Have you tried face steaming before? If not, then you’re missing out! This new TikTok trend is making a buzz in the skincare community. People say it “deeply” cleanses the pores and promotes younger-looking skin.
Imagine this POV...you eat a little too much sugar and dairy, and your skin breaks out. Your pores are clogged, and your skin feels heavy... would you give face steaming a chance?
Keep reading to learn about the benefits of face steaming and how to do it at home!
What is Face Steaming
Steaming as a form of body relaxation and skin detox can be dated back to the Ancient Greek and Roman empires. However, the first face-steaming device was made in the 1900s and coined as a “Russian Steam Bath” but… what exactly is it?
Face steaming exposes your skin to steam using an at-home facial steamer device, a hot towel, or going for professional treatment. If you know how a sauna works, it should sound familiar. The steam should be warm enough that has a relaxing effect but not hot enough to the point of burning your skin. According to experts, the ideal temperature should be 43-degree Celsius or 110-degree Fahrenheit. Some facial home steamers come in different modes.
Check out this TikTok from @sydney_art to get an idea of what it looks like:
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When and who should face steam:
Many experts believe that people with very sensitive skin should avoid face steaming. People with oily skin, however, can greatly benefit from it. Here’s a guide on how often you should face steam:
- Oily skin: 2-3 times a week
- Dry skin: once a week
- Sensitive skin: avoid
5 Benefits of Face Steaming
Deciding if you’re going to try face steaming? Check out these 6 benefits below:
#1. Fight Acne-Causing Bacteria & Deeply Cleanse
People with oily skin tend to benefit most from face steaming. Steam can soften the top layer of the skin and help lose excess oil, dirt, and bacteria that cause acne. It is a great option to help with your exfoliation process. For a deeper cleanse, use an exfoliant after steaming and apply moisturizer afterward.
#2. Soften Skin and Promote Circulation
Steaming can give you a healthy natural flush. This is because the hot temperature can promote blood circulation and carry nutrients your skin needs. The boost of blood flow can give your skin a plump look and soften the skin. Give yourself a face massage while steaming for the ultimate relaxing and skin-boosting experience.
#3. Boost Collagen
Steaming may also promote collagen production and elasticity since it can help pump blood flow to the blood vessels. Although there is no scientific research to back up this claim, some experts theorize that it has a certain connection to collagen production that makes the skin younger and bouncier.
#4. Promotes Better Skincare Product Absorption
Because steam opens your pores and helps clean away dirt and oil, products like retinol and Vitamin C are greatly absorbed and more effective after a session of face steaming. Remember to use a moisturizer to keep your skin moisturized and replace the lost moisture.
#5. Sinus Decongestion
A very popular home remedy for unclogging the sinus is steam inhalation. The steam from the facial steamer can help decongest blocked nasal passages and give you instant relief. One way to do this at home without a face steamer device is to boil a bowl of water, cover your head with a towel, lean into the steam, and inhale.
Face Steaming at Home
Using a Facial Steamer:1. Cleanse your face with a gentle facial cleanser
2. Grab your facial steamer device
3. Stay 8 to 12 inches from the steam
4. Let your skin enjoy the steam for 5-10 minutes
5. Use a moisturizer or exfoliant after
Without using a facial steamer:1. Cleanse your face with a gentle facial cleanser
2. Grab a basin or a bowl of steaming water
3. Hover over the steam and place a small towel over your head to trap the heat
4. Stay 8 to 12 inches from the steam and stay there for 5-10 minutes
5. Use a moisturizer or exfoliant after
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Bishop, C. (2022, August 16). What to Know About Facial Steaming. WebMD; WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/beauty/what-to-know-facial-steaming#:~:text=People%20with%20oily%20skin%20tend,off%20skipping%20the%20steam%20altogether.