The Pros + Cons Of Facial Steaming

If you're following a strict skin regimen that consists of double cleansing, exfoliating, toning, masking and moisturizing...I see you and I applaud you for staying consistent on your continued path to healthy skin.

Now, let's talk facial steaming.

The Pros

1) Facial steaming is an amazing option for people with acne prone/clogged/blackhead prone skin types. The water vapor itself will open pores, loosen dirt that's clogging pores and flush out contaminants.

2) It enhances circulation. Steaming your face triggers a thermoregulating response in which blood vessels in the skin dilate so more blood can flow to the skin, which transfers oxygen and nutrients to the tissue. This is what gives dull, lifeless skin that rosy, dewy glow.

3) Steaming makes your skin more receptive to your skincare products. Once your pores have opened and the dirt and debris have been eliminated, your clean pores can now better absorb the products you use, such as your face masks, serums, and moisturizers.

4) Helps eliminate toxins. When you take a hot detoxifying bath or go indulge in a sauna after a workout, your body perspires and releases toxins. Your face is no different, so facial steaming is a great way to release toxins that could be causing imbalances in your skin.

5) Promotes relaxation. Steaming loosens tense muscles that have a powerful calming effect on the body. Adding essential oils or fresh herbs is a major key.

The Cons

Honestly, the only con I can say facial steam has are for those who suffer from rosacea or eczema. The heat that you're exposing your skin to causes dilation of blood vessels—leading to flushing, increased redness/inflammation that can worsen rosacea/eczema conditions.

+ If your skin isn't "too" sensitive and you're fully aware of how much you can tolerate, I would say steam for 5-10 mins max then proceed to cleanse, exfoliate etc. Everyone's skin is different and should be treated accordingly.

ALSO, Facial steaming will not clear acne. This is a tool you can use in conjunction with strict skincare regimen and healthy diet. No quick fixes here.

The How-To

OG Style:

Step 1: Bring 1 - 2 cups of water (distilled preferably) to a full boil.

Step 2: Cleanse the skin with a gentle cleanser. Be sure to remove all of your makeup and any dirt, oil or sweat that's sitting on the surface of your skin. It's important that your skin be clean when you steam it. Your pores will open wide, and if you have dirt or makeup on your skin, it could cause irritation. DO NOT cleanse your face with an exfoliating scrub or harsh soap prior to steaming because that's a sure way to irritate skin and cause serious sensitivity. Always exfoliate after you steam.

Step 3: Pour steaming water into large ceramic or glass bowl. No Plastic!

It will interrupt the purity of water as hot water will draw plastic molecules from the bowl.

Step 4: For a 2-in-1 treatment, add essential oils of choice to create a relaxing aromatherapy session.

Step 5: Drape a medium/large towel over your head so that it drops down on either side of your face, trapping the steam so that it concentrates near your skin. Place your face close enough to the steaming water to feel it massaging your face, but not so close that your skin feels like it's burning or you're having trouble breathing fresh air.

PRO TIP: For acne prone skin, steam for 5-15 mins max. If you over-steam your face, it can exacerbate acne and cause further inflammation.

Table Top Steamers:

This is my personal fav when I'm home and want to amp up my #selfcaresunday rituals. Table top steamers are a great investment that's inexpensive and effective. They produce steam quickly and allow for the addition of natural rejuvenating ingredients like herbs, and essential oils for additional benefits. Simply follow instructions on the educational label, add fresh herbs/essential oil of choice and have at it.

+ The easiest way to do this is to lie flat on your bed, set a towel underneath to catch any water drips, put the tabletop steamer on your nightstand and adjust accordingly. This is what I do and It has worked for me for many years. This is especially great for those who want to maintain great skin in between professional facial sessions.

Test it out and tag me on instagram with your results. You can always comment below if you have any further questions.

Until then,

All my love,

Shani