture on camera but I went for the plunge and was thrilled to see the results: you can really see a difference in the brightness and freshness of my face, especially in the white of my eyes.

To read the full article and to see the essential before and after pics head over to for Is Acupuncture the New Botox? …and let me know what you think! Leave a comment or tweet me at @YanarBeauty…Would love to hear from you on this subject…


New beauty oils with a Chinese twist

Beaute Chinoise Yang No.4So as I continue to wait for a Heathrow flight to Africa (three days late and counting now!), my morning post cheers me up as I find the cutest little bottles of facial oil by Beaute Chinoise, a brand created by facial acupuncturist Maggie Brown.

I’m a HUGE oil fan and anti-ageing benefits are of serious interest too. That’s why I LOVE rose oil, as it’s great for dry or mature skin and great for anti-ageing. So I instantly loved Yin No.1 – predominantly rose with added neroli, patchouli and sandalwood. Beautiful.

Yang No. 4 is for normal skin and contains jasmine, rose, sandalwood and geranium. Maggie says this one “stimulates cell regeneration, whilst protecting, nourishing and firming the skin and uplifting the senses.” This basically means it helps your skin grow strong and it smells nice too, (someone said it smells like Turkish Delight – in nice way!).

I interviewed Maggie for a feature I’m writing on Chinese facial mapping for Women’s Fitness magazine (February ’11 issue) and it’s such a fascinating subject. The philosophy is that your face holds visual clues of imbalances in your body and signals for potential health problems.

At Beaute Chinoise clinic in London Maggie treats people who have beauty concerns such as problem skin, dark circles and signs of premature ageing, using acupuncture, dietary changes and supplements as a treatment. After a lot of research into the Chinese way for dealing with health problems – i.e. treating the mind, body and emotions as a holistic system – I think it’s a really effective approach and would recommend anyone struggling with health niggles to check it out. If you know anything about this subject, let me know!