Time to put some of those spa-techniques to good use at home.
It’s been more than two months since we’ve last seen our facial therapist thanks to the CMCO. As we’re still pretty much clueless on when we’ll be able to step into our favourite facial or spa centres, it’s up to us to give ourselves the best facial we can at home. You’ve got all you need to give yourself a spa-level facial at home: cleanser, scrub, a purifying mask and a soothing one, your favourite jade roller, followed by your usual skincare regimen. Maybe add some scented candles too to further create a spa-like ambience.
But wait — there’s more. You can also amp up the experience by adding one more step: facial-steaming. If you’re a regular at the facial salons, you’ll know they use it often. It’s a simple technique of allowing the steam to touch your skin and has proven to be quite beneficial.
Opens up pores
Warm steam will be able to open those pores, clogged or not. It loosens any dirt or sebum that may get trapped deep within them, so as you cleanse, you’ll be able to wash them away too. The same goes for blackheads. Acne-causing bacteria and other impurities will also be released.
Once those pores are open and cleansed, applying skincare products afterwards will be a breeze. It gets absorbed in quicker and much more efficiently.
Promotes blood circulation
Steaming also promotes circulation within the skin. The warm steam dilates your blood vessels and increases circulation, thus boosting blood flow and amping up oxygen levels. When your face is a little flushed after the steaming session, that’s when you know that it’s working. It’s a natural, healthy glow.
Collagen and elastin production is also increase thanks to the boosted blood flow. We won’t say you’ll immediately get younger-looking skin afterwards, but it’s a step forward.
The warm steam is already a relaxing experience on its own, but here’s one way you can take it up a notch. If you’re not sensitive towards essential oils, add a few drops of your favourite scent into the water. You’ll experience calmness in a whole other level. Just don’t fall asleep while doing so.
There are three ways you can steam your face at home, two of them being the most affordable and one requiring a purchase. You can easily create steam by pouring hot (not boiling hot) water in a big bowl. Simply lean forward and let the steam gently caress your skin. Place a towel over your head to prevent the steam from escaping. Another method is soaking a face towel with warm water and letting the towel rest on your face until it becomes room temperature. If you want the full-on experience, Panasonic has the Nano-Sized Ionic Steam for purchase. It helps boost skin’s hydration levels with its nano-sized steam particles.