How to Eliminate Wrinkles with Homemade Massage, Facial, and Food Recipes

Have you ever wondered how much time you spend staring at your reflection in the mirror each day?

As we age, our skin becomes saggy, dull and wrinkled. Although we cannot stop inevitable aging, we can indeed remove its signs, such as wrinkles.

How to Get Wrinkle Prevention and Reduction

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the most effective way to stay young and healthy, both in mind and body, is to nourish yourself from within (internal organs and systems) and then from without. (your skin, your complexion).

For example, you can reduce wrinkles, restore Qi deficiency, and increase blood circulation through simple acupressure massage, acupuncture, facials, and food therapy.

Where do wrinkles come from?

From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, the production of wrinkles is based on internal and external factors.

Intrinsic factors, such as genetics, decreased female hormones, and impaired liver or kidney function, could explain why some people are more susceptible to developing wrinkles.

Another reason is poor diet. This has an impact on gut health. The digestive system needs to absorb the essence of food to maintain the body’s energy (Qi) and blood circulation to function properly.

Skin damage will occur if the blood is poorly circulated and unable to reach the facial area. Prolonged anxiety, emotional swings and insomnia lead to liver failure, causing stagnation of blood and Qi which produces wrinkles.

Environmental factors, especially ultraviolet rays (UV light) the progressive decrease of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, cause the skin to age. The gradual loss of subcutaneous fat will cause the skin to shrink, sag and wrinkle.

For example, when you stay outside in the cold for a long time during the winter, the blood circulation on your face decreases, and your skin will then be fragile in the face of aging.

Can you prevent wrinkles from developing

If you want to minimize wrinkles, it is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle and take care of yourself.

1) Go to bed early. Sleep deprivation leads to liver failure and depression.

2) Use sunscreen and keep your face and neck warm.

3) Avoid sodas. Drink hot water.

4) Choose the right skin care products for your skin type.

How to stimulate collagen production

If your wrinkles are due to a lack of qi and blood circulation, here is some good news:

Acupuncture treatments and acupressure massage can improve your wrinkles and improve your health.

The most common acupuncture points for wrinkle prevention are Union Valley (L14), Three Yin Intersection (SP6), Great Ravine (K13), and Sea of ​​Blood (SP10).

For facial acupuncture, traditional Chinese acupuncturists will use specialized beauty needles, which are thinner than regular acupuncture needles. Clinicians typically place beauty needles about 0.2-0.5mm below the surface of the skin.

By stimulating the dermal cells through the basal cells, it signals the secretion of collagen and elevates the treatment of wrinkles.

What happens after acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture activates the overall Qi, blood circulation and the meridians of the face. Plus, removing wrinkles will give your skin a healthier, rosier glow. Your skin will become firmer in the following days. After one to three acupuncture sessions, the effect can last up to six months. Beauty acupuncture is painless, with fewer side effects than other cosmetic procedures.

Difference Between Acupuncture and Acupressure

Instead of using needles, acupressure uses massage techniques on acupuncture points to stimulate health improvement. Did you know that regular daily acupressure facial massage can also remove wrinkles?

How to treat yourself to an acupressure massage

For wrinkles on the forehead:

Press the following acupuncture points clockwise 10 times. Then counterclockwise 10 times.

Hall of Seal (EX-HN3), Spirit Court (DU24) and Great Sun (EX-HN5).

For wrinkles around the eyes:

Press the following acupuncture points clockwise 10 times. Then counterclockwise 10 times.

Bamboo Gathering (BL2), Silk Bamboo Hole (SJ23), Great Sun (EX-HN5) and Tear Container (ST1).

For wrinkles around the mouth:

Press the following acupuncture points clockwise 10 times. Then counterclockwise 10 times.

Welcome Scent (L120), Earth Granary (ST4), Jawbone (ST6).

For dark circles or puffy eyes:

Place two fingers on the upper and lower eyelids.

Close your eyes.

Raise your eyebrows 10 times on each side.

Pressing Hall of Seal (EX-HN3), Spirit Court (DU24) and Great Sun (EX-HN5). It can improve wrinkles on the forehead. (The Epoch Times)
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Press Bamboo Gathering (BL2), Silk Bamboo Hole (SJ23), Great Sun (EX-HN5) and Tear Container (ST1) to improve wrinkles around the eyes. (The Epoch Times)
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Squeezing Welcome Fragrance (L120), Earth Granary (ST4) and Jawbone (ST6) improves wrinkles around the mouth. (The Epoch Times)

Let’s continue our self-care rituals by making a face mask at home. This mask can not only lighten and smooth wrinkles and scars, but it will also brighten your skin.

How to make a DIY anti-aging mask:

1) You will need barley powder, honey and unsweetened yogurt.

2) Mix the three ingredients.

3) If it is too thick, add a little water before application.

4) Apply the mixture on your face.

5) Let the mask sit for 5-10 minutes.

6) Rinse and dry.

Tip: Do not wait until the mask is completely dry before washing it off, as this may cause dehydration of the skin.

food therapy

Consuming enough nutrients is vital to nourish the skin. Collagen-rich foods like pork skin are a great option. Vegetarian foods such as kelp, yam and fig beautify.

Avoid foods high in sugar or sodium to prevent accelerated aging.

How to make a DIY anti-aging dessert:

Black and white mushroom soup

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Chinese soup desert with red dates, white mushrooms and lotus seeds. (Shutterstock)
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Barley, red dates, white mushrooms, black mushrooms, goji berries, dried long’an fruits and other ingredients are used in Chinese beauty soup. (Shutter

You will need: black fungus, white fungus, dried red dates, honey and water

Direction:

In a small saucepan, simmer the ingredients over medium heat until they turn into a sticky texture.
Add honey before serving.

While black and white mushrooms activate Qi and blood circulation, honey is a versatile natural Qi-toner with exceptional internal and external properties.

While it nourishes the lungs and dryness, invigorates the spleen and replenishes Qi in the body, it also eliminates heat and toxins.

If applied to your skin, honey soothes redness, sunburn, and acne.

How to do food therapy for supple skin yourself

Stock your refrigerator with the following antioxidant foods with anti-aging properties. Add it to your meals.

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A mix of fresh berries with leaves in a vintage wooden box. (Shutterstock)

1. Berries

All berries, such as blackberry, cranberry, strawberry, and raspberry, contain a high amount of anthocyanin and vitamin C antioxidants. Berries also neutralize free radicals and aid in aging.

2. Dark, red or yellow-green leaves

3. Spices like ginger, turmeric, cardamom

4. Green tea promotes collagen production

5. Walnuts, rich in unsaturated fatty acids, are a natural moisturizer for the skin and reduce the formation of wrinkles.

6. Fish, especially salmon, is rich in omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants.

*DIY Chinese herb soup

You will need chicken or bone broth, lean pork, ginger, and vegetables of your choice (you can use any Chinese melon, bokchoy, or chayote squash).

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Chinese Medicinal Diet Health Soup, Black Chicken Soup with Polygonatum. (Shutterstock)

1) Clean the vegetables. Put aside.

2) Cut lean pork into chunks or cubes. Put aside. (You can add a little soy sauce to marinate.)

3) Bring the water and broth to a boil.

4) Add pork and ginger. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes before adding the vegetables.

5) Add the vegetables. Cook over low heat until the vegetables are completely cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Avoid overcooking vegetables.

6) Add any of the following to boost blood circulation and glowing skin.

1. Dong Quai, also known as female ginseng

2. Barley promotes a healthy spleen, harmonizing the liver, especially for people with fatigue or loose stools.

3. Creeping Liriope, or dwarf water lily roots, repairs yin deficiency and nourishes the lungs.

4. White Peony Root or Bai Shao treats yin deficiency and nourishes blood and liver, especially for night owls.

5. Solomon’s Seals or Huang Jing can be absorbed through the three meridians of liver, spleen and kidney to balance yin qi.

6. Lady bells, or Dried Radix or Shashen, can be absorbed through the lung meridians and nourishes the lungs and yin qi.

7. Kernel or Bai Zi Ren promotes sleep and skin quality

8. Radix Rehmannia improves blood circulation and yin deficiency. If raw, the properties are even more potent as it repairs kidney deficiencies.

9. Chinese asparagus or Tian tung nourishes yin qi.

10. Solomon’s seal nourishes yin qi and lungs and improves overall skin tone.

11. The Goji berry balances both yin and yang qi. It is beneficial for nourishing the eyes and for kidney failure.

12. Yam or Shan Yao removes dampness, invigorates spleen and nourishes yin.

Therese Zhang

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