Monday, 26 November 2012

My Steamer and I

I've been using a face steamer forever... which translates to about 17 years now.
My loyal steamer decided to pack it in and stop working about 6 weeks ago and I shouldn't really complaint because it has always worked perfectly for nearly 2 decades.
Anyway, I decided not to buy another one straight away because I wanted to see if I would experience any difference in my skin or if I could live without it.
Well, BIG mistake!!!
Two weeks after I stopped using it, I started to experience some unusual break outs, I didn't really connected the dots straight away, to be honest.
But then, even though I managed to keep the situation under control, I noticed that I kept getting the same blemishes just few days after they cleared out.
During this time, I didn't change anything else in my beauty routine so I put it down to the lack of my deep cleansing weekly appointment and decided it was the time to get back into the routine.
I got my new facial steamer in Argos - there are a few different ones available but I went with the My Spa Revitalising Facial Steamer by Homedics.
I thought this was reasonably priced, you can control the steam and it's a brand that I know.
My routine:
I only need to use it once a week and I personally dedicate my Sunday evening to this treatment.
Once the water starts to heat up and the steam starts to rise, I tie my hair back and place my face on the rim of the bowl. I give it 10 minutes, making sure to move my face around during this time and when the heat gets too uncomfortable.
After that, I use a face exfoliator on the wet skin and follow with a purifying mask.
The steam will gently open up the pores so you skin can get the best benefits from these products and get a proper deep cleansing.

This routine works for me and I definitely recommend it; I do have sensitive skin and I don't think the steamer worsened my problem in any way, but I would be cautious if you have rosacea or delicate skin.
Have you ever used one of these face saunas before?
xxx

23 comments:

  1. My blackheads are getting terrible and you've just reminded me I have had this tucked away in the depths of my cupboard for years! Excited to try it out again :)

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    1. absolutely! get it out of the cupboard... you will see a difference! :)

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  2. ooh this sounds nice, I usually do a DIY treatment x

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    1. yeah, DIY works just as well... I'm just too lazy to even boil water... hehe ;) x

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  3. I used to steam my face regularly but only over a bowl of hot water, I've got quite lazy with it recently though maybe I should invest in an actual face sauna like this so I'm more inclined to do it :) Probably much safer than they way I'm doing it too lol x

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    1. well, i would say it's more effective because the water keeps boiling the all time so keep producing steam... if it makes sense. x

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  4. I sold mine recently at a car-boot sale and now I'm rethinking my decision based on your routine.

    Cx

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    1. hehe, well if you sold it, it means you don't need it right? :) x

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  5. ooh wow! I'm so lazy with steam cleaning - maybe if I bought a device I'd be more inclined to do it?
    Do you feel like 10 minutes takes forever? I can imagine it would be quite relaxing with some nice music on.

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    1. no, actually I feel like 10 minutes goes pretty fast... as you say, I just shut my eyes and clear my head, very relaxing!

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  6. I didn't know that you could buy a steamer! I'm still sitting with my face over a sink of hot water with a towel over my head haha xxx

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    1. haha, they do steamers indeed... worth checking out! ;) xxx

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  7. I remember my grandmother always using this as an essential part of her routine and me as a child waiting for the day I could use it to, but then I totally forgot about it all till now :L A steamer is now definitely going on my Christmas list!

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    1. awesome, I'm glad this post helped - I also get toning disk in lush and pop them in the water from time to time... you should definitely try! x

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  8. Does this actually help with breakouts?

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    1. It definitely helps me with blackheards, yes!
      thanks for reading! :)

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  9. This is so cool, I didn't even know they made these kinds of machines. I really want to do a steam (even with just a bucket of hot water and a cloth over my head), but I never seem to find the time :p

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    1. It's great!
      also if you don't feel too well, it will clear your head... very therapeutic.

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  10. I had a lovely facial with a steamer at a spa ages ago, but really need to buy myself one to use at home - this one sounds perfect for me :) x

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    1. I think it's definitely worth the investment... also my was under £20 which is a good price, I think x

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  11. I've never even considered one of these before...but I am now!

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    1. hehe, it's a great, chemical-free way to keep your pores clear... I reccommend it! x

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