Facial steamers have become a popular item in many skincare routines. From claims that it opens your pores to claims that it helps the product to penetrate deeper, it seems the small piece of equipment is a skincare miracle.
Steamers have always had a coveted spot in the beauty industry with many aestheticians using them as part of facials. However, are they really worth all the hype? Here is a look at some common facial steamer questions and their answers.
What Do They Really Do?
While most of the claims are not true, steamers are in fact helpful during a facial. It is most effective when doing extractions.
“You probably think of steamers as a way to soften and open the pores—that’s not the case, as pores aren’t like doors. Steamers help to make manual extractions easier to prevent too much stress on the skin.”says celebrity esthetician and founder of Renee Rouleau.
How Does A Facial Steamer Work?
The hot steam from the device helps increases the temperature of your skin which then draws debris from the pores to the surface of the skin. This is because the dirt and oils that usually clog pores tend to be a hard consistency.
However, once heated the debris breaks down to a soft butter-like texture and will remain soft while the skin is moist. Thus steam is essential to soften the debris and make it easier to draw it out of the pores without needing to forcefully press into the skin.
How To Use A Home Steamer?
The best way to use a home steamer is to start by first cleansing and exfoliating the skin to remove anything that will prevent the steam from penetrating your pores. Once your skin is clean, set up the steamer about five to ten inches away from your face and steam for a maximum of ten minutes.
Keep in mind that the steam can burn you as it is extremely hot so make sure you are a safe distance away. After steaming, follow with a face mask or your desired treatments such as serum. Finally, end off the routine with a good moisturizer. Repeat at least twice a week for best results.
A facial steamer is an investment piece in your skincare routine. Rouleau recommends the AIRAVanity Planet as it is extremely easy to use and you do not need to strain your neck to feel its power.
“The steamer ionizes the water molecules, which helps hydrate the skin a bit faster. Ionized water typically delivers the best results without the need for a timely process. I caution against over-steaming as it can dehydrate the skin, and that’s what you want to avoid.”Rouleau says. Nicole Simpson, the founder of Amethyst Skincare.