You can find a facial steamer for about £15 here in the UK from a catalogue store or a high street cosmetics store. A facial steamer is simply a miniature kettle, of sorts. There's a hollow in which you put a small volume of water (less than a shot glass full) and this is heated by the filament that is hidden away in the plastic casing of the unit. The filament heats up simply by connecting the steamer to the mains electricity. Ok, so you've got your hot water (also known as "steam"
). Now you've got to harness its cleansing properties. The steamer will be provided with some kind of plastic bucket-like object that sits over the steam.
You put your head in the open end of this "bucket" and steam gets to your face since there are small holes in the other end of the bucket (some bucket
). That's it! Alternatively you can simply boil some water in a kettle and then put it in a bowl and put a towel over your head whilst you absorb the steam to stop the steam from escaping and concentrate it on your face - which is basically what the "bucket" does. Once you've opened your pores with that lovely steam you can remove the moisture and apply a face mask. I personally prefer a clay based mask (or mud which is extra-firming
). The idea of steaming before using the mask is that the pores will be open and the mask will be able to penetrate the skin easier; thus, removing more impurities and dead skin cells.
I hope all this waffle helps