5 Benefits Of Facial Steaming


This indulgent practice dates back to ancient Europe.

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Cleansing, toning, moisturizing… where does steam fit in and why should you care? It turns out, steaming helps the skin in a number of important ways.

The benefits of facial steaming include:

1. Warming up the surface of the skin, thereby making it more receptive to treatment (mask, serums, etc.)

2. Enhancing circulation

3. Increasing perspiration, helping to remove toxins from the skin

4. Softening debris inside the pores for easier removal

5. Increasing relaxation

Be sure to steam your skin before mask application but after cleansing and exfoliating.

There are two methods for steaming the face during an at-home facial. The first involves submerging clean towels in hot water and applying them to your face after they are lightly wrung out and cooled down. The other option is to bring a pot of water to a boil and then turn off the stove. With a clean towel draped over your head, place your face above the pot to trap the steam.

Both methods can be used for a minute or two, and caution should always be taken when steaming. Too much steaming can cause problems, including redness and sensitivity, that outweigh the advantages of face steaming.

What’s your favorite way to steam your face? Click here to learn the 5 steps for the perfect at-home, diy facial. 

*Skin with severe acne or any other condition (such as sensitivity or redness) should consult with a skin professional before steaming at home. This is only restricted for acne sufferers when the skin is irritated, broken or raw; use your best judgement when deciding whether or not to steam.

Author: Sara Kosmyna

I'm a freelance writer, makeup artist and brow expert with nearly ten years of professional experience in the beauty industry. Eating healthy, trying new beauty products and writing personal essays are a few of my favorite things. I can usually be found roaming the magazine aisles of bookstores or sitting at the café compulsively shopping online for shoes, books, clothes, and makeup. If I went to the gym as often as I talked about wanting to start exercising, I would have a 12-pack by now. I believe that having a good skincare regimen and expertly groomed eyebrows are two cornerstones to being naturally beautiful.


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