Would you like to improve the look and feel of your skin without having to resort to invasive surgical procedures or toxic fillers? Facial Cupping is an alternative therapy you can do at home!
Facial Cupping increases circulation and blood flow, decreases inflammation, drains the lymph systems, and rejuvenates tired muscles using smaller silicone cups, rather than the larger ones typically used for body cupping.
The Basic Steps of Facial Cupping
Follow the direction of the arrows when you do facial cupping on yourself at home.
Cleanse the skin
Before you start, thoroughly cleanse your skin.
Use the Right Amount of Lubricant
After a few tries, you should be able to get the amount of lubricant just right. Start with a few drops of oil and use more as necessary. Once you’ve applied the lubricant and massaged it into your face, remember to wash your hands or you’ll have problems grasping the cups.
The Suction Effect
The next step is the most difficult one. It will feel strange at first, but you’ll soon get used to it. To achieve the suction effect, you place the cup on your face, squeeze it in the middle, and release.
Pull From the Jawline Along the Chin
Start with the larger of the cups, and once light suction has been achieved, pull it gently across your skin. Begin just below the jawline and sweep up along the underside of your chin, towards your ears.
Always Move From the Center of Your Face Outwards
Pull the cup from the center of your face outwards and upwards with short sweeps. From your ears and temple points, draw the cups down along the side of your face towards your neck. Pulling the cups in these directions across your face encourages the flow of lymphatic fluid.
Repeat Across the Forehead
Repeat the action sweeping from the brow bone outwards to the sides of the temples and then down along the side of your face towards your neck. Remember to take short strokes, so you’re not overstretching your skin. Keep the cups moving all the time to avoid bruising.
Use the Smaller Cup on the More Delicate Areas
Use the smaller cup to make even shorter sweeps near the region of your eyes and the fine lines around your mouth. Be very careful around your eyes as the skin there is delicate.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Facial Cupping
Lubricate Your Skin - It doesn’t really matter what lubricant you use as long as you use plenty of it. If you use an oil-based cleanser as part of your skin cleansing routine, this is fine to use for cupping.
Keep the Cup Moving - Allowing the cup to sit in one place for longer than two seconds might lead to bruising. The areas most prone to bruising are the forehead and eye areas. The fleshier areas such as your cheeks and chin are less likely to bruise.
Suction Should Be Low - It’s best if you use a clear silicone cup because you can see how much suction is being created. Err on the side of caution if you’re not sure.
Always Move Along the Lymphatic Pathways - You should always move toward the sides of your face or up for lifting. Never move the cup down onto your neck and over your veins. Your veins have their own function to perform, and cupping will only interfere with the process.
How Does Facial Cupping Work?
Using the silicone cups on your face creates a suction effect. When this happens, they pull blood from the deepest layers of your face, up and out to the surface, which has a rejuvenating effect.
The suction increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. The cups have to be continually moving on the face.
How Often Should You Do Facial Cupping on Yourself?
Less is more with facial cupping. It’s recommended that you should do it once a week. A facial cupping session should only last 10 minutes, no longer.
Are There Any Risks or Side Effects?
In general, facial cupping is considered a safe procedure, although you need to take care if you’re performing it on yourself. You might feel nauseous, dizzy, lightheaded, or have cold sweats. It’s advisable not to have facial cupping if you have broken or inflamed skin. Similarly, you shouldn’t have face cupping if you have a rash, sore skin, or a breakout—facial cupping could exacerbate these conditions.
Bruising is also a risk. That being said, if done correctly, it shouldn’t leave bruises at all. If you experience bruising, it tends to be because the cup is left in one place for too long. Just a few seconds in one place can lead to discoloration. Therefore, it’s crucial you keep the cup gliding across your skin at all times.
Face Cupping Benefits
- Increases blood circulation to the head and neck.
- Drains stagnant fluid from the face.
- Reduces edema and puffiness.
- Prevents and reduces facial lines and wrinkles.
- Increases the circulation and absorption of nutrients by the skin.
You should be able to see the results immediately after your cupping treatment. Your face will look and feel plumper and noticeably lifted. The stimulation your skin receives encourages the blood to flow more freely in your face.
Follow the specific movements and facial lines with the cups and it allows for a more lifted, sculpted, and toned face.