For the past two years or so, facial cupping has been one of the most popular beauty treatments among the rich and famous according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although it has only recently entered the limelight thanks to celebs such as Michael Phelps and Kim Kardashian, facial cupping is, in fact, the face-specific adaptation of an ancient Chinese Practice that involves the use of suction cups on the face. The purpose of facial cupping it to obtain a range of benefits including clearer skin, a decrease in the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars, and decreased puffiness which leads to a sculpted chin, neck, and jawline reminiscent of some of the most beautiful women in the world.

How does cupping work?

During facial cupping, suction cups are used to softly tug at various sections of the facial tissue, gently separating the skin and underlying tissues from the facial bones. The connective tissue in the face, known as the fascia, comprises mainly of collagen and is responsible for skin firmness and elasticity. During facial cupping, the fascia undergoes a good stretching while restoring fresh skin tissues according to Cara Frank, the founder of Six Fishes Acupuncture in Philadelphia.

The process is simple

Before the actual cupping takes place your facialist will clean your face thoroughly and determine your skin type. In many instances, the facial facial surface will be detoxified using a suitable product such as CBD oil that will soothe the skin. If you have your cupping done by celeb beauticians such as Ildi Pekar who counts Miranda Kerr among her clients, you can expect to receive a magnetic masked treatment before the cupping procedure commences. The cupping treatment itself takes in the region of 15 minutes after which you will notice a significant improvement in your appearance.

Does facial cupping really live up to the hype?

There have been very mixed reviews about the effectiveness of facial cupping. While some individuals report astounding effects, others have reported that no significant difference in the appearance of the skin and jawline was noticed. Due to the fact that it boosts circulation, relieves muscle tension, and stimulate the cells in the face that are responsible for collagen production, it does, in fact, leave the jawline looking gloriously chiseled, albeit only for a short period of time. Frequent cupping sessions, combined with retinol or laser treatment, will guarantee longer-lasting results that will leave you looking and feeling like a million bucks.

What about side effects?

For the most part, facial cupping is considered to be completely safe. There are, however, some individuals who may experience a few minor side effects such as cold sweats, nausea, and dizziness. These symptoms are usually short-lived and disappear soon after completion of the treatment. Do not undergo cupping if you are on blood thinning medication and avoid using it on inflamed and broken skin brought on by rashes, sores, and breakouts.

While facial cupping may seem a bit outlandish, it is well worth a try if you are looking for a beautiful, chiseled jawline and radiant looking skin. It is, however, recommended to make an appointment with a qualified and reputable faciaslist instead of trying the procedure at home which may result in your face being covered in horrific purple bruises.