Facial steamer is back – and it’s the cheapest way to upgrade your skincare routine
But you’d be a bit naive to think that Beckham is sitting at home, swinging a towel over her head while leaning over a bowl of water. Oh no, the art of steaming has certainly upped its game. There are now several plug-in devices to help you measure the intensity and temperature of your steam. Facialist Sarah Chapman’s Pro Hydro-Mist Steamer is one of the best on the market (and it’s Beckham’s favorite device) because it uses micro-fine steam to avoid irritation while delivering the results you you’re waiting.
But whether you choose a nifty gimmick or stick to what you know, getting started is easy. The key is to mist your face two to three times a week to notice a clearer, more youthful complexion.
If you opt for the bowl method, experts say a light hair towel can be used with a large mixing bowl. Pour in half a cup of cold water for every cup and a half of boiling water you use, and always place it on a sturdy surface to avoid accidents.
Either way, simply place your face about 20cm away from the steam, ensuring the temperature never exceeds 40 degrees – the optimum heat recommended by Chapman for relaxing impurities. Sessions should last no more than 10 minutes each, making this the ideal ritual for unwinding. Just be sure to cleanse your skin afterwards to rid it of any debris on the skin after the session.
If you’re looking to enhance your experience at home, adding a few drops of rosewater will fill the room with fragrance, and that’s how Keys enjoys hers. Note: Avoid essential oils as they can irritate and clog the skin. Even better, applying a plumping serum or mask right before you start your steam can help lock in moisture for long-lasting hydration. Continue with the rest of your skincare routine as usual – whether you choose to de-wrinkle in the morning or evening is up to you.
Devices to try
Pro Hydro-Mist Facial Steamer, £138, Sarah Chapman