I Tried Facial Cupping to Enhance and Radiate Aging Skin—Here’s What Happened
Recently in a text chain with some of my college BFFs, the topic of Botox came up. In the group of a dozen ladies, comments ranged from “Yup, everyone in town does it,” to “What, Botox?! But we’re only in our early 30s!”
Regardless of whether or not we were pro- or anti-Botox, pretty much all of us agreed: Those fine lines and wrinkles were starting to make an appearance, and so long are the days of the fresh-faced dewy skin we had as college freshmen. Or are they?
While Botox isn’t for me, I thought there had to be a more natural, less expensive alternative for women in similar shoes. That’s when I stumbled upon facial cupping. I decided to give it a go, and here’s what happened.
The Problem: Aging Skin in My 30s
To be honest, the thought of Botox—or any anti-aging treatment for that matter—had never really crossed my mind. But I won’t lie: The group chat with my girlfriends made me curious. Was my skin aging too?
There was no hiding it: When I looked closely in the mirror, those pesky forehead lines were staring right back at me.
With that being said, I’ve always been a firm believer in the “aging is a natural and beautiful thing” philosophy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to age… gracefully. Facial cupping promised just that—enhancing aging skin—so I was game.
The Solution: Facial Cupping
Facial cupping is an ancient beauty ritual, involving using small, cone-shaped suction cups to promote circulation on the face and neck area.
When I was first introduced to the world of facial cupping, I was a bit nervous. My mind immediately went to the photos I’ve seen of cupping therapy (with celebrities flaunting their freshly cupped, splotchy backs), and I feared my face would turn into one giant black and blue mark.
If you’re thinking the same, don’t fear! Unlike traditional cupping, which uses larger, stronger cups, facial cupping uses much smaller cups that aren’t left in place on the skin (which causes the bruising).
After watching a couple videos and reading into it some more, I discovered it’s actually a simple, safe, noninvasive process (biggies for me), and had too many benefits to turn down. Aside from increasing blood circulation, the process touts boosting healthy collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines, plumping up the skin tissue, diminishing pores and scars and more.
Bonus: For those dealing with any under eye puffiness or sinus issues, cupping can also be your go-to remedy. Not to mention, you can score your own facial cupping kit without breaking the bank—for around $15 to $25 online. Sign me up!
The Treatment: Regular At-Home Facial Cupping
I received my Facial Cupping Starter Kit from Aimee Raupp, which includes two nontoxic silicone cups (one large and one small) and a bottle of Argan Oil Facial Cleanser. You can also use your own go-to facial oil before cupping; it truly helps the cups “glide” on your skin.
The included directions were pretty straightforward, but when I read in all-caps, “DO NOT LEAVE CUPS STATIONARY ON YOUR FACE, rather glide them continuously,” I decided to watch Aimee’s cupping video tutorial first. After all, I’m not the most graceful gal and didn’t want to ruin my face.
After watching Aimee’s quick video, I was ready to rock! Essentially you squeeze the cup to create a suction, then continuously glide over your face in an upward and outward motion. As Aimee says in one of her videos, it’s “squeeze and swipe,” which I ended up repeating to myself like a mantra my first time until I got the hang of it!
The larger cup is used for the majority of the face, while the smaller cup can be used for around the eyes, forehead and parts of the neck.
For best results, it’s recommended to do three to five minutes per day, or 10 minutes two to three times a week. As a cupping newbie, I started with a few minutes two to three times a week, seamlessly adding it into my morning beauty routine.
The Results: Brighter, Contoured Skin
Even after my first time facial cupping, I instantly noticed my skin looked brighter and more contoured. My face definitely got a little red post-cup, but it quickly faded, resulting in a natural rosy glow.
The results weren’t magical (ahem, my forehead lines are still smiling back at me), but it certainly perked up my skin to give it a little “lift.” Long-term continuous use may very well lend itself to reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores, but I’m pretty happy with the immediate results in the meantime.
And while the beauty ritual wasn’t quite as therapeutic as my face rolling experiment, facial cupping undoubtedly created more instant results. So if you’re looking for a safe, effective and budget-friendly way to enhance your skin, scoop up your own facial cupping set. You won’t regret it.
Our writer was gifted a Facial Cupping Starter Kit from Aimee Raupp Beauty to try, but all opinions are her own.
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