As Lora Lipman entered her 60s, she began to notice not only fine lines around her eyes and lips, but an uneven skin tone she described as somewhat grayish and ashy.
But she was reticent to opt for chemical enhancements, or the typically invasive nips, tucks, and pokes of plastic surgery.
So instead, on a recent afternoon, she lay perfectly still on a spa table as dozens of the tiniest of acupuncture needles were gently inserted into the skin of her face and head at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore in Marblehead.
“Now,” said the 62-year-old from Beverly, “people say ‘Your skin looks so nice, so clear and healthy.’ ”
Cosmetic acupuncture — new to the North Shore JCC, but reportedly favored by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Madonna — is among the growing natural alternatives to more traditional procedures such as face lifts, and Botox and collagen injections. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
For more information, go to www.nscaacupuncture.com. Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott is holding “An Evening of Health and Happiness” from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Thursday. $25 cash, $27.75 credit card. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 781-599-8005.