What is face steaming
Face steaming is the act of letting steam absorb into your skin for a period of time between five and twenty minutes. There are two common ways of carrying this facial out, using a face steamer or a bowl of extremely hot water; most commonly used with a towel over your head as to not let steam escape.
Deep Cleansing of the Skin
The main benefit to face steaming is the deep cleansing of the skin that occurs, a natural and deep cleanse of the pores. Opening the pores up with the hot steam allows any build up of dirt and bacteria to be removed easily with your choice of scrub or cleanser. Not to mention the ease that dead skin can now be removed once steamed and softened.
Removal of Toxins
Using a steamer enables the skin to sweat much more than it normally would and this excess sweating helps to push out any toxins in the skin much quicker than any other method. This applies to the skin all over your body not just your face, this is why learning how to steam your face and why the use of steam rooms are widely regarded as beneficial.
Once your pores have been de-clogged with the face steamer you have completed the first step towards preventing acne. The harsh break outs are often caused by this build up in the pores that then become inflamed or even infected.
Facial steaming acts to remove the sebum in the pores that has become hard and trapped dirt and bacteria that may lead to a breakout. Even for those not suffering with acne, using a steamer in your skin care routine is a great way to help maintain the cleanliness of the pores.
Blackheads and Whiteheads
These can prove to be extremely stubborn but fortunately you can help to prevent or remove these with the use of a face steamer. Similarly to that of acne prevention using a face steamer, these blackheads and whiteheads are caused by sebum that the steam will help to soften and remove from the follicles.
Using a face steamer causes the skin blood vessels to dilate which is known as thermoregulating, which can in turn help to improve circulation. The resulting factors of this improved circulation means that there is an increase in oxygen and nutrients that are taken to your skin cells. Helping your skin to become glowy and rosy with an overall better complexion! Skin cell turnover is also improved with this more efficient blood circulation, helping your skin look younger and maintain its firmness.
Other Skincare Products
Once using a face steamer, your pores have been opened and are now more receptive to the benefits of your skincare routine. Serums, lotions and face masks can deeply penetrate the skin now that there is no dead skin or sebum covering the surface.
Following on from this your skin could become more hydrated due to the heat and moisture reactivating the absorbency in your skin. Dry skin can be combated with the use of products specifically for dry skin that can now penetrate the skin deeply and efficiently. However it is important that when you use a face steamer you ensure you drink enough water before and after to replace that lost due to sweating and not to carry it out too often as excess sweating may make your skin dryer.
Health Benefits and Relaxation
Dry air can be extremely harmful on your sinuses and the steam from a face steamer can help to moisten them so that you can inhale and exhale more easily, this can be especially beneficial if you are congested. Adding some essential oils like eucalyptus oil would also help to freshen up the steam and help improve your breathing more quickly. The act of using a face steamer is very relaxing due to the heat and the steam, with the addition of oils you’ll have your own aromatherapy experience.
How often to use your Face Steamer?
It is recommended to add using a face steamer to your regular skincare routine however only once a week as using it more than that may cause dry skin in the long run due to over sweating. If you feel like your skin is particularly bad then steaming your face twice a week just until it is improved, may help. Furthermore your skin type will affect how long you can use the steamer.
About 12 minutes once a week or once every two weeks.
About 10 minutes once every two weeks.
Oily Skin or those with regular acne
About 12 minutes twice a week.
Essential oils for your face steamer
Adding essential oils to your face steamer can be very beneficial to those with specific problems due to the natural properties in each. Only two or three drops are needed to see the full benefits as it is very powerful.
- Rosemary and tea tree are great for those suffering with acne.
- Rose and jasmine are often used on mature or dry skin due to the known regenerative properties.
- Soothing properties in lavender and geranium are great for helping sensitive skin.
- Eucalyptus oil is ideal for those suffering from congested sinuses due to a cold or flu.
For those that suffer to sleep using a face steamer with lavender oil for a couple minutes before going to bed can help to relax you.
An unusual thing to add to your face steamer is tea, specifically chamomile as it has anti-bacterial and anti-ageing properties. On the other hand green tea may help to reduce redness.
Facial steaming is by no means a new technology for the skin; however at home steaming is rapidly growing in popularity, with versions of face steamers being released from high street to high end. Stemming from the ancient Greeks and Romans this was well regarded as their skin secret and for years mothers have passed down the secret of face steaming to their daughters and often swearing by it. Using a face steamer is a way to relax and reduce stress.
A face steamer could help your skin see many benefits
- Increases blood flow - Good circulation is key to having healthy skin and an even complexion, therefore helping to keep your skin blotch free and more youthful.
- Cleanses - it is crucial to cleanse your skin and the steam will help to draw out dirt and bacteria from the pores. Furthermore drawing out a buildup of blackheads and whiteheads to keep your skin looking fresh.
- Hydrates - Hydrating is important in reviving your skin, it also helps to increase absorption of skincare products and improves permeability and suppleness, giving you an overall more youthful appearance.
- Calms - When used with essential oils the aromatherapy can help connect you to your breath, calming and soothing not only your body but your mind as well.
- Moisturises - Steaming your face can have anti-ageing benefits due to the moisturisation that can be achieved. Applying rosehip oil after steaming can help to deeply lock in all the moisture.
- Kills bacteria - By reducing the bacteria found on your skin and in the pores it can help to treat and prevent acne.
- Glows - All these benefits will help to leave your skin glowing and youthful due to the immense advantage of taking care of your skin.
Instructions on how to steam your face:
Choose your face steamer, there are many on the market all varying in price so it depends what you are looking for, we are familiar with the Eco Masters Face Steamer.
Decide if you wish to use herbs, many benefits have been seen from adding herbs to the steamer due to each of their unique properties. For dry skin we recommend lavender, rose or borage and for oily skin, peppermint, sage or rosemary.
Find the perfect location for your at home steam, we recommend a clear surface where you can comfortably sit with your feet flat on the floor.
With hair pulled back out of the way you should thoroughly cleanse your face and neck, honey cleansers have been known to bring blood to the surface of the skin and support the removal of impurities.
Using Purified or distilled water add it to the face steamer with your herbs or oils of choice, once you press start it will begin to steam in a matter of seconds.
Holding your face approximately 20cm away from the steamer for a few minutes you can allow the steam to penetrate the pores; up to 10 minutes of steaming is ideal!
Exfoliating the face after steaming is the best time to do it as all the pores are open, cleansing clogged pores.
Pat your face dry with a clean towel and apply your moisturizer or serum, you could even massage it in using upward strokes. Leaving you feeling calm with radiant and glowing skin.
Repeat weekly in order to see the benefits of an at home spa treatment!
Many have enjoyed the benefits of using a face steamer so you might too! Take a look at our Face Steamer in the Eco Masters Range to start your own steaming journey!