The feeling of warm steam blasting your face may not immediately sound soothing.
However, adding steam to your skincare regimen can work wonders.
I began steaming at a very young age (relative of course), but none the less…young.
For my 15th birthday I received a face steamer. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was aqua blue and white and had the words ‘CONAIR’ plastered on the sides.
I never really understood why I got so excited about a face steamer at that age. A typical teenager would want clothes, a car or tickets to a Destiny’s Child concert.
When I experienced steaming my face for the first time I felt I accomplished something great in my skincare routine. I also felt ‘special’ because I just knew that at that age the other girls in school were not taking the extra step or ‘effort’ to have their skin look ‘flawless’.
I mean, I asked several girls what they were doing to keep their skin clear of breakouts and they swore that they just used a bar of soap and water or just..water.
I tried their tips but ultimately it was an epic ‘fail.’
The immediate benefits I saw I couldn’t resist and till this day (fast forward 15 years later), I still steam my face and haven’t looked back since.
Here are some of the main benefits you can expect when steaming your face:
- It’s cleansing. Steam opens up your pores and helps loosen any buildup of dirt for a deeper cleanse. Opening up your pores also softens blackheads, making them easier to remove.
- It promotes circulation. The combination of warm steam and an increase in perspiration dilates your blood vessels and increases circulation. This boost of blood flow nourishes your skin and delivers oxygen. The result is a natural, healthy glow.
- It releases acne-causing bacteria and cells. Opening up your pores allows the release of dead skin cells, bacteria, and other impurities that clog the pores and contribute to acne.
- It releases trapped sebum. This naturally occurring oil is produced by your sebaceous glands to lubricate your skin and hair. When sebum gets trapped beneath your skin’s surface, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria and causes acne and blackheads.
- It’s hydrating. Steam hydrates the skin by helping to increase oil production, naturally moisturizing the face.
- It helps your skin better absorb skin care products. Steam increasesTrusted Source skin’s permeability, enabling it to better absorb topicals. This means you get more bang for your buck from skin care products applied after a steam.
- It promotes collagen and elastin. The increased blood flow experienced during a steam facial promotes collagen and elastin production. This results in firmer, younger-looking skin.