This indulgent practice dates back to ancient Europe.
Steam is a helpful tool to use when caring for your complexion. It has been shown that adding steam to a basic facial procedure makes healthy skin even more responsive to treatment; however, 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.
The practice of facial steaming has the following benefits on healthy, clear skin:
- Increased relaxation
- Enhanced circulation
- Warmed up surface
- Increased perspiration (sweating helps to remove toxins)
- Softening of debris inside pores for better removal
There are two ways to steam your face during an at-home facial. The first involves wetting 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.
What’s your favorite way to steam your face?