Facial steaming is one of the best gifts you can give to your skin, especially during the winter months. Typically done during a visit to the spa or your favorite aesthetician, this treatment has great hydrating and anti-aging benefits. It can also be done by yourself at home with a few items from your pantry or garden.
So, what’s the big deal about facial steaming anyway? Get “in the know” below.
A quick skin biology lesson:
Your skin works to provide a protective barrier from the elements. More specifically, dead skin cells function to keep environmental, bacterial, fungal and viral attackers from entering and to keep a excessive moisture from escaping. As a youth, it takes an average 28-day cycle for the skin to complete cellular turnover. However, as a person ages, the skin does not shed dead cells as quickly, which causes the skin to begin looking old, dry and tired.
Facial steams improve the look and feel of your skin.
Here's how, It:
Helps to loosen the cellular glue that binds too many dead skin cells to the surface of skin, to reveal a fresher and more youthful appearance.
Stimulates blood circulation, which increases flow of oxygen and nutrients to the skin to soften and moisturize.
Increases perspiration, which serves as a cleansing effect on skin. Since perspiration is about 99 percent water, then salt, urea and carbs. When perspiration flows from the skin, it lifts dirt, dead skin cells and other debris that may be trapped in pores to the surface of skin, where it can be removed.
Can help resolve challenges with blackheads, which are formed when sebum, the natural, moisturizing oil that is produced by your skin, becomes trapped in or clogs a hair follicle. Steam helps to soften blackhead, so that the sebum inside the follicle can flow naturally.
Still not convinced?
Here’s are the Top 10 reasons why you need this treatment to your skincare regimen.
Detoxifies your skin.
Deep cleans your pores.
Helps to release excess oil, dirt, bacteria, impurities and toxins from your skin.
Stimulates perspiration and blood circulation.
Relaxes stubborn blackheads and whiteheads.
Can prevent and reduce acne.
Helps to open clogged sinuses.
Leaves you with a beautiful glow, soft skin and a dewy complexion.
Is good for any season, especially the winter months.
Can be done at home on a small budget (no excuses!).
Herbal Facial Steam
How to use:
Take a pot or vessel and boil some water in it.
Add a small handful of herbs to bowl and cover with boiling water.
Let the herbs steep and cool slightly in boiled water for 2 minutes.
Place towel or scarf over head to create a steam tent. (be sure to remain 10 inches away, so you do not scald your skin or break capillaries under your skin).
Enjoy for 5-15 minutes breathing deeply.
Rinse your face with lukewarm water to gently close the pores.
Moisture your face while slightly damp with your favorite All Over Body Balm.
BONUS: When complete, strain the tea and feel free to add it to your next bath for an all-over skin nourishing experience.