What to Look for When Buying a Facial Steamer

Oil, dirt, and makeup can all affect the way your skin looks and feels. If you don’t feel tempted to waste money on spa facial treatments or simply don’t have the time to go to a beauty salon, you might benefit from using a facial steamer. Once you have purchased it, it might be a good idea to stick to some basic rules that can make your life a whole lot easier.

Sure, every product comes with its own set of instructions, but it doesn’t all boil down to the model you’ll end up purchasing. We’ve put together a short list of tips and tricks you can use to get the most of your facial steamer and finally achieve the skin smoothness you have been looking for. Have a look at the following ideas.


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Prepare the skin

The main thing to keep in mind is that steam facials are way more efficient when they’re performed on clean skin. Start by using a mild cleanser to get rid of any traces of makeup or oil and even sweat that has been building up on your face during the day. Exfoliating is another way of doing things, but don’t use a harsh scrub.



Fill up the facial steamer

Depending on the manual you have received along with the product you have chosen, the manufacturers might instruct you to start using the steamer one way or the other. Most of the models we have come across have a chamber which needs to be filled with around two cups of purified or distilled water. You’ll notice that the vast majority of manufacturing brands specify that their units should not be used with tap water as it can affect the durability of the facial steamers.

Continue by turning on the device and allowing it to rest for several minutes. During this time, the unit will actually start to emit steam.



How to use a facial steamer safely

Most of the modern alternatives we have stumbled upon feature a cone attachment above the base. However, several older variants feature a tube at the end of which there’s an orifice that allows the steam to go out. If you are the owner of a model with a cone attachment, simply set your face inside it. There should be a small distance between your skin and the steam coming out from the unit, so pay attention to this detail in order to avoid burns.

With the tube-shaped facial steamers, things are somewhat different. These will require you to operate the device in such a way that your entire face gets exposed to the steam as efficiently as possible.

No matter how tempted you might feel to use the unit for more than two minutes at a time, just don’t. Two to three minutes tops is the best steam session time. After all, there is no one stopping you from taking a one-minute break and then steaming your face for two other minutes.

When you are only beginning, it might be a good idea to stick to a maximum of five two-minute sessions per day. Any more than that might affect your skin in a negative way. Furthermore, the length of the steaming sessions can be adjusted in accordance with the necessities of your skin.


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Increase the benefits of using a facial steamer

Once you have gone through your routine, just wipe the steam that has been accumulating on your skin with a clean towel. Use a facial mask designed for your skin type, as this is the perfect time it can penetrate the skin surface. Remove the mask according to the provided instructions and then use a regular moisturizer. It’s really no problem if you don’t have a skin mask at hand, as the moisturizer will do its job neatly anyway. Before applying your face cream, you might want to consider splashing your face with some cold water to help the pores close up.



Safety considerations

If you have been suffering from skin conditions such as dermatitis, severe acne, or rosacea, we strongly suggest you have a talk with your dermatologist before starting to use a facial steamer. Sometimes, steam can aggravate the skin condition instead of making it better.

Other safety-related details refer to keeping your facial steamer in perfect shape and as clean as possible. Wash the device right after you have used it and thoroughly clean the inside of the chamber in order to prevent any bacteria from building up therein.