If the eyes are the windows to the soul, your face is likely to be the map of your destiny, according to feng shui principles, that is. In Chinese geomancy, every feature, blemish, mark, and detail on your face is said to have meaning (be it positive or not).
While there is no scientific evidence of the benefits of feng shui for the face on one’s well-being, a growing crop of facial aesthetic trends these days are surprisingly aligned with the principles of feng shui for the face. we spoke with aesthetic practitioner dr. karen po from astute clinic on how aesthetic facial treatments can help improve the feng shui of the face and what is the hallmark of an “auspicious” face:
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Can you explain what a “lucky face” is? Does each specific facial feature need to look a certain way?
“While I am not a feng shui expert, I understand that according to traditional Chinese practice or face reading (physiognomy), a face can be considered ‘lucky’ or ‘unlucky’ based on ‘mountains’ and ‘rivers’ ‘ ‘ of the face, indicating wealth and fortune. we all wish for the “lucky” face (fu xiang) that attracts good fortune and luck. a face balanced on both sides indicates that the individual is well aligned to attract prosperity.
“on the contrary, the signs of misfortunes are mostly moles, spots, color marks and indentations. where they are on your face can give you an idea of what age you will face these problems or obstacles. Also, another fun fact: did you know that dull ashy skin, darkness, or shadows anywhere on the face are generally not good qi?”
“the forehead means luck sent from heaven and is considered the ‘first mountain of prosperity’ on the face. a smooth, round, prominent and wide forehead indicates good fortune, power and wealth according to feng shui. the forehead should also be free of lines, blemishes, blemishes, or moles.”
“Eyes that sparkle and are slightly moist are said to indicate great fortune, regardless of their shape, size, or color. eyes should be bright with clear sclera and ideally framed by arched, bushy, well-trimmed eyebrows, indicating good health and prosperity. droopy and sleepy eyes caused by bags or dark circles in the eyes signify lack of vitality and energy. having double eyelids is not important, the most important aspect is the brightness and vibrancy of the eyes themselves.”
“The nose is another place of wealth of the face that means one of the rivers of the face. it is said that an ideal nose is rounder and fleshier, for better wealth luck. It should look balanced and smooth, with no blemishes or blemishes. A woman’s nose is the main indicator of her man’s potential achievement, particularly with modern indicators of success: career, wealth, etc. a good lady’s nose that will ‘prosper’ her husband should be tall with a decent nose bridge. any hump is not a good sign for marriage; the same goes for spots of any color on the nose, which could denote signs of obstacles/misfortunes, especially moles on the tip of the nose.”
the mouth is the second ‘river’ in the face. according to feng shui, fuller, fuller, pinker lips are considered lucky for both men and women, and are said to attract wealth. Regardless of size or shape, the lips should never be dry or cracked, as this indicates that the river is drying up and therefore loss of luck. As long as the lips are moist, it attracts luck and wealth.
e. chin and jaw:
The chin is the second ‘mountain’ of the face. an auspicious chin is one that is more fleshy, prominent and well contoured, as it shows luck and stability during old age with the support of friends and subordinates. a receding chin with a jawline that lacks definition is not ideal. in men, a strong jaw also indicates a strong personality, masculinity, and authority, while a sunken jaw indicates disgrace and weakness.
High cheekbones and fuller cheeks are highly desirable to welcome greater wealth and prosperity into your life. Well-defined or prominent cheekbones that are fleshy are said to signify authority and success in one’s career.
“Interestingly, many of these traditional beliefs align with what is considered desirable or attractive according to aesthetic medicine, such as a smooth, round forehead, a contoured chin, a well-balanced or symmetrical face, and clear, blemish-free skin. with a smooth skin texture. However, not all feng shui beauty standards can be applied to everyone. As aesthetic doctors, our role is to assess the facial and bone structure of the individual to determine which features or characteristics can or should be improved. (or minimized), in order to achieve a result that is both aesthetically pleasing and desirable to the individuall”.
Does the skin of the face also play a role in the feng shui of the face, ie clear skin versus skin with blemishes, marks, scars, etc.?
“In general, it is believed that luck favors those with bright, clear and flawless skin, as it indicates a peaceful life. the color and texture of the skin are also important. it is said that a bright and luminous face is luckier than a sallow and dull one.”
What kind of cosmetic treatments can help improve facial feng shui?
“There are several aesthetic treatments on the market that can improve the feng shui of your face or obtain the desired facial features, ranging from minimally invasive treatments to surgical treatments. minimally invasive treatments such as thread lifts, dermal fillers, and lasers are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to surgical treatments or implants because they are less invasive, have fewer downtime and provide greater long-term flexibility. run.
“The type of treatment I would recommend is based on the pathophysiology of the patient’s concerns and the patient’s desired outcome. for example, to achieve a smooth, round, wrinkle-free forehead, we can use botulinum toxin (botox) to relax tense and hyperkinetic muscles, or a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler such as juvederm to plump and contour the forehead, finely smooth lines and moisturize the skin.
“on the other hand, areas of the face that require sculpting may benefit from a filler such as juvederm volux®, which we typically use to contour the chin and jawline to create a more attractive, slimmer and defined face shape. . For moles and blemishes, we can use lasers to treat them, while skin color, tone, and texture can be treated with microinjections and lasers.
“before undergoing any type of aesthetic treatment, it is important to always consult a certified aesthetic doctor in order to obtain a professional evaluation of your face to obtain an accurate diagnosis, therefore , a personalized treatment (s). Many times, what people think they need or want may not be right for their facial structure. A qualified aesthetic physician will discuss your concerns, needs, and expected outcome, and align you with the type of treatment that is right for you.”
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Regarding the aesthetic trends popular today, are they considered “favorable” in facial feng shui: v-shaped chin, 3d face, narrow high nose bridge, full lips, etc.?
“The above trends may not necessarily coincide with feng shui principles. they have become popular and sought after due to various factors, including the influence of social media, celebrities, and Korean culture. in fact, these trends may not suit most face types. Everything has to be in harmony and balance. Personally, I believe in a more holistic approach to achieving a natural yet sophisticated look, rather than blindly following beauty trends. something extreme does not necessarily mean good—always seek the opinion of a licensed and experienced physician.
“Let’s take the chin as an example: the v-shaped face with a pointed chin for women has become extremely popular with cosmetic and surgical patients in recent years. I have had patients come to me requesting a more v-shaped face because they feel it is desirable and fashionable, but in reality not all patients’ wants equate to their needs. It is a beauty trend but it is not an auspicious look according to the principle of feng shui.
“That said, for someone who has a small and weak chin, it should be addressed to get a more balanced and sophisticated look while improving the feng shui of the chin. for a ‘lucky face’, a fleshy face with a plump chin on a woman is said to be bright, cheerful and have better luck. if a woman wants to make her face too thin or her chin too sharp, not only may it not look aesthetically pleasing, but in feng shui it weakens the energy of the face and she may not be able to maintain her fate and that of her husband.
“I have a male patient in his 40s who had a short, receding chin, but came in requesting a high, sharp, defined nasal bridge because he believed his luck/destiny could improve. but from my perspective, restoring the proportion and balance of his face is necessary; to maintain a more harmonious appearance, I suggested a dermal filler to augment his chin, but the patient did not want that. however, I did nasal floss to achieve a straight, high and defined nose. a few months later, this patient returned to my clinic and was in a very good mood: his business prospered and he even received a ‘datuk’ title. there you go!
“On the other hand, I had a patient in her 50s who was injected with facial fillers (which is illegal in Malaysia, by the way!) based on facial feng shui principles. her temple and her cheeks were overly plumped until they looked masculine, resulting in a puffy and uncomfortable-looking face. therefore, one must remember that too much of a good thing can be bad: it is only necessary to make improvements accordingly to achieve a harmonious and balanced appearance.”
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