Facial cupping is similar to body cupping, but less intense with little to no retention on the face. It helps to stimulate the acupuncture meridians and channels on the faced also brings Qi and Blood to the facial muscles, which can help stimulate collagen and elastin production.
Collagen keeps your skin looking firm and taut, and an increase in blood circulation pumps oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells, which is why many find their skin looking supple and glowy after facial cupping.
Facial cupping can also help decrease puffiness and move lymph around, sculpting the face, neck, and jawline; by gliding the cups in upward strokes, you can help tone and lift the skin as well.
Is facial cupping safe?
Facial cupping is generally safe and should not leave you covered in bruises (like with body cupping), but some people can experience bruising; especially around the thinner-skinned areas of the face (like the forehead or eye area) or if you have hypersensitive skin. Facial cupping can cause broken capillaries and broken blood vessels for some.
Avoid facial cupping if you have open sores, acne pustules, and sunburned skin, as dragging the suctioning tool can exacerbate the wounds.
Facial cupping is not recommended during pregnancy or for persons with blood clotting conditions or persons on blood thinner medications.