By Hellen Nanzia
If you have never tried face steaming, you need to stop what you’re doing and concentrate. It works wonders for fighting acne, removing acne scars, counteracting the effects of aging, and making you feel like a million bucks without spending a dime. It is pure and natural, if you are a fan of natural skin care; you are absolutely going to love it.
Steam is your new best friend. It opens your pores and makes you sweat, which washes out excess oil, dirt and grime, and the salt has an antibacterial effect. Steaming stimulates blood circulation, which increases oxygen and nutrients to the skin, as well as softens and moisturizes. This gives your skin a more youthful look.
It increases blood circulation which in turn increases the flow of oxygen and other nutrients to the facial tissues.
The mist that forms on our skin is actually perspiration that pushes the accumulated dirt, debris and dead skin hidden beneath which cannot be removed by the superficial cleansing we do daily using face wash or cleansing milk.
It loosens up the unsightly and stubborn blackheads and whiteheads and helps to remove them easily.
Steaming aids in shedding the dead skin on the outer surface of the skin and reveals a fresh and young looking skin.
How to Take Steam:
• Wash your face with a simple cleanser. If you have acne you can use a light exfoliator. Make sure your hair is out of the way and you have a towel.
• 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) is the ideal temperature for face steaming.
• Fill a pot of water about 1/3 of the way and set to boil.
• Just before boiling, you may add a combination of herbs and oils to really treat your skin. Mint is good for loosening dirt and oil as well as clearing sinuses. Lemon juice and tea tree oil are ideal for clearing up acne. Lavender has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, and makes for a divinely relaxing steam.
• Once the water boils, remove the pot from the stove and set it on a table in front of you.
• Lean over the water and drape the towel so that it covers your head and the pot. This seals in the steam and creates a sauna for your face.
• Make sure you don’t experience any discomfort. This should be relaxing. If it hurts or is painful then you are too close to the pot.
• Sit or stand over the pot like this for 10 minutes, and when you’re done rinse your face with cool water to close the pores. Be sure to put lotion on your face soon after.
You can do this twice a week as needed or as wanted.
Don’t overdo the steaming. It should be done at most once or twice a week for seven to ten minutes. Excessive steaming may dry the skin and make it wrinkly.
Check the temperature of the water beforehand. Too much hot water may scald the skin.
Start slowly, too much heat may break the capillaries of the skin and lead to skin sagging.
It is not advisable for use on broken or pimply skin though. If at all you want to experience the soothing effect of steaming, heal your skin first and then enjoy a nice warm facial steam.