We're always looking for ways to enhance a radiant glow to our skin and love learning about alternative, holistic treatments on offer. One such treatment that has really excited us over at sNs HQ is facial cupping. It's fast becoming hot news and those who practice this therapy report glowing, youthful skin which has diminished scarring and wrinkles... need we say more??
So, what is it? Well, facial cupping follows the same principle as body cupping; it's a therapy that uses suction cups to massage and stimulate facial skin and muscles.
Stemming from ancient Chinese medicine, the practice increases blood circulation which in turn can help to rejuvenate, regenerate, improve lymph drainage, relieve muscle tension and aid cell repair. The result is toned, younger looking and glowing skin.
Intrigued by this therapy we sought the advice of acupuncturist and facial cupping expert, Sakina Di Pace to learn more and try it for ourselves.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- Promotes lymph drainage which reduces puffiness.
- Relieves muscle tension and strengthens skin and connective tissues.
- Increases the flow of oxygen rich blood circulation which brightens skin leaving a glowing complexion.
- Mimics ‘mild trauma’ which in turn stimulates the cells to increase production of collagen. This helps to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and scarring.
- Stimulating and massaging the skin in this way also improves nutrient delivery and product absorption.
- Can sculpt, tone and define jawline, chin, neck and décolletage.
FOR BEST RESULTS
We have both now been practicing facial cupping at home for a few weeks and have found that it works best as part of our night-time skincare routine. Cleanse, mask (optional) and tone as usual and incorporate facial cupping as your last step.
You’ll need to apply a generous amount of oil onto your face (1-2 pipettes) so that the cup glides along the skin easily. Because facial cupping increases product absorption, it’s advisable to use a good quality natural oil, one that you can leave on your face after the session for maximum effect. Our Argan & Orange Blossom Elixir works well with facial cupping. It’s naturally rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins A & E and has non-comedogenic properties, making it suitable for most skin types, including acnes prone skin.
Try to start using gentle suction to avoid bruising, you can increase the suction once your skin becomes accustomed to the treatment and always try to move the cups along the lymphatic pathways, to help move stagnant lymph. You can sculpt and tone by gliding the cup upwards along the jawline.
I found facial cupping to be extremely therapeutic and the instant results quite gratifying as you’re left the visibly glowing skin immediately after the treatment. Facial cupping certainly helped with puffiness around the face and I’ve noticed that my dark circles have seemed to start fading. Definitely something that has now become part of my routine and would recommend others to give it a try.
WORDS OF CAUTION
There are a few key things to consider before you practice facial cupping at home:
- Avoid cupping areas filled with injectables like botox.
- Avoid cupping if you bruise easily, have very thin skin, open wounds, skin cancer or multiple moles in the area you want to treat.
- Don’t cup over the jugular or carotid arteries on your neck.
- Avoid cupping if you have a history of blood clotting.
- Avoid cupping on areas with broken capillaries.
- Seek medical and or professional advice before cupping if you have a history of broken capillaries, blood disorders or anaemia.
- Avoid wearing make-up for at least 6 hours after treatment.
- Avoid exposing the skin to extreme cold/windy weather or sun immediately after treatment.