Have heard of facial steamers? For those who visit the spa, I believe it isn’t something strange. It may surprise you to know what good you’ve done to your skin by engaging in this exercise.
There are different types of steaming bath, it all depends on what you are trying to achieve. Examples are the saunas, steam rooms which are usually accompanied with massages.
But what we have today is how you can achieve an incredible result doing this simple home facial steaming at the comfort of your home without investing a dime. Yea!
What does steaming do for your skin?
1. CLEANSES YOUR SKIN
Steam unclog your pores and helps loosen any buildup of dirt for a deeper cleansing. Opening up your pores also softens long overdue blackheads, making them easier to remove.
2. ELEVATES BLOOD CIRCULATION
The warm steam helps increase perspiration, dilates your blood vessels and increases circulation. This boost of blood flow nourishes your skin and delivers oxygen. The result is a natural, healthy glow.
3. ERADICATES ACNE-CAUSING BACTERIA AND CELLS
Opening up your pores allows the released sebum, dead skin cells, bacteria, and other dirt that clog the pores that contribute to acne and pimple formation.
4. FREE TRAPPED BUILT-UP SEBUM
Naturally, your skin secret oil is known as sebum to lubricates and moisturize your skin. But too much sebum secretion can also cause more skin issues more for those with oily skin types. This is a good skincare regime for oily skin as it combats this skin defects. When sebum gets trapped beneath your skin’s surface, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria and causes acne and blackheads.
5. PROMOTES SKIN HYDRATION
Steam hydrates the skin by making it look moist and helping to increase oil production, naturally moisturizing the face.
6. BETTER ABSORPTION OF SKINCARE PRODUCTS
Steaming increases skin’s permeability, enabling your pores open and ready to accommodate your oils, lotions, cleansers e.t.c. This means you get more bang for your buck from skincare products applied after a steam. If your skincare product falls short of your expectation this could be the reason why cream doesn’t seem to work for your skin
7. PROMOTES SKIN ELASTIN AND COLLAGEN
Steam increased blood flow within the skin thereby promoting collagen and elastin production. This results in firmer and supple younger-looking skin.
8. SOOTHES YOUR SKIN
The feeling of warm steam on your face is relaxing and calming. Add some soothing scents using herbs or essential oils for aromatherapy to take your steam bath. You can invest in lavender or chamomile you gonna love the scents.
Steam can help relieve sinus congestion, catarrh, and headaches that often accompany it. Adding certain essential oils to your steam can boost the effect and relieve.
9. CHEAP AND ACCESSIBLE
You don’t need to invest big bucks for a steam facial at a spa.
It can be done at the comfort of your home using items you already have.
TECHNIQUES TO TRY AT HOME
There are different ways you can enjoy this versatile skin treatment at home. It can be simple and free or as luxe and costly as you depending on your pocket.
A deep bowl
Electric jug or pot to boil your water
Any essential oil of choice (optional)
To steam over a bowl or sink of hot water
Get a towel and a pale or bowl of hot water handy. choose your ideal spot. Comfort is key, so if you’re doing this over a sink you’ll want to use a chair or stool that offers the right height. Otherwise, a bowl on a table is your best bet. But you need to do this with caution so you don’t hurt or burn yourself.
Secure your hair so that it’s off your face and cleanse using a gentle exfoliating cleanser. Don’t forget to cleanse your neck, too!
In a bowl pour your boiled water from your pot or electric jug, you can also add a handful of herbs once the water begins to boil and stir.
Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes. If you’re using essential oils, this is the time to add a few drops to the water.
Have a seat, drape your towel over your head and the bowl of boiled water containing your additives, and hold your face 6 inches above the water.
Raise or lower your head for more or less heat and lift a corner of the towel to cool off when tensed.
Steam your face for 5 to 10 minutes.
To steam with warm towels (warm compress)
Get a hand towel and turn on the hot water tap. When hot, fill your sink or bowl with enough hot water to soak your towel. Add your herbs, allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes and sieve out the herbs to get a clear liquid into your bowl or sink.
Secure your hair so that it’s off your face and cleanse your face and neck using a gentle exfoliating cleanser.
Soak your towel in the hot water and wring it out so that the towel is damp.
Lean back in a comfy chair or lie down. Place the towel on your face, holding each corner up so they meet in the center of your forehead.
Adjust the towel so that it covers your entire face, including the eyes, leaving just your nose peeking through. Relax for 5 minutes.
Using a facial steamer at home
Read and follow your facial steamer’s instructions if you have one, filling it up as directed. Place it on a table near an outlet so you can plug it in. It will take a few minutes to begin emitting steam.
Secure your hair so that it’s off your face and wash your face using a gentle exfoliating cleanser.
Have a seat, get comfortable, and set your face inside the cone attachment, staying 5 to 10 inches away as it says to do in your steamer’s instruction leaflet.
Steam for 2 or 3 minutes at a time with a 1-minute break in between to see how your skin is handling the steam.
Facial steamers offer a more powerful steam than the other methods.
Visit a Spa, get a professional give you a steam facial if you don’t mind dishing out some bucks. During the cleanse portion of your facial, the esthetician will use a steam machine to prepare your skin.
Some estheticians will also continue steaming during the exfoliation phase to get the best results possible. As professionals, they have known what work for different types of skin and treat each independently to suites all skin types. The steam is adjusted based on your sensitivity level, making for a relaxing and effective experience.
How to choose your base
At the end of the day, the base you choose for steaming your face won’t make the steaming any less beneficial, but some bases may offer even more perks.
It comes down to personal preference and budget:
Tap water or spring water is accessible and free, so you can’t really go wrong.
This teas offer health benefits that are good for you from the inside out, like antioxidants and for your skin. They’re also supposed to help your body release toxins. Research has found that green tea and others that contain polyphenols have protective and anti-aging benefits when applied topically.
So, could or should you use herbal tea as your base for steaming? Absolutely!
A steam burn is more damaging and severe than a burn from boiling water, so you need to be very careful when steaming your face. For face over the bowl of boil water, use very hot water to provide you sufficient vapor or steam emitting from the bowl.
To lower your risk of burns, avoid putting your face too close to the steam. Increase the distance as needed for you to be comfortable.
For warm compress with towel
Water should be warm, not hot, if you’re using the towel method.
Steam your face once a week for the best results. Limit each steam session to around 10 minutes to avoid skin irritation.
General tips and tricks
1. Take plenty of water.
Drinking water before exposing yourself to heat of any kind is a good idea, so drink enough water before you begin.
Wash your face using a mild cleanser or wash with an exfoliator so your skin is ready to reap all the rewards of steaming.
3. During the steam
Keep your eyes closed. You’ll be more comfortable, you won’t risk irritating your eyes, and you can allow your eyelids to enjoy the benefits of the steam.
4. Keep your face 6 to 10 inches away.
You don’t want to get too close to the bowl or sink and risk getting burned. Listen to your skin and do what feels comfortable.
Immediately after steaming on your preference to close up open pores and pat dry. Your skin will be extra sensitive, so you don’t want to irritate it by rubbing with a towel.
5. Apply a moisturizing cream or serum.
The effects of your moisturizer or serum will be enhanced after a steam, so use something that nourishes and absorbs easily. If you’re after younger looking skin, this is a great time to use an anti-aging cream.
6. Massage your face.
What better way to end a relaxing face steam than with a gentle face massage? Use your fingers to gently massage your forehead, cheeks, and neck using upward strokes. Unless you have oily or sensitive skin, you can use a bit of facial oil to prevent friction.
Possible side effects to avoid
Steam can cause serious burns, so keeping a safe distance from the source of the steam is necessary.
If you’re steaming your face using the damp towel method, make sure the towel is warm — not hot.
If you have rosacea, you might want to skip facial steaming. The heat dilates blood vessels, which contribute to redness.
Though steaming can hydrate the skin, people with very dry skin and eczema should use extra caution. Limit steam sessions to just a couple of minutes to avoid irritation.
A weekly face steaming is a great way to unwind while also promoting healthy skin. But be sure to check with your doctor first if you have an inflammatory skin condition.