If you can recall, all I wanted for Christmas was a facial steamer… and I got one! I used to get facials regularly because my skin had terrible (and very painful) acne. A big part of a facial is the steam because it opens your pores and helps clear the skin.
My mom got me the Vanity Planet facial steamer, which is the only one that has the option to use essential oils in with the steam. Here is the product description from the Vanity Planet website:
Detoxify and cleanse your face like the professionals, no matter your skin type, with Aira, the facial steamer designed to clear pores and stimulate circulation.
Therapeutic steam made of nano-sized water molecules instantly goes to work hydrating and softening the skin’s surface, detoxifying your pores of impurities and dead skin cells. And, to enhance the pore-cleansing session, Aira uses an ion generator that enriches the water molecules, helping the steam penetrate and clean even deeper. So, say goodbye to breakouts.
Feeling worn from a long day? Add your favorite essential oil to Aira and treat yourself with a trip to your very own personal sauna.
I have been using the steamer at least three times per week, usually as part of my bedtime skincare routine. The directions explain that you should cleanse before and after steaming. So, I do a double cleanse prior (if I’ve been wearing makeup: balm + cleanser), steam, cleanse after, then use toner, a serum and a moisturizer or an overnight mask.
When I started regular steaming, I had a small (but stubborn) breakout on one side of my face and I am definitely seeing it finally start to go away. I will say, though, that you have to stay on it to notice a difference. Steaming once a month probably won’t do you much good.
In general, steaming your face has several benefits, including:
• Detoxifies skin, releasing impurities and dead skin cells
• Clarifies skin’s complexion
• Promotes better blood circulation
• Makes your skin more receptive to skincare treatments
• Moisturizes and softens skin
I am here for all of it!
The nozzle on the steamer is adjustable so you can aim it up or down, depending on how you are sitting (or laying). There’s also suction-cup feet on the bottom, so there’s no chance of it tipping over.
I have never used a personal facial steamer before, but this one does seem to put out quite a bit of steam. I usually position the steamer about a foot from my face, and the steam hits my entire face and the water tank is big enough for 15 minutes of continuous steam.
The steamer comes with three “baskets” where you can put essential oils if you want. Putting the oils in with the water could eventually damage the steamer. I have tried putting eucalyptus oil in with the steam and it was nice, but I definitely had to keep my eyes closed while steaming (not necessarily a bad thing). I would still like to try something less minty, such as lavender or even geranium.
Overall, I think this is a great product — I have already recommended it to friends! I think investing in beauty tools is always smart, because then the products you buy (the creams and serums) will actually work better.
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