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Chapped lips, dry, flaky skin, and an itchy scalp. Does it sound like something your skin is going through?
Even in San Francisco where winters tend to me milder, lower temperatures suck moisture from your skin leaving it extremely dry and flaky. Micro-needling can be a powerful skin treatment and just the moisture boost your skin needs.
Below I'll review more about what this procedure is, why it is beneficial for the skin, and what precautions one needs to take before and after
What is Micro-Needling
Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, it is a minimally invasive procedure which rejuvenates your skin from within. The microscopic pin-pricks initiate the repair process in the skin. This is the body’s natural response to any disturbance in the structure of the skin. There is increased blood flow to the areas treated. The activity of a protein called Collagen increases manifold. Collagen is responsible for the elasticity of the skin. It is the part that holds it firmly and prevents the loosening of skin.
My sessions focus on nourishing and reviving skin:
Before and After
Tone and Texture - After 2 treatments
There's definitely a winter theme here and that's prioritizing your body's needs. With that, lets Focusing on the power of the parasympathetic system and the importance of “rest and digest” especially when it comes to fertility.
It’s a cycle that is so easy to get caught up in. Being constantly on the go, with entire days spent in a busy “fight or flight” mode (sympathetic) without any time for our bodies to really slow down and recharge. When we spend our day rushing and stressing, our body’s natural instinct is to shut down on unnecessary organ functions (like the reproductive organs) and only focus on getting you away from that stressor.
How Chronic "Flight or Fight" Shows Up In Our Bodies
Rest and Digest Response
There are plenty of things that can assist in switching from fight or flight (sympathetic) to feed and breed (parasympathetic). Meditation, yoga, and mindfulness to name a few. One of the most effective ways to mitigate stress, however, is acupuncture. What makes those "Acu Naps" so powerful is it quickly and efficiently gets your body into a parasympathetic state.
Whether you are trying to conceive, get a better night’s sleep, or just lower your stress levels, SF Integrative Medicine is here to help you take your health in hand and find some inner calm.
Winter is the season for recharging our batteries. In Chinese Medicine, these batteries are the organs Kidneys and Bladder, storing energy for the Spring and Summer to come. During treatments we are often checking your pulse to feel your how your kidneys and bladder, gauging how the “battery levels” are doing.
In Chinese Medicine, the kidneys store vital life energy. They also influence reproduction, brain, bone health fluid secretions and the emotions like anxiety, fear and courage. When the kidneys are overworked we see symptoms such as anxiety, infertility, adrenal or chronic fatigue, low back pain, weak knees, urination issues and others.
Some examples of balanced Kidneys and Bladder is when you:
With the colder weather and darker nights, winter is the best time to slow down and refrain from too much activity, sleep more, eat more and get to know yourself better to replenish and nourish that vital energy.
3 WINTER WELLNESS TIPS TO STIMULATE YOUR KIDNEYS AND BLADDER