A facial steam is a luxurious yet simple addition to any skincare routine. Facial steams are most notably used for a deep cleansing as they are effective in opening up the pores to loosen and break up any dirt or debris that have collected within them. But facial steams also increase blood flow and promote optimal circulation, which can foster collagen and elastin production while also bringing a healthy dose of oxygen and fresh nutrients to the skin. The result? Healthy, glowing, radiant post-facial steam skin.
Just when and where does a facial steam fall into your skincare routine? This hydrating, cleansing treatment can be done at home, without an expensive trip to the spa so you can experience this beneficial facial treatment weekly!
Where Does a Facial Steam Fit Into a Skincare Routine?
Ideally, you’ll incorporate a facial steam one time each week so as not to overly irritate the skin. The facial steam should come immediately after the cleansing step in your skincare regimen. If you choose to steam at night, you will want to remove any makeup first then use a gentle foaming cleanser in order to steam a freshly cleaned face.
How Long Should You Use a Facial Steamer?
We recommend about 10 minutes for the perfect facial steam. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and relax. Allow the heat to flow over your face, opening up the pores. Make those 10 minutes a special time for you. Remember not to get too close to the hot water or stay in the steam for too long as overexposure can cause inflammation and irritation. When finished, rinse your face with warm water and gently pat dry. Skip the bath towel since your skin will be extra sensitive at this time.
What Step Comes After a Facial Steam?
Since facial steaming increases the skin’s permeability, it will help your skin to better absorb the products that follow in your skincare routine. You can follow your steam with a nourishing serum followed by a moisturizer to lock in the hydration created from the steam as well as allow the active ingredients in your serum to penetrate deeply into the skin.
Alternatively, you could also use a facial mask immediately after your steam session. A mask post-steam can assist in pulling out the dirt and impurities that the steam has loosened up from the pores. You won’t want to use anything too exfoliating at this time, a gentle clay-based mask is your best bet. Follow up your mask with a quick rinse, and then your serum and moisturizer as usual. Be sure to massage your products into the skin, allowing them to soak into your freshly cleansed and steam skin.
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