There are a lot of skin therapies and facial treatments available and choosing one from the endless list is almost impossible. To add to our confusion, there’s another skin therapy method that has recently surfaced and has a lot of takers is facial cupping.
You guessed it right, this skin therapy involves the use of a cup but not just any cup, a suction cup that is directly used on the skin’s surface to promote blood circulation and relieve muscle tension. That’s not all it does, read on to find out everything you need to know about facial cupping.
What is facial cupping?
It is a skin therapy that involves using suction cups to stimulate your skin and muscles. It can be done on your face or body to relieve muscle tension, promote cell repair and boost cell regeneration. This practice is deeply ingrained in traditional Chinese medicine and has been used for several centuries now. It helps eliminate impurities from the body resulting in cleaner and healthier skin.
How is it done?
Facial cups are smaller and softer as compared to body cups. They are used to create a mild vacuum to increase blood flow and circulation. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin. The suction separates different layers of skin tissues resulting in microtrauma and tearing. This generates an inflammatory reaction, flooding the area with white blood cells, platelets and other healing agents. With regular sessions, this practice can improve the complexion and help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Body cupping, however, is only used to alleviate aches and pains. If done correctly, these cups do not leave any marks behind, but if they do appear after the session these marks are cellular waste build-up and usually fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.
What are the benefits?
- Brightens skin tone
- Minimizes the appearance of fine lines, scars and wrinkles.
- Tones, lifts and tightens facial muscles.
- Shrinks pores and regulates oil production.
- Leaves skin feeling luminous and plump.
- The lymphatic drainage gives the face a sculpted and chiselled look.
- Promotes collagen production by stimulating cells.
- Improves the flow of blood and oxygen to your face.