Steaming face is one of the most popular beauty trends these days. Keep reading to find out why
Skin conditions are a common occurrence today, thanks to the highly processed foods, harsh climatic conditions and even the less known causes hormonal imbalances. Issues like acne, oily face, blackheads and dry faces are hard to deal with if a proper approach is not put forth. There are endless commercial products used to treat such conditions. However, these products make the skin so dependent on them and the chemicals used as ingredients can also be dangerous. This makes natural products and methods a safer alternative.
Back in the days, natural products like avocado paste, egg or lemon were common skincare products. Face steaming is also another very common method used to manage, especially, oily faces. It involves the use of steam on the face to open up the facial pores, cleanse and refresh the skin.
Face steaming for acne dates back to the early 19th century. One of the first facial steamers was designed by Jeanette Scale. She invented the “Russian Steam Bath” in 1903.
‘So why is face steaming that important? Are there any benefits that this exercise has?’ You may ask. Well, the answer to this question is yes. There are numerous benefits of steaming your face for acne which include;
It helps clear skin eruptions and acne
The water vapour moisturizes your pores, and the heat opens them up, allowing dirt and sebum to come to the surface. This makes face steaming a perfect exfoliator, ridding the face of the dead skin cells, leaving it fresh and soft.
It boosts circulation
Steaming results in vasodilation. This is the dilatation of blood vessels which decreases blood pressure. This means there is an increase in the blood pumped to the surface. The more blood pumped to the surface, the more oxygen is supplied to the site, which means healthier skin cells. This could explain why a steamed face often looks healthier and younger.
It helps your skin better absorb skincare products
Steam increases skin permeability thus improving its absorption rate for skincare products.
Steaming for face glow is only suitable, as dermatologists advice, to those people who have condition free skin. This simply means not having underlying serious skin conditions such as rosacea, a condition that causes your skin to redden. Subjecting such skin to steaming might cause your face to become sore.
Face steaming routine involves cleansing your face, steaming either with a facial steamer or a bowl of hot water, cleansing with clean water and drying. A hot face towel can also be used.
The face steaming procedure
Here is a simple procedure for face steaming
- Boil about 3 litres of water. The Water should boil to 90-100 degrees.
- Place the water in a bowl and add herbs or essential oils this is optional
- Cover your head with a towel and hold your face over the steam for around 15 minutes
- Pat the face dry and apply a moisturizer
Precautions to take during face steaming DIY method
- Close your eyes to avoid irritation
- Place your face a few inches away from the bowl to avoid scalding
- Follow the instruction manual when using a face steamer
Face steaming is safe, relaxing and can go a greater level to help improve bad skin. The procedure is also simple, taking at most 15 minutes of your time
How often how long and how hot?
A steam session should take about 15 minutes when using a bowl and towel method. The water should be comfortable enough, not too hot.
Can I steam my face every day?
Daily steaming is not recommended since too much exposure to heat can burn the skin cells or deprive the skin of moisture. For oily skin, steam your face for 3 days then leave a 7 days gap in between before repeating the procedure.
Should I cleanse my face after steaming?
Cleansing the skin before the procedure helps to unclog the pores.
When should I steam my face?
Steaming the face is a safe and rewarding remedy for acne, blackheads, oily face or ageing
What should I put on my face before I steam?
Cleanse the face using a natural cleaner if possible
Are there any herbs for face steaming?
Yes, there are essential oils and herbs that can be used for face steaming but this is options. They include lemon peels, chamomile, rose, peppermint and eucalyptus. Steaming face with lemon is also recommended for better results.
What to do after steaming your face
After face steam, rinse the face with warm water and pat dry. Do not use a towel since your skin will be sensitive at this point. Then apply a moisturizer.