If you’ve ever gotten a facial at a spa before, then you know that the moment when your esthetician wraps the steaming hot towel on your face is arguably one of the best and most relaxing feelings one can experience. It feels like a warm hug that simultaneously refreshes your skin. The reason that sensation feels so good is because it’s similar to steaming your face. Whether done professionally or at home, when done correctly, steaming your face not only feels good, but the skincare benefits are plenty.

Benefits of Steaming

It’s cleansing

Steam opens up your pores and helps loosen any buildup of dirt for a deeper cleanse. Opening up your pores also softens blackheads, making them easier to remove.

It’s hydrating

Steam hydrates the skin by helping to increase oil production, naturally moisturizing the face.

It promotes circulation

The combination of warm steam and an increase in perspiration dilates your blood vessels and increases circulation. This boost of blood flow nourishes your skin and delivers oxygen. The result is a natural, healthy glow.

It releases acne-causing bacteria and cells. 

Opening up your pores allows the release of dead skin cells, bacteria, and other impurities that clog the pores and contribute to acne.

It releases trapped sebum

This naturally occurring oil is produced by the sebaceous glands to lubricate your skin and hair. When sebum gets trapped beneath your skin’s surface, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria and causes acne and blackheads.

It helps your skin better absorb skincare products

Steam increases trusted Source skin’s permeability, enabling it to better absorb topicals. This means you get more bang for your buck from skincare products applied after steam.

It promotes collagen and elastin

The increased blood flow experienced during a steam facial promotes collagen and elastin production. This results in firmer, younger-looking skin.

It’s soothing

The feeling of warm steam on your face is relaxing.  You can add some soothing scents using herbs or essential oils for aromatherapy to take your steam session to a whole other level of calm!

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