Anyone who knows me knows I’m vain. I examine my face in the mirror, close.
I mean super close.
So close that my face is ON THE MIRROR.
I’m looking for all those imperfections. I know you know what I’m talking about, sister. I take mental note of how I don’t seem to look like the airbrushed photographs of print models and celebrities I see online and in magazines. Or I notice how those lines in between my eyebrows have become more visible…or what about that blemish I continue to get around the corner of my mouth. What is that?
I often say, “Universe, give me a sign. Preferably in the form of an email or text.” Although I am still waiting for an email from the Universe regarding many things, the Universe is giving me signs all the time. Specifically on my face. What am I talking about?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our face is a treasure map to a state of prosperous health that I am devotedly trying to achieve.Even when I’m not trying to achieve prosperous health I am working towards clear, radiant, youthful skin. Why? Mostly because our face is the feature with which we best distinguish a person, so I want mine to look good. By reading the lines, pigment, and blemishes on our face, they can tell us what’s going on in our body.When we address what’s happening in our body, we address the lines, pigment, and blemishes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine says that lines and wrinkles may be caused by a deficiency of vitamins and minerals, or by a buildup of toxicity rather than aging. Ladies, this is an empowering notion. We have the power to change the way our body ages IF we pay attention to what our body is telling us. Would it be easier to cover up the symptoms with filler and Botox? Absolutely. And if that’s your thing, go on with your hot self. But my thing is naturally natural.
So what are the signs of my lines?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Face Map for understanding your skin & body’s overall health
Center of the Forehead — Intestines This is an area for digestion. Lines and wrinkles could point to an over consumption of fatty/oily foods, alcohol, dairy, lack of sleep, and stress. Deep lines could be a sign of a blocked colon or gallbladder, or that your body is no longer cleansing as efficiently as it once did, thus the buildup of toxicity.
Changes to Consider Cleansing your digestive system by eating light, drinking water, adding fiber, and resting will soften lines overtime and clear up blemishes. Avoid dairy, cook with cleaner oil.
Between the Eyebrows — Stomach and Liver Blemishes are likely a sign of a food allergy. Lines could mean a long-term food allergy or excessive consumption of fatty/oily or fried foods.
Changes to Consider Cut down on fatty/oily or fried foods. Remove foods that you think you may have an allergy to and see how your face reacts.
Oily T-zone Over consumption of fatty/oily foods and dairy products. Are you seeing a pattern here? If the body is overtaxed with fats, it will eliminate the fat through the largest eliminating organ of the body…the skin.
Changes to Consider Avoid dairy and cook with cleaner oil.
Around the Eyes — Kidney Dark circles/puffiness translates to too much salty foods, not enough water, too much caffeine, not enough sleep.
Changes to Consider More sleep. Less sodium. More sleep. Did I say that twice? More water. Cranberry water works wonders for me: 4 parts water to 1 part pure unsweetened cranberry juice.
Crow’s Feet (Around the Eyes — Kidney) Although this is the kidney area, our adrenals sit on top of our kidneys so this is indicating that the adrenals are over burdened. It could also indicate an imbalance of the body’s pH.
Changes to Consider Avoiding caffeine, smoking, and sugar relieves the adrenal gland which releases hormones including testosterone and cortisol. Add some alkaline vegetables to your diet such as broccoli, romaine lettuce, escarole, kale, and brussels sprouts. Greens such as dandelion, chard, collard, and mustard are highly alkaline as well.
Cheeks — Heart and Respiratory System Respiratory ailments or asthma will cause breakouts and broken capillaries in this area. Rosacea and acne will often show up in the cheeks. Environmental factors such as pollution and smoking contribute as well.
Changes to Consider Pump up your immune system. Increase your oxygen intake. Avoid dairy, and cleanse your digestive system by eating light and drinking plenty of water.
Nose — Stomach and Intestines Blemishes are likely a sign of a food allergy.
Changes to Consider Remove foods that you think you may have an allergy to and see how your face reacts.
Around Mouth — Stomach Blemishes indicate over consumption of fatty foods. Again, catch the pattern here?
Changes to Consider Cut down on fatty/oily or fried foods. Don’t make me say it again. Please.
Chin and Jaw — Ovaries and Colon Blemishes in these areas are likely a sign of a hormonal imbalance and stress.
Changes to Consider Relax. Meditate. Exercise. Do yoga. Consider some PMS tea or PMS relieving herbal supplement.
Lines on the Neck Improper assimilation of fatty acids, and it could also indicate a thyroid issue.
Changes to Consider Cut down on fat, add kelp to your diet, and get your thyroid checked.
Smile Lines Improper assimilation of fatty acids.
Changes to Consider Cut down on fat and add kelp to your diet.
Enlarged Pores Long-term consumption of white sugar products.
Changes to Consider Avoid white sugar. That includes brown sugar too.
Eat clean. Avoid fatty/oily foods. Drink water. Sleep abundantly. Be joyous. You are beautiful—lines, blemishes, and spots and all.