The Chinese started doing therapeutic cupping thousands of years ago to treat pain, fever and other medical issues.
The ancient healing practice was performed by acupuncturists. Today, facial cupping has emerged as a skincare treatment to rejuvenate the complexion by draining stagnant fluids, stimulating blood flow and encouraging the production of fresh collagen to the skin. Those who undergo a face cupping session often rave about the tingling sensation it delivers along with a sense of relaxation and amazing warmth.
You may be curious about facial cupping and if it works. When done properly by an experienced acupuncturist or skincare expert, there is research that supports improved circulation, a glowing complexion and some facial firmness, but as far as erasing wrinkles, that may be a bit of a stretch. Still, some people prefer alternative beauty methods with natural-looking results rather than having Botox shots or other cosmetic procedures involving synthetic ingredients.
Like A Light Massage For The Face
Before trying facial cupping in the privacy of your home, skincare specialists recommend having a professional perform the treatment on you so that you understand how the procedure works and the strategy behind it.
The skincare tech will place small-sized cups on the face. The cups have been iced and help to constrict the vessels, remove inflammation, boost circulation and provide a lift to the facial contours and radiance to the complexion. The skin is drawn into each cup creating a vacuum. It's a gentle treatment that lasts about 15 minutes.
Famous And Not-So-Famous Obsessed
Celebrities such as Nathalie Kelley, a Peruvian-Australian actress believes in beauty with a holistic angle and is a fan of facial cupping. In other words, she does not want her social media images to be photoshopped and filtered. Nathalie believes in honest beauty and does her own facial cupping now each morning.
The actress likes that facial cupping and gua sha (smooth-edged tool to scrape the skin) are natural skincare methods available and affordable to anyone to achieve beauty from the inside out. Nathalie is not alone. A number of not-so-famous people have also adopted a do-it-yourself facial cupping beauty routine they perform at home. It feels refreshing, wakes up the skin and imparts a lovely radiance.
Proper Facial Cupping Techniques
Some cupping experts believe that anyone can learn to do facial cupping with a little practice. The first step is having a clean face and then, choosing to apply a carrier oil such as coconut oil to the face.
Sana, a London-based skincare specialist who uses ancient beauty methods and recipes, advises performing a longer facial cupping routine at nighttime when your face and body have relaxed from the day's events. She also recommends
in the morning for five minutes to give the facial contours a nice lift for the day.
- Apply coconut oil to face and neck
- Begin with larger size silicone cup
- Gently press cup onto cheek creating light suction
- Slide cup upward toward ear where it can be released
- Use smaller sized cup for eye area smoothing
Never press hard onto the face or pull off the cup aggressively. This can cause bruising. Always keep the cups moving.
Being Patient For Noticeable Results
Ancient natural beauty methods such as facial cupping take time to show significant effects. You will see an immediate, healthy glow to your complexion after a single session and even notice how the nasolabial folds temporarily relax or soften. Your lips can also look temporarily fuller and your jawline tauter. Don't overdo the treatments, however. Once a week is more than enough. Too much, and you can negatively affect your skin's elasticity. When you have a professional cupping service done by an expert, the results can often last for up to two weeks at a time.
Many of us don't like needles to achieve healthy, glowing looks. Face cupping can become an excellent tool for your holistic, anti-aging beauty box and can be performed on people of all ages who are seeking a natural, youthful appearance. Beauty truly comes from within, and the ancient healing practice of cupping, including facial cupping, has stood the test of time.