June 04, 2018
What would you do for healthy, glowing skin? For me, all it took was 19 needles in my face, six in my scalp, and seven in and behind each of my ears to get skin that looked like the inside of a ripe peach.
Despite having Asian skin—you know, the kind that is fabled to show hardly even a whisper of a line until old age—my millennial eyes are beginning to detect a slight deflation in the youthful bounce that I thought would forever be mine. So when I was invited for an acupuncture facial—which touts itself as a holistic alternative to injectable fillers and Botox—with Anna Lee at International Orange's Fillmore Street spa,
The new IO Facial Acupuncture Treatment at International Orange San Francisco is an acupuncture session with a special twist. It includes traditional body points to stimulate deep relaxation and detoxification, but hones in on the face to promote skin health. A masterfully crafted facial point strategy will stimulate collagen and elastin production while also lifting and sculpting the face...
International Orange Founder Melissa Ferst and IO estheticians share their top product recommendations to keep skin hydrated, exfoliated and radiant this winter. Our skin changes dramatically from season to season. Winter is an important time take a close look at our home skincare rituals. Bay Area dry weather can parch your skin, dulling your summer glow. Recapture that glow with a new seasonal routine of exfoliation, cleansing, massage and deep moisture.
Our bodies respond to cycles of seasonality like all living things. In the Chinese medicine model, Fall is associated with the element of Metal, which is responsible for developing ritual and engaged in the search for meaning and inspiration. The organs associated with this element are the lungs and the colon, so techniques for self-care orient to these areas.
Unlike our blood which pumps through our bodies, the lymph "oozes" along and therefore can become stagnant very easily. Just imagine some of the various issues that can arise as a result of stagnant lymph. It NEEDS to move because it helps rid the body of pathogens. It carries our body’s waste from the tissues and into the bloodstream for removal. In 75 minutes, we will take you through a different type of facial experience--one in which every step is done with the movement of lymph in mind.
MEET RACHEL // You feel Rachel's warmth and care as soon as you meet her, and we sat down with her to ask three introductory questions. As always, find more info at link in profile! Q&A with IO Marin’s new acupuncturist, Rachel Schaefer.
“Give me a place to stand, and I will move the world.” Though not intended to be a philosophical remark, Greek mathematician Archimedes tapped into a deep spiritual truth: where there is stillness, there is power.
At IO, we are practiced in the art of prevention. While there's no way to entirely avoid environmental aggressors, there are ways to optimize the environment of your own skin, giving it a fighting chance against free radical attacks.
We spend a lot of time talking about skin. It’s our largest organ, after all. But beauty is more than skin deep. Our skin’s radiance is a good measure of our internal health, and the beauty we seek is achieved not only through products, but also through lifestyle.
After 14 years and 30,000 facials, IO's skincare program is about more than products, peels and potions. IO's Esthetics Director, Jennifer Gallegos, reveals how she built a program rooted in yogic philosophy that delivers legit, get-down-to-business, not-messing-around results.