What is cosmetic facial cupping?
Cosmetic facial cupping is an alternative therapy that uses small, soft suction cups to stimulate the circulation of your skin and muscles.
The suction promotes increased blood circulation which may act as an antiwrinkle treatment, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. It is also known to decrease puffiness and promote cellular repair
Cellular repair is important as it can lead to an influx in collagen and elastin production which provide longer term antiwrinkle effects.
As well as the suction effect, this promotion can be as a result of purposeful inflammation, or micro trauma. This occurs as the top layers of skin are pulled away from the deeper layers, the inflammation is a positive result as it will further increase the blood flow, filled with white blood cells, platelets, and other natural healing components to provide you with healthier, youthful results.
The practise comes from a similar background to acupuncture, with it’s history beginning in Chinese medicine. They believed that it aids the flow of Qi (pronounced ch-ee), otherwise known as your body’s energy. Pain can be a result of Qi blockages, which cupping helps to prevent and reduce.
What can facial cupping do for you?
Facial cupping can:
- Stimulate cells responsible for collagen production
- Minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles
- Tone the chin, jawline and neck
- Decrease puffiness and brighten the skin
- Regulate oil production
How is it different from body cupping?
While both practises have a similar physical cause, the suction increasing blood flow to the affected area, they are used for different purposes.
The body cups are larger and firmer to help cover more sections of your body muscle.
Facial cupping uses small, soft cups and is a more delicate process. You will not see large cup marks on your face as you would with body cupping.
Further, body cupping is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains, whereas facial cupping is intended for cosmetic purposes.