If you’ve never had a steam facial before, you’re in luck; steam facials are easy, do-it-yourself spa treatments you can do in your own home. It takes as little as ten minutes. If you have a steam shower, it’s even easier.
What is a Steam Facial?
A steam facial is the cleansing of the face with steam to empty pores of toxins. Steam deeply cleanses the skin.
How to do a Steam Facial
You’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to do a steam facial at home.
First, wash your face with your daily cleanser. Afterwards, be sure to exfoliate with a facial scrub. If you don’t have a facial scrub, you don’t have to run out and buy one. You can use baking soda and water as a substitute.
Then, if you have a steam shower, take a 10 minute session with the steam function turned on. Go ahead and turn on some of your favorite music. Sit back and relax in your stool or built-in chair. If you don’t have a steam shower, you can still accomplish this home spa treatment.
To create steam at home, you can boil some water on the stove top. You can pour the boiling water into another container, like a big mug, or you can lean your face over the pot. We recommend sitting down at a table and setting the pot on a safe surface, like a towel.
Don’t get too close to the hot water in order to avoid injury or irritating your face. Lean over the hot water with a towel over your head. The towel will create a tent that will capture the steam and allow it to cleanse your face. Do this for two minutes and repeat four more times.
If you don’t have a steam shower, and you’d like an alternative to boiling water, you can purchase a facial sauna system. Either way, you can add essential oils to your steam shower or your pot of water. Add a few drops of your favorite scent. Lavender is a calming scent, peppermint improves concentration and eucalyptus assists with respiration and treats congestion.
The next step in the steam facial is to put a mask on your face. You can use a facial mask you have, you can purchase a facial mask, or you can make your own DIY facial mask using warm water, honey and oatmeal.
The second to last step, and it’s very important, is to wash your face with cold water. The cold water closes the pores in the skin. Lastly, moisturize your face at the end of the routine. Do not forget this step!
It is not recommended to do a steam facial if your skin is currently irritated.
Benefits of a Steam Facial
Steam cleanses the skin and removes toxins and wastes by producing body sweat. Additionally, an artificial fever is created in the body, which fights infections and boots the immunity system. Steam also helps people breathe and relax.
We hope you enjoy your steam facial. If you’re a veteran of the process, maybe we’ve given you some more insight or tips for the future.
Do it Yourself: At-Home Steam Facial | EBONY Style