How to Start Facial Cupping
First things first, you need a cupping tool. I used the Wthn Facial Cupping Kit ($50), which comes with a small and a large tool. There are also options on Amazon and at many beauty and wellness retailers. Before you begin, it's recommended that you apply a serum or facial oil to help the tool glide smoothly over the skin. I used the True Botanical Radiance Oil ($110). (Pro tip from me to you: I also recommend going on YouTube and watching a face cupping tutorial before you try it out for the first time just to ensure you're getting the motions right.)
The Wthn cups have squeeze-balls on the ends that allow you to create the suction you need to perform the technique. The biggest tip that aestheticians and dermatologists share is to be gentle — don't squeeze or press too hard, or drag the tool across the skin with too much force. You want the tool to run over the skin with slight resistance, not tug at your face.
"The downside to cupping would be a risk of bruising from too much vacuum pressure," said Dr. Lain. "If you are trying this for the first time, try it on an area with thicker skin, such as the cheek, and apply the vacuum for a short amount of time." The biggest mistake people on TikTok make is leaving the cupping tool on the skin for too long — the tool shouldn't be stationary at any point. Dr. Lain added, "As long as your skin does not bruise or hurt after the cupping, you should be fine."