Needles and Pins: The Acupuncture Facial

How about a facial with needles? Yes, needles. Okay, so they are acupuncture needles—so thin they’re nearly invisible—and I’m happy to report that it really didn’t hurt. Just a couple of pinches—extractions and threading are way more uncomfortable. 

What to Expect: Needles are inserted into your forehead, between the brows, and at the corners of the eyes, causing a mini trauma to the area, which increases blood flow and collagen production. It’s been used for centuries in China and other Asian countries, and, from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, “qi,” or energy disruptions, are corrected, providing a healthier glow to the skin as well as an overall sense of wellbeing. Indeed, I nodded off during the treatment.

Ouch Factor: None

Average Cost: $125-$150 for one session; a series of 10 treatments over five weeks is recommended.

Worth It? This is a treatment for someone wanting a holistic, but not quick, fix. Director of Skincare Christie Lavigne of Oasis Westchester (oasiswestchester.com), where the service was once offered, was disappointed in the results. “For acupuncture to be effective, it needed to be performed at least twice a week, and the overall lifting effect we saw was just too subtle. We dropped it from our facial treatment menu.”