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The Benefits of Facial Steaming And How To Do It
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Steaming clears away excess oil and bacteria that cause acne.

Cleansing, toning and moisturizing are the basic steps in skin care. Where does facial steaming fit in? Steaming is best after cleansing and exfoliation to open the pores and allow your serums and moisturizers to penetrate your skin better. Dr. Arash Akhavan, owner and founder of The Dermatology & Laser Group says that facial steaming is a great option for people with stubborn blackheads and acne-prone skin. Listed below are the many benefits of facial steaming.

Steaming clears pores.

The vapor opens pores and loosens dirt and softens blackheads for easier removal. The heat also makes you sweat with flushes out toxins.

It promotes circulation.

The warm steam and profuse sweating cause your blood cells to dilate and increase circulation. The blood flow boost nourishes your skin and delivers oxygen. The result? A natural and healthy glow.

It gets rid of bacteria and dead skin cells.

As steaming opens your pores, it allows the release of bacteria, excess sebum, dead skin cells and other pore-clogging impurities that contribute to acne.

Steaming helps your skin absorb skin care products better.

Healthline writes that steam increases permeability enabling skin to absorb topical skin care. While it isn't advised to do it daily, incorporating facial steaming into your routine will squeeze the best results out of your serums and moisturizers.

It promotes collagen and elastin production.

The increased blood flow during steaming results in firmer and younger-looking skin.

It soothes the skin.

Even if you don't have a lot of skin concerns, steaming is relaxing. It's also a nice way to enhance aromatherapy. Instead of lighting candles or incense, add a few drops of essential oil to your steam bath and enjoy the relaxing benefits.

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It relieves sinus congestion.

Steaming can help relieve sinus congestion and the headaches that usually accompany it. Essential oils like tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil will boost the effect of the steam.

It doesn't have to cost anything.

There's no need to go to a spa to be able to enjoy the benefits of steaming. All you need is a small basin, hot water and a towel.

Basic Steaming Technique

Secure your hair and use a gentle exfoliating cleanser before steaming.

Prepare a medium sized towel and a small basin.

Heat four to six cups of water in a pot or electric heater then wait for it to boil. Carefully pour the hot water into your basin and add your essential oils. For a steady surface, it's best to place your basin on the dining table.

Take your seat, drape the towel over your head and lower your covered head over the basic. Stop at least six inches away from the steaming water. Steam from five to fifteen minutes.

If you want invest in a facial steamer, Marie Clare recommends the following:

Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer

Lonove Spa Facial Steamer

Conair Moisturizing Mist Facial Sauna System

Vanity Planet Skin Softening Facial Steamer

Satin Smooth Professional Mini Facial Steamer

Alexa & Katie Nano Ionic Facial Steamer

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