You’ve probably seen one of these funny looking contraptions but may not have known what they are used for. Is it a pot for plants? A decorative vase? Well, I suppose it could be used for either one of those purposes as well, but no – it’s to steam your face!
Why should I use a facial steamer?
Facial steamers are often overlooked by many because they simply are not aware of their existence. Others just don’t see a benefit in adding an additional step to their skincare regimen. So, why should you use a facial steamer?
One reason to use a face steamer is to “open” up your pores. Ever notice how your pores appear larger when you come out of a hot shower? This is because the steam from the shower softens the oil and gunk inside of the pore, effectively making it easier to penetrate these evils with beauty products. This is also why it’s recommended to remove your blackheads after a hot shower. So while steaming your face doesn’t necessarily “open” your pores (hence the quotation marks), it does soften the contents inside them and makes it easier to maintain clean looking skin.
Secondly, a face steamer allows you to prime your skin for other products. This will make the products you apply after using a face steamer more effective. Priming your skin before applying other beauty products allows for better absorption of creams and moisturizers into the skin, giving you a smooth glow over time.
If you have dry skin, it’s probably doubly important for you to consider investing in a facial steamer. Quick science trivia: what is steam? Why, it’s water in evaporated form. And what does water do? Well, it’s a natural moisturizer in many ways. With this in mind, you can see why steaming your face is beneficial – it infuses your skin with moisture, making it feel softer and more supple. If you have dry skin, you know exactly how it feels to have skin that is the opposite of soft and supple. It can be irritating. It can be infuriating. Embarrassing, even. This is why it’s more important for dry skin individuals to consider a face steamer – the moisture that the steam provides to your skin will feel like a godsend. High-five for moisture retention!
How do I use a face steamer?
While the promise of smooth, soft, and supple skin is undoubtedly enticing, it is not a good idea to steam your face so often. In fact, it’s recommended that you use a face steamer once or twice a week, at the most. To break down the process:
- Make sure your skin is clean prior to steaming.
- Ideally, distilled water is your best option when loading your facial steamer. Otherwise, tap water will work just fine in a pinch.
- Steam for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Exfoliate your skin with your favourite exfoliating product. Make sure this product is one that you are used to using and are familiar with how your skin reacts to it. This exfoliating step is why it is not recommended that you excessively steam your face, as exfoliating is a relatively harsh process on your skin.
- Apply a purifying mask. Again, you’ll want to choose one that you are familiar with and like using. It is often recommended that you use a clay mask after steaming your face.
- Finish off the process with a moisturizer. Those familiar with proper skincare, will know that you’ll want to look for a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic and preferably fragrance and alcohol free.
I’m convinced; what now?
There isn’t much else to say, unfortunately. You’re either sold on facial steamers by now or remain a skeptic. Either way, there are several face steamers on the market for you to test. The good news? You really can’t go wrong with any of these options!