This indulgent practice dates back to ancient Europe.
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The benefits of facial steaming include:
1. Warming up the surface of the skin, thereby making it more receptive to treatment (mask, serums, etc.)
2. Enhancing circulation
3. Increasing perspiration, helping to remove toxins from the skin
4. Softening debris inside the pores for easier removal
5. Increasing relaxation
Be sure to steam your skin before mask application but after cleansing and exfoliating.
There are two methods for steaming the face during an at-home facial. The first involves submerging clean towels in hot water and applying them to your face after they are lightly wrung out and cooled down. The other option is to bring a pot of water to a boil and then turn off the stove. With a clean towel draped over your head, place your face above the pot to trap the steam.
Both methods can be used for a minute or two, and caution should always be taken when steaming. Too much steaming can cause problems, including redness and sensitivity, that outweigh the advantages of face steaming.
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*Skin with severe acne or any other condition (such as sensitivity or redness) should consult with a skin professional before steaming at home. This is only restricted for acne sufferers when the skin is irritated, broken or raw; use your best judgement when deciding whether or not to steam.