If you are done layering hundreds of products on your face and really want to make it up to those tiny pores (that don’t speak but are probably feeling smothered), here’s your chance. You can open up your pores and let them breathe while you release the built-up debris, oils and dirt that your pores have been stuck with for so long. How? Blow off some steam. We’re talking about blessing your face with a blast of warm mist from a good facial steamer. Want in on the reward for being so nice to your pores? Glow, glow and more glow.
Yes, we can hear you – if we had started with the glow bit, you would have got to steaming right away. Here’s a little more about facial steaming to help you arrive at a concrete decision on making steaming an indispensable part of your skin care routine. Excited?
What Is Facial Steaming
Facial steaming is one of the key steps in any skin facial where a blow of hot steam or vapor is directed on the face to open up pores, and loosen the binds of accumulated dirt, oil and grime. This makes it easier to release impurities, dead skin cells and other bacteria that is otherwise clogged in pores.
Benefits Of Facial Steamer
Here’s why steaming is good for face.
- They say the longer you let the blackheads and whiteheads stay on your face, the more painful they get. Regular facial steaming helps degunk the pores and get rid of blackheads and whiteheads in the initial stages itself.
- If you want to see less of acne, you should start seeing more of steam. Confused? One of the main advantages of steaming face is that it helps unclog pores by drawing out built-up dirt, impurities and bacteria to ensure a much clearer face; and a deeply cleansed face means reduced chances of breakouts and acne.
- Sometimes it’s hard to get go of certain lifestyle habits that can make our face look dull and dehydrated. So, if you don’t want to give up on the booze but still long for a higher glow score, steam your face diligently. The steam will trigger sweating and dilate your blood vessels which consequently improves blood flow and delivers oxygen. The result? A radiant glow.
- The boost in blood circulation helps promote collagen and elastin production. This improves skin elasticity and heals scars or blemishes faster thanks to the accelerated cell renewal process.
- If you have oily skin, the sebaceous glands on your face are prone to releasing more oil than necessary. This increases the odds of excess oils getting trapped within the pores and resulting in eventual breakouts. A good facial steam will take care of the excess oils by releasing them so that breakouts don’t stand a chance.
- If you are going to break the bank to buy your favorite skin care products, make it worth it. Steaming your face regularly improves your skin’s permeability which means it’s easier for your skin to soak up the products.
- Certain facial steamers are designed to offer aromatherapy too. All you’ve to do is add a soothing blend of essential oils (think chamomile and lavender) to the steamer and your steaming session can feel relaxing as the soothing scents spread in the room.
How to Steam Face
It’s recommended to steam your face once every week for a deep pore cleanse. If you are wondering how to use a facial steamer, we’ve created a quick guide on the same. Please also refer the instruction manual included with your facial steamer machine for more clarity.
Step 1: It’s important to begin with a clean face. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser like Neutrogena Liquid Facial Pure Mild Cleanser to get rid of any impurities, oils and dirt from your face.
Step 2: Next, exfoliate your skin with a mild face scrub like Mamaearth CoCo Face Scrub with Coffee & Cocoa for Rich Exfoliation. This will help draw out the accumulated dead skin cells.
Step 3: Fill the water tank of the facial steamer with distilled water. Now, plug the facial steamer and turn it on. Check the instruction manual of the facial steamer to check for the desired adjustments and settings.
Step 4: Allow the water to heat up for a while until you notice steam exuding. Now bring your face closer to the steam nozzle to absorb in the steam. Ensure you maintain a distance of 8-12 inches from the steamer.
Step 5: The warmth from the steam will make you sweat a bit which is good. Steam for 3 minutes with 30 seconds of break in middle of the session. Turn the facial steamer off.
Step 6: To make the most of the steaming session, follow it up with a face mask and moisturizer.
Pro Tip: To keep unruly hair strands off your face, secure it with Nykaa Pro Essentials Disposable Head Band for the entire process.
FAQs On Benefits Of Taking Steam On Face
1. How often to steam face?
You can steam your once every week if you think your pores are particularly clogged. For those looking for a normal deep cleanse, opt for facial steaming once every two weeks.
2. How much time we should take steam on face?
If you have very sensitive skin, avoid steaming for prolonged period. You can limit the session to 4-5 minutes. If you have normal skin, you can take a break in between and continue steaming for upto 10 minutes. However, there’s no need to steam longer than 10 minutes. As long as you expose all parts of your face effectively and don’t let the steam escape in air, your face can do well with just 5 minutes of steam.
3. Should I wash my face with cold water after steaming?
Steaming helps open up the pores. Washing your face with cold water will help close the pores. Immediately after steaming, you can consider wiping your face with a smooth cloth to remove any surface dirt before closing the pores back again.