What Does a Facial Steamer Do?

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What Does a Facial Steamer Do

If you are into the skin care world and enjoy investing time improving your skin’s health, you might have heard by now about facial steamers.

As many other beauty products, these are an electrical appliance that can be found in salons and spas and that offer great treatments for the face, but what actually does a facial steamer do?

In the past couple of decades, it has become quite a popular product, which lead to brands creating a home-model that can be used by anyone without having to pay for expensive treatments or leaving the comfort of the house. We did a review of the top 5 models in the market not long ago.

They are well known for cleansing the skin deeper than other liquid soaps or scrubs. However, do you know exactly what they do to your cells and why do they have such a healthy effect on the skin?

Let’s explore deeper into the facial steamer world so you can understand how the therapy works and why it’s so effective!

What is the warm steam good for?

Whether you already own a facial steamer or you are interested in purchasing one, it is good to know that there aren’t many differences between models.

Although spa models can be quite diverse, home ones usually consist in a small tank that heats up the water, a funnel, and a bigger component that directs the steam to your face.

Once the machine starts working, the water in the tank usually reaches 110° Fahrenheit, a temperature high enough to make you sweat, and although some of you might not be very fond of perspiration, keep reading! The benefits it brings to your skin are worth the effort, and using a facial steamer is actually very easy.

When the water becomes steam and it starts being funneled to your face, as soon as it touches your skin, many things happen at the same time:

  • The warm steam removes all the dead skin that clogs your pores and causes many skin issues.
  • One unclogged, the pores of your face open, and the warmth brings up oils, dirt and bacteria that remain hidden deep down the surface on your skin.
  • The bacteria are killed, releasing the pores and reducing the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads.
  • The water in the form of steam re-hydrates your skin, allowing it to re-gain elasticity and eliminating dryness.
  • The collagen starts to regenerate, rejuvenating the skin more each time you have a steaming session.
  • The blood circulation improves, lightening the skin color, gaining a fair complexion and, overall, improving the skin’s health.

These are only a few of the benefits that the facial steaming has. If you clean your face before AND after every session, the purity of your skin will achieve incredible levels, allowing you to feel your face younger than it had ever been.

Alongside, the warmth induces relaxation, decreasing aging lines, giving you a healthy glow, and making you have a better mood in general.

Other great effects of facial steamers

Aside from the above, facial steamers also have two extra great benefits:

  • On one hand, they are very useful for unblocking nasal passages. Those who suffer from sinus congestion or tend to catch colds easily can use the facial steamer to open build-up nose passages and improve breathing process.
  • On the other hand, it works great as an aromatherapy! You can always add a few drops of essential oils or a small amount of dried herbs to give some scent to the steam. Although it has been proved that these might not have physical effect on your skin, they work great to induce relaxation and achieve every benefit aromatherapy offers.

In fact, peppermint and eucalyptus oil are quite good for reducing respiratory problems! While other scents like chamomile can help decrease headaches.

Lastly, facial steamers are excellent humidifiers, so if you are looking for something that can be multi-purpose, this might be the product you want.


To maximize the facial steamer effects, it is a good idea to wash your face before using it, and to wash it again afterwards.

If you plan on using a facial mask, the perfect moment is right after the steaming session, as your pores will be open and ready to absorb all the nutrients of the mask.

Lastly, although facial steamers do not need medical approval in most cases, if you have suffered from any skin issues before, it is a good idea to consult it with your dermatologist before diving deep down into the therapies.

Last Updated on March 29, 2019

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