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Author Topic: Facial Steaming  (Read 3418 times)

SusieQ

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Facial Steaming
« on: March 20, 2011, 12:38:31 PM »
Anyone tried this at home or at spas?

I have an old Revlon Face Steamer and tried it for the first time at home lasts night. The reason is that I've been getting a lot more whiteheads lately. I've been searching and one of recommendations was facial steam.

Oily skin - twice a week
Combo - once a week
Dry- ageing - once a month
Sensitive - should not steam

I love what the feeling of my skin afterwards and still do this morning. I did a clay mask afterwards and followed it with a mixture of water and sweet almond oil as a moisturizer.
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Tupelo

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Re: Facial Steaming
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2011, 12:58:03 PM »
The sauna/face sauna is the first step in a facial at my day spa. It is supposed to loosen up the gunk in your pores and boost micro-circulation.

It's good for congestion, too!
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SusieQ

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Re: Facial Steaming
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2011, 01:03:49 PM »
I like the sound of that! 
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makinalist

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Re: Facial Steaming
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2011, 01:22:07 PM »
I used to steam my face years ago, but only occasionally.  It does help with sinus problems, so I did that when I was pregnant and refused to take medications of any kind.  Now, though, I would be very leery of breaking capillaries.  I wouldn't do it at all anymore for that reason.
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cara4art

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Re: Facial Steaming
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2011, 04:48:31 PM »
I used to steam my face over Swiss Kriss herbs in a pot of boiling water, with the towel over my head. Never had anything fancy like a steamer. Then I'd apply a mask, usually a clay one like Aztec Secret which believe it or not works REALLY well for de-gunking pores AND exfoliating if used with the apple cider vinegar. You'd think with my somewhat reactive skin that it wouldn't like that, but it did. Sure, my face would be a little red afterward, but that subsided after a half hour. I would usually do this before bed. Now, I don't steam my face, but once in a great while I'll still do the mask. When I run out of my CosMedix Pure Enzymes I might take this up again. Although the CosMedix is a great product and easy to use.

Veuve

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Re: Facial Steaming
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2011, 05:54:49 PM »
I used to steam my face years ago, but only occasionally.  It does help with sinus problems, so I did that when I was pregnant and refused to take medications of any kind.  Now, though, I would be very leery of breaking capillaries.  I wouldn't do it at all anymore for that reason.

Same here. I used to do it pretty often as a teenager/early 20s (I'd throw herbs in the water). Because of my tendency toward broken caps, though, I don't do it any more. If I need pore-clearing, I use my Clarisonic Mia and add BHA into my routine.
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BlackCat

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Re: Facial Steaming
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2011, 06:22:23 PM »
I could never steam because of my sensitive skin/rosacea.  The few times a facialist did it, it wasn't pretty.

I find BHA (salicylic acid) is great for unblocking those pores.  My favorite is Paula's Choice for efficacy and value, but I'm sure there are other good ones as well.
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makinalist

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Re: Facial Steaming
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2011, 09:35:53 PM »
I should add that I do still like to lay a warm, wet cloth on my face after cleansing it.  I always think my skin feels cleaner after I do that and is more ready for a night cream.
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SusanG

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Re: Facial Steaming
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2011, 01:17:08 PM »
I should add that I do still like to lay a warm, wet cloth on my face after cleansing it.  I always think my skin feels cleaner after I do that and is more ready for a night cream.

I do this, too (though I skip the night cream). I used to have a steamer, way back in the mists of time. (Ha! Inadvertent pun.) I wouldn't use one now -- too extreme for my skin, I think.
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makeupmaven

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Re: Facial Steaming
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2011, 01:29:01 PM »
I hate the steaming portion of a facial -- I feel like I'm going to suffocate. :eek:
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milla

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Re: Facial Steaming
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2011, 05:05:26 PM »
I hate the steaming portion of a facial -- I feel like I'm going to suffocate. :eek:

I am the same. I don't use steam very often, only if I have a cold (like now).
This is how I do it:
big  ceramic  mixing bowl
Boiling water from the kettle
lemon zest/cinammon stick/ 2 cardamon pods or
a cammomile tea bag
towel
My record is  about 3 minutes.

SusieQ

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Re: Facial Steaming
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2011, 10:38:29 PM »
It's been three day since I steamed and I have to say that I love how my skin feels and look. It could me a mirage and I'll have to see what happens on my 2nd one. I have less oil...less blotting during the day.
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