What is best for my skin sauna or steam room?

Who doesn’t like a nice steam experience? I know I do! While the warmth can provide relaxation, how does it affect the skin on the face? Does it provide any benefit? There are pros and cons for how either a steam room or a sauna can impact the skin. For certain skin types they can be good for the skin, but for other types of skin, it actually may be doing more harm than good. In this post, I’ll go into the details of all.

First, let’s start with steam.

What’s happening to the skin while in a steam room?

  • Humidity that is given off from the steam is providing water-based hydration to the top surface layers.
  • Since steam rooms typically have temperatures of around 110 degrees, it will help to increase the skins’ internal temperature causing a dilation of capillaries, which stimulates blood circulation. This will result in the skin appearing flushed and red in most skin types.

What are the benefits to the skin from a steam room?

Since humidity of a steam room is at 100%, it makes it quite hydrating to the skin. Skin cells are like fish and need water to live so steam can be very beneficial for keeping surface layers feeling moist and looking healthy—as long as when you leave the steam room you apply a protective moisturizer to the skin to keep the hydration sealed into the skin. Through a process called osmosis, the dry air (like when you walk about of the steam room, made worse in the winter) draws moisture from wherever it can get it and this includes your skin. So if a serum or cream isn’t applied topically within 60 seconds to keep the moisture in the skin, it will evaporate out and the skin will be more dehydrated than even before you went in the steam room.

Another benefit is that of increased circulation that comes with heat. It is through the blood that oxygen and nutrients feed the cells in both our skin and body which are absolutely essential for keeping the metabolism of the cells acting young and making the repair processes function efficiently. All of this slows down with age so I’m a real advocate of stimulating blood flow to the skin.

How can steam be bad for the skin?

The drawback of a steam room is the intense heat that it gives off. For certain skin conditions like rosacea, where the skin already has a red appearance and stimulates all too easily, steam will cause a further dilation in capillaries making the skin even redder. So for anyone with a lot of redness and visible capillary damage in their skin, a steam room would not be recommended to use on a regular basis. But the good news is, if you do want to enjoy a steam experience, you can always hold an ice-cold washcloth on your face while in the room to keep the internal face temperature regulated. You might also perform a post-steam ice-cold water splash on the face to constrict capillaries and cool down the skin.

Secondly, for those prone to melasma (dark brown patches on the skin from hormones), the heat may also increase the possibility of making discoloration more prominent since heat inflames the skin, raising the skin’s internal temperature and waking up melanin cells. The goal with any type of pigmentation is to calm over-active melanin cells with soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients like licorice and stable vitamin C and so unnecessarily creating more stimulation of melanin with heat is never a good idea. If you are someone prone to pigmentation and are trying to get it to fade, an important goal is to keep the temperature of the skin as cool as possible so this would mean avoiding being outdoors on extremely hot days, steam rooms, sauna, and hot yoga.

Does steam open up the pores?

As an Esthetician, I know that steam is considered an important step in a facial to warm up the skin, soften the debris within the pores to prepare for easier removal of blackheads and provide hydration. But heat doesn’t actually open up the pores so, in a steam room, there is no cleansing occurring in this way.

Let’s now talk about a sauna. 

What’s happening to the skin while in a sauna?

  • A sauna gives off dry heat and there is very little humidity given off from the water being poured onto the hot rocks or heater.
  • Since saunas typically have temperatures between 170-212 degrees, this will significantly raise the skins’ internal temperature causing a dilation of capillaries, which increases blood circulation. This will result in the skin getting flushed and red in most all skin types.

What are the benefits to the skin from going in a sauna?

A benefit is that of increased circulation that comes with heat. It is through the blood that oxygen and nutrients feed the cells in both our skin and body which are absolutely essential for keeping the metabolism of the cells acting young and making the repair processes function efficiently. All of this slows down with age so I’m a real advocate of stimulating blood flow to the skin.

How can a sauna be bad for the skin?

The drawback of a sauna is that temperatures are much hotter than in a steam room so while they can increase blood circulation and offer the benefits as mentioned above, someone with a lot of redness in their skin should avoid using a sauna altogether. It’s important to note that since heat rises, it won’t be as hot for any type of skin if you sit on one of the lower benches versus the top bench.

Also, saunas are a drier heat because the temperatures are between 170-212 degrees making a less humid environment, anywhere from 5-20%. While they will provide a little hydration to the skin, they are considerably less beneficial for hydration than a steam room. Similar to use with a steam room, always apply a moisturizer immediately on the skin afterward to keep the hydration in the skin and prevent evaporation when the air is dry.

For those prone to melasma (dark brown patches on the skin from hormones), the heat may also increase the possibility of making discoloration more prominent since heat inflames the skin, raising the skin’s internal temperature and waking up melanin cells. The goal with any type of pigmentation is to calm over-active melanin cells. If you are prone to pigmentation and are trying to get it to fade, an important goal is to keep the temperature of the skin as cool as possible so this would mean avoiding being outdoors on extremely hot days, steam rooms, saunas, and hot yoga.

In summary, from a hydration standpoint, both steam and saunas are beneficial but there are many topical products that can provide an easier and quicker way to hydrate thirsty skin cells if that’s the goal you’re going for.

I definitely recommend both steam rooms and a sauna for my clients who have skin types that could benefit from a boost of circulation. However, as I said previously, you can always put a cold washcloth over your face to prevent putting pressure on fragile capillaries.

What is Stem Cells Skin Care?

Stem cells are beneficial for the natural process of healing and regeneration. Stem cells are found in all living things and have the ability to turn into all different kinds of cells and help the body regenerate.

Naturally, your skin is already made of stem cells. As you age, you start to lose them, and by the time you hit 50, you’ve lost about 98 percent of them. Yikes! When you’re young, the average turnover for your skin is about 25 to 30 days. When we get older, the production slows down, the turnover can take up to 60 days. When it’s exposed to the elements longer, it loses that youthful vibrant look. That’s where products come in.

The stem-cell skin-care products contains the proteins and amino acids that the youthful cells secrete.

This is what your body recognizes and can use to help rejuvenate and repair cells, these are the natural body healers.

The cocktail of proteins and amino acids that are harvested from the actual stem cells themselves signal your own cells to produce more collagen and elastin and ultimately fire up the rejuvenation process. Say hello to the fountain of youth.

It’s important to note that stem-cell science is still in its infancy, and even though not all dermatologists are totally convinced that stem cells by themselves are miracle anti-aging, they do agree that these products are still packed with age-defying benefits.

I believe that these products are worth using primarily for their high concentration of antioxidants, which work to reverse UV-induced skin damage, and also for their potential to improve cell turnover and renewal.

Benefits of LED light skin care treatments

The use of LED light treatments on skin has become quite popular over the past few years. It is safe and clinically proven to improve the skin texture and solve many skin problems.

Does it work?

To many people, yes it works and they see results within just 2 or 3 days after the treatment. They usually get their treatments in spas where they will use 4 different types of LED light for the treatment. Different LED lights will have different wavelengths which will have different functions. Blue is for destroying acne and bacteria, amber is to build new collagen and elastin, infrared is to accelerate skin recovery, and red (most popular) is to reduce inflammation and promote circulation.

Why use LED light and what do they do to your skin?

Some people would fear that using LED light would have the opposite effect and damage their skin. The truth is, LED light is very safe if you know how to use it properly. The risk is very little (if any), and has no side effects. It helps to penetrate your skin products deep into your skin without any pain. It also speeds up the effects of your skincare products making you see the results quicker.

Red LED light is most popular among home users. It easily penetrates the skin, boosts circulation and bringing more blood and nutrients to the treated areas. It also helps stimulating collagen and elastin, and repairing damaged cells. The deep penetration is beneficial in treating skin problems such as wrinkles and fine lines, blemishes and redness, age spots and hyperpigmentation and acne scars. It is great for anti-aging and suitable for all skin types.

Red LED light devices can easily be found in the market and also safe to use at home.

Beautifying healing properties of Roses

Roses has a wide variety of colors and sizes which are widely grown for their beauty and often are fragrant. In ancient times roses were used by royalty to make rose water, perfume, scented oils, medicinal balm and luxurious aromatic bath. Rose oil was extremely expensive to make since it took a massive amount of roses to make few drops of oil and was only available for the rich. Roses beautiful colors and sophisticated aroma evoked many meaningful significance in many societies. Its wide range of valuable beneficial properties for skincare made roses the symbol of beauty all over the world.

Why roses became the epitome of beauty?

The beautifying healing properties of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial combination eliminates free radicals and slow down the aging process with a sweet relaxing therapeutic aroma.

Citronellol is a natural colorless oily liquid with a floral smell of rose. Mainly used as a fragrance ingredient in skin care products formulation of lotions, cleansing products, hair care, lipsticks, moisturizers, perfumes and colognes. Its permeable and versatile astringent properties can help clear pores and reduce body smells by flushing out toxins from the body. The key ingredient to minimize the size of pores to achieve smooth and flawless dewy skin. This potent yet gentle component is ideal for all skin types to tighten capillaries, reduces redness and blotchy skin.

Geraniol a natural component of rose essential oils with a sweet rose like aroma. The therapeutic attributes of geraniol include anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. They help healing scars, cuts and wounds.This combination is ideal for people with oily and acne prone skin types. These beautiful flowers have the power to heal and restore your skin.

Rose extract

Rose extract condition the skin with high concentrations of vitamin C to stimulate collagen production. Contains vitamin E to moisturize, brighten and protect skin from trans-epidermal water loss. This ingredient helps your skin hydrated throughout the day and fight skin dullness.

How to apply skin care

Skin care has to be applied in order to prepare skin for better penetration/absorption and optimal results.

Application guide

 Morning routine

1- Wash your face with gentle cleanser and rinse with warm water.

2- Apply alcohol free toner to balance the pH in the skin.

3- Nourish your skin with serum.

4- Dab eye cream to maintain healthy skin around the eyes. The skin around the eyes are the most sensitive and tends to get thinner to form wrinkles and show signs of aging.

5- The most important is to moisturize your skin to maintain it hydrated during harsh weather.

6- Protect your skin with a sunscreen sealing barrier against the intense sun rays. Re-apply during mid afternoon when the sun is the strongest.

Night routine is really important to soothe the skin and repairs itself.

1- Make-up remover or oil cleanser to remove all the make-up, oil and dirt from the skin.

2- Use a exfoliating facial scrub with foaming face wash to prepare the skin to absorb the repairing nourishing boosters.

3- Apply toner with a cotton ball.

4- Eye Cream to protect the sensitive skin from other skin care products.

5- Use Ampules super boost of active ingredients to repair skin issues.

6- Apply serum to nourish the skin from environment aggression.

7- Night cream is a thicker protective layer to maintain maximum hydration and healthy skin.

Please let us know if you noticed a difference in your skin by trying these tips and leave us a comment. We would love to hear your story.

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Empowerment to embrace your natural beauty

Many women especially celebrities were encouraged to wear makeup in order to perfect all the time. The race towards today’s beauty standard can increase your insecurities to the point you don’t have the courage to walk out of the house without makeup. Women often feel that makeup is the perfect shield against judgment and often opt to put on this mask to feel comfortable and hide their insecurities of not being beautiful enough. The unrealistic beauty expectations that no human can achieve completely is a lost quest.

In 2016 Alicia Keys stopped wearing makeup in public in her journey toward self-empowerment to show her true face, mind, soul, thoughts, dreams, struggles, and emotional growth.  Keys only focus in enhancing her natural glow with a complete skin care regimen, serums, masks, rollers, oils, facials, spf, healthy meals and exercises. Many artist followed her path posting bared faced Instagram pictures.

True confidence and empowerment is to accept ones flaws and work to fix your skin issues instead of using makeup to cover it up to exude confidence. Many skin issues are due to bad habits that we need to fix from the inside out and protect the skin from the harsh environment. This will help to decrease the signs of aging in the long run, something that makeup won’t be able to cover.

In addition, love yourself and stay positive to supporting each other in the realization that worth isn’t based on looks. When you chose to wear makeup once in a while on a fancy occasion to change you look and have a dramatic red carpet entrance is awesome but not to depend on makeup to feel beautiful to please the tough audience.

Embrace your natural face with flaws and all.

Be proud to be you!