We often fail to see certain skincare rituals which can be easily done at home and are much cheaper too and spend huge amount of money on the same skincare treatment at beauty parlors. For example, the steaming ritual. Steaming is the most essential step in a facial or clean-up. You can easily carry out this process at your home and reap its benefits.
Benefits Of Facial Steaming
- It increases blood circulation which in turn increases the flow of oxygen and other nutrients to the facial tissues.
- The mist that forms on our skin is actually perspiration that pushes the accumulated dirt, debris and dead skin hidden beneath which cannot be removed by the superficial cleansing we do daily using face wash or cleansing milk.
- It loosens up the unsightly and stubborn blackheads and whiteheads and helps to remove them easily.
- Steaming aids in shedding the dead skin on the outer surface of the skin and reveals a fresh and young looking skin.
- Loosens blackheads: Ever find yourself struggling to get those awful blackheads out, which are not only painful but stressful to look at because you just know they’re going to turn into a huge big pimple! Well, steaming your face is your get out of jail free card; it loosens blackheads making them easier and less painful to release.
- Kills bacteria: Even if you don’t have a horrible cold know this by doing a facial steaming regular you will be keeping those viruses away. Steam kills bacteria and also releases any nasal congestion.
How to Take Steam
Place some essential oils in a large bowl and add boiling water in it. Swathe a towel around your head. Keep your face over the steam for about 3-5 minutes with your eyes closed. Now remove your face from the steam and dry your face with a towel. Now apply toner. Exfoliating the skin after taking steam is a great idea because all the skin pores open during the process and carrying out exfoliation will eliminate any grime or toxins that are still present. It also becomes easy to remove blackheads after steaming. Once you are finished with the above process, do not forget to apply moisturizer.
Select the right oil
Below are given some soothing essential oils which when added to the boiling water, provide numerous benefits to the skin:
• Lavender is balancing, regulating, anti-inflammatory, and healing.
• Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
• Tea tree is anti-viral, fungicidal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial.
• Clary sage is balancing and regulating.
• Neroli is balancing, regulating, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and healing.
• Mandarin is balancing and regulating.
In every 300ml of water add one drop of any of the above essential oil.
Don’t take steam in extremely hot water, it can be dangerous.
Use the right kind of lotion after taking steam, otherwise the open pores may block.
Don’t take too many sessions of steam, it may lead to aging and may also burn your skin.
How To Do Facial Steam At Home
- A facial steamer. If you’re trying to recreate your spa facial experience, you can buy an at home facial steamer. There are many on the market, so do your research in order to find the perfect one for your needs. Typically, they are simple to use and require little prep and clean-up, but most importantly they deliver the right amount steam for a safe period of time so you don’t damage your skin.
- Steaming with warm towels. With this method, you submerge clean towels in hot water, wring them out, allow them to cool down to a comfortably warm temperature, and then apply them to your face.
- Bowl of steaming water. Bring a pot of water to a boil, transfer the water to a ceramic or glass bowl, drape a towel over your head and the bowl, trapping the steam. Place your face close enough to the steam so you feel it on your face, but not so close that your skin feels like it is burning or overheating.