Sitting in the summer sun is glorious yet it takes a toll on the skin, there’s no doubt about that.? We are warned about the damaging rays of the sun, yet here in Minnesota, we are drawn to the sun on these long summer days like moths to the flame.? At the same time, we are a culture obsessed with youth and idealized beauty.
Now, I find myself with opportunity to register for a skin/facial rejuvenation class and wondering if I should do this. Is this something my patients would appreciate or am I buying into the notion that we all need to fight aging with everything in our weapons storehouse? Botox, liposuction, face-lifts, and tummy tucks, where do they all fit in?
Age. ?Character.? Patina.? Why do we value these qualities in our possessions but not in ourselves? ?I love seeing my soapstone kitchen counter getting dings and scratches.? It reminds me of all the joyful cooking that has taken place.
Do I value the type of Chinese medicine practice where patients will spend money on looking young but not on health in general?? My goal is to have a ?wellness? practice and I’m not convinced that facial rejuvenation is part of the picture I wish to paint. Of course I believe that having an acupuncture ?face-lift? is safer and easier than using a scalpel, and has fewer side effects than Botox.? It is also very effective.? I would like your feedback on this topic if you please. I know there?s another side to this story.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could appreciate ourselves the way we do our furniture or kitchen counters?? Is the beauty of a changing face considered a testament to the added value of age?? Is it softened by love and time to a scratched but beautiful luster? Do we find happiness from looking young forever or from the look of contentment of a well-lived life?
?How foolish to think one could ever slam the door in the face of age. Much wiser to be polite and gracious and ask him to lunch in advance.?? ~Noel Coward
Leslie Prairie L.Ac.