Where Possible, Start Your Routine With A Facial Steam
I always try and begin my facials with a steam, so my clients – and me when I’m going DIY – can benefit from its pore-purifying and deeply hydrating properties. You can also combine steaming with a thick, balmy cleanser if you’re after a deep clean. The heat from the steam will loosen the dirt and sebum in your pores, while your fingers help push the formula into the dermis. There are so many DIY steamers on the market now, it’s easier than ever to enhance your daily regime and unlock this professional advantage at home.
There Are Many Benefits
Moisture levels are rapidly supplemented to leave skin silky, supple and firm with fine lines and wrinkles minimised. The nano-sized steam particles emitted from DIY steamers are rich in negative ions that penetrate skin more effectively than regular steam, warming and loosening up the pores to thoroughly remove make-up, excess oil and other daily dirt and impurities. This results in dewy, deeply cleansed skin that’s perfectly prepped for follow-up serums, boosting the efficacy of products you apply afterwards.
Stick To Just Two Sessions A Week
I suggest steaming for a maximum of two or three 10-minute sessions a week. Follow with your regular moisturiser, serum or a mask to prolong the hydrating benefits of the steam – or cleanse skin again to help decongest. Use your skin as a guide to when you should steam. If you’re feeling dry and uncomfortably tight after a long-haul flight, try steaming over a thin layer of a rehydrating face mask. It’s a great way to get some instant gratification and only takes a few minutes.
It’s One Of The Best Ways To Minimise Breakouts
If you are congested, steam is especially good at loosening blocked pores and minimising breakouts and blackheads. It softens the oil trapped in pores and makes extractions much easier, meaning any exfoliation you do afterwards is far more efficient. Open pores are more susceptible to bacteria, so avoid touching your face after steaming to avoid further breakouts. The dewy, plumping effects are instantly visible, making it an ideal step in preparing your skin for an event or night out.
Don’t Overdo It If You Suffer From Irritation
Dehydration and congestion are very common and can affect all of us. Steaming is a great addition to every skincare routine and suitable for all skin types, but I would avoid over-steaming if you have couperose skin (redness with lots of capillaries). To perfectly recreate the experience of one of my bespoke Skinesis facials, the Pro Hydro-Mist Steamer has two treatment settings (five or ten minutes), allowing you to tailor your at-home facial to the needs of your skin. Clouds of ionic nano steam ensure your home treatment is as luxurious and effective as a professional, clinical steam. You may notice a little redness post-steam, but don’t be alarmed: flushing is natural and just shows your blood is stimulated underneath.
Treat It As A Self-Care Moment
As well as providing skin benefits, steaming is a great opportunity for a self-care moment too. It allows you to switch off and take some time out to relax and rebalance your complexion.
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