A steam shower can promote many health benefits ranging from circulation and workout recovery to simple relaxation. Steam is also a tool for improving skin health – it’s a common technique in facials, and can be beneficial for most skin types.
Steam causes you to sweat, which opens up the pores and allows your body to release toxins, dirt and bacteria that’s trapped under the skin’s surface. This is great for the whole body, but if you’re looking to focus on your face, here are some tips for each skin type to incorporate steam into your skincare routine:
Skin Type: Dry or Sensitive
For those with dry skin – whether you live in a dry climate or have sensitive skin, a steam shower that produces warm, damp air can work to drench the skin in moisture rather than stripping it. Hot steam also increases peripheral blood flow which improves the skin’s overall complexion, making your skin look more radiant and hydrated.
The technique of steaming increases the temperature of the skin, which allows certain skincare products to more easily pass through the skin barrier. Be sure to apply hydrating serums or moisturizer after steaming – these products will more easily absorb across the skin barrier leading to extra hydrated, glowing skin.
Skin Type: Oily or Acne-prone
For oily or acne-prone skin, the moisture from a steam shower can help to rebalance overactive sebum glands. The heat and humidity of steam works simultaneously to unclog and cleanse pores by rinsing away dirt and dead skin.
Those with acne troubles sometimes find that normal facial exfoliators are too harsh, so steam is a gentler way to clear the pores. Simply relaxing in a steam room can reduce stress, which in itself can aid in calming blemishes and breakouts.
A Steam Skincare Routine
Estheticians suggest cleansing the skin with a gentle cleanser beforehand and to make sure all makeup is removed. Then you can spend between 5-15 minutes in the steam shower. The time will depend on skin type – less time for sensitive or dry skin, and more time for congested skin.
Afterwards, you can try applying a soothing face mask to your warm skin or go straight to rinsing your face with cold water and applying your final facial products like serums and moisturizer. Try this routine and notice not only radiating skin, but also the calming fulfillment in taking some time to unwind, relax and take care of yourself from the inside out.