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There’s a moment in life when we lean a little closer into the mirror; to get a better look at time. And when I say time, I am talking about the fine lines—perhaps a blemish from stress here or there, or the dryness you feel from a morning hike at Three Sisters Trail.
I remember hearing about cosmetic acupuncture and wondering if it was a hoax. There is no way those tiny needles and this all-natural approach can make me look seventeen again.
I took a trip to Modern Acupuncture Westminster to give it a try! The first session is completely free and the acupuncturists there are professional and so knowledgeable. Walking into a clean, white space with accents of fresh yellows and a friendly face to greet me, I signed a few forms, watched a video, and then I was taken through these gorgeous wooden doors to the Zen Lounge. Imagine a low lit space with a relaxing atmosphere, spa-style music and large screens with nature scenes to set the mood. There are loungers set up divided by curtains and upon sitting down, you can press a button to lounge back with your feet up and press an additional button to add heaters. I mean, is this heaven?
Greeted by my acupuncturist that day, a soft-spoken and knowledgeable woman named Semi, we explored my intention for the session. If I had any injuries to work on and I pointed out a few fine lines in between my eyebrows and forehead to focus on. She then explained the practice, what to expect, and the benefits of acupuncture. About ten minutes later, I had needles all over my face, lower legs, and my right arm. She said I will be back in twenty minutes, enjoy.
Upon ending the session, she explained what my treatment could look like, should I choose to move further with a recommendation of 12 treatments to see the best results on my fine lines and skin rejuvenation. I went for it and I’m currently on 6 of 12 sessions and loving the progress. My skin is softer, I have been working on my cycle and seeing relief in cramping, and we even did a few sessions with a focus on allergies.
The treatment space is incredible and what I will add is that investing in myself for not only the health benefits, but also the self-care and space to relax and release stress has been a game-changer for me. The Zen Lounge does support the zen, the room does not lie.
I spoke with the manager of Modern Acupuncture, John Standerfer, and he gave me the nitty-gritty notes on this natural alternative to anti-aging:
Acupuncture remedies the surface effects of aging by triggering a self-repair response in the skin and addressing the internal stressors that contribute to the signs of aging. This ancient beauty secret is a non-invasive and natural approach to reduce the signs of aging and help skin regain its youthful glow. It is the only targeted beauty treatment with direct health and well-being benefits.
Needles as thin as a strand of hair are inserted carefully into key areas and creases in the face, causing tiny microtrauma to the skin that triggers an increase in blood flow and activates collagen production. The result is revitalized and nourished skin, a brighter complexion and a more youthful appearance.
The real beauty of getting cosmetic acupuncture is it also includes traditional acupuncture at the same time. It’s about time you can combine beauty and health!
Cosmetic acupuncture is a chemical-free, natural approach to anti-aging, without the side effects, risks, and downtime of more invasive cosmetic procedures.
I love the natural adventure into self-care that Modern Acupuncture provides. Take a moment to check in with yourself and see if you need twenty minutes of zen. The first session is free and you can double down on beauty and health. Happy tingling!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!