By Kaala Wood
One thing I absolutely dread is dealing with white heads-I mean come on, I'm not supposed to pop them, I know. But how does anyone expect me to leave them on my face for all to see? I'll rock a new pair of boots, a cute up-do, maybe even some crazy makeup; but a white head, I will not rock.
A few months ago I was surfing online and came across an ad for a facial steamer saying that steaming your face opens white heads without scarring. As a person who has tried almost everything that claims to improve my acne, I was eager to learn about facial steaming with fingers tightly crossed it would bring some relief. I read several articles about the benefits, and there were 4 common perks I came across.
- Facial steaming opens up pores and releases the trapped dirt. Because clogged pores are the beginning of all acne-related trouble (starting with small blackheads and escalating all the way to deep, inflamed cysts) opening them up and releasing all the dirt trapped in them is a very preventative approach to future acne inflammation.
- Open pores are ready to absorb skin-aiding products. Once the old dirt is cleaned out when the pore opens, your skin is now more receptive to masks, strips, and serums. **When I steam, I usually end it by using my weekly blackhead strips, and I've noticed a HUGE difference in the amount of gunk that comes out of my pores after steamer versus without it. Highly recommend.**
- It strengthens circulation, bringing more blood flow to your face. This extra blood flow brings in a flood of oxygen and nutrients that make your skin internally healthier, and externally dewy and glowing.
- 4. It’s really stinking relaxing. My favorite part of steaming my face is that's it's my "me time" where I take a break from everything else going on, and just sit back and take deep breaths. Extra perk: since stress induces acne, even the relaxation component is aiding in your skin health! Win from all angles.
How to steam: the process
Step 1: Wash your face with your preferred cleanser. The goal is to get all dirt and bacteria off the surface of your skin for the cleanest starting point. When our pores open, they are ready to absorb anything-if we have dirt on the surface of our skin, it could actually make matters worse. Let's not risk that!
Step 2: If you have a facial steamer, just full it up with water and turn it on. Mine takes about 30 seconds to what and start releasing steam(I have the Kealive Facial Steamer). If you don't have one, boil water in a pot, and then put it in a heat-safe bowl.
Step 3: Put a towel over your head and the steamer or bowl, creating a "tent" so the steam doesn't escape. Sit for 5-10 minutes, or as long as the steam lasts.
Step 4: Dry your face with something freshly cleaned to avoid transferring bacteria into open pores. Use face masks, pore strips, or serums as desired.
If you want some added moisture, dewiness, and relaxation in your life I suggest giving steaming a go.
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