We all know how stressful life can be. That doesn’t mean that you have to be stressed out too! Stress can effect our physical and mental well-being. It is important to decompress and unwind on a regular basis. The activities in this post, as relaxing as they are, also have great benefits for the skin. In this article, we’ll discuss various ways in which you can literally steam your worries away.
SAUNA AND STEAM ROOM
These therapeutic activities not only encourage you to unwind and refocus on the minor details, but they also reduce muscle tension and promote blood circulation. One of the best ways to relax and simultaneously receive benefits for your skin is from the dry heat of a sauna and wet heat of a steam bath. They both reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation while concurrently opening up your pores and increasing blood and lymphatic circulation. The heat helps improve circulation and naturally promotes sweating, which opens up the pores and cleanses the skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after your sauna or steam treatment and don’t stay in too long; 15 to 20 minutes is usually enough. Make sure to shower right after your treatment to cleanse the surface of your skin from all the sweat.
STEAM YOUR FACE AT HOME
Steaming your face at home is a great way to achieve the benefits of a steam treatment. Most professionals recommend a water temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) and caution getting the steam no closer than 12-18 inches from your face. If you let your skin absorb too much heat, the increased blood flow could lead to scalding or broken capillaries (tiny red spider veins) under the skin.
In order to boost the effectiveness and benefits of your steam treatments, EcoGenics has developed a proprietary blend of herbs which have natural cleansing and toning properties. EcoGenics 100% Natural Herbal Facial Bath contains: Lavender, Sage, Peppermint & Spearmint, Chamomile Flowers and Fennel Seeds. All skin types can benefit from facial steam treatments. As a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended that you incorporate a steam treatment into your beauty regime once a week. Exposing your skin to steam for a longer period can dry out your skin.
For an extra cleansing post-treatment boost, rinse skin with cool water and apply EcoGenics Mineral Masque Soufflé. To ensure your skin is properly hydrated, finish with EcoGenics Skin Serum and/or EcoGenics Moisturizer.
If you have certain skin conditions such as rosacea or a fungal infection, sweating and increased blood circulation caused by steaming might do more harm than good. In addition, if you have severe acne, steaming your face can potentially worsen conditions. Check with your doctor before you start any steam treatments.