I Livestreamed My Cupping Therapy & Here's What Happened

By now, you've likely heard about Michael Phelps' internet-breaking cupping bruises. The large, circular welts dotted his shoulders and back as he swam to victory, igniting a new interest in this ancient Eastern practice. Basically, cupping involves suctioning glass or plastic cups to your skin. The practice is purported to help with everything from joint pain to muscle soreness. Beauty-wise, there have been claims, albeit unsupported, that the increase in blood flow helps to decrease inflammation and even treat acne.

Obviously, I had to try it out. So I popped over to Cobble Hill Acupuncture for my very first cupping session — and it was quite the experience. There was zero pain, a helluva lot of pressure, and, ultimately, a lot of relief in my neck and shoulders. As for redness and bacne? I'll let you know once the bruising subsides.

Interested in learning about the therapy yourself? Watch the video above. I'll also be answering follow-up questions in the comments, so fire away!

More from Skin Care

Forget freaks and vampires: When it comes to beauty rituals, it’s our inner princesses who come out at night. It’s then that we languidly soak in tubs of ...
You always want what you can’t have — especially when it comes to beauty products. That’s why we’re getting the inside scoop from your favorite retailers ...
We know that our cell phones aren’t always good for us. Tech neck, sleep disturbances, eye strain — all actual health concerns. And of course, not cleaning...
(Paid Content) Finding a skin-care regimen that keeps skin clear without drying it out isn't easy. Don’t you worry — we’ve got you on this one. Together ...
What do you call a price increase that goes from around $240 to nearly $10,000? Words like strange, confusing, and even exploitative may come to mind. ...
Dry, scaly skin can be kind of a nightmare no matter what the season. So, in the spirit of smoother, ultra-hydrated skin, we put together a list of our ...
When it comes to pretty much, well, everything, it’s no secret that millennials expect swift service, same-day delivery, and overall efficiency. Our need ...
(Paid Content) If achieving clear, glowing, incredible skin were as easy as slathering on a single cream, we’d be the first in line to scoop it up. But ...
Since we’re all well aware of the dangers of tanning beds — and too much time in natural sunlight sans SPF — self-tanners are the perfect solution when the...
This isn't news to anyone, but I feel it bears repeating: Acne scars suck. Anyone who has suffered from post-pimple hyperpigmentation knows this truth to ...
We’ve all seen the studies about why sleep is so important — a full eight hours keeps our bodies and brains more fit, happy, and focused. As it turns out, ...
The moment when you suddenly realize you're an adult can come amid a seemingly random activity — depositing money in your newly formed 401k, making dinner ...
For a long time, the word "peel" meant one of two things in the beauty world: a) You've spent too much time in the sun sans sunscreen and are now suffering...
The first time I ever experienced ultrasound during a facial was around six months ago, on aesthetician Mashell Tabe's table. She coated my skin in a ...