The skin on our bodies is considered to be our biggest organ, so it’s extremely important to keep it healthy. For most of us, the most problematic skin region is our face. All of us have a facial routine we practice on a daily basis and has already become an integrated part of our lives. However, I bet you’re missing one thing that can make a huge difference, and that’s facial steaming! The benefits of facial steaming are countless, and this used to be a go-to method for achieving flawless skin in the past.
Then, it somehow got forgotten. However, nowadays, facial steaming is becoming trendy again, and with good reason!
Even though you might find facial steaming to be time-consuming, the benefits you will achieve will definitely be worth it. And yes, going to professional salons for steaming might be expensive, but you can steam your face in the comfort of your own home. There are many great facial steamers for home use you can purchase, and believe us – you will not regret it one bit!
Facial steamers, as the name itself suggests, release warm water steam or mist towards your face to open up your pores. This makes it much easier to remove oils and impurities from your skin.
So, for all of you out there who are fighting acne, dry skin, blackheads or any other facial problem – this article is for you. We’ve decided to explain to you how facial steamers work and give you a list of 10 amazing facial steaming benefits that will convince you to try this by yourself.
Explaining Facial Steamers
Facial steamers for home use aren’t nearly as complicated as the big machines you see in professional spas. In fact, facial steaming can even be done with a boiling pot of water and a towel over your head. However, facial steamers are much safer and efficient.
First, begin by cleaning your face thoroughly so that you avoid any bacteria penetrating your skin when the pores are open. Then, pour distilled water (and essential oil, if allowed) into the steamer tank.
Next, wait until the steamer has heated up the water and starts producing and blowing out warm steam. After the warm steam starts blowing out of the nozzle, place your face on a distance recommended in the manual you get (usually, minimum 10 cm from the nozzle).
Steam your face for the recommended period of time or as long as you think it’s necessary and then wipe it with a soft and clean towel. After this, you can go on to follow any necessary steps such as blackhead removal, exfoliation, etc. And finally, close your pores with the help of an ice cube or icy cold water towel.
If you’re new to facial steaming, start by not more than a couple of minutes, in order to see how your skin will react to the steam. If you see that it’s not enough, you can go back and steam for some minutes more. However, always follow the instructions you get in the manual.
1. Opening Your Pores
If you’ve ever tried to remove blackheads on dry skin, you’ll know why this is important! Trying to clean your face when your pores are closed can cause irritation, redness, and damaging of the gentle skin on your face. What’s worse – it can leave you with permanent scars, and we definitely don’t want that!
Facial steaming is a great way to gently open up the pores on your face which will allow you to extract oil, dirt, bacteria, and dead skin much easier. Like this, you don’t have to dig deep into your skin or push hard for the impurities to come out.
Cleaning your pores with the help of facial steaming can prevent blackheads, whiteheads, and acne from forming up. No matter if you’re using a tool, a cleanser or a scrub to clean your skin after, everything will be much easier when the pores of your skin are opened up!
Plus, we women usually wear makeup on a daily basis, so this is yet another thing that gets stuck in your pores and causes buildup and irritation. And no matter how well you think you’ve cleaned that foundation, it can still find its way into your pores.
Blackheads, whiteheads, acne – all of these are mainly caused by blocked pores. This happens when the sebum, which our bodies naturally produce to moisturize and protect our skin, gets stuck in our skin’s follicles.
This causes the appearance of what we know as blackheads, and when those get irritated or infected, they become whiteheads or acne. For this reason, it’s important to regularly open up the facial pores with steaming and cleaning the impurities they contain. This is what we call deep cleansing!
2. Removal of Blackheads And Whiteheads
As we’ve mentioned before, facial steamers make it extremely easier to remove blackheads and whiteheads, especially the most stubborn ones. Some blackheads can only be on the surface of your skin, but older ones can go deeper and can be much more difficult to remove.
When you steam your face for some minutes, the skin on your face gets moist, and the sebum that your skin produces will soften up. And guess what – blackheads are exactly that – accumulated sebum that’s stuck in a skin follicle.
Whenever you’re steaming your face and getting rid of blackheads or whiteheads, don’t forget to close your pores afterward. This can be done by applying a cloth with cold water or even running an ice cube throughout your face. Cold automatically closes the pores on your skin. This will prevent bacteria to penetrate your skin which would happen if your pores stayed open.
Now you know how you can finally have that clean nose and forehead so we can move on to the next facial steaming benefit.
3. Prevention of Acne
This benefit of facial steaming is closely connected to the previous two since acne is basically infected clogged pores. Some people are more susceptible to acne than others, but most of us have had to fight at least some acne breakouts throughout our lives. In some people, there’s an overproduction of sebum which can make it much easier for pores to get clogged and acne to formulate.
When it comes to acne, you should never try to extract them or get rid of them forcefully. Wrongly removed acne can leave permanent scars which are then difficult to deal with. So, always steam your face before you try to remove acne.
Furthermore, make sure that you’re not removing a painful and active acne that’s not ready to pop yet (sorry, disgusting). And finally, always make sure that your hands and any other tool you’re using are properly washed and sterile so that you don’t push more bacteria into the open wound.
Facial steaming for acne can bring you amazing results. In addition to the steam, you can try adding some essential oils such as tea tree oil which has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, any acne product that you apply after your steaming session will be absorbed much better.
If you have severe acne, make sure to consult a professional before you start with facial steaming. Open acne wounds and irritated acne might not react well with hot steam. Always consult first if you’re not sure on whether or not facial steaming is going to be good for your skin.
4. Removal of Toxins
Aside from removing all visible impurities on your facial skin, steaming can also help you get rid of toxins. Have you heard that sweating caused by saunas or any type of physical activity can be a great way to get rid of toxins in your body? Well, the same happens with your face when you facial steam. Consider facial steaming as a type of a sauna for your face!
All of us have toxins in our bodies, and although our bodies are designed to get rid of these toxins on their own, sometimes, it won’t be bad to help them out a bit. The environment we all live in (unless you live on a mountain or an isolated village with no pollution whatsoever) makes it impossible to avoid toxins.
They’re in everything – the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe... And these toxins affect our bodies in different ways, thus, your dull and gray face.
The mist or steam that comes towards your face is warm, and this will literally cause your face to sweat. And with sweat coming out, so do toxins! Getting rid of toxins through the pores of your skin will result in a healthy and glowing face once again!
5. Anti-Aging Properties
When we’re younger, our bodies shed dead skin cells much faster. The older we get, the slower this process gets, so that’s why our skin starts looking lifeless and dull. This only means that we have to do something to help out the skin shedding process. And facial steaming is amazing for that!
Steaming your face loosens up the skin layer composed of dead skin cells, thus speeding up the shedding of dead skin cells. You can help this process by using a facial scrub after a session of steaming or by applying any type of anti-aging product you normally would.
Furthermore, the sweat that’s produced by steaming your face will promote an increased collagen production. Collagen is the connective tissue of our skin, the thing that makes your skin look young and healthy. So, with regular steaming, you will increase your collagen, and this will visibly remove any wrinkle lines or loose skin. In time, your skin will become firmer and much youthful!
By steaming and then exfoliating your face, you will expose a new, young and fresh skin layer which will be firmer and healthier. With facial steaming, you’ll be able to bring back that pink childhood color in your cheeks.
6. Boosts Blood Circulation
When the temperature around you rises, your skin receptors release signals to the brain that tell it to adapt your body to the heat. To help you fight this heat, your body will dilate the skin blood vessels so that more blood flows to the skin. The same happens when your face is exposed to the heat from the facial steamer.
Increased blood circulation to your facial skin will bring more nutrients and oxygen to your face, both of which act as food for your skin. You will immediately notice how your skin looks a bit flushed (in a healthy way), rosy and healthy.
Good circulation is beneficial in many ways, but the biggest difference you’ll see on your face is in your complexion. Uneven and dull complexion is something that our modern lifestyle can certainly cause, so facial steaming is a great way to reverse this process and have a healthy and youthful face once again.
7. Increases Absorption of Other Products
Do you ever feel that your moisturizer does nothing? Or that the expensive face serum you keep buying doesn’t even enter your skin? Well, there might be some truth to that!
When your skin is not properly cleaned and exfoliated, any product you apply is practically blocked by the cement-like layer of dead skin cells on your face. So, it’s no wonder that the products can’t penetrate your skin. Here lies yet another incredible benefit of facial steaming!
As you already know from reading the above benefits, facial steaming cleanses your skin, opens up your pores, and helps you shed those dead cells much faster and easier. So, your pores will be open, your skin will be clean from all the dirt and oil, and the new skin layer you’ve exposed is now ready to receive and absorb the product you’re applying. Now, you can really extract every benefit of your products to the maximum.
This benefit of facial steaming is closely connected to how much money you spend on products. With facial steaming, you will need a much smaller portion of a product than what you usually apply, because all of it will be absorbed much better.
This prevents unnecessary waste of expensive products – something of crucial importance for us girls!
8. Fight Dry Skin
When used properly, facial steaming can help you fight and prevent dry and patchy skin. Flaky and dry skin is especially annoying when we want to put foundation and makeup, and all of us have experienced this at least once.
If your skin is not moisturized properly, then not even the best primer can help you. And even if you manage to make it look good at the beginning, you know that in some hours you will again have that cakey look which isn’t attractive at all. So, by fighting dry skin, facial steaming is also a great way to prepare your face for makeup application.
The steam will moisturize your face and help you exfoliate it better, which as we said, helps with product absorption and penetration. So, if you suffer from dry skin and it seems as if your product isn’t helping, try to apply it after a steaming session when it can be absorbed best.
However, when it comes to dry skin, you have to be a bit careful with facial steaming. Using facial steaming in moderation can be extremely beneficial when treating dry skin. But, try not to overdo it because then you might dry out your skin even more.
As you read above, facial steaming causes sweating, and too much of it can cause your skin to become dehydrated and dry. To avoid this, steam your face in moderation and make sure that you drink a lot of water, especially after steaming sessions. This will replenish all the liquid you lost while sweating.
Almost all relaxation treatments that they offer in professional beauty or spa salons involve heat or steam. However, most of us can’t really afford weekly facial spa saunas. For this reason, facial steaming can serve as a great relaxation session on its own.
If you want to add some more goodness into the equation, try adding some essential oils with calming properties such as lavender. With this, you’ve created your own aromatherapy experience.
Many facial steamers do not recommend using essential oils in their water dispensers (distilled water only!), so make sure to read the instructions carefully. However, if it’s allowed, then you can choose from a great variety of essential or aromatherapy oils, depending on your needs.
For example, if you suffer from oily skin, try using peppermint or rosemary oil. If your face is dry, use rose or lavender. Or, if you suffer from acne, try using tea tree oil. No matter what your preference is, facial steaming will definitely help you relax and calm down after a busy and stressful day. Add to this all the other benefits described above, and you have the perfect beauty session!
10. Medicinal Help
So far, we’ve mentioned all the benefits that facial steaming can bring to your appearance and beauty regime. However, we have to mention that facial steaming can actually help you with certain health conditions.
One great benefit of facial steamers is for people who suffer from sinuses, doesn’t matter if it’s kids or adults. Steaming your face means that you will inhale the steam with your nose and mouth, which can help to open up your airways and relieve the pressure that sinuses can cause. As an additional tip, try adding some drops of peppermint in your water.
Inhaling water and peppermint steam can also help with colds and congestions. When you feel that everything is stuck and you cannot breathe, the hot steam and the peppermint will help you to start breathing normally again. The same goes for flu symptoms. Whenever you have sinus, nasal, or chest congestions, you can use your facial steamer as an inhalator.
And finally, many people have successfully managed to fight allergies with facial steamers, so consider this as an extra advantage.
*Extra tip: Aside from the 10 benefits we’ve already given you, many facial steamers can also be used as air humidifiers and towel warmers. Furthermore, some of them even come with a set of toolkits that will help you to thoroughly clean your face and safely extract all impurities.
As a final note, I would like to accentuate again all the benefits that facial steaming has brought into my life. Incorporating weekly or bi-weekly steaming into my beauty routine has upped my game considerably! Facial steaming is one of those things that you never knew you needed until you try them. You will be more than surprised! Everyone will feel the benefits of it in one way or another.
I hope that I’ve managed to help you see why facial steaming can be beneficial for you and why you need to give it a try. If you wish to have a better complexion, a healthy glow, clean pores, more youthful skin...facial steaming is the best thing I can recommend for you! Or, maybe you’re struggling with blackheads, whiteheads, acne, or dry and patchy skin? Again, facial steaming can improve all of these conditions. Even if you have a seemingly perfect skin, facial steaming will bring you to the next level!
A friendly reminder, to achieve the best results, start eating clean, incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet, drink plenty of water, and regularly clean your makeup brushes and sponges. These habits, together with making a routine out of facial steaming will ensure that you have the best face you’ve ever had in your life.
So, try facial steaming and tell us what you think! If you’ve noticed some additional facial steaming benefits that we’ve failed to mention, feel free to inform us in the comments below. Can’t wait to hear your experience! If you’re satisfied, share this article with friends and family so that they can also read and learn about the benefits that facial steaming can offer!