Has your skin ever looked extra glowy after stepping out of a long shower? There’s a reason for that. Similar to how targeted steaming can help hair health, adding a dose of heated, moist air—via a facial steamer, of course—can be the missing piece in your skincare routine. “Steaming is beneficial because it increases circulation and helps get rid of surface debris,” says Dr. Dennis Gross of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. “The steam works to heat skin up, and causes waxy, solid buildup to liquefy and drain out of pores. This process removes dirt, bacteria, and makeup residue that can lead to acne.”
Or, think of it as all-natural, totally clean exfoliation: “In this regard, steaming is also an exfoliating treatment using a natural source, namely water in the form of steam,” Gross adds. “For this reason, it is also hydrating, especially if moisturiser is applied immediately after steaming.” All good things, if you ask us. Ahead, seven facial steamers that deliver results (and lots of steam).
Do you have 10 minutes to spare? Then you have enough time to give this at-home steamer a whirl. Pop in some distilled water, then let the micro-steam stream envelope your face for up to nine minutes. From Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.
This top-rated face steamer kind of looks like a piece of modern art, and frankly, that’s a big plus. Pretty enough to leave out of bathroom storage, it generates steam in approximately 30 seconds flat.
Prefer your skincare ritual with clear, concise steps? This isn’t just a steamer—it’s a system. Clocking in at just under $40, Conair‘s bundle includes the face steamer, a nasal cone attachment, and a facial cleansing brush with two unique heads.
This steamer looks high-tech—and it is—but you won’t be stumped when you pull it out to use it. It gets to work the moment you press the power switch, with its built-in UV lamp sterilising the steam for extra-clean results.
Is having a travel face mister a bit extra? Yup. But it’ll come in handy whenever you want to start your skincare routine for the night and keep watching Netflix on the couch.
Space for one more beauty gadget might be in short supply. If so, snag this compact facial steamer instead of one of the bigger models. It’s only 16 inches around, and still cute enough to leave on a counter or stowed atop a cabinet if necessary.
Spend enough time sitting up, holding your face in steam, and you’ll quickly realise why professionals apply the treatment while you’re laying back in a chair. With this tabletop steamer, you can use the adjustable wand to do just that.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar US.