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The benefits of Facial Steaming

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

Facial steams are amazing for your skin! Besides cleansing, steam helps open clogged pores, softens blackheads and loosens debris.

Other benefits include:

1. Circulation and Detoxifying

Heat from the steam increases the flow blood in your face, increasing circulation. Perspiration increases and your skin gets an extra healthy boost of oxygen.

2. Release Trapped Sebum

Sebum is an oil that occurs naturally in both your hair and skin. It’s designed to lubricate. At times, sebum can over-produce and get trapped beneath the surface of your skin. This is how acne can develop. 

3. Helps to deep cleanse the skin

When you use warm steam on your face, you help to open up your pores and make them larger. Not only does this allow for a deeper clean, it also helps to push out and reduce the build up of bacteria, dead skin cells and other impurities. 

4. Good for blackheads, blemished and acne-prone skin

The production of elastin and collagen is increased, helping make the skin appear younger and firmer.

5. Better Skin Care Product Absorption 

Steaming your face with warm water is also a great way to improve the efficiency of your skin care products. The steam helps increase the permeability of your skin, which means that whatever you apply topically absorbs much better than if you were to apply it without steaming your face first. Not only does this benefit your skin, it benefits your wallet too because your products simply work better.

6. Relief of Sinus Congestion

Steams are also a great way to help unclog a stuffy nose and relieving sinus headaches.

The addition of herbs to your facial steam:

Adding herbs and flowers to the water nourishes and tones your skin. Adding the medicinal plants to hot water releases nutrient-rich aromatic oils, which is absorbed by your skin. The aromas are also relaxing and calming, all while treating your skin. 

Rosemary & Chamomile Steam for Mature/Aging Skin:

After bringing a pot of water to a boil add:

  • 1 tablespoon of rosemary herbs (fresh or dried)

  • 1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers (fresh or dried)

Basil Steam for Oily/Acne Prone Skin:

  • 1 tablespoon basil leaves (fresh or dried)

Lavender & Calendula Steam for Normal/Combination Skin:

  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender

  • 1 tablespoon dried calendula

Keep your face about 8 to 12 inches away from the bowl to reduce any potential burning during your steam facial. I sit above a bowl with a towel tented tightly around my head. I sit for about 10 minutes. Once you’ve finished steaming your face, you can pat it dry. Apply your favorite skincare products

If you have excessively dry, flaky skin or eczema you may also want to skip steaming. Hot water and temperature strip the skin of its natural moisturizing oils and cause irritation.

If you would like to purchase a custom blend of herbs, please send me an email. I am happy to help!

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