Sarah Vine, journalist, was facing the dilemma: to Botox or not? Here is what she discovered...
"Looking old is not just about wrinkles; it's about a whole other set of factors, some of which are so subtle you don't even realise they exist. This, I'm afraid, is one area where the Botox needle is no use at all. There is, however, another type of needle that can really make a big difference: Acupuncture.
Of all the so-called holistic treatments I have experienced, acupuncture is the one that consistently delivers the best results. Facial acupuncture has the advantage that as well as making you look better, it also makes you feel better. This may seem counter intuitive (how can having a face like a pin-cushion possibly be relaxing?) - but, trust me, it does.
Where I find the treatment particularly effective is in improving the bags under my eyes and reducing puffiness in general.
Immediately, my skin colour and tone looks much better: pinker and healthier, as though I've just been for a brisk walk in the countryside.
But what I really like is that the two areas of tension that give me most trouble - my jaw and the frown line between my eyes - really do soften.
I am a terrible tooth-grinder, to the point where I sometimes wake up in the morning with a sore jaw. Acupuncture instantly relieves that tension.
And that angry bunch of muscle between my brows relaxes - almost completely fading.
Afterwards, I sleep well and wake up feeling full of energy. My face has more definition, and my eyes look bright and clear."