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Dear Sugar
I am in my mid-late 30's and I have a terrible furrow in between my eyebrows and what seems like millions of fine little lines around my eyes and lips.

I feel like I am still about 5-10 yrs too young for plastic surgery (although I am tempted) and I fear that if I start botox now, I'll be a slave to it forever and I don't really want all of that poison in my face. Is that crazy?

I was wondering if there are any special kinds of facial treatments or less invasive procedures that you can recommend? Aging Alberta

To See DEARSUGAR'S Answer,

Dear Aging Alberta
Have you considered Acupuncture? Acupuncture is based on the principle that pathways of energy known as Qi (chee) traverse the body from head to toe. Physical or psychological problems can disrupt Qi, and acupuncture tries to restore that energy. Small, super thin needles are inserted into specific points in the face and body.

An AcuFacial® is the latest technique for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, lifting sagging skin and toning facial muscles. Studies demonstrate that acupuncture needles in the body and face make you look younger and can help you lose weight.

It also treats skin conditions such as: rosacea and acne, improves skin tone and makes your skin and eyes sparkle. The goal is to restore overall good health, which can mean eliminating the aches and pains of aging as well as its physical manifestations.

Promoters also claim facial rejuvenation, improves circulation in the skin and stimulates the production of collagen. They also help improve:

  • Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Allergies
  • Digestive and Sexual Disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Menstrual and Reproductive Imbalances
  • Stress and Stress-related Anxiety Illness
  • Respiratory Difficulties
  • Urogenital Disorders

Shellie Goldstein is the person to see. Having spent many years as an acupuncturist in hospitals and medically oriented healthcare settings, she has recently created and trademarked the AcuFacial® technique.

Shellie has been recently featured in July's issue of Lucky Magazine on p.108. She treats innumerable celebs and you can attain her services at Eva Scrivo or at her private office in East Hampton, NY.

Shellie's always up to something, and a book is the latest rumor. I know I'd be interested in hearing about the powers of AcuFacials®. Here's a sneak peak:

One morning, after a dinner party followed by a late night of dancing, I dragged myself from bed to the bathroom mirror. In my early 40s, I took a good, startling look at myself.

I found fine lines, like uninvited house guests, marked my forehead. My cheeks sagged. The blemish-free glow of my 20s and 30s had vanished. The flush and vigor of youth that I took for granted was gone and I gazed into the mirror sadly.

That day turned out to be a turning point in my life. It was one of those light bulb moments: with a Master's degree in Biology and Nutrition, an acupuncture license, and an esthetics license, I realized I possessed the knowledge and training to address what was staring me in the face.

My background could allow me to discover habits and techniques, for myself and others, to age more slowly, and to help find solutions to the aging phenomenon.

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