Francesca Fusco is a dermatologist in New York, well known for her non-invasive methods of skin improvement and skin rejuvenation. In an interview in Allure she gives her advice on how to optimize your skin routine with steam.
Before entering the steam room, I recommend a shower with a gentle exfoliating scrub, Fusco says. Stay in the steam for around 15 minutes, and then shower and exfoliate again.
Sauna baths, especially the steamy ones, can have an very transformative effect on the skins appearance. The elevated heat and the increased sweating and circulation stimulates the reproduction of collagen and deeply cleanse and rejuvenate your skin.
Actually, spending time in the sauna is like having a facial, bur for the whole body. Fifteen minutes in the steam room opens pores, increases sweating, stimulates circulation, and eliminates toxins, Fusco says.
Rehydration is crucial, both from the inside and externally. Fusco reminds us to drink plenty of water and to moisturize the skin after each sauna session.
Apply moisturizer when your skin is still damp, and on top of that you can add an oil like jojoba for maximum effect, she says.
When it comes to improving your skin, consistency is key. One time in the steam sauna doesn’t have a lot of impact, but if you turn regular steam sauna baths into a habit you will soon see a difference in you complexion.
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