By now you must have definitely heard of cupping therapy and the various benefits that come with that tiny silicone or glass cup. An ancient form of therapy that involves creating suction for a few seconds, cupping therapy has become super popular recently, it helps that Gwyneth Paltrow has talked about it incessantly on Goop. A new form of cupping has surfaced lately and it’s all about the face. Can’t imagine placing this suction cup anywhere near your face? Well, let’s see what the fuss is all about before you make up your mind.
How Does It Work?
The main point of facial cupping is to stimulate blood circulation, increase collagen production, and the suction action will bring back the nutrients to the surface of the skin.The suction effect pulls the blood into the area under the cup, and the tissues become saturated with fresh blood that will encourage new blood vessels to form. The minor trauma caused by suction will also cause an inflammatory response that will draw to the area white blood cells, platelets and nutrients. The face will become full of oxygen-rich blood, the tissues will become strengthened, facial muscles will relax and collagen production is stimulated.
What Are The Benefits Of Facial Cupping?
Facial cupping when done right can have a long list of benefits; it will regulate oil production and decrease puffiness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tone the chin and jawline, brighten the skin and decrease the appearance of scars and pigmentation.
How Is It Performed?
We would recommend trying this for the first time with a specialist who can determine the needs of your skin. Accordingly the specialist will test the sizes of cups on your face to determine the most suited size. The actual cupping procedure might only take up to 15 minutes and no you shouldn’t experience a lot of pain. If you do then it is not done right.
What Will You Expect To See?
You are expected to feel tightening of the skin, and more definition alone your jawline and cheekbones. You can expect to see some redness which should go away after a few hours. Some felt their breakouts were triggered but this also should calm down in hours.
What’s The Difference Between Facial Cupping And Body Cupping?
The bruising is the main difference. With back or body cupping the bruising is an indicator of inflamed or stagnant areas. The darker the bruising the more inflamed the area is, which aids the technician in knowing where to work. Body cupping is mainly done to treat pains and aches though it has other benefits as well. With the face however, the main point is to move the blood around the face to release toxins through the lymph nodes and to draw back nutrients to the surface.
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Pre Or Post Cupping Tips To Keep In Mind
Before you decide to do facial cupping avoid taking anything that might thin the blood before treatment, such as certain medications and vitamins. This treatment is also not recommended for pregnant women.
After treatment make sure to drink plenty of water to help remove all the extra toxins, fats, and water. Two glasses of water with each meal is recommended. You are encouraged to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and extra salty foods after treatment as well.
Can It Be Performed At Home?
Even though this is a procedure that is best done professionally but you can invest in an at-home kit and cautiously try it out for yourself following the guidelines on the kit. Seek guidance first and if you notice any pain or bruising you must stop. Follow the below tips for best results.
- Wash your face and pat it dry.
- Massage your face with your hands lightly to release any tension.
- Apply a face oil to help move the cups easily across your face.
- Start on your chin and around the mouth. Leave the cup for a few seconds and then move gently upward.
- Swap cup sizes as needed; you will need a larger cup for the forehead, cheeks, and along the jaw.
- Continue till you have cupped all the areas.
- Cleanse your face after you’re done.
- Apply your preferred skincare routine.