Steaming your face is a great way to treat your face after a long day. To do a steam facial, you start with a steam, then use a mask and finish with toner and moisturizer.
Steam facial opens skin pores to increase air circulation. The steam also hydrates your skin and deep cleans clogged pores. Many people rush to upscale spa and salons for this special treatment. They end spending a lot of money in a service that they can do at home. Here are the steps that you need to follow to do stream facial at home.
Step 1: Bring a small pot of water to boil
To prepare this treatment, you only need a few cups of water. Boil that water in a microwave or stove.
Step 2: Wash your face
While waiting for the water to heat, wash your face to remove dirt and makeup. Use warm water and gentle face cleanser. It is important to remove makeup because steam opens skin pores. This means that anything on your face will get inside those pores causing irritation. This may also cause pimples on the face. Make sure you don’t exfoliate the skin before steaming it. This could increase the likelihood of skin irritation. Pat your skin with a face towel after washing it.
Step 3: Pour the water into a bowl
When the water is fully heated, pour it into a ceramic bowl or glass on a folded towel. You can use that bowl with the best decorations to add beauty to your treatment. You can also use the pot that you boiled your water in.
Step 4: Add essential oils and herbs
It is not a must that you add herbs to your steam. But to make it more special, you can add essential oils and fresh or dried herbs. These herbs release aromas, making your steam special. Add mint or lavender if you have oily skin. People with sensitive skin should try chamomile or comfrey. A piece of licorice root can open the pores and benefit any skin types. For a sweet-smelling skin, add a handful of orange blossoms and organic rose petals. You can also add bergamot or sandalwood. These two herbs are very effective in relieving stress. Adding lemongrass or peppermint will also energize your skin.
Step 5: Lean over the bowl with your face
Cover your head with a towel to create a sort of tent over your face. Hold your face over the water for about 10 minutes. Breathe deeply and close your eyes to allow the heat to open skin pores. You should not steam your face for more than 10 minutes. This is because increased exposure to the steam can cause inflammation on your face. You should also avoid direct contact with the hot water. Stop steaming if you feel any discomfort.
Step 6: Smooth a mask over your face
Use a mask to remove impurities from the open pores. A clay mask will be perfect for this treatment. Mix the clay with water and then smooth it over your face. Let the mask sit on the face for about 15 minutes. Remove the clay mask with lukewarm water. If you don’t have clay, you can use honey to achieve the same results. You can also skip smoothing your skin with mask and rinse it with fresh water after you are done with steaming.
Step 7: Close the pores using a toner
It is important to close the open pores after steam treatment to prevent dirt from getting into those pores. Using a toner after the treatment will also leave your skin looking fresh. Apply the toner to your face using a cotton ball. You can use lemon juice or apple cider vinegar as a toner.
Step 8: Apply moisturizer
You need to moisturize your face to keep it hydrated. Steaming can actually dry your skin out, so applying a moisturizer is a very important step. Smooth on your favorite moisturizer. You can also use face softening oils like jojoba oil, coconut oil or argan oil.
After steaming, all the bacteria will be brought to the surface of your skin. Thus you should not be surprised if your skin looks worse. You will notice skin blemishes after steaming but this will only last for an hours. Also, you must always remember to be careful with steam because it can burn your face if you are not careful. If you would like to schedule a professional facial treatment, explore the Bellezza Signature Facial or Deep Cleansing Facial.