I had a lot of chances to try cupping therapy, but I was always too scared to ruin the bruises on my back. Everyone, from Justin Bieber to Kim Kardashian, has tried cupping, which is known to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, muscle knots and swelling, and all this seems surprising. When I heard about the do-it-yourself cup, I knew I had to try it. I love a bizarre beauty treatment (I mean, the idea of doing it for me is something that drives me crazy, but I'm a game), plus the benefits should be fantastic. I ordered the Urban Tonics Facial Cupping set ($ 35; lifeessencecouncil.com), which is described as "better than Botox and much less invasive", not to mention cheaper and much cheaper. I considered Botox, but I'm afraid of this too: facial cupping certainly seems the safest choice.
When I finally unpacked my cupping at home, I started to get nervous. I did not even stop to think about possible bruises and I felt a kind of cup pain (on the body). Of course I do not want hoops on my face and I know if it hurts, I will not do it anymore, but I guess "what the hell? I've already opened the package."
I started by washing my face and applying oil from my forehead to my neck (this helps the suction cups to slide more easily). Unlike traditional cupping therapy, the suction cups of this kit do not remain in the same spot of the whole treatment (which is what can cause bruising). Instead, run them along your face to increase blood flow. The key is to keep the cup moving at all times to avoid bruising.
The cups are equipped with a practical small sheet to show where to treat your face. To create a suction, I pinched the silicone cups and placed them on my skin. When I release the pinch, the cups create an aspiration and attach themselves to my face. Now all I do is manage them along the arrows seen on the chart above, while my skin is still aspirated.
It actually seems relaxing and it's not scary at all. I end up completing more shots than suggested (whoops) and I can really feel relaxed. My face becomes slightly red, but only in the areas I have just treated and only for a few seconds. This is only because I am running the blood, but it is not bruise, so I could hypothetically do it every day.
After only one use, the facial cupping gave me a natural glow and bright and my lines of laughter seem much softer (this is the only reason why I considered Botox in the first place). The creation of an aspiration on the surface of the skin produces fresh oxygenated blood, which promotes the production of collagen and produces an immediate light.
Now that I understand, I can do it with one hand and without looking in the mirror. I decided that facial cupping will become my new end-of-the-day ritual – I've already created a space for them on my bedside table. I'm making my goal drive out the cups every night while I'm in bed and recovering my shows.