Saunas are so relaxing. They capitalize on the warmth or in fact, the heat from the steam to soothe the tired muscles. This begs the question, is that steam then good for your face too? Read on to find out!
Using steam: The rationale
One of the biggest factors to determine whether you will carry out the DIY remedy is if it’s convenient to make or not. Steam wins in this regard because it is as basic as it gets; all it takes is heating the water.
You can either buy steamers to help you or go super primitive by heating water over stove and using the lid to retain the heat. Similarly, you can also make steam using the good old electric kettle.
However, be careful when using either of the techniques. Steam is hotter than boiling water –a bit of science that you might not understand but take our word for it – and so can burn the skin, meriting the intervention of your Dermatologist in Islamabad then.
Convenience is not all there is to using steam: there are other benefits to using steam for your face as well.
When your pores are clogged to the core, you need to first open them to be able to scoop out the gunk. Steam helps you with this relaxation of the pores. Often, you need your pores to be open for deep cleaning and removing the excess oils they hold.
The jury is still out on how to effectively remove blackheads, but one sure fire way is by using steam. When your pores are open and relaxed, you can then pick out the blackheads, and give yourself flawless skin.
You should ideally use the blackhead extractor which has a loop on one end that makes it convenient to pick out the oil and gunk and has a slightly sharp pin-like structure on the other end which may be used to coerce the stubborn skin, enabling a clearer path to the blackheads.
However, be careful when using the extractor. If you go too hard, you might tear the skin, leading to the formation of scars then.
The buildup of oil and bacteria on the skin can lead to many problems, including zits and breakouts. Moreover, the texture of the skin also becomes bumpier, with pores showing as craters on the skin.
Steaming helps in the removal of the buildup on the skin. It absorbs the excess oil on the skin and kills the acne-causing bacteria as well. Result: A smooth skin without breakouts.
When your skin is relaxed, the performance of skincare products also gets better. They are able to penetrate deeper into the skin, as warm skin is more receptive to products. So, after the session of steaming, lather on the serums, potions and see your skin get better.
Dehydrated skin is not only prone to breaking, but it also looks unaesthetic. Moreover, dehydrated skin is also prone to premature aging. Steaming, on the other hand, helps in hydrating the skin.
The steam is happily absorbed by the skin, which then not only improves from better hydration but also looks the part as well.
Improved blood supply
You must also have noticed your cheeks becoming red after a steaming session. This is because of the improved blood supply to the skin due to the steam. Blood brings with itself nutrients, that then help in nourishing the skin cells.
Moreover, blood also helps in the buildup of collagen and elastin, the skin proteins that give it a hydrated and taut look. This then prevents premature aging and makes the skin look plump as well.
While it’s mostly safe, those with rosacea and broken capillaries should first consult the Best Skin Specialist in Karachi, as steaming is generally not safe for them.