TikTok is a one-stop shop for all of the latest beauty trends. Slugging, "facelift" concealer hacks, retro hairstyle challenges — you can find it all on the app. If you're tuned into the beauty space and up to date on the most recent treatments, then you've probably spotted facial cupping while scrolling the app.
Facial cupping comes from traditional Chinese medicine. It's a popular spa treatment but you can also do it at home. It involves gently dragging small suction cup tools across the skin in upward and outward motions. It's said to relieve muscle tension (especially in the jaw), increase blood flow, and give you an instantly lifted appearance, similar to jade rolling or gua sha.
In addition to your TikTok For You Page, you've probably seen some of your favorite celebrities talk about cupping. Kaley Cuoco recently made headlines by showing the aftermath of a body cupping session that left her back bruised right before the SAG Awards.
"Cupping, whether on the face or body, is thought to relieve muscle tension and increase blood flow via a temporary vacuum," Ted Lain, MD, MBA, FAAD, chief medical officer of Austin-based Sanova Dermatology, told POPSUGAR. "In terms of the skin, cupping could feasibly increase hydration and plumpness via this increased blood flow, although results would be temporary." Joshua Zeicher, MD, FAAD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, added: "Over time, it may help strengthen the skin's foundation by stimulating collagen," but he cautioned "we have little data showing the true effectiveness of cupping."
Temporary results or not, the beauty editor in me decided to give facial cupping a try to see what all of the excitement is about. Keep reading to find out how it went.