There’s something intuitively healthy about clear skin. A fresh, glowing visage doesn’t just look radiantly youthful… It speaks of deeply vibrant health that is beaming to the outside world!
If our minds connect clear complexions with wellbeing, it stands to reason that skin issues may point towards health issues. In fact, according to Face Mapping, what’s happening on the surface of your skin can give us very real insight into what’s going on inside our bodies.
Face Mapping is based on the ancient philosophies of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda and links changes in our skin with our internal environment. This helps us to diagnose the root cause of our skin issues and red flag any other health issues that may need a bit more love and attention.
Read on to discover exactly what your skin may be trying to tell you about your health!
Associated With: Liver, gallbladder
Explanation: The forehead is connected with nervous system activity and digestion. Therefore, stress and a sluggish digestive system may be triggering your breakouts here.
What To Do: Avoid, sugary, fatty, processed foods and consume plenty of high fibre fruit and vegetables to keep your digestive system moving. De-stress with visualization, meditation, yoga or anything else that helps you to relax. You may also like to trial some dandelion tea or fresh lemon juice in warm water to naturally detoxify your liver.
Zone: The right side of the space between your eyebrows
Associated With: Stored emotions in your liver
Explanation: Our facial expressions immediately clue us into how we’re feeling. However, facial line mapping has been used for centuries to help us discern where we are holding deeper stress, and how this is likely to impact our internal health. Skin issues and wrinkling in this zone may indicate unexpressed anger that you’re holding onto in your liver.
What To Do: Clear this anger! Try yoga, counselling, reiki, journalling or whatever therapy you need to let go of your negative built-up emotions in a healthy way. Reduce your intake or alcohol and high-fat foods, which place pressure on your liver function.
Zone: The left side of the space between your eyebrows
Associated With: Stored emotions in your spleen
Explanation: Lines here may indicate unexpressed emotions that have been stored in your spleen instead.
What To Do: Explore techniques to release old, stagnant emotional energy. Reiki, yoga, counselling, journaling, breath work and guided meditation are all useful options.
Associated With: Joints, thyroid and intestines
Explanation: Eyes are touted as the windows to your soul, but they can also be a window to your health as well! An excess of white colouring in the iris may reflect degeneration of the joints whereas smaller-sized irises are connected with more general joint issues. ‘Spotty’ discoloration in the iris may suggest intestinal malabsorption. And if you notice a lightly-colored ring encircling the iris, you may be overdoing salt and sugar
What To Do: Give your joints some serious love with anti-inflammatory foods, such as oily fish, walnuts, linseeds/flaxseeds, organic bone broth (if you eat meat), turmeric and ginger. Cut back on caffeine, sugar, refined salt and processed foods, which tend to promote inflammation.
Zone: Underneath the eyes
Associated With: Kidneys
Explanation: Swelling and puffy lower eyelids are especially suggestive of sluggish kidney function. Dark, puffy ‘bags’ can also indicate impaired kidney function.
What To Do: Drink plenty of filtered water, as dehydration places strain on the kidneys and prevents them from performing their essential eliminating functions. Look after your kidney adrenals with adequate sleep and minimal stress. Also, avoid coffee and alcohol, which are dehydrating.