Facial steaming is one of the very best methods you can use to give your pores a really deep clean. Steaming will loosen the debris of oil and dead skin cells which becomes trapped in your pores causing blackheads and other skin problems. Once you have steamed your face, you will find blackhead removal much easier.
The warm moist air your skin is exposed to during a steam treatment has many other benefits, it helps to increase the blood circulation near the surface of your skin, which not only helps to remove toxins that may have accumulated, it also speeds up healing of any blemishes you may have.
Take care though not to allow your face to come too close to the surface of the very hot water as if the steam is too hot, it can cause broken capillaries.
Facial steaming is one beauty treatment that is very easily done at home without paying salon treatment prices. You may choose to use a simple towel draped over your head whilst you bend over a bowl of recently boiled water, or you might choose to use one of the excellent home facial saunas on the market. Either way, by giving your face a relaxing steam treatment once a week, you will really be doing your skin a favour.
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Facial Steaming tips to make the treatment even more beneficial
1. Try adding a handful of dried herbs to the boiling water. You can use herbs singly or in combination. Great herbs for your skin include lavender, thyme, rosemary, chamomile, peppermint, calendula. You can also use rose petals and elderflower blossoms.
2. After steaming, when debris trapped in your pores is still soft, it is a great time to apply a clay mask to lift those impurities right out of your skin and leave your complexion soft and smoothe.
3. Make sure you drink a glass of water before steaming your face and another one afterwards. Warm steam will make your skin perspire and the perspiration will take impurities away with it but you need to rehydrate afterwards. This is not so essential when simply using a facial sauna but is certainly important if you use a steam room at your gym or health club.
Note, if you are suffering from a severe acne breakout, or have extremely sensitive skin, steaming may make the problem worse, so take advice or try steaming for just a few moments and see how your face looks the next day. If no adverse effects are noted, try for a little longer the next time.
It is common for blemishes to appear after facial steaming, especially the first few times as impurities and debris are being brought to the surface. You might prefer not to use this treatment right before a special evening out if you are concerned about this. Perseverance with these treatments will result in clearer skin and a brighter complexion.