- A traditional practice involving skin suctioning on the back with cups that has been around for ages has become popular among celebrities since 2016.
- The practice which now includes the face, or facial cupping, is said to improve bruxism, and sculpts the face by toning facial lines and scars.
- Experts say that facial cupping does not cause facial bruises unlike in back cupping.
In 2016, an ancient practice of suctioning the skin on your back by putting special cups on it has picked up in popularity and hasn’t slowed down since then.
Due to its popularity, the practice has extended to the other part body parts including the face. Experts say it detoxifies the skin and chisels it to create a smoother face by decreasing fine lines and dark and puffy eyes. It is also proven to reduce excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching, also called bruxism.
To learn more about the procedure and check if the trend is worth the hype, ELLE.com writer and producer Chloe Hall visited celebrity facialist Ildi Pekar at her NYC Wellness Studio.
What’s facial cupping?
Facial cupping increases blood circulation and stimulates the facial cells that contribute to collagen production. Not only does it brighten your skin, but your scars, fine lines and wrinkles are minimized as well. By decreasing puffiness, your chin, jawline, and neck are toned.
How does it work?
Prior to treatment, avoid taking any blood-thinning medication, and if you’re pregnant, don’t get a faceial cupping.
Before the actual cupping , Pekar cleanses the face and determines the skin type. He also prepares the face by detoxifying it with CBD oil to calm the skin and ease the jaw pain, then a masked treatment follows.
To prevent a terrible reaction Pekar tests the size of the cups first. The actual facial cupping takes about 15 minutes.
“Unexpectedly, it was completely painless and felt as if my face was being brushed with a bit of a sucking noise at the end,” Hall writes.
For the first 24 hours after the procedure, Pekar recommends drinking 2 glasses of water with every meal, and to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and salty food.
Normal facial versus facial cupping
Obviously, the use of cups and suctioning of the face is the major difference. But the benefits differ as well. The cupping technique is meant to raise local chi, blood circulation, and brings nutrients to facial surfaces.
Back cupping versus facial cupping
The cups are not static, so the movement during facial cupping stimulates and moves blood around the face draining toxins out via your lymph system. On the other hand, cups are applied in a specific area in body cupping, which creates a bruise. The darker the bruise, the more inflamed that area is, which aids technicians in knowing which part needs working on.
Although other parts of your body may be bruised, it should not (and does not!) leave any purple marks on your face. While minor side effects can occur after treatment, rare instances of dizziness, nausea, and a bit of facial discomfort have been reported by individuals.
Does it really work?
“Definitely! Overall, I felt very chiseled- my face was noticeably tighter and my jawline was much, much more defined,” Hall assures..