Everything you ever needed to know about a DIY facial steamer, such as what are the best essential oils, which are the different type of herbs. Learn the various DIY facial steamer methods and all the surprising benefits of steaming your face.
WHY HAVE A DIY FACIAL STEAMER IS GOOD FOR YOU
Steaming your face has many benefits, from clearing your pores from gunk that is stuck really within the skin, to helping with acne and overall skin hydration. I’m a huge fan of saunas for those reasons and lately I’ve been trying to adapt and have DIY facial steam sessions at home.
Steaming my face weekly has improved my skin a lot, as it also helps with the absorption of the skincare products, since the pores are cleaner from the steam session. As a cherry on top of the cake, its aromatherapy components make it a great pampering moment for yourself at home.
Related: How to Have a Spa Day at Home
How often should I steam my face?
Steam your face once a week for the best results. Limit each DIY facial steamer session to around 10 minutes to avoid irritating your skin.
Does steaming clear acne?
Steaming and extracting helps remove existing pore blockages but, no matter how often you steam your face, it won’t stop new breakouts from forming. … As for inflamed pimples, and especially larger blemishes like nodules and cysts, steaming won’t have any clearing effect
Does steaming help acne scars?
At high temperatures, an enzyme which breaks down collagen is activated which reduces the look of scars. Anything that will make you sweat will help reduce the appearance of scars, such as sitting in a steam room or exercising
Steaming your face is certainly not a modern concept. In fact, the concept goes back as far as Roman times, and perhaps even further.
Traditional facial steaming methods include leaning over a basin of steaming water, with a towel draped over your head. However, nowadays there are specially designed nano-steamers, which brings you even more benefits.
DIY FACIAL STEAMER BENEFITS
Steaming face benefits go faaaar beyond the relaxing feeling of a steamy spa experience. Let me break it down for you, explaining how a facial steam works and how you can benefit from adding one to your natural skin care routine.
First things first, what are the benefits of facial steams for your face?
- Improved circulation
- Healthy skin cells
- Expels blockages
- Enhances treatment results
Now, lets go one by one through these benefits:
Facial steamers warm your skin, which in turn relaxes the pores, dilates your blood vessels (which in turn lowers your blood pressure), and encourages your pores to sweat. The boost of blood flow nourishes your skin and delivers oxygen resulting in a natural, healthy glow
HEALTHY SKIN CELLS
From this blood flow improvement, you are refining the rate at which oxygen and nutrients are brought to your cells. The extra nutrients and oxygen now available to your skin cells mean that these cells can carry out their processes at a greater rate and thus breathe more efficiently.
By removing toxins more efficiently, you also prevent a build-up of toxins, which would otherwise lower your skin’s health. This means that your skin becomes more resilient to fighting bacteria, therefore, can result in fewer breakouts.
PROMOTES COLLAGEN AND ELASTIN PRODUCTION:
Increased blood flow is said to also further promote collagen and elastin production. This results in firmer, younger-looking skin.
When you steam your faces, your pores will relax and open. The steam will also encourage sweat from your pores, which can loosen and help to expel clogged pores and blackheads. The steam will soften the blockages, so even if they do not come out of their own accord, they will be easier to remove.
Once your pores are clean, you may notice that they also appear smaller or more closed – because nothing is holding them open. This means they are not only less noticeable but also less likely to become blocked again! After steaming your face is a great time to treat your face with microdermabrasion to get great results.
REDUCES EXCESS SEBUM
Sebum is a natural oil produced by our sebaceous glands. It’s purpose is to lubricate our hair and skin. However, when sebum is trapped beneath our skin’s’ surface it can create a breeding ground for bacteria leading to blemishes and blackheads (ugh). A facial steam helps to release trapped sebum oil as it opens the pores.
STEAMING YOUR FACE ENHANCES OTHER PRODUCTS’ RESULTS
Since steaming increases your circulation and the turnover within cells, you will find that you will achieve better results from your usual products than ever before, because treatments can penetrate deeper into your skin. Therefore, straight after steaming your face would be the best opportunity to apply a facemask or skin-clearing moisturizer.
Not all spots are caused by stress, but it certainly doesn’t help. Steaming your face is extremely relaxing and can help you to decompress so that you can get a good night’s sleep, improving your overall health and resilience.
The simple feeling of warm steam on your face is tremendously relaxing. By adding herbs and essential oils to the face steam you can soothe the body and mind.
Another benefit to face steaming for relaxation: While face steaming you can focus on your breathing, taking slow deep breaths helping to de-stress
My favorite part. Most steamers are designed for aromatherapy. This means they will have a dedicated chamber where you can add essential oils and even fresh fruit to your steaming session. In addition to being relaxing, this can mean that the essential oils can penetrate deeper into your skin than they otherwise would, so they can be more effective.
But if you are doing a DIY facial steamer, simply add a few droplets of your favorite oil inside the water just before using it.
I enjoy using lavender for this part (lavender and lemongrass ate the best aromas, in my opinion)
Facial steaming is a natural way to hydrate the skin and naturally moisturizes your face.
THE BENEFITS OF STEAMING FACE FOR ACNE
BASE OPTIONS FOR DIY FACE STEAMS
You can choose to keep it simple when it comes to selecting a base for your face steam (such as simply boiling water). However, there are various options to easily enhance the overall steaming experience.
BASE OPTION 1 – WATER
Be it tap water, which is accessible and free, or mineral, which has a higher PH level. You can’t go wrong with any of these.
BASE OPTION 2 – HERBAL TEA
Rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging properties, herbal tea has amazing beauty benefits. It can be applied in an abundance of natural ways to help smooth, hydrate, tighten, and brighten your skin.
BASE OPTION 3 – HYDROSOLS
Hydrosols are also known as floral water, and the most common hydrosol being rose water is a beauty ingredient like no other.
Indeed Rose is said to soothe, soften, brighten, and tighten the skin. It plays a key role in these rose DIY beauty recipes to support the appearance of youthful-looking skin while promoting an overall healthy complexion.
WHAT ARE THE BEST HERBS AND OILS FOR FACIAL STEAMING
Adding dried herbs and oils to your steam may offer delicious benefits. Additionally, however, certain herbs are thought to be more beneficial for different skin types, so be cautions when selecting your favorite scent (mint, for example, is not suitable for sensitive skin).
Moreover, some essential oils and herbs are known to have a calming or invigorating effect, depending on what you’re after.
- Lavender. This s my favorite scent ever, and it is great for dry skin and it has relaxing aromatherapy benefits. Lavender’s calming, fresh aroma is known to promote restful sleep.
- Geranium. This oil derived from the geranium flower is a natural astringent that tightens and tones the skin.
- Orange. Along with having uplifting aromatherapy properties, orange oil may also help with blocked pores and a dull complexion.
- Frankincense – Frankincense essential oil is a powerful astringent, meaning it helps protect skin cells. It can be used to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, prevent wrinkles, and it even helps lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging
- Dry rose petals – Rose is a well-known herb within the beauty industry to soothe, soften, brighten, and tighten the skin. Rose petals are a beautiful face steam ingredient, not to mention the powerful scent!
- Chamomile – Chamomile can help with skin inflammation and dermatitis, making it great for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
- Rosemary. This fragrant herb may be a good option for those with oily skin. Rosemary is well known for its antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities. It also tones and moisturizes your skin. Tip: Combine it with lemon, peppermint, or lavender for lovely fresh scent
- Calendula Flower – Dried calendula flowers are BIG compared to most dried herbs. They make a beautiful addition to face steams are recommended for normal to combination skin
- Eucalyptus. If you deal with acne or are congested, this is a great option. Also, if you wish to have a Spa Day at Home, I advise hanging some eucalyptus plants in the shower
- Peppermint Leaf – There are numerous uses for peppermint leaf. Its fresh, energizing aroma and antibacterial properties make it a great addition to a face steam. I highly recommend it if you need to open up your sinuses too!
HOW TO DO A DIY FACIAL STEAMER AT HOME
Now let’s go to the BEST part: steaming your face!
First, use the reference guide above to select your base + herbs + essential oils, based on your skin type, budget, likes and dislikes.
Now, prepare a comfortable corner of your house to sit and steam, such as table and chair. Put on some ambiance music. Don’t forget to pull back your hair to ensure it doesn’t bother you during the process.
Before going to the next step, don’t forget to cleanse your face first for maximum benefits.
5 Steps to Creating the PERFECT At Home DIY Facial Steamer
- Heat up to 4 cups of your selected base over the stove top until it starts to softly simmer
- Add up to a tablespoon of dried or fresh herbs in any combination you like to the simmering water.
- Allow the mixture to simmer for three minutes, then remove from heat (just as if doing a tea)
- Pour the contents of the water into a large bowl. Allow to cool until the steam is warm to your hand.
- Last, add up to 12 drops of essential oils for face steaming based on your skin type to bowl.
HOW TO PROPERLY FACE STEAM
ATTENTION: BE CAREFUL WHEN STEAMING YOUR FACE (ESPECIALLY DIRECTLY FROM THE STOVE). IF THE STEAM IS TOO HOT, IT CAN ACTUALLY BURN YOUR FACE. Be cautious.
OPTION 1 – OVER A BOWL OF HOT WATER
Once your face steam is warm enough (not hot) and essential oils are added, use it immediately before it cools down.
Drape a towel over your head to create a tent and lower your face to about 8 to 12 inches from the bowl.
Please be careful and avoid putting your face too close to the steam.
Now, steam for up to 10 minutes to open pores and enjoy the aromatherapy benefits.
Don’t forget to practice breathing exercises by taking long deep breathes and slowing exhaling.
OPTION 2 – GET THE PROPER TOOLS AND GO PRO
If you’re like me and skincare obsessed, then you should probably consider buying your own facial steamer. Not only it is affordable, but it is safer and more convenient.
I found a great video on YouTube explaining how to use a facial steamer and how well it works. See below:
How to Face Steam without a Face Steamer
OPTION 3- TOWEL
Too scared to put your face over boiling water? I get it. When I started steaming my face it was a part of my 10 Steps Korean Skincare routine and I would use a lukewarm towel to remove the oil cleanse step. It is by far my favorite step of my Korean skincare routine.
I simply dampen a clean towel into hot water and gently apply it over my face and sit with it for a few moments. It looks ridiculous, but OMG, it is amazing!
DIY FACIAL STEAMER METHODS: Basin x Nano Steam, which is best?
Steaming your face using the traditional method of a basin and towel will not quite have the same success, but using a modern facial steamer which produces Nano Steam can very efficiently hydrate your skin.
This is because Nano Steam, which is far smaller than the particles of regular steam, is thought to penetrate your skin as much as 10 times more efficiently than regular steam, which often collects on the surface of your skin instead. This moisturizes your skin and can even reduce and prevent the visible signs of aging.
What do you do after you steam your face?
After face steaming, rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.
You have 3 options now:
OPTION 1 – ‘’Lazy Girl’’
Follow the steaming session by applying moisturizer and eye cream, and call it a day!
The effects of your moisturizer or serum will be enhanced after a facial steam. So natural nourishing products are best. Avoid products with these five ingredients.
OPTION 2 – ‘’I got more time’’
Follow with your regular skincare routine, by applying toner, serum, essence, etc.
OPTION 3 – ‘’Full-on Diva Mode’’
Apply a clay mask for about 10 minutes and rinse it off. Continue by following you regular skincare routine form option 2.
PS – Applying skincare products after a face steaming session is perfect because steaming opens up your pores and allows the products to better penetrate the skin. In other words: your expensive Sephora skincare products will be 5x more efficient.
How often should you steam your face?
Steaming is not something to be done every day, quite the contrary.
However, by only doing it once or twice a week, you will always have a good reason to look forward to some pampering time at home. I know I love it.
Below you will find what dermatologists recommend towards how often you should stem your face , based on your skin type.
- Normal Skin: Once a week.
- Oily to Blemish Prone Skin: As often as twice a week.
- Dry Skin: Bi-weekly
- Sensitive Skin: Once a month (please check with your dermatologist first.)
- Mature Skin: Bi-weekly
To Sum Up: 10 Benefits of Steaming your Face:
Skipped to the end? No problem.
Here are 10 quick benefits from steaming your face
- Releases Toxins
- Enhances Circulation
- Cleans and Softens Your Pores
- Expels blockages
- Improves Receptivity to Other Facial Treatments
- Increases Natural Radiance
- Improves Elasticity
- Relaxing and enjoyable
- It’s easy!!
TOOLS FOR PAMPERING AFTER THE DIY FACIAL STEAMER
As you can see creating an at-home DIY facial steamer is an easy and inexpensive technique to add to your skincare routine especially when you don’t have the time to head to the spa.
Moreover, the benefits of steaming your face are amazing to your skin. Especially during these quarantine days, pampering yourself can be extremely rewarding.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I will be sure to reply.