Facial steaming helps to remove all the impurities from the skin’s surface, deeply cleaning out your pores and revitalizing your face. It boosts the circulation and unclogs your blocked skin pores, letting them to breath, thus helping you to obtain a flawless, clear face. Due to the high temperatures, facial steaming opens the pores, loosening debris that have been possibly embedded into your skin.
This way you can eliminate all the makeup residues, dust, excess oil and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, thoroughly cleaning off the toxins from your skin cells as well. If your skin pores are clean, your face will be healthy and blemishes will disappear.
If you have an oily skin, you can steam your face every day, while those with dry skin should use this procedure once a week in order to maintain a healthy, clear complexion. Follow these steps and pamper your skin with a rejuvenating homemade facial steam and enjoy a fresh and radiant complexion.
Start with cleaning your face from all the makeup residues and excess oil by using a mild soap having no fragrance that can cause skin irritations. Boil a pan of water and add a few lemon slices or fresh herbs in a large bowl to make it even more beneficial to your skin. For oily skin, lemon or peppermint is the best choice. However, if you have a sensitive, dry skin, you can add chamomile, ylang-ylang or lime to the water. In case you have a normal complexion, go for lavender or rosemary.
Drape a large towel over your head, making a tent around the bowl, in order to keep the steam in one place and prevent it from escaping so that steaming can be more efficient. Stand carefully over the steam and let it rise directly to your face. Make sure that you keep your eyes and mouth closed while you are steaming your face because the herbs added to the water may irritate your eyes.
Steam your face for about 15-20 minutes until the steam disappears, but don’t steam any longer than 20 minutes. In case of sensitive skin, even 10-15 minutes are sufficient.
When you have finished with steaming your face, rinse your face well with lukewarm water and dry it with a towel. In case you feel that steaming is highly beneficial for your skin, you can steam your face up to two times per week and it will not cause any harm to your skin.
Now that your face is perfectly clean and your pores are open it is the best time to apply a facial mask that can absorb easier into the skin. This is also the best time to get rid of your blackheads or blemishes by using sterilized materials that are specially designed to extract them or wrap a clean tissue around your fingers and squeeze them gently. Using your bare hands is the worst thing you can do to your skin as it can spread bacteria all over your face, leading to further acne problems and infections. After you are ready with steaming, use a tonic to disinfect the skin and then apply a good hydrating cream to provide your skin with a proper moisture and protection.