I don’t know about you, but my facial routine is GNARLY… + I loooove it. I’ve always had a love for taking care of my face + like I mentioned before its all thanks to mi madre. She would spend more time washing, oiling, moisturizing, cleansing + toning her face than doing her make-up. She taught me to ALWAYS wear sunscreen even when the sun isn’t out, don’t go to bed with makeup on, + less is more.
Recently I began to notice my skin was dry in random places that it usually wasn’t (between my eyebrows, my eyelids, neck + nose areas) suuuper random + I couldn’t pin point the problem. I tried switching up cleansers + oils, which did help, but I was still like WTH, every time a dry skin spot would appear, annoying. So that along with the inability to get the horrendous Bakersfield air our of my pores on a daily basis called for a little bit of skin-search.
Found out my makeup, along with the dirt + dry air of the central valley wasn’t doing much benefit for my face. Now, I lay back on the foundation + switched to this Mac Face + Body moisturizing foundation, great for the dewy look I’m currently into, switched my facial cleanser to this Neutrogena Hydroboost with hyaluronic acid- great for hydration + plumping the skin, + invest in a facial steamer.
Disclosure, don’t over use the steamer. I’m so addicted that I want to do it every. single. night.
- great for acne + blackhead prone skin, it will reduce the signs of blemishes. The steam allows for clearer, unclogged pores + smoother skin.
- removes unnecessary dirt and oil from you skin. The steam helps remove the dead skin that lays on the surface of our face.
- feels damn amazing, the hot steam, along with some essential oil is the best thing for my face before I crawl into bed.
- reeving up skin, the steam allows the skin to absorb other products, so its best to rub on a clay mask immediately after a good facial steam.
- helps alleviate dry skin problems, the steam will provide moisture for the facial skin which will help in the appliance of dry skin + allow for better hydration for the skin
- may increase signs on rosacea- when the skin turns a bit reddish, but test the timing + maybe cut the time down (5-7 mins)
- the heat of the steam may cause a bit of irritation, place your face a bit further away from the steam if this occurs.
- if you are weary, schedule an appt with a professional esthetician and they can answer all your questions!
- its best not to use everyday, I use it every three days, so about twice a week, sometimes three if my skin needs to boost.
When I first started steaming my face, I would use my huge ass pasta pot, fill with water + once the water was boiling I would turn off the heat- so i didn’t accidentally burn my robe + just let that hot steam hit my face.
At home steam room thank you very much. But as of late, I’ve been reading up on the advantages of at home facials + using your pasta pot was not at the top of the list- shocking, I know.
So, I did what I always do - try to get my iPhone to recognize my fingerprint for the third time, then bust open my Amazon app, + order a facial steamer, okay yes.
It sort of reminds me of a character off of Star Wars, if any character off Star Wars were Millennium Pink..
It’s super easy to use, has a water reservoir that holds the perfect amount of water for a quick 10 minute facial steam. I even add a bit of my fav lavender essential oil to the water for an added wake up.
Such a nice ten minutes to just sit still.
You really have no choice, trust me I tried.
As of late, I’ve been grabbing Sopia Amoroso’s book, #girlboss + its so good. If you love a great story about a woman breaking barriers and facing challenges only to overcome with a multi-million dollar business + a fashion sense that blows the mind, then do yourself a favor and add this read to your collection.
Back to the steam, once I’m done reading, scrolling, or taking a quick snooze, I lather my face with an amazing clay mask. Any brand will work. I'm hooked on this mask from Arbonne.
A quick 15 to 20 minutes for yourself before you go to bed a few times a week, + your skin will thank you.
This post had officially convinced me to turn my steamer on.
Let's chat! Send me any tricks you have to cure the ever so hated dry skin. Let me know if you gave this all a try + how amazing you feel after.