Steam is an important part of a professional facial, and many people will try to duplicate the effects by using steam at home. They either purchase an at-home steam machine or put a towel over their head and lean over a pot of boiling water.
Whether you steam your skin at home, or have it steamed in a professional facial, many people think the pores open up and can be cleaned out more easily. Pores don’t open and close like doors, however.
Steam is beneficial in three ways…
1. The heat that the steam produces will raise the temperature of the skin and soften the hardened oil in the pore, making it easier for manual extractions and deep pore cleansing.
2. It is excellent for hydrating the skin as long as you seal in the moisture with a cream afterwards without letting the moisture evaporate.
3. It helps to stimulate circulation and dilate the blood vessels, bringing fresh blood and new nutrients to the skin cells resulting in an overall healthier appearance.
And, by the way, a cold splash after washing your face doesn’t close your pores but it will wake up your skin if you’re tired in the morning!
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Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”