Steam has a number of great uses. It can cook meats and vegetables, it helps clear sinuses so a person can breathe easier, and it can even take away wrinkles from clothes. Did you know, though, that steam can also do wonderful things for your face?
When you go to a spa for facial treatments, one of the first things that estheticians will do is to use professional steaming equipment to steam your face. This serves to prepare your skin for the next treatments.
You can have the steaming done in these establishments, or you can do it yourself by purchasing a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00NO774ZU” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”freshfaceclub-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]portable facial steamer[/easyazon_link] or even common objects you can find in your home, such as a large bowl or pot, boiled water, and a towel. But why should you be steaming your face in the first place?
Here are some of the excellent benefits that you can experience from facial steaming:
It helps hydrate the skin. Directing steam toward the skin causes it to soften, it increases circulation, and it gives your face a more refreshed, dewy and rosy appearance.
It draws skin impurities to the surface. You must know by now how stubborn dirt and impurities like whiteheads and blackheads can be — they are so difficult to eliminate. Steam helps all these impurities under and within the pores rise to the skin’s surface. The pores can then be unclogged in an easier manner, and the pores take on a less prominent appearance.
It helps the skin absorb products better. Because steam helps soften skin and unblock pores, any facial care products applied after steaming are better absorbed by the skin, thus enhancing their effect.
It gives your skin a more youthful appearance. The softer, smoother and clearer skin you get after steaming gives you more supple, healthier and younger-looking skin.
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Facial steamers can be used as part of your anti-aging skin care regimen. Because it leaves your skin clearer and healthier, it also works to reverse the effects of time and other factors that can give skin the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, discolorations and other imperfections.
You can even recreate a luxurious spa experience at home by adding essential oils to the hot water you use for steaming. Choose oils that have skin-soothing properties, such as:
- rose or jasmine for hydration
- tea tree oil for acne breakouts
- ylang-ylang or rosewood for combination skin
- lavender, peppermint, rosemary or cedarwood for oily skin types
After facial steaming, you can take advantage of the skin’s cleaner and more refreshed state by following it up with the right skin care products to address your specific concerns, such as a skin oil, an intensive moisturizer, an anti-aging cream or a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00Q88V1II” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”freshfaceclub-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]deep-cleansing clarifying mask[/easyazon_link].