Friday, March 23, 2012

Fresh Start - How To Do Your Own Facial Steam

Good skin is never out of style! Our skin is the largest organ that our body has and it acts as a barrier to entry for harmful bacteria. Steaming the face is the best way to thoroughly deep clean your pores to rid it of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and to loosen any debris from makeup, moisturizers, sebaceous (natural skin oil) secretions dust, as well as dead skin cells that maybe embedded in the skin. Steaming softens skin, while opening the pores so that cleansing and the releasing of any toxins becomes easier as the cosmetic products are able to reach every cell.

You can do your own facial steaming if you don't have time or money to go to the spa. Here's how:

Oily Skinuse thyme, peppermint or lemon, salt.

Normal Skin: use rose, rosemary or lavender, salt.

If using essential oils, use 1 drop for every cup of boiling water. Use 1 tsp salt for every cup of boiling water.

Based on your skin type, add the ingredients to boiling water in a bowl. You can use  fresh herbs or essential oils. Put your face directly over the steam while draping a towel over your head to keep the steam from escaping into the air. This makes it more effective in opening the clogged pores. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the steam disappears. If you don't intend to use a mask, you can then rinse the face with lukewarm water. If using a mask, skip the rinsing step.

Be careful not to burn your face. You shouldn’t feel any discomfort while doing this.
When rinsing, first use lukewarm water to remove all the product, then splash a final bit of cool/cold water to close your pores.

My skin is normal, so I use lavender essential oil and salt in my mixture:

This is the mask that I use...

The best time for applying your facial mask is after steaming your face, because the pores are open and the ingredients will be able to penetrate deeply into the skin.

If you want to remove the comedones (black heads) wrap a tissue around your fingers and apply gentle pressure to each side of the comedones. Squeeze them gently but never squeeze violently because it may lead to scarring. Or you can use a tool like this:

To help ensure that no further bacteria is introduced to the skin, sanitize the tool  first by cleaning it with rubbing alcohol, or some of your toner or astringent.

After steaming always apply some toner or astringent to disinfect the skin, then apply your hydrating cream.

Add facial steams to your skin care regimen to keep your skin refreshed and rejuvenated!

Love and enjoy your fresh, clean skin!

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