Our face is constantly exposed to many environmental pollutants including dirt, grime and debris. These pollutants get lodged in the skin pores and cause facial skin problems like blackheads, whiteheads and acne.
Facial steam is a great way of not only dislodging the dirt but also helps in deep cleansing and moisturizing your facial skin. It stimulates blood flow and adds a glow to your face. After having a steam facial it is easier to remove blackheads or the open comedones. It is often recommended to steam your face before applying a face mask as it helps in opening the pores and increases the efficacy of the mask.
Preparing a facial steam is extremely easy and you can easily try this at home. Moreover by adding dried herbs like chamomile or lavender or using essential oils helps in relaxing and removing skin problems. Here is a step by step process of doing a facial steam treatment at home.
Facial Steam At Home: Step By Step Process
Make A Facial Steam
Making a facial steam at home is extremely easy. All you need is water along with a shallow basin. You can also add herbs or essential oils to the water if you want. Wrap some dry herbs in a cheesecloth. Bring the water to a boil and then lower the cheesecloth into the water. Allow the water to boil for around five minutes till the herbs get infused into the water. If you do not have dried herbs then add a few drops of essential oil to the steaming water.
Clean Your Face
Before you start the steam facial, clean your face properly and remove any traces of makeup and dirt. Cleaning your face is essential before doing a steam facial. You can use a good makeup remover or a foaming cleanser for cleaning your face. Once you are done, pat dry gently with a soft towel.
Before you do the facial, ensure that the water is gently steaming and not scalding hot, else you might end up with ugly burns. Use a towel to cover your head like a tent as you gently lower your face over the steaming bowl of water. Do not lower your face too close to the hot water and stop the facial when you start getting uncomfortable. Ideally you should hold your face around one foot away from the steaming water. Remain in the position for around five to six minutes and then remove the towel.
Once your facial is done, remove any existing blackheads or whiteheads using a tissue wrapped around your finger or a blackhead extractor. Squeeze gently and then apply some astringent to the face. You can also apply a face mask if you want. Finish off by splashing some cool water over your face to close the open pores and then use a intense moisturizing cream to hydrate and nourish your facial skin.
Depending on the condition of your skin, you can do this facial, once or twice a week. IF you have burnt skin, rashes or skin lesions, then avoid facial steam as it can only end up aggravating the condition.