To Steam or Not to Steam?
If done correctly, steaming can be an important step in your skin care routine. It’s not for all skin types, but it can help hydrate your skin, allow for deeper product penetration, and help resolve certain issues. I’d be happy to discuss with you whether steaming is right for your skin and its routine. Until then, here are five things you should know before you steam your face:
1. Our skin is made up of water, protein, fats, and minerals. Face steaming opens your pores and adds water to cells. By following up with quality serums, toners, and moisturizers, cells are better able to retain the water. With more hydration in the cells, your skin will look plump, smooth, and radiant.
2. Be sure to cleanse your skin before steaming. You don’t want dirt, oils, and dead skin cells to enter open pores. You want your pores to be free to release oil and sweat. When they are clogged, they can’t do their work, which leads to acne and/or ingrown hairs.
3. In general, oily and thick skin types can tolerate steaming two to three times a week. Dry and thin skin should stick to once a week. It’s important to be aware of how your skin reacts and adjust accordingly.
4. Steam before applying masks, serums, toners, and moisturizers. The hydration prepares the skin to accept products and allows them to penetrate skin layers more deeply.
5. If you are prone to rosacea or redness of the skin, I wouldn’t recommend steaming. It can also aggravate sensitive skin. If this is you, work with a licensed skin therapist to find other ways to best hydrate your skin.
To properly steam your face at home, you’ll need a few items and five to ten minutes. Pour boiling water in a glass or ceramic bowl. Cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl. Don’t get so close that the steam feels uncomfortable on your skin. Be sure to notice how your skin reacts. If it feels too hot or irritated, stop steaming. You can also steam your face with a hot towel or over-the-counter steamer.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your skin care products and routines. As your personal skin maven and skin care coach, I’m here to help.
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