In a world of social isolation, nowadays it is harder than ever to take good care of your skin without the much-needed help of dermatologists and beauty studios. However, there is a way to treat the skin on your face and cleanse it from all the blackheads, oils, and other impurities. Facial steamers are one of the best ways to handle all those issues and right now, they are more relevant than they’ve ever been.
Finding the best facial steamers is a relatively easy process. You just need to sort out the good models from the bad ones and shop based on your budget. How to sort them, you ask? Well, in this guide, I will show you everything you need to know about these new devices and hopefully, by the end of it, you will know how to make the right choice. Let’s first start with a handful of good suggestions that I’ve personally selected for you!
LONOVE Nano-Ionic Face Steamer
One of the top steamers on today’s market is without a doubt the LONOVE Nano-ionic face steamer thanks to its mix of practicality, ease of use, durability, and above all- affordability. It is ideal for dry skin and can help you achieve your skin goals in a matter of months with regular steaming therapy. The design of this particular steamer shows similarities with most of the other steamers on the market but the practicality and ease of use it brings make it a good option for both men and women. It also makes for a great gift if you have a close relative or friend that struggles with skin issues.
One of the main advantages of this steamer is located inside it. The patented Atomizing lamp they use to generate the steam is definitely something that sets this steamer apart from the rest. It allows the unit to create ultra-fine steam with negatively charged Nanoparticles. This finer steam is much better at penetrating the skin pores than regular steam that packs bigger droplets. In just 30 seconds the steamer will create this ultra-fine mist that will be generated towards your face via the top cone. The BPA-free components of the steamer also allow it to work in a most sterile environment, making it better for cleaning blackheads and other skin conditions such as acne.
This steamer is also very easy to use with its one-button operation. Simply fill the tank with 50ml of water and press the start button. In around half a minute you will have steam coming out and that’s when the session can start. There are both overfill and overheat protection that will keep the steamer from damaging itself during work. One a single fill it can provide up to 10 minutes of steam which is more than enough for most sessions.
Unlike other similarly priced models, there will be no plastic scents coming off from this steamer. The company ensures that if your face is located around 15 inches from the steamer, it will get the purest form of steam possible without it being contaminated by the unit’s components or other plastic parts. Another thing that I like about this particular model is that it comes with a 5-piece blackhead extractor kit and a cool headband which you can use to tie down your hair. Additionally, it comes at a bargain price and can hold up to 50ml of water, which is enough for a full steam session at one fill! Some of the downsides are that there is no built-in UV light in it like with some other models and that there is no cover for the steamer for when it isn’t being used.
- Practical design
- Very easy to use
- 10 minutes of steam on a single fill
- Nano-steam system
- 50ml tank
- Comes with a 5-piece blackhead extractor kit
- No built-in UV light
- No opening cover to prevent it from getting dirty
Microderm GLO Facial Steamer
Coming with a slightly higher price tag than most other steamers, the Microderm GLO SPA+ facial steamer is a unique model that packs a lot of interesting features and capabilities under its hood. And while it will cost you more it will provide one of the best skin hydration and purifying therapies out there. The main detoxification effect of this steamer is thanks to its fine steam water particles that it produces at a distance of around 10-15 inches. That warm steam will maximize the absorption of various face creams and serums you are using. It will also work in favor of your skin’s pH levels. This particular steamer offers more than 300% deeper hydration compared to conventional steamers.
Another benefit of getting a more expensive steamer is also going to show in full force in its build quality. On my top 6 list, this might be the best model in terms of its structural rigidity and feel. It features an unusual egg-like form factor which has an adjustable nozzle up top that can be rotated at 30 degrees. At its bottom, there are 4 suction legs that ensure the steamer’s stability when it is used on flat and slippery surfaces in your kitchen, living room, or bathroom. The reservoir fits around 50ml of water which is good for 8 to 10 minutes of steaming. That reservoir is also dead easy to refill any time you want to use the steamer again.
The whole unit is controlled via the one-touch sensor below the steam nozzle. It is a capacitive button that works with both wet and dry hands without any issue. There are no additional controls to this steamer, making it very easy and straightforward to use. After the steaming procedure, you can use Microderm’s GLO microdermabrasion tool which will clean your skin from any impurities that are left after the steaming. The steamer works best when paired with other Microderm products like their peptide complex and their microdermabrasion machine. For added benefits, make sure you are using distilled water, as you would with any other diffuser or steamer.
- Unique design
- Small formfactor
- 30 degree adjustable steam nozzle
- Easy to use and refill
- Works for more than 10 minutes on a single tank
- Water tanks are known to be a weak point
Diozo Nano-Ionic Facial Steamer
The Diozo Nano-Ionic steamer is one of the cheapest steamers you can get on the market and that comes with its own sets of pros and cons. One of its main advantages is that it does what all other steamers do for less money. Still, there are some material issues and the build quality is nowhere near that of the more expensive steamers on the market. As a whole, it is a good alternative thanks to the accessories you are getting but if you want something that will last longer and won’t pose any risks, spend a little extra and get a Microderm steamer.
The mist this steamer produces is strong and often quite hot, so make sure you stay at the intended distance throughout the whole steaming procedure. While the tank fits 70ml of water, it is instructed to not fill it more than 50ml at a time. This will last you for a good 8 minutes and maybe longer. The whole steamer is quite easy to use with a one-button operation to turn it on/off.
On top of all of its features and bargain price, the Diozo steamer comes with a ton of accessories. Those include a cute headband, a blackhead and blemish removal/extractor kit, a measuring cup, and a case for the extractor kit. Everything, including the accessories, is backed by a full 1-year warranty, also making this steamer a good choice for a gift for a close friend!
- Comes with a lot of accessories
- Good for 8-10 minutes of working
- Fast to heat up
- Very easy to use
- 70ml water tank
- Some defective units can spit hot water
- Bad plastic scents
- Build quality isn’t stellar
Kinga Facial Steamer
Nano steamers are getting more and more common, and more importantly – they are also getting cheaper and cheaper. The Kinga Facial steamer is a highly portable model that packs the nano-steam technology which allows your skin to get far better hydrated, relaxed, and ultimately cleaned. It features a minimalistic design with a fixed nozzle that opens outwards and upwards like a flower’s cone. It has a convenient opening for the water tank that fits around 50 ml of water which is up for nearly 10 minutes of steaming. The steam itself is ready in around 30 seconds after you turn on the unit. Like most other steamers on the market, it is operated via a single on-off switch at the front of the unit. Apart from being a relatively good bang for your buck, this steamer is also one of the smallest out there. Behind its steaming nozzle, it also has a handle that makes moving it around very easy, even if it is hot from working!
The Kinga Facial Steamer also has a decent build quality which is compliant with the latest US material standards. This eliminates nasty plastic scents and is more environmentally friendly. Within your package, you get your steamer, a manual, and a 5pcs skincare kit for free! Before you use this steamer for the first time, make sure you allow it to work once through a full tank of distilled water. That will remove any residue from manufacture-related scents. Once operational, make sure you keep your face at least 8-10 inches afar.
- Relatively cheap
- Very small
- Super easy to use
- Good for 8-10 minutes of steaming
- Has a handle
- Comes with a skincare set
- The plastic smell can sometimes stick for a while
- The water tank is prone to breaking
- Fairly expensive when not on sale
Besteamer Nano-Ionic Facial Steamer
The Besteamer facial steamer by Ienin is a solid option if you’re looking for a budget steamer that does all the standard things other budget steamers do. It uses the nano-water particle technology other steamers on the market do and is great for cleaning and maintaining your skin. Thanks to the PTC-heating and the nano-steam, this steamer can penetrate up to 20 times better than traditional steamers. This allows your skin to open up more and have its pores cleaned easily. The steam maintains an ideal temperature of around 105 fahrenheit which allows you to be fairly close to the steamer without getting irritated by the heat or getting burned like you would with some other cheaper models.
There are a handful of safety features on-board here, including the auto-turn-off feature which turns the steamer off once the tank is empty. The tank itself has the largest capacity of every steamer on this list at 100ml and can last the longest at more than 15 minutes! This is far more than a single steaming session should be, allowing users to take various breaks during the procedure if they want to clean something up. To help you do that, there is a skincare toolset that comes with the steamer, as well as a pink headband! Once fully empty, the steamer will make a buzzer sound and stop working. Then, you need to refill its water cup with distilled water again and press the center on/off button.
- Easy to use
- 100ml water tank
- 15 full minutes of steaming operation
- Auto-turnoff feature
- Comes with a skincare toolset
- Doesn’t generate a lot of steam
- Some plastic scents in the first few uses
Facial Steamers Buyer’s Guide
If you’re first learning about facial steamers, it can be a bit overwhelming. This is why I’ve structured this buyer’s guide section into individual sub-sections that will walk you through all the important questions and answers you need to read in order to make the best possible choice when buying your first steamer. We will talk about the nature of these devices, their benefits, the features that you need to pay attention to, and most importantly – how to use them. Now, let’s jump into this!
What Are Facial Steamers And How Do They Work?
Facial steamers (or misters) are a relatively new group of cosmetic devices that has taken the beauty world by storm. Their primary function is to heat up your face with the help of hot steam. Once your skin is warmed up, its pores will open up, allowing the steam to go deeper into the pores and start cleaning the skin from the ground up. All the impurities and oils in your skin’s pores are typically hard but once heat is applied they get significantly softer and can be displaced. At-home facial steamers are a handy way to save you the walk to your local cosmetics studio or esthetician. In these days of social isolation, they are also a good way to keep your skin clean without the need to schedule appointments.
In terms of the different types of steamers out there, you can find the following:
- Personal steamers – These are the most common type of steamer and are often small and compact, easy to use, and relatively cheap.
- Professional steamers – This version of the facial steamer is often large and extremely expensive, hence they are used primarily by beauty studios.
- Nano-Ionic Steamers – These are the newest type of steamers that use slightly different technology and promise a far more effective procedure without the unwanted side effects of overusing a normal facial steamer.
There are also some smaller steamers which are called “misters” but they don’t have a nearly as good effect as a personal facial steamer since they don’t provide enough heat for the skin to fully open up. Now, let’s discuss the ups and downs of steamers…
Benefits of Facial Steamers
There are quite a lot of benefits from these devices affecting both men and women. The main ones are:
- Facial steamers increase the blood circulation under your skin which promotes growth and repair processes
- The heat combined with moisture open you’re your skin’s pores and melt away oils and impurities
- Regenerate’s your skin cells by delivering more oxygen to them
- They are a great tool against blackheads and whiteheads
- They keep the skin moisturized (when used properly)
- They help women prevent oily skin and shiny skin on their faces
- The warm and moist air also helps clear up your airways and loosens up your lungs which helps people with seasonal allergies
Of course, there are a few drawbacks to facial steamers and they are mostly linked to improper usage. For instance, not using an alcohol-free toner after you’re done steaming can result in dehydrated skin. Also, using the steamer far too often for far too long can cause some unwanted reactions. Now, let’s check out which are the most important features that you should be keeping an eye on when buying your first steamer!
Features to Look For
For such a small device, a facial steamer has a surprisingly high number of features that are crucial to its overall practicality and functionality. Still, some of the main ones are:
- Design and Build Quality
- Heat-up Time
- Noise Levels
- Auto shut-off
- Ease of Use
- Extra Features
One of the main features of a facial steamer is its water tank capacity. This directly correlates to the time you could spend using it without it losing its steam. Typically, water tanks vary from 40 to 120ml (1.3 to 4 oz) but you should be always looking for a bigger tank, especially if you plan on having the steamer be used by multiple people in your household. Also, since most facial steamers have an auto-shutoff feature once they have their water depleted, the tank capacity will determine how long they can work. An 80ml tank can last around 8 minutes on normal work, so if you want to do normal 10-minute long sessions, look for 100ml tanks.
Design and Build Quality
While the design and the build quality of your steamer won’t be of significant importance to its performance, there are still a few upsides to a well-designed and durable model. Most models have a tall design that is made so in order to get closer to your face without you having to bend over it a lot. Moreover, thin necks are typical for facial steamers so that they are easier to grab and carry around. The build quality is more or less the same across the industry with most models being made out of plastic. The durability of the internal heater is another important feature and is often the weak spot of any steamer. Look for models with at least 2 years of full warranty that will cover issues with the heater or other electrical components.
Most facial steamers will heat up to around 104 degrees (Fahrenheit) which is the ideal temperature for your spa session. Stronger models will be able to fully heat up in around 10-15 seconds and weaker ones will take twice as long to start generating steam. Once operational, the models with larger capacity will be able to maintain their output for around 15 minutes which is more than enough.
Facial steamers are typically quiet but some cheaper models can have irritating noise levels thanks to their heater and poor noise insulation on the inside. This can result in humming noises at around 65 dB that isn’t very bad but can get annoying over a lengthy 10-15 minute session.
One of the most important safety features of a facial steamer is its auto-shutoff function. Not only will that help with the internal heater not overheating and getting damaged but it will also prevent dry heat from getting to your face potentially dehydrating and damaging your skin. Typically, models have a buzzer that lets you know once the water tank is empty and that they are stopping to work until you refill.
Ease of Use
How easy a facial steamer is to use defines how well it will perform over time and how efficient you will be at using it. Older steamers had a bunch of options that only confused their customers. Luckily, nowadays most facial steamers only have one big button that turns the unit on and off. That’s because most steamers come preprogrammed to automatically shut off either after 10 minutes or after their tanks are empty. There are still some steamers with advanced functionality built into their user interface. That will allow you to customize different programs and temperature ranges. Still, these are a bit harder to use and aren’t recommended for weekly use as they can lead to potential complications.
The most common thing that you will be getting with most modern facial steamers is a blackhead extractor kit. This consists of a medical-grade stainless steel set of tools that can help you clean your skin better of various impurities. Still, this is a task best left to a trained dermatologist. On top of those tools, most steamers and misters also come with a hair band to keep your hair away from the hot steam. Other models also come with different face attachments that help keep your face stationary in the steam stream.
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How to Use A Facial Steamer
Using a facial steamer is pretty straight forward but there are a few extra procedures that you can add to your routine to spice things up a little bit and further help your face’s skin. These are:
- Cleanse your skin. This can be a simple face wash or any other method that will leave a superficially clean face.
- Use your facial steamer for 5-15 minutes depending on your condition and skin type.
- Exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation allows you to remove all the oils and impurities that are now left open on your skin.
- Use a face mask. Face masks provide additional cleansing and feed your skin various nutrients and minerals.
- Using a face cream. There are face creams that are specifically designed to “seal the deal” after you are done using your steamer.
This whole beauty ritual can and should be done once per week for the best results. As an addition to all those steps, you can add a moisturizer after you’re done exfoliating your skin.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are facial steamers any good for blackheads?
By heating up and moisturizing your face’s skin, facial steamers open up the pores of your skin which helps the skin release any bacterial, impurities, or sebum that has been building up inside. This will subsequentially remove any whiteheads or blackheads. An important step of the process is to wash your face afterward as you otherwise risk potential reinfection.
Are facial steamers safe to use?
Even if facial steamers are designed with your safety as their number one priority, there are still some risks associated with using them. One of the worst things that can happen is a face burn. That can be avoided by keeping your face at least 7-9 inches away from the steamer. Prolonged and frequent sessions are also not recommended.
How often should you use your facial steamer?
The safest way to use a facial steamer is by using it for 10 minutes at a time not more than once per week. Under a dermatologist’s supervision, a facial steamer can be used more frequently.
Should you wash your face with cold water after using the facial steamer?
After you are done using the facial steamer, the best thing you can do is wipe your face with a clean towel. After that, you can splash your face with cold water to close up the pores that the steam opened up in the first place. That will prevent any impurities from going back into the skin.
Choosing the best facial steamers won’t be easy mainly due to the abundance of similar models on the market. Still, if you know what to look for in a good model, then you can set the best ones aside pretty easily. My advice is to look for steamers with more than 80ml tank capacity, durable construction, a good warranty, and an easy to use design and interface.