How To Do A Facial Steam At Home

by - June 11, 2022

Nothing beats a facial after a long, stressful day, and adding steam may take your facials to the next level. If you're unfamiliar with facial steaming, it's a beauty treatment that cleanses, hydrates, and feels amazing. It is simple to do at home with ingredients you already have.

Benefits Of Facial Steam:

  • CleansingSteam opens your pores and removes dirt buildup for deeper cleansing.
  • Hydrates: Steam nourishes the skin by increasing oil production, which naturally hydrates the face.
  • Increases circulation: The warm steam helps promote circulation, which helps remove dirt, toxins, and impurities. This increase in blood flow nourishes and oxygenates your skin. As a result, you'll have a healthy, natural glow.
  • Increases elasticity: Steaming your face is the best way to get the most out of your skincare products. Steaming improves skin permeability, allowing skin care products to absorb more effectively.
  • It releases trapped sebum: Dead skin cells, germs, and other impurities that clog pores and lead to acne can be released by opening your pores.
  • It promotes collagen and elastin: A facial steam promotes collagen and elastin production. As a result, your skin will appear firmer and younger.
  • Blackhead removal: Steaming is an effective method for preparing pores for blackhead extraction. Steaming can soften the skin and loosen oil and buildup in your pores, allowing you to remove blackheads more easily.
  • It’s relaxing: One of the many reasons I enjoy steaming is the pleasant sensation of warm steam on my face.

Who Benefits From Facial Steaming?

Most skin types benefit from facial steaming. Especially those with mild-to-moderate acne and oily skin. If you have mild acne, steaming can help clear pores and reduce bacteria. If you have normal to dry skin, steaming will moisturize and soften it. Although steaming helps hydrate the skin, those with extremely dry skin should be cautious. To avoid irritation, keep steam sessions to a few minutes.

When done correctly, steaming is generally harmless. However, some people should avoid it. Those with sensitive skin, as well as those who suffer from severe acne, rosacea, eczema, or, have broken capillaries on the skin, should avoid steaming. The heat from steaming can cause an inflammatory response in the skin, increasing redness and irritation. 

What Ingredients To Use For The Facial Steam?

1.) You can use plain water or herbal tea for an extra boost. Green tea is full of antioxidants, it protects against free radicals and helps slow down the aging process.

2.) Adding herbs/flowers and oils to your steam could provide additional health benefits. Depending on your needs, several essential oils and herbs are known to have a relaxing or revitalizing effect.

Recommended Herbs/Flowers:

  • Soothes irritation
  • Reduces redness
  • Treats & prevents acne
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Combats free radical
  • Minimizes fine lines & wrinkles

Green Tea:
  • Anti-aging
  • Treats oily skin
  • Fights acne
  • Tightens skin
  • Hydrates
  • Reduces puffiness & redness
  • Soothes skin
  • Brightens skin
  • Controls oil

  • Moisturizing
  • Balances pH 
  • Calms irritation
  • Reduces redness
  • Helps fight acne & breakouts
  • Hydrates
  • Anti-aging
  • Reduces free radical damage
  • Kills acne-causing bacteria
  • Is non-comedogenic
  • Moisturizes
  • Soothes inflamed skin
  • Minimizes redness
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Reduces discoloration
  • Relaxing/helps decrease stress

  • Unclogs blocked pores
  • Tightens skin
  • Reduces redness & irritation
  • Combats aging
  • Minimizes puffiness
  • Helps fight acne & future breakouts

Recommended Essential Oils:
  • Rose Oil
  • Rosa Geranium oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Eucalyptus oil

Here's What You'll Need:
  • Heatproof bowl
  • A fluffy towel
  • A  kettle or pot to boil water
  • A timer
  • Water or herbal tea
  • (Optional) Essential oils
  • (Optional) Dried or fresh flowers/herbs

How To Do A Facial Steam:

1.) In a small pot, bring a few cups of water to a boil. 
2.) Meanwhile the water is heating, wash your face to remove makeup and dirt.
3.) Pour the boiled water into a heat-proof bowl.
4.) You don't have to add anything to your steam, but you can add herbs/flowers or essential oils to make it extra special.
5.) Drape a towel over your face and the bowl, keeping your face about 8-10 inches from the steam. 
6.) Steam your face for 5 to 10 minutes.
7.) Follow up with a mask, serum, and/or moisturizer.

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