Advancements in technology and the cosmetic industry allow many in-office procedures such as facials to be done at home. You can buy masks, deep moisturisers, treatments and even salon equipment for a reasonable price. One of the most recent products to hit the market is the facial steamer. Use batteries or an electrical socket and water to power up and operate your facial steamer. With the proper know-how and a few extra items, you'll be on your way to using your facial steamer for a relaxing facial in no time.
Prep your face. The purpose of a facial steamer is to open your pores. Since you are opening your pores, your skin becomes susceptible to any dirt or oil on the surface. Properly cleanse your face to avoid breakouts or clogged pores. Wash your face with facial cleanser and towel-dry it gently.
Prepare the steamer. Look at your facial steamer and determine if it needs batteries or if it plugs into an outlet. If it needs batteries, put the batteries in. If it plugs in, set the facial steamer near the electric socket you will be using. Fill a measuring cup with approximately 237 ml (1 cup) of water. Locate the reservoir of the steamer and fill it up with water. Be careful to not add too much water. You don't want it to overflow.
Gather all the extras. You will need several additional items when you use your steamer -- some to use during and a few for after you steam your face. Gather a large towel, toner, moisturiser, cotton balls and your favourite facial mask. The towel needs to be large enough to cover your shoulders and face. The towel should be long enough to drape over your back when you put it over your head.
Use the steamer. Now that you're prepped and primed, it's time to use the steamer. Plug the steamer into a socket, if required, and turn the power on. It should take one to two minutes for your steamer to start up and begin releasing steam. Once the steam starts coming out, place the towel over your head and over the steamer to lock in the steam. Your face should be 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches) away from the steamer. Allow the steam to open your pores for 5 to 10 minutes.
Finish up. Once your face has been steamed, gently exfoliate your face and rinse it off. Towel dry your face. Apply your favourite mask and allow it to dry. Rinse your face with warm water and then with cool water. Towel dry your face again. Soak a cotton ball with toner and apply the toner to your face. Follow up with your favourite moisturiser. Enjoy your new glowing skin.
Add scented oil to the water before putting it into the facial steamer for an aromatherapy effect. Tea tree oil can be used for acne prone skin and lavender oil can be used for all other skin types.
Don't forget to power down your facial steamer after using it. If it is plugged into an electrical socket, unplug it and if it uses batteries make sure to turn the power off.