If ever there was a cheap way to treat yourself like a star here it is, steaming your face. Let me warm you first, however, that the effectiveness of steaming lies in the ability of the heat to draw impurities to the surface of the skin. For this reason, some persons would argue that steaming and even saunas do more harm than good for acne sufferers.
Well, when one rearranges furniture, things get messy before they get organized. The same applies to your face. Steaming brings impurities to the outer layers of the face so that they can leave. You want the toxins out of your body because this renders clearer skin.
There are several ways to steam your face. You can simply heat water on a stove. Then pour it in a large bowl and let it set for a minute or two. You then place your face over the bowl and cover your head with the towel, allowing your face to steam.
Be careful not to burn your face by putting it too close to the water. For an additional cleansing boost, you can add herbs to the water such as chamomile tea or a teaspoon of the mixture from Swiss Kwiss Herbal Laxative (it’s one of my favorite facial steam additives). Likewise you can purchase a facial steamer from a store and use it according to the directions from the manufacturer.
VisualizeImagine the heat opening your pores and all of the toxins lying beneath your skin rising to the surface of the skin. Your pores are deeply cleansed. Plus, the steam increases blood flow to the face so you look fresh and rosy.
FrequencyI recommend using facial steam as often as you feel that it is sane and sanitary. For example, I have steamed my face every night for a week at a time because my skin was so congested. Since I know my body, as you will come to do, I could touch it and feel it to determine how much steam it needed.
I would steam it for 5-15 minutes each night before going to bed. If you can feel zits forming beneath the skin, steaming is a great way to bring them to the surface so that they can be removed from the skin quicker and before they become aggravated.