One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of stepping up your skincare regime is facial steaming. While this service is offered at spas in hotels and almost everywhere, it is also incredibly easy and simple to do by yourself at home. This treatment cleanses the skin, makes it feel luxurious, and is incredibly nourishing too.
What is facial steaming?
Facial steaming involves using a hot liquid base of water or tea, combined with essential oils to treat your skin. All you really need to do is hold your face near to the bowl or sink for a few minutes to expose your skin to the steam and let it reap the benefits of the steam itself, as well as the essential oils.
The practice of facial steaming comes with numerous benefits, some of which are detailed below.
Promotes circulation and collagen
When steaming your face, you open your skin up to a combination of hot steam and an increase in perspiration. This dilates the blood vessels in your face and in turn, increases circulation. The boost of blood flow nourishes your skin from the inside out and delivers oxygen to your skin. The overall result is a healthy and natural glow.
The increased blood flow brought on by steaming also promotes collagen and elastin production in the skin, leaving it looking younger and firmer.
The steam that meets your face opens up your pores, which will automatically help loosen any dirt build-ups, allowing for a deeper cleanse. This also means that your blackheads are softened, making them much easier to remove.
By opening up your pores, steaming also aids in releasing any acne-causing bacteria. Dead skin cells and other impurities that often clog our pores can lead to a breakout of acne, so steaming regularly is important, particularly if your skin is prone to being oily.
While sebum is necessary for healthy skin and hair, too much of it can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Steaming your face helps to release trapped sebum, a naturally occurring oil. When sebum becomes trapped beneath the surface of your skin, it can create a breeding ground for bacteria that also leads to acne and blackheads.
Reduces sinus congestion
Over and above the ample benefits that steaming can bring to your face, it also offers some much-needed relief from sinus congestion and any headaches related to it. Steam is one of the easiest ways to alleviate congestion in the nasal cavity and by adding certain essential oils, such as peppermint or eucalyptus, you can boost these effects.
Steaming is affordable
Compared to most other facial or sinus treatments, steaming is actually quite affordable, and you’ll have plenty of money left over to play Black Lotus slots. You don’t necessarily need to pay up huge amounts of money at a spa as the treatment is fairly straightforward and can be done in the comfort of your home. All you need is the hottest water you can handle, essential oil, and a thick, clean towel to trap the steam and pat your face dry with.