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Mother's Day is a little different this year as we continue to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn't mean the moms in your life need to feel any less special. Sure, spa days and outdoor brunches are slowly coming back to reality as things reopen, but you can still send her a token of your love if you can't be together.In fact, she may find a relaxing skin-care gift especially appealing during times where life is anything but zen. If you're looking for a gift that will help the special woman in your life look and feel like a queen, self-care is where it's at. Ahead, we've rounded up some of our favorite luxe skin-care gifts that'll bring the spa (and some happiness) straight to your mama's bedroom vanity. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Glow Recipe My Glow Vanity KitYou might cringe every time your mom says "glow up," but this kit will help her physically embody her new favorite saying. It comes with a juicy watermelon toner, moisturizer, and serum to plump, brighten, and hydrate skin.Glow Recipe Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Up Set, $, available at SephoraEminence Organic Skin Care Arctic Berry Peel and Peptide Illuminating SystemThis set, which comes with a berry-infused chemical peel and moisturizer, will keep your mom's skin radiant well into summer. (Just remind her not to skimp on SPF during the day.)Eminence Organic Skin Care Arctic Berry Peel and Peptide Illuminating System, $, available at DermStoreWander Beauty Airplane Mode Round Trip Kit Mom's next vacation might be on hold, but this set — which includes eye patches, a hydrating cleanser, moisturizer, and finishing mist — brings her canceled hotel-spa experience home.Wander Beauty Airplane Mode™ Round Trip, $, available at Wander BeautySunday Riley Superstars KitSunday Riley offers tons of great treatments, but what you love might not be what your mom needs, so why not gift her a sampler set? The brand's Superstars Kit gives her the opportunity to take four hero products out for a test drive to find her serum of choice.Sunday Riley Superstars Kit, $, available at SephoraHerbivore Botanicals Amethyst Ritual KitNothing is quite like a facial, but the amethyst tools in this kit are the next best thing to an actual face massage. It's the perfect step to add to mom's routine so she can sculpt and release tension while she catches up on her shows. Herbivore Botanicals Amethyst Ritual Kit, $, available at Herbivore BotanicalsDr. Barbara Sturm Serum Discovery SetFor the mom who doesn't skip a serum or facial appointment, order this luxe set. It comes with four potent formulas from Dr. Barbara Sturm to improve the overall health and appearance of the skin.Dr. Barbara Sturm Serum Discovery Set, $, available at SephoraHey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier If your mom is already at the top of her skin-care game, this humidifier will help all her favorite ingredients work even harder.Hey Dewy Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier in, $, available at RevolveReVive Glow ElixirThis serum is spendy, but consider its multiple uses: Mom can buff a few drops over the high points of her face for targeted radiance, or mix some in with her favorite moisturizer for an all-over sheen. ReVive Glow Elixir, $, available at ReVive SkincareGuerlain Abeille Royale Anti-Aging Double R Serum SetThe only thing we want to steal from mom more than the four Guerlain formulas in this kit? The chic white pouch it comes with.Guerlain Guerlain Abeille Royale Anti-Aging Double R Serum Set, $, available at SephoraDr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Clinic-At-Home Pore EditionMaybe a trip to the best esthetician in town isn't in your gifting budget this year — that's fine. You can upgrade your mom's medicine cabinet with this professional peel kit that'll buff off dead skin and make her feel brand-new.Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Clinic-At-Home Pore Edition, $, available at SephoraBeautyStat Mini Universal Essentials KitThe contents of this kit would turn the biggest skin-care skeptic into a believer. The award-winning vitamin C serum will help brighten and firm your mom's skin with consistent use, and the moisture-boosting essence and moisturizer will keep her skin feeling hydrated and healthy.BeautyStat Mini Universal Essentials Kit, $, available at BeautyStatLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
TikTok’s beauty enthusiasts can’t get enough of clever trends and techniques that promise to transform skin in a matter of moments, and it’s safe to say each one has us hooked. Right now, facial cupping is having a moment — and judging by the countless tutorials flooding the app, the results are impressive, to say the least. What is facial cupping? Even though cupping is big on TikTok right now, the technique is nothing new; in fact, it’s been popular in Chinese and Middle Eastern medicine for centuries. On the body, cupping therapy involves placing glass or silicone cups on either wet or dry skin, which creates a suction effect. This brings blood to the surface of the skin and is said to relax muscles and potentially reduce back and neck pain. Facial cupping is a little gentler and involves much smaller cups (again, usually silicone or glass) which create a pull on the skin. “Lately it has become a trend for facial use on the premise that the cup uses pressure to draw nutrients to the surface of the skin with the aim of creating healthier looking skin,” says Ioannis Liakas, medical director and skin specialist at Vie Aesthetics. On TikTok, the cups are used in conjunction with skin-care products like facial oils, serums, or masks, which help them glide over the skin easily. @ohdiarie some real ugly faces yikes, also the oil was for the cupping! #skincare #myskincare #cupping #facecupping #skincareobsessed #skin #skinhacks #massage ♬ original sound – 𝕾𝖊𝖑𝖎𝖓𝖆🦋✨ What are the skin-care benefits of facial cupping? Much like using a jade roller or gua sha tool, TikTokers love the facial cupping technique for relaxing tense facial muscles, especially along the jaw, and claim it lends the skin a post-facial glow when combined with radiance-enhancing skin-care products like vitamin C or rosehip oil. It’s a favorite among experts, too: Top facialist Antonia Burrell loves facial cupping for providing a temporary lift, while Dr. Liakas pinpoints its potential to contour and sculpt cheekbones, as well as de-puff skin. Some TikTok skin-care enthusiasts claim anecdotally that facial cupping helps minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and scars and stimulates collagen. How do you do facial cupping at home and does it work? Inspired by TikTok’s skin-care enthusiasts (and spurred on by how desperately my dull, post-winter skin is in need of a glow boost), I had to give facial cupping a go. I opted for the Skin Gym Facial Cupping Set, which includes two medium-size facial cups (for cheeks, chin, and forehead) and two micro-cups, which perform better around the nose, eyes, and lips. Facial cupping works best when combined with skin-care products so that the cups can slide across the skin without any friction. I found it’s actually quite difficult to use the cups without product, as they keep popping off my skin. Layering up with moisturizer, serum, or facial oil means they can do their job with ease. Facial oils seem to be a popular product to work with on TikTok, but Dr. Liakas mentions they could clog pores and spread bacteria if you’re prone to breakouts. He likes vitamin C serums for facial cupping, but says hyaluronic acid serums are also an option and are beneficial for all skin types. You could also use a moisturizer for more slip. I have oily, acne-prone skin, so I chose a lightweight serum: Farmacy Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum. A little goes a long way to create a slick base on the skin. Dr. Liakas says that keeping the skin taut when passing the cups over your face is key and recommends cleansing your skin afterwards. This is because cupping is more of a DIY facial treatment, rather than an actual skin-care step. Simply follow with your usual skin-care routine afterwards. I started with the miniature cups and concentrated them on areas where I’d like a little bit of a lift, which is around my eyes and above my eyebrows. The suction was very gentle and the product absorbed quickly as I glided the cups over my skin. While I didn’t notice an immediate difference in firmness, I saw a change in the skin around my nose and lips, which always tends to be quite swollen when I wake up in the morning. @jacquelinekilikita I tried #facialcupping and it gave me a radiant, post-facial flush. Here are all the main skin benefits. #facecupping ♬ original sound – Jacqueline Kilikita I concentrated the large cups along my jawline, which holds a lot of tension as I sometimes grind my teeth when stressed or anxious. I found the suction really soothing and relaxing (more so than my trusty gua sha tool), and after five minutes of gliding the tool back and forth over my skin, any tightness dissipated entirely. After 10 minutes in total, it felt like my face had been treated and massaged by a professional facialist. The only difference is the price — and the fact that I didn’t have to leave my bedroom. I loved the natural glow it gave my skin, too, almost as though I’d just got in from a brisk walk in the cold. As a result, I skipped foundation and blush, and just applied a little concealer for the rest of the day. Are there any side effects of DIY facial cupping? DIY facial cupping is unlikely to leave you with the large telltale marks typical of professional body cupping — especially if you’re using silicone cups, which are kinder on skin — but it pays to be as gentle as possible. Unlike skin-care tools such as pore vacuums, the pull of facial cups is relatively light so broken capillaries or blood vessels are rare, although Dr. Liakas says they are not out of the question. As with all new skin-care tools and techniques, be mindful, especially if you choose a glass set. It’s not a great idea to use cupping tools on broken skin as this could cause further irritation. Dr. Liakas also suggests avoiding the technique if you’re sunburned or if your skin has been exposed to the sun recently. Likewise, if you have rosacea, sensitive skin, or active acne, or you’re using retinol and are experiencing flaking or sensitivity, Dr. Liakas suggests giving cupping a miss for the time being. @fferlopez Face cupping benefits⚡️ #facecupping #facecuppingmassage #skincare #skin ♬ Steven Universe – L.Dre What are the best facial cupping sets? Aside from Skin Gym, there are a handful of other expert-approved facial cupping sets out there. The popular glass WTHN Face Cups are said to boost circulation and relax tight muscles. Antonia Burrell Facial In A Box includes a mini cleansing oil, lotion, mask, facial oil, and moisturizer alongside one large and one miniature cupping tool to treat all areas of the face. I thought I’d find facial cupping to be a waste of time, but there’s no denying it works a treat when done correctly. If you love skin care and are looking for ways to pamper yourself at home, it’s an easy, effective, and affordable technique that earns my seal of approval. 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