Ask anyone who frequents a spa for facials and they’ll tell you the most satisfying part of the visit is the sense of ease you feel when the esthetician puts a steamer to your face. You’ve heard the claims: facial steamers open your pores, allow products to penetrate deeper, and brighten the skin. But how effective are facial steamers in your skincare routine?
“One of the main benefits of using a facial steamer at home is that it increases blood circulation to the skin by raising the skin’s internal temperature,” Rouleau explains. When you increase the skin’s temperature, oxygen flows to the surface and “feeds the skin cells with new nutrients,” Rouleau adds. When doing your routine, Rouleu advises you should always cleanse, steam, apply serum, and then finish with a moisturizer.
Here’s how it works: Steam increases the temperature of your skin, which in turn heats the debris in your pores. The dirt and oils clogging your pores are usually the consistency of hard butter, but with a little heat, they can be melted to soft butter. “It only stays soft as long as the skin is moist,” adds Rouleau. Once your pores are open, it’s easier to clean the skin and rid it of any congestion. If you’re thinking of taking matters into your own hands, you should invest in a quality facial steamer. The beauty tool can bring the spa experience to your home bathroom.
Ahead, skin experts share their personal favorite facial steamers.
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