FACIAL STEAMING & EXTRACTIONS

Steam

Most basic skincare facials will use a machine that directs a thin vapor of warm steam onto your clients’ face. This is relaxing for your client and helps softens up any blackheads and whiteheads to be extracted. If your client has overly sensitive skin, we would not recommend steaming.

Facial steaming is standard protocol for most skin care professionals performing facial treatments! This relaxing technique holds many benefits for cleansing and refreshing the skin.

Benefits of Steaming

  • Clean Out Pores

Steaming is especially beneficial for acne-prone skin, as the heat loosens dirt and debris from clogged pores. As the pores open, they are more easily cleaned out.

  • Improve Product Absorption

Open pores will also absorb beneficial ingredients in products more easily, ensuring you are getting the most out of those high-end skincare products your clients have invested in.

  • Improves Circulation

Facial steaming also promotes blood circulation, which can improve skin healing time and overall health.

WARNINGS

Steaming is great for skin types that can handle it. However, those with sensitive skin or rosacea should look to other methods of skincare.

Facial steaming should be performed once a week AT MOST. There are varied opinions from professionals, but the common consensus is that steaming too often can create dry skin as natural oils that moisturize the skin are stripped away.

Exfoliation

Exfoliating the skin uses mechanical or chemical substances. Mechanical exfoliants have a gritty texture that rubs away the surface dead skin cells. This type of exfoliation usually happens during the steam. Chemical exfoliation uses enzymes and acids to loosen the bond between skin cells. A gentle enzyme treatment can be done during the steam. Stronger chemical peels, which vary in intensity, can be a stand-alone treatment or part of the facial. It is not generally an “upgrade” and done in a series.

Extractions

This is the removal of blackheads or whiteheads if your clients want it and need it. People have different pain tolerance for extractions. They can be uncomfortable, especially on thin skin. Extractions can cause broken capillaries and discoloration if done improperly.