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Back in 1995 a magazine called Sugar told me that the secret to a glowing and spot-free complexion was a bowl of steaming hot water. I vividly remember filling the bathroom sink with the hottest water it would allow, dunking my head over the surface and struggling to get a towel to cover enough of me to keep the steam where it was supposed to be; although it didn’t beat a vat of Clean & Clear, it undoubtedly had a positive effect on my teenage skin – and most importantly, it made me feel all kinds of grown up.
The benefits of steam on the complexion have long been celebrated. It’s one of the tips passed down from mother to daughter for generations, and it will no doubt be passed on for generations more. Not only does steam open up your pores to soften blackheads and make them easier to remove, but it loosens dirt for a deeper clean while promoting blood circulation too; so simple, yet so effective.
Although in the UK the benefit of steam can often be overlooked beyond the spa experience, in Asia it’s still a huge part of women’s skincare regime – and this fancy looking gadget from Panasonic aims to bring steam to the forefront once again, but in a way that’s appropriate for the Twenty First Century. The Panasonic Facial Steamer features Nano-Ionic technology to deliver a superior result and brighter, smoother skin in just eight weeks. Want to find out more?
Incredibly sleek and compact, the steamer offers three modes to ensure it slips into your regime with ease: choose from a full 12-minute spa treatment, a 6-minute hydration or a quick 3-minute deep cleanse as part of your daily skincare routine. It’s super easy to use, requiring you to just fill the tank with filtered water to the desired level and switching the device on; the steam will start bubbling away in around a minute, delivering a steady stream that’s directed towards your face for maximum benefit. Utterly fool proof, the sleek and compact style make this something you’re proud to have on display in your bathroom.
What’s unique about this is that the nano steam particles are 1/18,000th the size of normal steam particles, allowing them to penetrate into the skin much deeper and deliver a far superior result to just dunking your head over a bowl of water; the idea is also that you need less support from your products, as your skin is hydrated naturally, saving you time and money in the long term. The fine steam particles also help increase HSP (high shock protein), stimulating natural collagen production within your skin’s layers in order to enhance elasticity and smoothness – essential as we get older.
If you’re in any doubt what this can do, Panasonic have done some serious research to find out the benefits of their facial steamer, and the results* are pretty amazing: it’s been proven to boost skin moisture by 130%, visibly reduce the appearance of pores by 42% and increase skin’s elasticity by up to 20%. Those are stats I’m here for.
Honestly I’d not really thought of using steam within my skincare regime beyond the giant machines they place over your head during a facial, but it makes total sense. As soon as you place your face over the steam a wave of relaxation takes over, while the deep hydration and cleansing boost leaves my skin looking fresher and plumper in minutes; it’s great as part of my pre-bedtime ritual (you can feel the benefit immediately leaving skin feeling thoroughly cared for,) but it’s the long-term results I’m most excited for.
This is definitely going to become a staple in my regime and a fixture on my bathroom shelf. A worthy investment if you ask me… And one I’ll keep you updated on!
Who knew, but steam is most definitely here to stay.
Panasonic Facial Steamer with Nano-Ionic Technology is available online here, priced £129.99
This is a sponsored feature in partnership with Panasonic; all opinions and experiences my own.
*tested over a period of 8 weeks