A facial is the cleaning and re-energizing of the skin on the face. While professional facials are often done with micro-dermal scrubs and polishes, the at home facials are typically done using steam. Both methods are very effective at renewing the skin and both produce very clean results. Micro-dermal scrubs are often used by professionals due to the ability of the scrub to remove the top layer of skin from the face, and for this reason, it is not always recommended that people attempt this method at home. Steam facials remove the skin by steam and open the pores, allowing the cleaning agent in deeper without the potential for the skin to be damaged as a micro-dermal scrub may do.
The primary benefit of a steam facial at home is clearer and cleaner skin. The cleaner the skin, the less likely it is that a break out or blemish will appear. In addition, clean skin tends to appear brighter than skin that has not recently undergone a facial cleaning. This is because the dead skin cells that normally cover the skin are removed when a facial is done. This leaves brighter skin and better skin tone.
Hydrated skin is soft skin. Steam is very good at hydrating the skin and therefore creating soft skin. Steam facials subject the face to steam and therefore allows the skin the moisture that it frequently lacks due to the various contaminates that it faces throughout the day. In addition to the steam hydrating the skin, the steam and heat open up the pores, allow moisturizer to enter the skin and penetrate deeper than normal. This provides the skin with protection from drying out.
A steam facial at home can help to stimulate circulation in the face. The heat from the steam can cause blood vessels on the skin to come forward and closer to the skin surface, causing an increase in blood flow to the skin. This has several benefits. The first major benefit to better circulation in the skin is an increase of elasticity and nutrients to the skin. This can also decrease any uneven tones or age spots on the skin. Other benefits include a rosier appearance to the skin and thicker lip appearance. The skin may also tighten causing a decrease in wrinkles.
Most people are under high levels of stress. Finding effective ways to reduce stress has been big business for people for generations. The steam facial is a good way to reduce stress by relaxing during the facial experience. The heat from the steam can be very soothing and the time taking out of the day to focus on yourself can be extremely beneficial for relaxing. Some steam facial kits even allow for aromatherapy during the process which can further help to reduce stress and increase relaxation.