If you have ever been to the salon or spa to get a facial, then chances are you have felt the warm, relaxing goodness of one of the best inventions in the beauty world- the facial steamer.
The steamers used at spas are likely professional equipment, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot achieve the same result in the comfort of your own bathrobe and bunny slippers.
The good news is, there are ways to get that professional steam at home, and I’m going to share with you some reasons that you should have started yesterday!!
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A good steaming will likely bring a little perspiration to your forehead. This is a good thing. The steam warms up the face, neck, and decollete, and aids in the dilation of the blood vessels in the area. The result is improved circulation, which ultimately leads to quicker turnover of cells, and a fresh, glowy complexion. It will also bring back a little color and life to the face if you have been feeling fatigued.
Much Better Cleansing
As the warm steam makes contact with your face, it will begin to soften the pores, and the impurities caught in the pores.
All that yuckie stuff that makes a home in your pores (specifically nose, forehead, chin), is softened and separated from the skin, allowing for cleanser to sweep it away for good.
Trapped sebum (naturally produced oil), bacteria that causes pimples, dirt, and grime are all exposed after a steaming session.
Oftentimes taking a shower with steam will help a bit, but using a steamer with a direct flow to the targeted area will make a world of difference.
So, there is something about having my face touched or massaged that just puts me in a trance. I can’t be the only one. I even enjoy having my eyelash extensions touched up and lying in the dentist chair…weird, yes but hear me out.
In speaking about the effect that facial expressions have on our general outlook, an article in Psychology Today stated that “..people with furrowed brows generate more negative emotions.” and, “…if your eyebrows are tensed, you feel more negative emotions and fewer positive emotions.” – Korb, Alex Ph.D. Calm Your Face, Calm Your Mind. Psychology Today August 21, 2012.
Isn’t it crazy that we can improve our outlook by relaxing our faces?!
When receiving a facial steam, the surrounding of warmth causes tense muscles to relax and loosen. The facial muscles that we subconsciously tense are often released. There is a certain sense of calm that comes with the warmth of the steam and the white noise that the steamer produces. It can take you right out of the stress that you’re in, if only for 15-20 minutes!
I realize that here, in the Midwest, the allergies are some sort of superhuman mutation that have become immune to everything that tries to step in their way…..but this has been a life saver!
Congestion and allergy related headaches can be greatly relieved with a steaming treatment. If your steamer has a place to put essential oils, drop a few drops of Eucalyptus or Lavender in, and let them work their magic.
To increase the effect of the steam on the sinuses, put your face as close as comfortable to the steam, and drape a towel over your head AND the steamer to create a small space, so that the steam completely surrounds you. This is AMAZING for stubborn sinus headaches and nasal congestion.
Well, obviously steam is hydrating to the skin, as it is considered water vapor. But it is the depth to which the hydration exists during and after steaming that really make a difference.
As mentioned above, the steam opens the pores and draws out impurities, and it also softens the skin so that it is more suited to absorb moisturizing treatment.
After steaming for approximately ten to fifteen minutes, apply a deep moisturizer to the face without allowing the skin to completely dry. This will allow for much better absorption into the skin, and will leave skin soft and supple.
Need I say more?! I love essential oils no matter what they are used for or how they are applied, but this is just heaven.
(You will want to be sure that your steamer has a place for essential oils, or you might end up clogging up the opening of the machine with a crust.)
Place a one or two drops of your favorite oil onto a cotton ball, or directly into designated area, and when the steam heats up and comes out, so will a wonderful smell!! This is a great benefit because, even on occasions when you are not steaming your face, many home steamers can also be used as humidifiers, and therefore will expel the essential oil into the air, making your home smell great, while also putting moisture into the air.
When choosing an oil to use, make sure that you look at the bottle and be sure that it is safe for that particular oil to be diffused AND applied to directly to skin. You don’t want to use oils like Wintergreen and Peppermint when steaming face, because you will likely burn your eyes and nose. Not that I’ve done that 😉 haha.
Get To Steaming!
I hope this has been of some assistance in informing you of some many benefits of steaming! In my opinion, it is an irreplaceable part of a weekly skincare routine.
Not only does steaming revive tired, dull, sluggish skin, but it also replenishes moisture inside and out, calms and relaxes, and helps to clear up congestion naturally and effectively.
If you have questions on which steamer is the best for you:
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