French Fashion designer Coco Chanel declared that we all get the face we deserve... whether it’s relationship breakdowns, late nights, poor diet or stress, all of our experiences will leave their mark upon our face.
Despite new treatments becoming available to repair the ‘damage' we should still be aware & take responsibility for the fact that our lifestyles will be illustrated within our facial features.
John Tsagaris, doctor of chinese medicine at London’s Vaishaly clinic says: “Our face can be divided into zones that relate directly to our organs, in much the same way our feet can.” He added: “Any imbalances & stress within your internal organs will show up in the corresponding face zone. The good news is that if you know the signs, you can prevent problems from developing in the first place.”
According to chinese medicine:
These are the areas which relate to our organs.
Area around the mouth – sexual organs & immune system.
Mouth - digestive system: a swollen or dry bottom lip can denote a colon imbalance.
Cheeks – lungs: inflammation or spots here point to mucus formation, often due to too much dairy.
Space between the eyebrows - liver: if the area is oily, red or creased, reduce booze & animal fats.
Area around the eyes - kidneys & adrenal glands: kidney problems are shown by puffiness or dark circles under the eyes, problems with your adrenal glands can cause the inner-eye corners look bruised.
In addition to this; pharmaceutical companies also look to the skin to denote medical problems: “All of the body’s systems are interconnected and depend on each other to keep us healthy” says: dermatologist Tom Mammore, Cliniques director of biological research and development.
“The skin is our largest organ & its function is to protect from infection & eliminate harmful compounds. It makes sense that trouble on the inside becomes apparent here.”
Major upsets, such as a break-up or the death of a loved one, can also disrupt your skin’s natural self-healing and regenerative functions, which leads directly to signs of ageing.
These developments have not gone unnoticed by the skincare industry. Along with skincare designed to relieve the visible symptoms of stress, hard living & a poor diet, many brands offer increasingly holistic face & body treatments & even include lifestyle changes.
The International Dermal Institute trains beauty therapists worldwide. They believe that using both Western & Eastern diagnostics are the key.
IDI training manager Sally Penford says: "Along with helping clients to manage acute skin problems, we believe in addressing their causes, and the ancient methods of face diagnosis are a sure-fire way to get to their root.” She added: "We teach Dermalogical therapists a technique called “Face Mapping” which has them divide a client’s skin into zones & survey each area for congestion, lines, inflammation & the like. Recognising the cause of a skin complaint will help the therapist treat the condition effectively.”