Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
You may experience benefits like:
Increased collagen + elastin
Minimized fine lines + wrinkles
Reduce muscle tension + aches
Because of this, the practice is said to:
minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles
tone chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage
regulate oil production
improve nutrient delivery and product absorption
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.
Cupping invigorates local circulation of qi and blood in the area being treated, resolving swelling, pain, and tension. By drawing impurities to the surface, it removes toxins. From a Western physiology perspective, cupping loosens connective tissue or fascia and stimulated blood flow to the surface
Facial cupping promotes circulation, which may help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, decrease puffiness, and more.
Facial cupping is meant to increase blood circulation and stimulate the facial cells that are responsible for collagen production.
In turn, this can brighten your skin, minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and tone your chin, jawline, and neck by decreasing puffiness
How to Use
Face cupping is recommended 2 to 3 times a week, but even once a week is helpful.
General guidelines suggest these steps:
Wash your face and gently pat dry.
Lightly massage your face with your hands to release preliminary tension.
Although facial oils are optional, applying a light layer to your skin may help decrease your risk of bruising as you move the cups.
Start by applying a small cup to your chin and around your mouth. Leave the cup in place for few seconds and then move upward to a new area.
Swap smaller cups for larger cups as needed, like when you get to your forehead.
Continue until you have successfully cupped all desired areas.
If you used a face oil, cleanse your face and pat dry. Otherwise, use a splash of warm water to reopen your pores.
Continue with your beauty or skin care routine. Facial cupping is said to increase product absorption, so now’s the time to apply.
You may notice minor redness and irritation afterward. This is normal and should subside within a few hours.
For 4-6 hours postcupping,avoidexposure to:
Caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks, dairy, and processed meats. These foods slow down your body's ability to process the treatment.
Hot showers, saunas, hot tubs and strong air conditioning. ...
Facial cupping shouldn’t leave bruises. However, bruising can occur if the cup is left in the same place for too long. Reese says that discoloration can occur in as little as five seconds, so make sure you keep the cup moving.
The suction effect pulls blood into the area of skin underneath the cup. This saturates the surrounding tissue with fresh blood and promotes new blood vessel formation.
Cupping also promotes sterile inflammation. Sterile inflammation is a form of pathogen-free trauma. With cupping, it results from mechanical trauma.
The vacuum-like suction separates different layers of tissues, resulting in microtrauma and tearing. This triggers an inflammatory response, flooding the area with white blood cells, platelets, and other healing aids.
Yes and no. Although they’re based on the same principle of restoration, facial and body cupping are executed differently.
Facial cups are typically smaller and softer. They’re used to gently pull the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin without leaving cup marks behind.
Body cupping, on the other hand, is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains.
Cup marks are almost always left behind, but they do serve a diagnostic purpose; the size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.