Facial steaming is a popular skincare technique that involves exposing the face to steam. This process which has been used for millennia by both men and women (Turkish baths, and sauna) helps to unclog the pores through sweating and steaming to deeply cleanse the skin, providing numerous benefits for a healthier complexion.
Benefit 1: Deep Cleansing
One of the main advantages of facial steaming is its ability to deeply cleanse the skin. The steam helps to loosen dirt, oil, and impurities that may be trapped in the pores for easy removal. This can prevent breakouts and leave the skin looking fresh and rejuvenated. Many proponents claim steam open pores. However pores don't have the ability to open nor close. The appearance of enlarged pores can be due to genetics, or plugs made out of excess oil, environmental contaminants and dead skin cells trapped within the pores.
Benefit 2: Improved Circulation
Facial steaming also promotes better blood circulation. The heat from the steam causes blood vessels to expand, allowing for increased blood flow. This can result in a natural glow and improved skin tone.
Benefit 3: Hydration
Steam helps to hydrate the skin by increasing moisture levels. This is especially beneficial for individuals with dry or dehydrated skin. Facial steaming can help to restore moisture and leave the skin feeling soft and supple.
Benefit 4: Enhanced Absorption of Skincare Products
When the pores unclogged due to facial steaming and skin is clean from dirt, dead skin cells and debris, skincare products can penetrate into the deeper layers of skin where they're needed the most. This means that any serums, moisturizers, or treatments applied after steaming will be more effective and provide better results.
Benefit 5: Relaxation and Stress Relief
Aside from its skincare benefits, facial steaming also offers relaxation and stress relief. The warm steam from a botanical steam infused with essential oils like our Wildflowers Facial Steaming & Bath Tea, can help to relax facial muscles and provide a soothing experience. It's a great way to unwind after a long day and pamper yourself.
- Avoid using tap water and favor filtered water instead.
- Add a tablespoon of sea salt to your water. Salt helps hydrate the skin, dissolve dirt within pores and replenish mineral loss.
- Don't go too hot. Keep water between 40°C - 50°C (104°F - 122°F).
- Don't over expose your skin to steam. Over exposing skin to hot steam can actually dehydrate the skin, causing burns and more damage.
- After steaming follow up with a good toner, or spritz. Place toner or spritz in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour prior to applying it to the face for a cooler refreshing splash. Follow with Barcola Azzurro Mare Replenishing Elixir with Hyaluronic Acid, and seal everything with our Bakuchiol Smoothing Serum.
Overall, facial steaming is a wonderful addition to any skincare routine. It offers deep cleansing, improved circulation, hydration, enhanced product absorption, and relaxation. Incorporating regular facial steaming into your regimen can lead to a healthier and more radiant complexion.