Facial steaming is becoming an increasingly popular home spa treatment. Thanks to the availability of inexpensive home facial steamers you can now enjoy the many skin care benefits of this treatment in the privacy of your own home while avoiding the unnecessary expense of visiting a spa or the inconvenience associated with the DIY method.
Many health and beauty spas and salons offer steam facials as a treatment option to their clientele. However, the machines employed by these establishments are relatively large, costly and therefore unsuitable for home use. Likewise, the treatment sessions offered by these establishments are also expensive and often beyond the reach of many people, except on rare occasions.
Recognizing the market potential for smaller, portable units, a number of manufacturers began producing a range of devices to meet a steadily increasing demand. Personal facial steamers are now readily available and can be purchased cheaply online at Amazon, or at stores such as Walmart and Target. These compact, battery and/or mains powered devices are easy to operate and require little maintenance.
Facial steaming offers significant health and cosmetic benefits for your skin. These include a more radiant and youthful looking complexion. Your face will become noticeably clearer as you gain a more even skin tone. As well as conditioning your skin and preventing acne breakouts and other blemishes, regular facial steaming can help eliminate preexisting conditions, including blackheads.
When used with essential oils, facial steamers can double as an aromatherapy diffuser and can also be left running so as to function as an interior humidifier. The many uses and benefits of facial steamers don’t end here either. They have also proved an effective means of clearing clogged sinuses.
Using a Facial Steamer
Preparing a facial steamer for use is as simple as topping up the unit’s tank with distilled water. Basic models are operated via a single power switch while more advanced units sometimes have a digital display giving users the ability to control various settings such as temperature. A majority of devices are fitted with an adjustable nozzle for greater convenience and ease of use. This enables steam to be directed at an appropriate angle according to each user’s individual requirements.
Although the terms facial sauna and facial steamer are sometimes used interchangeably, the former are often distinguished by the addition of a plastic cone which serves to concentrate the steam.