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Facial Steams - Are they for Everyone?

An "integral" part of every facial and a rising DIY trend - but is it for you?

Facial steaming is part of what makes a facial feel so luxurious. The part where the pores "open" and the skin becomes dewy and invigorated. Sometimes aromatherapy is even mixed in for a true "ah..." moment. Read more to find out if it's for you...

Here are the basic steps that many estheticians are taught in their schooling:

  1. Cleanse.
  2. Consultation.
  3. Steam.
  4. Exfoliation.
  5. Extraction.
  6. Massage.
  7. Face Mask.
  8. Final Applications.

We're here to talk about Step 3: Steam.


Let's get this out of the way:

  • Steaming does not open your pores. The pores do not open and close.
  • Steaming is not beneficial for all skin types. 

Big news: Sensitive, damaged, inflamed and sometimes dry and mature skin types should not steam. Though seemingly gentle, steam can irritate and further inflame these types.

Estheticians recommend steam for the oily-skinned and breakout-prone. 

For these types, the benefits of steaming include:

  • Increased circulation, which can help promote collagen and elastin.
  • Helps release trapped sebum (skin oil) by loosening debris.
  • Helps your skin better absorb skin care products
  • It’s soothing.
  • Helps with sinus congestion. 

Talk to a trusted esthetician to get the scoop on your skin type, but also, use your senses. If you feel irritated after a conventional facial, your esti may have been taught to steam everyone! It's a bit of an epidemic. Trust your skin if it shows discomfort.


Does your skin like steam? Tell us + your skin type in the comments below!

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