As you already know if you’re a regular visitor to this site, the original reason I started doing steam therapy treatments wasn’t for my appearance- it was for my sinuses! I’m a cat lover who also happens to be allergic to cats, and during this time of year my sinuses are doubly aggravated by the cold weather and the dry atmosphere inside. This year I got a killer cold, too! And while my go-to facial steamer is the Panasonic Ionic Steamer, this last month has made me glad my mother-in-law bought me the MyPurmist Handheld Steam Inhaler. In this review, I’ll explain exactly why.
- All natural relief for respiratory and nasal congestion
- Lightweight, handheld, portable design lets you use it comfortably anywhere
- Unique CVF technology delivers a lot of steam from a little water, without boiling or getting too hot
- Face mask delivers steam directly to your mouth and nose
- Safe for anyone to use several times a day
- Needs to be plugged in, so not fully portable
How Does The MyPurMist Work?
Using the MyPurMist is very simple, you pretty much just add water to the little cup, turn it on, and when the steam starts coming out immediately, you put the mask to your face and breathe it in. Easy as 1, 2, 3!
The cup is pretty tiny, it’s practically a shot glass, so I was fairly surprised to see how much steam it puts out and for how long. On one little shot of water, it runs for 30 minutes, and then stays on another 10 minutes to clean and dry itself out.
I’ve been doing steam therapy for over a year now, with a number of different products, and the first thing I noticed when I began breathing the steam was how efficient it is. By that I mean, you breathe in and you’re actually able to feel a lot of water vapor going into your lungs. Interestingly, despite the amount of water, it’s not super hot like you get if you put your face too close to a different model of facial steamer.
Reading the manual, I found out this is because it uses something called CVF, or Capillary Force Vaporizer, technology. I don’t fully understand the science behind it, but basically it’s vaporizing the water without boiling it, so you don’t have to deal with hot steam burning your face. I will say that the face mask can get a little hot, but not unbearably so.
I’m So Glad I Had This Thing In My Car!
As I mentioned, my main steamer is the Panasonic Ion steamer, which I use to do full facial treatments in addition to the respiratory steam therapy, so after I received this as a gift I ended up putting it in my car and forgetting about it for a couple weeks.
Well, New Years Eve I stayed over at my sister’s place. She has two cats, and I woke up in the middle of the night with my nose so stuffed up I could barely breathe. I started looking through her medicine cabinet for a Sudafed (which leaves me uncomfortably wired), when I remembered the MyPurMist in my trunk.
Long story short, half an hour later, after sitting up in bed watching TV and using the MyPurMist Handheld Steam Inhaler, I was feeling much better. My ability to breathe properly was restored, and without having to take a pill that would have kept me up. I slept like a baby after that, and in the morning I felt the start of more congestion and did another treatment to keep my nose working right.
I Wish It Could Run On Batteries, Though
My biggest complaint about this personal steam vaporizer is that it’s not that portable. I mean, you have to plug it in, so you couldn’t use it in your car or outside somewhere. And as far as space it takes up in your car or whatever luggage you’re carrying, it’s not really that much smaller than my beloved Panasonic Ion Face Steamer, which is more versatile, IMHO, because you can do full facial treatments.
I will say that the delivery method of breathing the vapor directly through the mask is a little more effective at clearing the sinuses than the “put your head in a cloud of steam” method of the Panasonic unit, so I’ve taken to sometimes using this unit instead when my sinuses are at their worst. It was great when I had a cold last month, too. Also, because it’s handheld you can use it while sitting in bed or on a couch, rather than hovering over a table or desk.
My Personal Tips For Using The MyPurMist
If you’ve ever cleaned out a regular old school room humidifier, you know how the minerals in your tap water can build up in a thick white crust, so to avoid that kind of thing you need to use demineralized or distilled water with it. It comes with a bottle of it, but it’s widely available, anyway. I actually have a PUR Water Filter on my kitchen tap, so I don’t have to pay anything extra for water.
Also, because it needs pure water, you can’t mix fragrances or anything in the water. I figured out, though, from reading the user reviews on Amazon that you can put a drop or two of essential oils directly in the face mask for a similar effect. I like to use eucalyptus or peppermint oil. Peppermint oil, in particular, feels like it makes my nasal passages and lungs cool and expand instantly, letting me breathe easier.
This Is The Best Handheld Steam Inhaler, IMHO
For people with fairly mild allergies or chest congestion, I would honestly recommend the Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer instead, since it lets you steam your whole face as well. They’re both in the same price range. However, if you need or want the convenience of something portable and handheld, or if you’re mainly after the therapeutic effects of breathing steam, there isn’t a better personal steam vaporizer than the MyPurmist Handheld Steam Inhaler, IMHO.