Are you looking for a way to level up your skincare routine without investing tons of money or setting foot in a spa? A facial steam is a perfect solution that hydrates and cleans your skin.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about facial steams to help you get glowy skin all year round.
The Essentials Of Facial Steams
There are many benefits to facial steaming.
Steam helps open your pores and promotes a deeper cleanse by loosening up any dirt buildup on your skin. Your skin will better absorb skincare products since steam increases permeability.
It also releases trapped sebum. You’ll also help avoid breeding grounds for bacteria, acne, and blackheads.
Steam promotes circulation. This boost of blood flow nourishes your skin and delivers oxygen.
Lastly, steam promotes collagen and elastin. Steam helps to increase oil production to hydrate your skin. The result is younger-looking and glowy skin.
How do I start?
Before you start your facial steaming ritual, you’ll need to begin by hydrating yourself. Drink a tall glass of water before you begin, and repeat this after your facial steam session.
Where do a I fit in a facial steam in my beauty routine?
A clean and dry face will maximize the full effects of your facial steam. Start by using a good makeup remover or micellar water to remove your makeup. My favorite is Bioderma’s Sensibio H20 Micellar Water. Avoid using makeup wipes, as they don’t work as well to cleanse your skin.
Next, cleanse your face with your favorite cleanser. My favorite all-time cleanser is Tatcha’s Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. As you wash, be sure to pay extra care to your eyelids, where eyeliner and mascara can linger. I love using waterproof eyeliner daily, so I make sure to spend more time at this step.
After you remove all skin residue and makeup, your skin is ready to start your facial steam session.
First, read the facial steamer’s instructions. Fill up your steamer as directed. I recommend filling your steamer with distilled water instead of tap water. Tap water contains minerals and will leave mineral deposits on your face when you steam. These same minerals can clog and damage your steamer’s parts over time.
Second, pull back your hair or use a facial headband to keep your hair away from your face as you steam.
Next, start your steamer and sit 6-10 inches away—steam for 3 minutes at a time to test how your skin reacts. Take a 1-minute break before starting again. Always keep your eyes closed to avoid irritating your eyes. Your eyelids will reap the benefits of the steam session this way.
After you finish your steam session, rinse your face with lukewarm water. Next, pat your skin dry with a soft towel. This is the perfect time to apply your skincare beauty products, as your skin is more permeable and receptive.
My secret tip is that I’ll give myself a facial massage before applying my skincare beauty products. I start my facial massage by applying the Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil on my face and décolleté. Next, I’ll use my favorite Herbivore Jade roller on my face. I’ll finish by applying a moisturizing cream.
If you have dry skin, I recommend using a rich moisturizing cream. For oily skin, use a gel-based moisturizer instead.
How often should I steam?
Steam your face for no more than 10 minutes a session and once a week for the best results. If you steam more than once a week, your skin may become dry and inflamed.
Possible Side-Effects and Risks
Always keep a safe distance from your steamer as steam can cause serious burns.
Women with extremely dry skin and eczema should use steam with extra caution. Consult with your dermatologist to determine if steaming is a good option for your skin type.
Looking for more beauty skincare tips after your facial steam? Here are 5 Clean Beauty Products That Transformed My Skin.
What is your favorite facial steam tip from this list? I’d love to know, please tell me in the comments below.