Facial Steaming: The Key to Flawless Skin
Facial steaming comes with a plethora of benefits, and like most facials, when done correctly steam is the perfect addition to any beauty regimen.
Clogged pores? Gone. Dry skin? See yah! Blackheads? Blackheads, who?
Transform your skin in just 5 minutes with a bowl of steamy water and a towel. Beautiful skin is that easy, people! 🙂 Now, let’s talk benefits.
Benefits of Facial Steaming:
Steam softens the dead skin cells and gunk from your pores making it easier to remove. After steaming, apply a mask to gently exfoliate softened debris. Be careful not to force open a pore that doesn’t want to be messed with. It won’t be pretty, trust me.
Increase Blood Flow
Steam increases the blood flow to the skin, which brings with it plenty of oxygen and nutrients improving the overall appearance of your skin.
Simply put, steaming will make your face sweat. This increase of perspiration from your pores brings out the dirt and oil. Once on the surface of your skin, this can be easily washed or exfoliated away.
Remove Dry Skin
Removing dry skin is even easier when it is softened by steam. Somedays it seems no matter how much I scrub my skin, dry spots remain. Steam makes removing dry skin 100x easier. Halle-luh-yer.
Okay, this is a bonus benefit however relaxation speaks volumes when it comes to the appearance of your skin. When I’m stressed, my acne flares, causing the overall appearance of my skin to look not-so-good. Steam facials can be very relaxing, especially when you add calming essential oils like lavender or chamomile to the water.
Ready to get started? Here are the steps:
Begin by boiling a pot of water. Make sure there is enough water to fill a good size bowl without overflowing. Once the water begins to boil, carefully pour the water into the bowl. Add essential oils or dried flowers for added relaxation benefits. Place a towel over your head and the bowl, preventing the steam from escaping. Allow the steam to penetrate your skin for about 3-5 minutes or less depending on how your skin reacts to steam or heat. Be careful not to steam too long to avoid damaging your skin. After steaming, cleanse your skin or exfoliate, depending on your preference. Everyone’s skin is different! Then, mask, tone and/or moisturize. Wallah!
**Like most treatments, too much of anything is never good. Avoid oversteaming your face. Make sure you keep your face a safe distance from the steam to avoid burns (about 12-18 inches away). Steam is very dangerous. Wear oven mitts while handling the hot bowl and pot. Be careful!
How do you steam?