Are facial cupping and body cupping the same thing?
Facial cupping and body cupping are similar in that they both use cups to create suction on the skin," according to experts. However, there are some differences between the two techniques.
"Facial cupping is typically done with smaller, softer cups that are designed to gently lift the skin away from deeper layers of fascia, increasing blood flow to the area and rejuvenating the skin," says an expert. This type of cupping is often used to improve the complexion and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
"Body cupping, on the other hand, is generally used to alleviate muscle aches and pains," says an expert. This type of cupping usually involves the use of larger cups and may leave marks on the skin, which are believed to indicate the amount of "stagnation" or cellular waste buildup in the area. These marks typically fade as the lymphatic system processes the waste.
How does cupping work to produce its effects?
Cupping is a technique that uses suction to lift and separate the layers of skin and tissue. The vacuum-like suction created by the cups draws blood into the area beneath them, which can improve circulation and nourish the skin with oxygen-rich blood.
Cupping can also stimulate a form of inflammation known as sterile inflammation, which occurs without the presence of harmful pathogens. In the case of cupping, this type of inflammation is caused by mechanical trauma to the skin and tissues, as the suction separates different layers of tissue and may cause microtrauma or tearing. This can activate the body's inflammatory response, which can help to support the healing process by bringing an influx of white blood cells, platelets, and other substances to the affected area.
What are some of the potential benefits of facial cupping?
There are several potential benefits of facial cupping, including:
- Improved circulation of oxygen-rich blood
- Strengthening of skin and connective tissues
- Stimulation of cells responsible for collagen production
- Relaxation of muscle tension
These effects may lead to a brighter appearance of the skin, a reduction in the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles, toning of the chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage, decreased puffiness, regulation of oil production, and improved nutrient delivery and product absorption.