Aging is a natural process and it is inevitable;however, every day, our skin is exposed to harsh external conditions that speed up the aging process, making our skin look dull and lifeless.
If you have been experiencing frequent skin breakouts, dryness of skin, or other skin problems, it indicates that your skin needs extra care.
Facial steaming is an age-old effective skin treatment that can help you remove impurities from your skin and restore its youthful glow.
There are several types of facial steamers available on the market that can help you enjoy a spa-like facial steaming at home.
In this article, we will tell you how to use a facial steamer to enjoy their maximum benefits.
Preparations before using the facial steamer
Before starting the session, you need to prepare your face for the facial steaming. To do this, clean your face thoroughly using a mild cleanser, and pat dry.
During the steaming process, the pores in your skin will open up, so it is important for you to first cleanse the skin.
There are some facial steamers that are battery operated and there are others that use electricity to function. Depending upon the power requirement insert fully charged batteries or plug the device into an electric source.
To start generating steam, take one cup of water and put it inside the water tank. If you put too much of water, it can result in overflowing, so be careful. Most manufacturers recommend that you only use distilled or filtered water because poor water quality can damage the device.
In many facial steamers, you will find a special compartment to add essential oils to enjoy aromatherapy with your treatment.
These essential oils offer enhanced relaxation while the steam removes the toxins and dirt from the pores. If the manufacturer says not to use essential oils in the device, then do not use them because they can damage the steamer.
During the procedure, you may require items like cotton balls, a facial mask, moisturizer and a large towel. You must ensure that the towel is large enough to cover your face and neck area. Gather these essential things before starting the session.
How to use a facial steamer properly
After you are done with the initial preparation, now it is time to use the facial steamer. You will see that the steamers come with a settings panel that allow you to control and adjust the temperature manually. After you turn on the steamer, it will take about a minute or two to produce steam.
When the thick steam is released, position your face in front of the steamer to ensure that the steam deeply penetrates your skin. You must keep your face at least 8 to 12 inches away from the steamer so that your skin does not get scalded.
As steam penetrates the skin, it will unclog the large pores and you can actually feel dirt and grime come out of the pores. After the impurities have been removed, gently scrub your face using a mild cleanser and rinse well with water. Pat dry your face.
After the process
Next, you can apply a good facial mask and allow it to dry. When the mask gets completely dried, rinse it off using warm water and then follow it up with cool water.
Use as soft towel to gently pat your skin dry and then use a cotton ball to apply a toner on your face. You can follow this up with a moisturizer to keep your skin looking healthy and glowing.
Facial steaming not only rejuvenates skin and gives it a healthy glow, but also helps in relieving sinuses and nasal block.
If you are experiencing dry skin problems, you can add rose-water, comfrey, chamomile, marshmallow root or lavender to the water to get best results.
Those who have oily skin can benefit from adding lemongrass, rosemary, lavender, or basil to the water to enhance the effect of steam. Acne-prone skin can benefit from the use of eucalyptus, tea tree, or chamomile oils.
There are several types of facial steamers available on the market, designed to help you enjoy professional-grade steaming at home.
You can save money you would otherwise spend in a spa or salon. However, always bear in mind that every device is different so carefully read the instructions provided in the manual before using a new facial steamer.