So far on this site my emphasis has been on products you can buy that will help you give yourself a nice facial steam very conveniently and easily in your home. While a couple of the higher end products have features that give superior quality steam (ionized or ultrasonically atomized micro-particles for deeper penetration and cleansing), it’s not terribly difficult to give yourself a “regular” steam facial at home with things you almost definitely already have on hand. Here are a few different methods…
The Shower Method
This is undoubtedly the easiest way to give yourself a steam facial, and you’ve probably done it before, though you may not have thought of it as “giving yourself a facial”. Basically, just hop in a hot shower for 5-10 minutes with your face in or very close to the steam. It will help open up the pores in your skin, cleansing them of built up impurities, and also help open up your nasal passages and sinuses, helping you breathe better. There are even products you can find in the cosmetics section of your local grocery/drug store that are made specifically for helping out with this kind of treatment (like Clean & Clear Steam Soft In-Shower Facial, which I LOVE!)
Of course, it’s not always convenient to take a long, hot shower, but don’t worry, because there are other methods, for example…
The Hot Towel Method
I used to see them using this method on TV when I was a kid and wondered what the deal was. Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Take a towel, drench it in nice hot water, wring it out, and then drape it over your face. If it’s sufficiently hot, it will give you a few minutes of steam to the face.
The biggest problem with this method is that the wet towel will cool rather quickly, and you’ll have to get it hot again every couple minutes to really make it work. This is why my favorite D.I.Y. facial steaming method is as follows…
The Pot And Towel Method
For this method, you start by boiling water in a pot on the stove. One of the cool things about doing it this way is that if you want to add some herbs or something to fancy it up, it’s super easy. I like to break a licorice root in the water, because it helps open up the pores a little more than just hot steam. Other people use things like mint or chamomile. (My sister knows more about herbs and aromatherapy than I do, so I’ll try to get her to write an article on the topic soon…)
When the water gets boiling, I take it off the stove and wait until the big bubbles are gone. Then it’s as simple as draping a towel over it and letting the steam do its thing. This is probably the most efficient of the D.I.Y. home methods because a pot of hot water will stay hot for a while on its own, though you do have to be careful about burning yourself. Another reason I like this method is because you can easily use distilled water, which I definitely prefer for my facial steaming.
A Couple More Tips
If it’s your first time doing this, don’t be alarmed if your skin looks red, blotchy, or blemished immediately afterwards. That’s actually your skin rejecting the bad stuff that’s been building up, and it should look and feel much better in a matter of minutes.
Also, wash your face with cool water afterwards to close the pores and complete the treatment. Some people swear by facial cleansers immediately after a steam, but frankly a big part of the appeal for me is that these kind of products aren’t nearly as necessary.
Most people find using any of these methods to not only be relaxing and an easy way of pampering yourself, but also help out in keeping the skin clear, clean and smooth, and also helping clear out the sinuses, which is a big deal in the wintertime and/or allergy season for a lot of people (myself included). If your find that you really enjoy facial steams on the regular, you can save time and energy by getting yourself a specialized gadget for the job (I can’t say enough good things about this one), but if you’re all about doing-it-yourself, I hope this article has been a big help to you!