Facial cupping is a traditional Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and healing. It involves using small cups made of glass, silicone, or bamboo to create a suction on the skin. The cups are then moved across the face in a gentle gliding motion, lifting and massaging the skin.
Facial cupping has been gaining popularity in recent years as a non-invasive and natural way to rejuvenate the skin. It offers a range of benefits for the skin, including increased circulation, improved collagen production, and reduced inflammation.
How does facial cupping work?
Facial cupping works by creating a suction on the skin, which helps to increase blood flow and stimulate collagen production. This suction also helps to release tension in the muscles and fascia, promoting relaxation and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Facial cupping can be performed using different sized cups depending on the area of the face being treated. The cups can be used on their own or in combination with other techniques such as gua sha or massage.
Benefits of facial cupping
Facial cupping offers a range of benefits for the skin, including:
Improved circulation: The suction created by the cups helps to increase blood flow to the skin, which can improve the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells.
Increased collagen production: The stimulation provided by facial cupping can help to boost the production of collagen in the skin. Collagen is essential for maintaining the skin's elasticity and firmness, which can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Reduced inflammation: Facial cupping can help to reduce inflammation in the skin, which can lead to a clearer and more even complexion.
Increased lymphatic drainage: The suction created by the cups can also help to promote lymphatic drainage, which can reduce puffiness and swelling in the face.
Improved product absorption: By increasing blood flow and lymphatic drainage, facial cupping can also help to improve the absorption of skincare products.
How to perform facial cupping
Facial cupping can be performed at home using a cupping set and a lubricating oil such as jojoba or argan oil. Here's how to perform facial cupping at home:
Apply a small amount of oil to your face to help the cups glide smoothly across the skin.
Place the cup on your skin and gently squeeze it to create a suction. Move the cup in a gentle gliding motion across the skin, keeping the suction active.
Repeat this process on different areas of the face, such as the forehead, cheeks, and chin.
Be sure to use a light touch and avoid leaving the cups in one place for too long, as this can cause bruising.
After cupping, apply your usual skincare products.
It's important to note that facial cupping should be performed with caution, particularly if you have sensitive or broken skin. It's also important to avoid cupping over areas with moles, scars, or broken capillaries.
Facial cupping and skincare products
Facial cupping can be used in combination with a range of skincare products to enhance its benefits. Here are some of the best products to use with facial cupping:
- Facial Oils like our Jacqueline's Blend or Nancy's Blend (for sensitive skin)
Hydrating serum: A hydrating serum can help to boost the skin's moisture levels, which can enhance the benefits of facial cupping. Look for a serum that contains ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin.
Vitamin C serum: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from free radical damage. Using a vitamin C serum in combination with facial cupping can help to brighten and even out the complexion.