The benefits of face steaming

September 02, 2020

The benefits of face steaming

It might have been a while since you last were able to go for a spa facial treatment. But if you reach back into your pre-Covid memories you'll remember that one of the first things you experience is a steam. But why is facial steaming so essential? And given you're now likely more limited in spa sessions, how can you get a more effective face steaming at home?

Facial steaming is the oldest, simplest solution in the skincare bible. In short, it means exposing your skin to steam (like really hot water!) for a concentrated amount of time. You can either use an at home steamer like this one we have launched Steam Ahead here at Magnitone, or you can go a little DIY with a bowl, towel, and a kettle full of water! Whatever it takes, and whatever you have time for it's a solution that we could all be doing a lot more of!

It might feel a little uncomfortable to begin with - like that slightly claustrophobic heat intensity you get at a sauna - so maybe build up to doing 10 minutes. The key is allowing time for the steam to be absorbed into your skin. 

Once you've got the basics down you can think about adding essential oils (lavender, lemongrass and tea tree are all good options for treating blemishes and inflammations cause by bacteria) into your routine. Have a try with a few drops to check how your skin reacts before proceeding further, but it's a great way to get more out of your steam sessions. 

Anyway, with so many benefits to facial steaming we thought we'd share a few to see if we can all be encouraged to trial it more:

Facial Steaming prepares you for deep cleansing pores:

The heat from the steam is the most natural way to open your pores - think back to Roman baths (people have been doing this for generations). Open pores mean that your skin is perfectly prepped for deep cleansing with a facial brush or scrub. If you've got a Magnitone facial cleansing brush like BareFaced 2, First Step or XOXO, you'd be looking to finish your steam by spending a minute brushing with your favourite cleanser to remove bacteria, dead skin cells and other impurities to get the most out of your cleanse.

Sweaty face FTW!

Sweating is good! Maybe not mid-commute on your way into work, but we all know the benefits of a good HiiT class that leaves you drenched. Of course we mostly think of exercise as feeling good because of the endorphins that are released once you're finished, but sweating itself is also good. Sweat is a natural way that the body releases toxins from the body - it's the reason you can smell that someone had a boozy night out! Sweat naturally releases toxins and steaming your face can induce the sort of sweating that also releases toxins! As well as the surface impurities that you'll want to deep cleanse, you'll also be releasing inner toxins. 

Bye bye blemishes!

Blemishes - blackheads, whiteheads, all of it - are horrible! Many a day has started badly by waking up with one in a prominent place on your face. Many of us walk around with those patches on our noses that we just can get rid of because they're a nightmare to exfoliate effectively. Facial steaming however, is a great way to loosen the build up of sebum in pores that leads to blackheads. The steam can quite literally melt some of the more challenging layers and leave your skin ready for further cleansing.

Whatever experience you've had with facial steaming before, now is the time to give it another go. Make it easy for yourself with a tool like Steam Ahead, or set yourself up at home with a bowl and towel and start seeing the amazing benefits of that natural skin glow!


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