Shikha Mittal


Facial Cupping- Answer to Perfect Skin

Cupping has been around for thousands of years. It is an alternative method which involves in putting empty cups on various parts of your skin to get relief from pain and injuries such as sprains, strains, and inflammation.  Beginning as a healing technique now it becomes one of the biggest beauty trends in recent years. As cupping is done on face also which is called facial cupping. You’ll see nearly instant results as your face receives a boost of beauty and brightness. All with zero downtime and very minimal side effects! Red on to know about its benefits, how it works and lots more!

What is Facial cupping?

Facial cupping is a type of noninvasive therapy generally used to tighten, smoothen, and contour facial skin. Just like cupping therapy it also uses suction cups to stimulate the skin and muscles. It involves pressing cups on the skin to pull in the surface layer of skin. It is known to increase blood circulation — which, in turn, helps promote cell repair; relieves muscle tension; and aids in other forms of skin regeneration.  You should consult an acupuncturist, physical therapist, chiropractor, or medical doctor who specializes in facial cupping. Facial cupping is recommended for individuals who deal with dull and lifeless skin that needs some rejuvenation and energy. So if you have dry skin that needs a boost of glow- facial cupping is for you!

Benefits of Facial Cupping

  • Brighten the skin
  • Reduce puffiness
  • Improve blood and oxygen circulation to your face
  • Stimulate your cells to produce and secrete collagen
  • Diminish fine lines
  • Prevent & treat acne
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation
  • It is gentler than body cupping.
  • Reduce acne scars
  • Reduce pore size
  • Improves facial lymphatic drainage – ridding tissues of waste & toxins!
  • Firm and tone and lift your skin especially the jawline and chin areas

Does it also leave bruises on the face?

Many of us have this question in mind. No one want when facial cupping will also leave that weird bruises on the face just like body gets from cupping therapy, Don’t worry!  Face cupping will not leave any mark on skin because facial cups aren't static means face and body cupping are different. During body cupping the cups do not move and remain stationary for a period of time, this is when bruising occurs. During face cupping massage, you apply a serum or oil, then nonstop move or glide the cups ‘massaging’ the face.  Because of this constant movement – you do not get facial bruising.

How it works?

Professionals will cleanse your face properly. Then the therapist apply oil she may use therapeutic oil such as known for their anti-ageing properties this step will keep your skin soft and moist will help to glide the cups on your face easily.  Now start with grabbing one of the plastic cups between their thumb and forefinger and squeezing tight. While still pinching it closed, she presses it to your skin, creating a seal—then let go. This creates a vacuum that sticks the cup to your face, picking up the skin underneath. Therapist drags the cup along your skin in a particular pattern, changing the position of the cup after each stroke. She Cleanse your skin after the cupping procedure.

Facial cupping Vs. Body cupping

Body cupping and facial cupping are both based on similar principles. However, the method by which they are performed and their uses are highly different.

  • Cups used for facial cupping are smaller than the ones used for body cupping
  • Facial cupping helps rejuvenate the skin, and the cups are suited for the delicate skin, whereas body cupping uses sturdier cups, often made of bamboo, glass, or earthenware, and are used to relieve pain.
  • No risk of bruises in facial cupping but in body cupping as the cups are kept for longer and have higher pressure than facial cups body cupping has a higher risk of bruises
  • Body cupping alleviates aches and lessens pain while facial cupping help to better blood circulate and gives glowing skin.
  • Body cupping only perform by experts (doctors) but facial cupping can be perform at home.

But is it safe to use?

Like with most products and treatments, there are is the potential for minor side effects. This includes some minor dizziness to lightheadedness and periodical cold sweats. Do not give this treatment a try if you're dealing with any broken or inflamed skin.

How Often Can Facial Cupping Can Be Done?

Though results are fantastic to get a quick glow but it doesn’t mean the practice of facial cupping is one that should be done not more than twice a week, at regular intervals. This is because over-cupping can lead to your skin becoming more elastic and sagging over time. It is recommended that this should be done when your face needs a quick pick-me-up of some glow.