Ok, so I have hurt my shoulder – well what the hell does that have to do with your skin, I hear you ask?
Not much to be fair- however I am being treated by an acupuncturist (Emily Taylor from Heal Holistic in Lincoln) and we got chatting.
Whilst getting changed and ready to lie on the bed for my treatment I noticed among all her certificates, one for Cosmetic Acupuncture. I was intrigued, so I asked her what was involved. Thinking it would simply be targeting different points in the face, I was interested to find out that the starting point was actually treating the body as a whole and creating an overall healthier system. Only then can she start to treat the face itself.
Well, we started chatting about the body in general and found we had both come to the same conclusion when dealing with our clients and their concerns. Diet and lifestyle were just as, if not more important than the actual treatments we each provide.
We also discussed that there are some people come to us who are incredibly self aware, they know their body inside and out, what works for them and more importantly what doesn’t. Then at the other end of the spectrum there are others who have no idea, and for them the journey is a long hard road as there just seems to be more to change in their life than not, putting it in the too hard basket.
I suppose at this junction comes the realisation that your body is telling you that something is just not working. Meaning you need to begin to make a change. Ultimately that change is up to you.
So for myself and my wonderful team at Blush Beauty & Skin, when working with the skin we delve into many lifestyle questions. Now these can be quite confronting and one of the most important questions is “How often do you have a bowel motion”?
There is often a link between a sluggish bowel and a skin condition. When you think about it logically, if you are a little backed up there are a few unnecessary toxins floating around the body.
Then we get to stress, this is a biggie. Stress can be the trigger for some nasty skin issues – often the biggest problem being that the stress isn’t going anywhere and will quite happily move in to your life and take over your couch like an unwanted visitor outstaying their welcome! Things like marriage breakdowns, selling a house, moving countries or losing a loved one can have a catastrophic affect on your skin. For some this can spark a bout of horrendous adult acne, eczema or dermatitis. Often when stress is involved there is also a red inflamed aspect to the skin.
In today’s fast paced world we all want a quick fix. However what we need to realise is that often the things that we are trying to treat didn’t turn up overnight, so it’s a little unreasonable to think it can be rectified in a 24 hour window. Put in the work making a change where it’s needed, take the advice given and put it into practice. When seeking help from a professional listen to them as they know what they’re talking about.
Chances are if you take the advice given, tweak a few things in your diet and lifestyle, the treatments that you are receiving will have a much better outcome.
Oh, and Emily is great, my shoulder is well on the mend and I highly recommend her!