I’m a do-it-yourself type of girl and love skin care hacks I can do from home. You’ll want to read this post on how to do a steam facial if you’ve never done one before. They’ll make your complexion radiant and they don’t take a lot of time. There’s nothing better than taking care of your skin right from the comfort of your own home. Check out these affordable facial steamers.
Why steam your face? Here are some of the benefits:
- Increased hydration
- Better circulation
- Soothing and relaxing
- Unclogs pores
- Better product absorption
- Revives lackluster skin
Steam You Face At Home
Now that you know the benefits of steam facials, here’s how to do one at home:
1. Begin by thoroughly washing your face with your favorite cleanser
2. Now steam your face using either a bowl of boiling water or a facial steamer (see below). If you use a steamer, it’s just a matter of turning it on. The water should be around 110 degrees Fahrenheit. To steam your face, simply fill the bowl with four or five cups of boiling water, placing your face over the bowl.
Please use distilled, or at least filtered water, for your steam facial. Tap water contains toxic chemicals, and defeats the purpose of the facial. After bringing the water to a boil, add a handful of your favorite herbs, cover the pot and simmer for two to three minutes. Essential oils can be added once the water is removed from the stove.
Hold a towel over your head, creating a tent of sorts, and trapping the steam. You’ll feel the steam opening your pores. The herbs and oils contain nutrients, both toning and nourishing your skin. Holding your face approximately 10-12 inches from the bowl, steam your face anywhere from five to 10 minutes. If you place your face too close to the steaming water, you could scald your skin so be careful as you don’t want to break any of the delicate capillaries that are close to the surface due to the increased blood flow.
3. After steaming is the perfect time to exfoliate because your pores are open, just waiting to be cleansed. Exfoliating will slough off dead skin cells, and clean any bacteria or other impurities from your pores. Experiment with these steps as you might prefer exfoliating before steaming. Determine what works best for you.
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4. Now apply a mask. Sheet masks are awesome and easy to use. They come in paper or fabric that is the same shape as your face, and are soaked in serum, such as, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, or other nourishing ingredients.
Sheet masks originated from Korean, and are great for tightening and brightening the skin. Simply place the mask on your face, leaving on for 20-30 minutes before removing. Buy sheet masks here.
Combine the clay with a little water to form a paste, then apply to your face, leaving on for 15 minutes.
5. Rinse the mask off and pat your face dry. Now is the time to apply a toner, if you’d like, as it will close your pores. This step is optional.
6. Finish by applying a moisturizer to your steamed and exfoliated face. Hyaluronic acid is a good choice as it’s great for sealing in moisture. Your skin should now feel rejuvenated and revitalized.
Repeat this sequence once every two weeks or so. By the way, steaming is amazing for decongesting your sinuses when you have a cold.
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The Best Facial Steamers For Home Use
If you want to get really serious about steaming, you can purchase a facial steamer to do the work for you. Here are four steamers worth checking out.
1. Beauty Nymph Spa Home Facial Steamer
The Beauty Nymph has adjustable steam levels for unclogging pores, and removing makeup residue and dead skin cells. It’s good for all skin types, has an auto-off function, and includes a remover tool for stubborn blackheads.
The steamer can also be used as a humidifier, and comes with an inhalation attachment to cover your nose and mouth for unblocking clogged sinuses. It’s the perfect solution for sore throats and congestion, and you can use the vaporizer function if you want to use your favorite essential oils.
2. Okachi Gliya NanoSteamer Ionic Facial Steamer
The Okachi Gliya is a little pricier, but has a five-star rating, with many favorable reviews. This nano ionic steamer deeply cleanses pores, clearing blackheads, and disinfecting acne-causing bacteria.
The water is kept to 104 degrees so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself, and steam is released within 30 seconds.
The touch-panel is easy to control, and the steamer shuts off by simply closing the mirror.
3. KingdomBeauty 2 In 1 Warm And Cool Facial Steamer
I like the sleek design of this facial steamer and humidifier. The ultrasonic vaporizer creates instant steam that is negatively charged with ionic particles. Enjoy both warm and cool mists at an affordable price.
Hydrate, firm, refresh, and sterilize your skin with the high-tech ozone function. Ozone effectively kills anything pathogenic so is good for acne, and other troublesome skin conditions.
4. WAYCOM Facial Nano Steamer
WAYCOM incorporates nano technology, allowing steam to deeply penetrate the skin, removing dirt, makeup, and blackheads. The steamer also comes with a blackhead removal tool.
The UV lamp sterilizes the water for the purest steam possible, and with an extra-large water tank, you can enjoy 12 minutes of uninterrupted steaming. Increase circulation and improve your complexion with this cost-effective, moisturizing steamer.
5. Kingsteam Ozone Facial Steamer
The Kingsteam uses ozone steam to deep clean, sterilize, and moisturize. It produces rapid bursts of hot steam to deeply penetrate the skin where it can do its magic, and is great for acne because ozone is anti-bacterial.
The built-in aromatherapy diffuser function enables you to enjoy your favorite essential oils during a steam session, and the extendable arm and 360 degree rotatable sprayer lets you adjust the angle to your liking. An automatic alarm will sound when the water level gets too low.
The Kingsteam is the perfect solution if you want to pamper yourself at home. It also doubles as a humidifier.
Steaming your face is easy, inexpensive, and feels great. Facials are a relaxing addition to any skin-care routine. All you need is water, a way to heat it, a handful of herbs, and a towel. Facials are a fantastic way to practice self-care, and take time for yourself. Plus, they are cleansing, detoxifying, and will leave your skin looking vibrant and radiant.
Have you ever done a steam facial at home? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments:)