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Cupping Tips and Techniques for DIY Beauty Cupping

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What is Cupping?

Cupping therapy dates back thousands of years to the ancient Asia, Middle East and Europe. Unlike a regular deep tissue massage that compresses the muscles, cupping decompresses, lifts and suctions the underlying tissue inside the cup creating negative pressure. It is so effective that cupping practitioners equate 5 minutes of cupping to 30 minutes of deep tissue massage.

Eastern medicine believes that pain, inflammation and stress are caused by stagnation of blood, fluids, toxins and vital energy – Qi. Cupping (vacuum suction) separates and stretches connective tissue (fascia) and helps increase circulation. This increased nutrient rich blood flow may help provide temporary relief for common muscle and joint pain, stiffness and swelling, improve endurance and athletic performance, mobility and range of motion, shorten recovery time. Cupping has also been used in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) to improve immune function, digestion, reduce allergies, relieve congestion, cramps, soften scar tissue and more.

The same great benefits of cupping also apply in beauty applications. In recent years cupping for beauty broke on to the seine.  It did not take too long for savvy high-end spa owners to start offering new age cupping facials and cup sculpting procedures to Hollywood elite. This created a media buzz and the new treatments took off.  Demand picked up, and today many local spas offer the same great beauty cupping treatments, but like anything new and breakthrough they come at a price.

With recent advances in new technologies and materials cups now come in different shapes and sizes.  Traditional glass and fire cupping gave way to 21st century pliable silicone cups that can be easily used at home.  The new materials also opened up new possibilities like flash cupping and massage cupping techniques.Same expensive spa treatments can be easily performed in the comfort of  your own home.   

Enter DIY Beauty Cupping!  You can easily get an inexpensive cupping kit specifically designed for at-home DIY beauty routines. There are kits designed for Facial Cupping routines and Body Sculpting routines.  With some practice simple techniques can be quickly mastered and worked into any beauty regiment.  

Below you can find our recommendations on how to use Facial and Body cupping kits for the best results.

And remember - the beautiful and youthful body does not come in a jar it requires some work and persistence!

    

A FEW WORDS ON ‘Cupping Marks’

‘Cupping Marks’ are not bruises. The discoloration that is typically visible after static cupping, is usually due to stagnation, old blood, medications, previous injury or a build-up of lactic acid or toxins pulled to surface tissues just under the skin for elimination. Cupping marks (if left from static cupping) may last a few hours or days. Darker marks may take longer.

LURE GLAM - Facial Cupping Set 

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Facial Cupping Rejuvenation Ritual  

Step 1. Always clean your face.

Step 2. Apply your favorite oil so your cups can glide easily and smoothly.  Do not use mineral oil.

Step 3. Squeeze the cup on both sides, apply to skin and release to create suction.

Step 4. Complete your face cupping massage with your favorite serum or cream.

Step 5. Enjoy a glowing, youthful looking skin!

 

  1. CHIN/JAWLINE – Place large cup under the chin and glide under the jawline and up above the chin and toward your ear. Stop at the end of the end of the jawbone. Drain down the neck with your fingers or silicone brash.
  2. LIPS (Light Plumping) – Apply oil, Place large GLAM cup over your lips. Use suction-paus-release-and-repeat method. You may suction then lift the cup, hold for a few seconds, then release, or use massage strokes from the center of the lip and to the corner of your mouth. 

LIPS (Full Plumping) – Apply oil, place large GLAM cup over your  lips drawing either both lips inside the cup at once or take turns drawing upper of lower lip one at a time; release to create vacuum suction.  Allow for cup to remain on your lips for 5-10 seconds, release and check for results to avoid bruising or swelling.  Your can also use suction and release technique.  Repeat as needed until desired effect is reached.

  1. FACE – Apply large GLAM cup to the side of your nostril and glide across the face toward the ear to lift and sculpt. Use your free hand to anchor the skin behind the cup for a smoother glide and to prevent pulling of the skin. Next, use your had or brush to drain down the side of your face, down the neck and across the clavicle.
  2. EYES – Apply small GLAM cup next to the inner corner of your eye and use suction-pause-release-repeat technique gently and slowly. Continue to glide right under the brow and across to the exterior corner of the eye. Avoid eye lids.  For crow’s feet, anchor your skin above the cheek bone with one hand and use a small or large GLAM cup to glide cup up and down over the crow’s feet area with your other hand.
  3. BROW LIFT – Place a small or large GLAM cup above the brow area to lift the inner brow. Keep the cup suctioned in place for 5 seconds, then complete by gliding the cup toward the outer corner of the eye.
  4. FOREHEAD - Frown, or "11" lines - Place the large GLAM cup between the eyes on the "11" lines, suction cup and release 3-5 times.  Continue to glide the cup upward to the center of  your forehead and outward.  This helps release tension and wrinkles.  Finally, drain down the side of your face, down the neck and across the clavicle with your hand or brush.

Tips & Techniques:

A. 2 Ways to use your cups:

  1. “Suction-Release-Repeat” technique or
  2. Sweeping/gliding massage strokes. 3-5 times per area

B. To prevent cupping marks, keep your cup moving at all times. Do not leave cup suctioned in one spot.  If hematoma appears, stop use until it fades.

C. It is important to “drain” to clear out lymph fluid buildup and toxins for a more sculpted, defined look.  Use hand or brush to drain.

D. Cup every other day for 5-10 minutes per session as a part of your beauty regimen.

E. Face tone and shapes vary, because of this suction may break in some areas.  This is normal.  And more face oil, re-apply the cup and continue your routine

F. Temporary redness or itching may be possible, but typically normal due increase blood flow to the area cupped.  It should disappear shortly after massage.

 

 

SCULPT

 

Body Sculpting Ritual:


Step 1
. Apply a liberal amout for massage or cellulite oil to skin (cupping area)

Step 2. Select your cup. Squeeze the cup, apply to skin and release to create suction.Use “suction-release- repeat” or gliding / massage technique moving cup in up/down, side-to-side or zig-zag pattern.  Drain towards lymph nodes.

Step 2. Select your cup. Squeeze the cup, apply to skin and release to create suction.Use “suction-release- repeat” or gliding / massage technique moving cup in up/down, side-to-side or zig-zag pattern.  Drain towards lymph nodes.

Step 3. Complete your cupping routine wht your favorite body butter, oil or firming cream.

Step 4. Enjoy a more toned, smother looking skin!

 

 

Tips & Techniques:

A. 2 ways to use your cups:

  1. “Suction-Release-Repeat” technique or
  2. Sweeping/gliding massage strokes.

B. To prevent cupping marks, keep your cup moving at all times

C. Cup every other day for 3-5 minutes per area, 2.3 times per week as part of your beauty regimen.

D. Skin tone&body countores/shapes vary, because of this suction may break in some areas.  This is normal.  Add more oil or soap, reapply the cup and continue your routine.

E.Temporary redness or itching may be possible, but typically normal due to increase blood flow to the area cupped, and should disappear shortly after massage.

F. You can control the intensity of vacuum suction by squeezing your cup more or less.

G. In case you experience pain or discomfort due to sensitivity in some areas, try a suction-release-repeat technique, or use lighter suction.

H. Bruising may be possible if your connective tissue – fascia is tight

I. Drink 4-6 glasses of water daily, exercise and follow a healthy diet for best results

J. Results are visible and are improved with regular use.

 

LURE ZEN - Cupping Set 

 

How to Use - Cupping Techniques 

  1. STATIC CUPPING – Squeeze silicone cup, apply to skin and release to create vacuum suction. Leave cup(s) on target area for 3-5 minutes, lift and remove the cup(s). Cupping marks may be possible. Color of cupping marks may vary. *See below for explanation.
  2. FLASH CUPPING - Squeeze silicone cup, apply to skin and release to create vacuum suction. Remove the cup to reposition and repeat this step again.
  3. DYNAMIC CUPPING – Apply oil or other lubricant/gliding agent to skin or use with water and body wash. Squeeze your silicone cup, apply to skin and release to create vacuum suction. Move your cup in up/down, circular or zig-zag pattern. Start in static position, then move the cup side to side or rotate it in circular motion.

TIPS & TECHNIQUES

  1. Always apply cup(s) to clean skin.
  2. Begin with light cupping, gradually increasing pressure and intensity. Intensity of vacuum suction can be controlled by squeezing the pliable cup more, or less. If dynamic (massage) cupping feels uncomfortable due to increased sensitivity or tight/bound fascia, start with FLASH (suction & release) method first.
  3. To avoid cupping marks, keep your cup moving at all times.
  4. Use large cup(s) for larger areas and small cups for smaller areas or around joints.
  5. Do not cup the first 48 hours following an injury.
  6. Temporary redness or itching may be possible, but typically normal due to increased blood flow to the area cupped. It should disappear shortly after massage.

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