Face steaming is usually seen as a luxury when it comes to skincare. But, it is actually not. You can treat yourself with good face steam all while being easy on your pocket.
Hi everyone, welcome back to my happy place. In my previous skincare blogs, you have read about home remedies that can help you achieve the desired texture for your skin. While it’s been a long time since I wrote anything about skin and skincare, I thought of choosing this topic to lend you guys some reliable information.
I hope this will help you in keeping up with your skincare regimen, especially since it’s winter now.
So, today on the skincare blog we are talking about face steaming, its benefits, and the methods you can use to carry out the process on a budget.
The skin is the biggest organ of the human body. Hence, it becomes extremely important and significant to take care of it in every manner.
While regular skincare routines are already an essential part of keeping up with our skin, face steaming has gain popularity in recent times for all the right reasons. Good face steam has great benefits for our skin.
I have been doing face steaming for almost 3 weeks now. And, therefore, I thought of sharing all the required information with my readers. I use the face steaming machine, that we got two months back when my brother was found Covid-19 positive. But, I’ll be sharing some easy face-steaming DIYs that you can practice at home.
Before jumping on to the methods, let us understand why exactly it is advised to practice and include face steaming in our skincare routines.
Face steaming opens your pores
If you haven’t tried face steaming yet, you definitely should. Because steaming your face allows the skin pores to open gently.
Open pores help the skin to pave way for any dirt or impurities, without being harsh on the skin. They soften the blackheads, whiteheads, or any acne that has been residing on your skin. Hence, when you practice scrubbing or the entire skincare routine after a face steaming, they are removed easily.
Opening your pores with facial steam also removes the dead skin cells, bacteria, and other impurities that clog the pores and contributes to unwanted acne and blemishes on our skin.
Allows free flow of natural oil
Face steaming helps in releasing the sebum which is trapped beneath the surface of our skin. But, what is sebum? Sebum is the natural oil that is produced by the sebaceous glands in the hair follicles of our skin. It gets trapped due to excessive sebum production or owing to the clogging of the follicular opening of the hair.
Free flow of sebum during the face steam helps to prevent blockage and dirt build up on the skin. Sebum, being the natural skin oil, serves different benefits to the skin. It hydrates and moisturizes the skin and protects and lubricates the facial hair and skin. It also helps to get rid of the toxins present on our skin. All this together contributes to keeping our skin clean and healthy.
Boosts the blood circulation on the face
Face steaming propagates the blood circulation on your face. When warm steam combines with increased perspiration, it dilates the blood vessels of the skin. This results in increased circulation. How does this happen?
When the temperature around our skin rises, the thermoreceptors present in our skin senses the change and releases the signals to the brain. The signals tell the brain to make your body adapt to the heat. In order to fight the heat, the body dilates the blood vessels. This allows more blood to flow to the skin. Similar is the process that happens when our face is exposed to face steam.
Good blood circulation has a lot of benefits. For the face, it helps in bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Also, it promotes collagen and elastin production. This, in turn, allows the face to have a smoother, even, and youthful complexion.
Face steaming helps in the absorption of skin products
It is usually advised to follow the face steaming with your skincare routine. This is because the face steaming process increases the permeability of the skin. It prepares your skin to receive and absorb the products you are about to apply to your skin.
With all the magical cleaning and exfoliating, the face steaming makes it easier for the skin to make good use of the product you are using. When you use the product after face steam, you need a lesser amount than the usual. Because now your face is cleaner than normal. Hence, it will absorb even a lesser amount with more effectiveness.
All this naturally prevents unnecessary wastage of both the product and the money.
The medicinal aid of face steaming
We have talked about the benefits of face steaming in relation to beauty and skincare. But, face steaming has another important benefit to our health too.
Adding essential oil (peppermint, to be specific) can help in relieving sinus congestion and headaches. When you do face steam, you inhale the steam with your nose and mouth. This opens the airways and provides relief to the pressure and pain that the sinus causes.
Moreover, inhaling water and peppermint steam also helps with cold and flu treatment. This is exactly why I started with face steaming two weeks back. Because of the weather change and obviously, with Covid-19 still alive, it is a huge risk to mistake any health change as normal. My senses were completely blocked. Hence, I turned to steam. And, with regular use of it, I am much better.
Facial steams act as a great inhalator.
Initially, I began using a face steamer to cure my sense blockages. But, now I have been using it regularly owing to all the skin benefits I mentioned above.
Also, as I stated in the beginning, you can either use a face steamer or you can have your DIY face steamer ready at home. All you need to do is take some boiled water in a bowl and inhale while covering your face with a towel.
It will not be easy in the beginning. Trust me, at times, it even gets burning. Hence, make sure that water is boiled but not too boiled. Also, add essential oils if you like.
I hope all the information stated in this piece of writing will be useful and helpful to you all.
Do tell me in the comments below, if you have done face steaming before. Or, do you plan to do it after reading this blog 😉
I shall see you on Wednesday, with some new topic. As usual, just in case you feel like dropping any feedback, you can easily find me on my Instagram here.
Till then, stay indoors, stay safe. Wear your masks if you step outside.
And not to mention, happy reading you guys!!!