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Even though it may seem like cupping has only gained popularity in recent years (remember when Michael Phelps showed up at the Olympics with all the marks all over his body?), the technique is actually an ancient practice that’s been around for centuries. The basic premise: Creating suction in the skin stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage, and also reduces inflammation. On your body, that can help with all kinds of muscle aches and soreness; on your face, that can help fight wrinkles, increase elasticity, and detox your skin. While facial cupping is often offered during professional facials, the Bogavia Skin Fitness Cupping Massage Set Face & Eyes ($20) lets you take the DIY route and reap the same benefits at home.
The set comes with two, cone-shaped cups—a larger one for your face and neck, and a much smaller one to use around your eyes. They’re meant to be used with the Bogavia The Elasticity Facial Oil ($48), a plant-based formula full of skin-loving oils that delivers topical benefits, even on its own. The cups also come with a convenient diagram and detailed instructions as to how exactly to use them.
I should preface this by saying I am NOT, by any means, a DIY beauty girl. I’ve had facial cupping done before and loved it, but I can barely file my own nails, so the idea of performing facial cupping on myself was a bit unnerving. Spoiler alert: It could not have been easier. You apply the oil all over, squeeze the cup on both sides, place it on your skin and release. This creates gentle suction, and then you simply glide it along your skin, following the directions included on that handy-dandy facial diagram. On some areas you also do what they call ‘flashes,’ short little releases, rather than long strokes (the diagram also details and how and where to do this). It took a few tries to master the technique, but it truly was much, much easier than I anticipated…and effective, too! Similar to when I had facial cupping professionally done, my skin looked firmer, more lifted, and noticeably more glow-y after right away. (FYI, you can repeat the whole process daily, for three to five minutes at a time, and no, it doesn’t hurt or leave any kind of marks.) While the results were admittedly temporary, and I have yet to see any kind of long-term benefit, as a quick pick-me-up or to prep skin before a big event, this is a surprisingly easy and effective at-home treatment.