Steaming the face helps open the skin pores, in addition to helping circulation to the face, so the skin becomes clean, bright, and shiny. Doing facial treatments at home is an easy and natural way, and does not drain the wallet. See Step 1 onwards to discover how to do facial steaming and learn about its benefits.
Method 1 of 2: Steaming Face
Step 1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan
Simple evaporation requires nothing but water and skin. Not much water is needed. Fill a small saucepan with 250-500 ml of water and bring to a boil.
Step 2. Wash your face
While the water is cooking, wash your face using a gentle cleanser. Be sure to remove makeup and remove any dirt, oil, or sweat that is on the surface of the skin. Clean skin is important when steaming your face. The pores will open wide, and dirt or makeup on the skin can cause irritation.
- Do not wash your face with exfoliating beads or harsh soaps. Before steaming, it is best to wash it with a very gentle cleanser, to reduce the possibility of further irritation of the skin as a result of the evaporation that occurs.
- Dry your face with a soft towel.
Step 3. Pour the steaming water into the bowl
If you are steaming as part of a home spa treatment, pour the water into a large glass or ceramic bowl. Place whatever container you used on some folded towels on the table.
Do not pour water into a plastic bowl. You don't want tiny plastic molecules to get into facial steam
Step 4. Add essential oil or leaf herbs
Now it's time to add essential oils or herbs to the water to make this therapy a little more special. If you add essential oils or herbs, this steam therapy will double as an aromatherapy session. A few drops of essential oil will suffice.
- Be sure to add more essential oil or herbs after using the boiling water. Otherwise, the scent will quickly evaporate.
- If you don't have any special leaf oils or herbs, try tea! Put some herbal teabags in the water. Chamomile, mint, and chai (a mixture of black tea, leaf herbs, and spices) can make for great steaming.
Step 5. Steam your face with a towel placed on your head
Place the towel over your head so that it is at the side of your face, and catches the steam so it can collect near the skin. Keep your face close enough to the steam to massage your face, but not so close that you don't burn your skin, or you'll have a hard time getting fresh air.
- The steam will last about 10 minutes. You can get the same benefits if you stop after 5 minutes.
- Don't steam your face for more than 10 minutes, especially if you have acne or other skin problems. Steaming causes the face to swell, and can make acne worse if done for too long.
Step 6. Remove dirt from facial pores with a mask
Evaporation therapy keeps the pores open, so this is the perfect time to remove dirt. The best way to do this is to continue steam therapy with a clay mask. Apply the mask on the face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Wash with warm water and dry your face with a towel.
- If you don't have a clay mask, use plain honey or a combination of honey and oatmeal (oatmeal).
- If you don't want to use a mask, you can rinse your face with warm water after steaming.
- Don't use strong exfoliants on your face after steaming, especially if you have acne. Because the face will be slightly swollen and the pores are open, so if rubbed can cause inflamed skin.
Step 7. Refresh face
After cleansing the mask, use a facial toner to help close the pores. Apply the toner on the face in gentle motions using a cotton ball.
- Lemon juice can be an excellent natural freshener. Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 250 ml of water.
- Apple cider vinegar is another great option. Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 250 ml of water.
Step 8. Moisturize your face
Steam and heat cause the skin to dry out, so it is important to continue this therapy with good hydration. Use a moisturizer made of soothing oil, aloe vera, and body butter. Allow the moisturizer to completely absorb into the skin before applying makeup.
Method 2 of 2: Experimenting with Different Uses of Steam
Step 1. Steam to relieve the cold
Steam can help loosen sinuses when you have a cold. Steaming your face when you're sick can help you feel both healthier and more beautiful-a much-needed remedy when you're sick! To perform a cold-relief steam, follow the steps above using one or more herbs and essential oils:
- Leaf Spices: Chamomile, mint, or eucalyptus
- Oil: mint, eucalyptus or bergamot
Step 2. Steam to relieve stress
Steaming soothes the soul as well as the skin, which is one reason it's become such a popular therapy in spas. Facial steaming is great when you're stressed and you can inhale pleasant aromas while sitting and relaxing. Try one or more of the following herbs and oils for a relaxing stress reliever vapor:
- Leaf Spices: Lavender, chamomile, lemon verbena
- Oil: Passionflower, bergamot, sandalwood
Step 3. Perform a refresher steam
Steaming can help you feel awake and refreshed if you do it the first time in the morning. This evaporation can refresh the skin at the same time and lift the mood. For a refreshing steam, use one or more of the following herbs and oils:
- Leaf Spices: Lemon balm, peppermint, ginseng
- Oil: Cedarwood, lemongrass, sweet orange
Step 4. Steam to help sleep
Steaming a few minutes before bed can help you relax and sleep peacefully. Try using one or more of these herbs and oils to help you fall asleep more easily when you're having trouble sleeping:
- Leaf Spices: Valerian, chamomile, lavender
- Oil: Lavender, patchouli, geranium rose