Tips on Giving Yourself a Steam Facial at Home
Facials can be a great way to revive your skin and clean out your pores and few things manage to feel as great as a steam facial. However, you don’t have to pay a lot of money at the spa to get one. In fact, you can make your own steam facial right in the comfort of your own home, using products and ingredients that you probably already have.
The following is a list of tips in giving yourself a steam facial with all of the great benefits without having to leave your home and spend a lot of money.
1. First, wash your face with your favorite cleanser. It’s important that your face be clean before you start. It can help to pull back your hair with a rubber band and to use a headband to keep your bangs out of your eyes.
2. Cover your face with either cold cream or light vegetable oil in order to protect your skin. Massage the oil or cream into your skin and wipe off the excess with a cloth.
3. Next, fill your sink or a bowl full of hot water. If it’s boiling, then you should let it cool down for a few minutes first. Holding your face about 5 inches above the water, drape a towel over your head so that it also drapes over the bowl. Stay in this position for about 5 minutes.
Caution: Do not get your face too close to the water or else you risk the chance of getting burned. If you find that the steam is too much for you and that you are having trouble breathing, then only stay for a couple of minutes and then take the towel off of your head.
4. You can also add herbs to the water as well. Some common herbs that are good for your skin include lavender, chamomile, green tea, calendula, and peppermint. If you are pregnant, check to make sure that the herb is safe to use. Some herbs can actually trigger contractions.
Tip: You can either sprinkle the herbs right into the water, or you can drop a tea bag into the water as well.
5. If the steam is too hot for you then either wait for it to cool down or simply take a towel and run it under warm water and place the towel on your face for 5 minutes. You will achieve a similar effect.
6. When you are finished with the steam part, then you should exfoliate. Splash some cold water on your face and then use an exfoliator to help slough off some of the dead skin cells. If you don’t have an exfoliator, then you can make your own by mixing your favorite moisturizer together with some granulated sugar. Make sure that you rinse it off thoroughly afterwards.
7. Now, it is important to moisturize your skin. Apply a light moisturizer since you already used a cold cream or vegetable oil to start with. You also want to remember to apply moisturizer around your eyes, too.
8. Keep in mind that sometimes a steam facial will bring blemishes out that are already close to the skin. Don’t worry if this happens-it actually means that you did something right! With regular facials, however, your pores will become clear and you should experience fewer and fewer breakouts over time.
9. If you have certain skin conditions, such as hard to deal with acne, then you should wait until it has cleared up before you try a steam facial because it can sometimes make it worse.