You might be thinking to yourself, what the cup is cupping? I’ll be honest, when the Portland Cupping Studio first reached out to me for a collaboration I wasn’t sure what to expect. It looked kind of scary and I wasn’t sure what the marks it left on your body meant. While cupping has become “mainstream” due to celebrities and professional athletes, this practice is an ancient Chinese medicine that dates back over 3,000 years.
“The old Chinese medical maxim holds that pain results from the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of Qi, or vital energy, vital fluids, lymph, phlegm, and blood. If pain is the essence of disease, then suffering is a result of obstructed or irregular flow in the body. Chinese cupping is therefore a method of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy (Pacific College of Oriental Medicine).”
The marks that are left after cupping look like bruises, but they actually aren’t. In fact they are the opposite. Bruises are created by impact trauma with compressed breakage of capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location from the tissue injury (CuppingTherapy.Org). In cupping, there is no compression, but rather your skin and its multiple layers underneath are being pulled up.
It’s summer time and I’ve got skincare on my mind! In this post I’m introducing your new favorite skincare products: the One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser and the Toning Lotion by Clarins. First you cleanse, then you tone. The Exfoliating Cleanser polishes away make-up, impurities, and clogged pores. The Toning Lotion with Chamomile balances and locks in moisture to leave skin feeling intensely refreshed.
When you put on lip products, do you prefer a softer look or a bold look? Better yet – are you #TeamSassy or #TeamSweet? These lip products by Clarins are my new favorite beauty items. The Water Lip Stain adds some sass to your look with a graphic and bold style. On the other hand we have the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil that looks oh so sweet to suit your delicate style.
Summer makeup is all about the perfect shimmer! In this post I’m sharing my 5 favorite highlighters for glowing skin. From deep golds to light pastels, there is a highlighter for all skin types in this post! Highlighter is one of my favorite makeup types to apply and experiment with. Just brush a layer across the top of your cheek bones, your nose, your cupid’s bow and chin – then you’re set!