Whilst popping down to your favorite facialist and having a luxurious skin treatment is a lovely way to treat yourself every once in a while, we all lead busy lives and it’s not always realistic. This is where many of us turn to home wellness and beauty treatments in attempt to maintain smooth and glowing skin. An at home skincare regime that has gained popularity as of late is facial steaming. Today we’ll talk you through this phenomenon so that you can decide if it is a worthy addition to your beauty routine...
What is facial steaming?
Facial steaming is a skin and beauty treatment that can be done in the comfort of your own home, and involves using steam to cleanse, nourish, and hydrate the skin and pores on your face.
What are the benefits of facial steaming?
When it comes to skincare, facial steaming is one of the best at-home treatments that you can do for your pores. Steaming for one, can help to loosen any sebum or debris that you can have in your pores, making it easier to cleanse and remove dirt, oil, and other impurities from the skin. The heat and moisture from the steam can also help to hydrate, soften, and nourish the skin, leaving it glowing and smooth. Additionally, the heat from the steam has the ability to increase blood flow to the skin and
improve our circulation, promoting more a more glowing and youthful-looking complexion. Aside from the benefits facial steaming can bring to your skin, it can also help to clear any sinus congestion you may be experiencing.
How can I facial steam at home?
One of the great beauties of facial steaming is that it can be done at home in six easy steps. Read on to know exactly how you can experience this relaxing ritual in the comfort of your own home...
A great appeal of home facial steaming is how quick, easy, and accessible it is due to the minimal supplies needed. Simply gather a large bowl, some hot water, a towel, and something to add to the water like an essential oil or some herbs such as chamomile or lavender.
Find a relaxing spot to do your facial and fill the bowl with the hot water and add your chosen herbs and oils. Hover your face above the bowl and drape the towel over your head to trap the steam from the bowl.
Sit with your face over the bowl with the towel over your head to make a tent-like structure for about five to ten minutes to help draw toxins and impurities out from your pores.
After you feel your facial is done, make sure you gently pat your skin dry with a new, clean towel.
Once you have finished drying your face, the sebum and impurities in your pores will have loosened and can now be wiped away. It is best to do this using an alcohol-free toner. Otherwise, you can make one at home using equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Apply your toner of choice using a using a cotton pad.
The final step of your steam facial is to lock in the hydration from the steam facial by applying a thick, ceramide-rich moisturizer.
How often should I do a steam facial?
The frequency of which you should enjoy a steam facial is something that varies from person to person, but usually between once or twice a week and once a month. However, when starting out, it is best to do so once a month to allow your skin to adjust to the practice.
Is facial steaming safe?
Facial steaming is largely safe when practiced carefully, however there is a risk of burning your face with the steam or hot water if you are not careful. Ensure that the water has cooled down from its boiling point before doing your facial; test the water temperature with your hand before putting your face near it to check that it is tolerable.
Overall, facial steaming is worth trying if you’re someone who is looking to bring their skin back to life. Being able to relax and enjoy this facial without having to go out and purchase expensive gadgets or products, means that it is potentially the perfect option for the modern woman.