I got an email not long ago about how my favorite facial steamer, the Panasonic Ionic one I’ve been recommending the last year or so, was no longer in production. This kind of shocked me, because it truly is the best steam therapy device I’ve found on the market, so I wasn’t terribly surprised when I found out recently they released a new, updated, and more affordable version of this awesome gadget (technically called the EH-SA31VP). I had to get my hands on one immediately! Did it live up to my expectations?I’ll tell you all about it in this Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer Review 🙂
I Like The Looks Of This
The first thing I noticed about the Panasonic’s new Ionic Steamer is that it looks nicer than the old one. It’s less bulky, more streamlined. Operation is simple- add water, turn it on, and stick your face in steam.
There are fill lines to show you how much to fill it up for a full session (approximately 6 minutes) or a half session (you guessed it, about 3 minutes). The manual says it takes about a minute to get steaming, but after filling it up it was steaming just a few seconds after turning it on.
The nozzle releases a nice cloud of steam, and I moved my face around in it about 6 to 12 inches away from the device (the manual says stay 8 inches away, but use your own judgement). If you’ve used cheaper steamers, you know they typically require you to hunch over it in an awkward way and stick your face in a cone that stinks of plastic, and the ionic steam cloud is about a million times more comfortable than that.
The heat has an immediate comforting and relaxing effect, and I have to say, I really love the feel of the steam on my face as it penetrates into my pores. I can feel it cleansing my skin in a deep but gentle way. I also love the sensation of inhaling the steam and feeling my sinuses clear out 🙂
But What Are The Benefits Of Ionic Steam Therapy, Specifically?
- Deep cleansing of pores
- Increasing skin elasticity and smoothing of wrinkles
- Improvement of skin texture and luster
- Alcohol, fragrance, oil, soap and chemical free
- Clears sinuses, too!
The thing that really makes this unit better than cheaper facial steamers is that it doesn’t just heat water up so you can stick your face in some steam. It actually releases teeny-tiny, ultra-fine nano-particles of water that are 4,000 times finer than normal steam!
In practical terms, what this means is that instead of mostly just condensing on your face and dripping off, much more of the steam penetrates deeply into your pores, opening them up and helping to flush them of excess oil, dirt, and makeup. After a session that only takes a few minutes, the skin on my face feels great- super clean, refreshed, and renewed!
It’s not just about cleanliness, either. Since the ionic particles ease absorption of moisture, your skin regains some elasticity giving the Panasonic Ion Steamer powerful anti-aging benefits! This helps smooth out wrinkles and improve the overall texture and luster of your skin.
I’ve been doing ionic facial steaming for over a year now, and I really do feel that it helps give me a more youthful look. I always see people trying to use various chemicals on their face to fight the effects of age, and I feel like they’re trading a little bit of benefit today for some bad skin tomorrow. The nano-steam is all natural, so you get the benefits of the steam AND the benefits of being able to avoid those chemicals 🙂
Oh, and I should mention, when I first started using facial steamers, I did it to help clear out my sinuses, and this will also definitely help with that. Seriously, this time of year it’s not only beneficial for my appearance, it’s practically a necessity to keep my sinuses clear. (I will say that if this is the main reason you want a steamer, you can save some money and get a cheaper model.)
My Tips For Getting The Most Out Of This Steamer
The ionic steam the EH-SA31VP puts out does feel and work the same as their older ionic steamer, so I’ve actually been using the same process they used to recommend with that model. What I do is a short 3 minute cleanse with it, at which point I wipe or rinse my face off, refill it, and then do a longer steam. The second time I usually fill it to the “full treatment” line, which they say is about 6 minutes, but I usually get 7 or 8, which is in line with what the older model used to do.
They also recommend that you use distilled or purified water. I don’t think it matters much with cheaper facial steamers, but I think it does matter with the ionic nano-particle technique. I have a PUR water filter installed on my kitchen tap, anyway, so it helps me save not only on drinking water but water for the steamer, too.
I also like to use the steam on my hair, which seems to really help keep my hair from getting dry and brittle. (I haven’t heard of many people doing this, so if you’ve tried it, please leave a comment and let me know how it’s working out for you!)
Finally, start out slow. I do it almost every day, but I’ve been doing these treatments for over a year with the older model so I’m used to it. The manual says only use it 2-3 times a week for the first month, and that seems reasonable. The first time my sister used it, she broke out a little bit, but she loves it now.
Worth It? I’d Say So!
The new Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer is truly the top of the line when it comes to home facial saunas. It’s more comfortable than other devices intended for this purpose, and the nano-particles make it much more efficient at giving you the beautifying, anti-aging effects most users are after. The EH-SA31VP is more than a hundred bucks cheaper than the older model and works just as well, so I think it’s a great value, too.