By Beauty Editor Fiona Eustace @fionaeustace
I am writing this as its raining outside, breathing in the beautiful scent that comes with the rain, the damp earth and fresh flowers. I know my garden is enjoying this change in the weather as well. I have really loved that we have been so lucky with the weather over the last few months. I have personally loved the sunshine and the time spent outdoors away from the hustle and bustle, playing with the family and running around with our puppy.
But how good is heat for our skin? What benefits will we receive by adding a little heat to our routine?
Let’s go deep and dirty with some Self heating products.
In order to understand how heat works and how
it can help our delicate layers of our skin, here is a quick outline of our skin and what each layer produces.
The epidermis is the outermost of three main skin layers. It is thin but durable and acts as a protective barrier. The primary function is to protect your body by keeping bacteria and viruses out but by keeping water and nutrients in.
They contain melanin and is responsible for your skin colour. The more melanin you have the darker your skin tone.
These cells are part of your immune system. They are the soldiers of your skin and will guard your body against foreign substances.
Take care of your epidermis by keeping it clean, avoiding harsh chemicals and staying out of the sun will help ensure that it stays healthy and continues its job of protecting your body for a very long time.
This is the second layer of the skin and is much thicker and sturdier than the epidermis. It contains elastin, which makes your skin flexible, like a piece of elastic it pings back to shape easily. There are several layers within the Dermis which are equally as important.
Sweat glands. These produce sweat that helps your body stay cool. It’s also a way for your body to remove some of its waste products.
Hair follicles. Hair is produced in these tubular structures. Each follicle contains a small muscle that causes you to have goose bumps when its contracts.
Oil (sebaceous) glands. Connected to the hair follicle, these glands produce an oily substance, called sebum, that keeps your skin and hair lubricated. It also helps protect your skin and helps make it water resistant.
Nerve endings. These allow your skin to feel things.
Blood vessels. These bring blood to your skin and move waste products, like carbon dioxide, away from your skin
The hypodermis is the deepest section of the skin. This layer of fatty tissue helps us from getting too hot or too cold. It adds padding to your body to protect the bones and tissues when you fall, get hit, or bump into things.
When we introduce heat to our routine it can really help the skin microcirculation and the oxygenation. Spending time in a warm steamy shower or using heat either from a product or a device will help the skin’s microcirculation which is located in the dermis and hypodermis layers It plays a big role in the transportation of nutrients, waste and hormones and in regulating the body temperature and its inflammatory response. It’s important to keep your skin healthy by washing regularly to get rid of the oil, dead skin cells and bacteria which can cause spots. Cleaning off sweat after physical activities is also important to maintain skin health.
There are a lot of benefits of steam when it comes to healthy, glowing skin. Gentle steaming opens your pores so nutrients can sink in and also blankets the face in extra oxygen (a component of H2O).It also cleanses pores, removes toxins, promotes relaxation and enhances circulation. Increased circulation helps boost oxygen in the skin from inside the body. This gives you that rosy glow that makes facials so popular.
Here’s a quick way you can have a spa style steam in your own home:
Fill a bowl with some boiling water, use a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil, Lavender, Chamomile or Rose are great for the skin. Place a towel over your head and around the bowl. Stay far enough away so you don’t get burnt by the steam. Now relax for 15 minutes and let the steam do its work and breath in those gorgeous oils. Voila gorgeous skin ready for some gorgeous products.
Here are some products that use heat to help get your glow on and not just for your face!
IONIC SKIN PERFECTOR
A gorgeous handheld device that is so easy to use with some amazing technology to help with your cleansing routine. The unique ionic thermo-infusion technology uses heat to open the pores for better absorption of skincare products by opening the pores and reaching the lower layers of the skin in just 2 minutes. The ionic generator eases the penetration of creams and serums and increases the amount of product absorbed by the skin cells magnifying the desired effect in just a few days of use.it Uses EMS Micro Current that trims and tones muscles for healthier younger looking skin. It also uses Nano Sonic Vibrations that enhance the skin by removing the impurities and blocked pores. WOW that’s a lot!
I recommend using this with a sheet mask for a super quick beauty
treatment. I love the MIIN SWEET DREAM SHEET
MASK for £2.70 from http://www.miin-cosmetics.co.uk. Great to use just before bedtime because of its beautiful lavender scent. There’s also a beautiful message inside the mask for you!
Place mask on your face, Using the Thermal heat setting, massage the device over the sheet mask for 90 seconds then remove. Voila you’re done. This helps you absorb 98% of the products in only 2 mins! How amazing is that? Such a handy little device. I have certainly loved using it at home.
SANCTUARY SPA DE-STRESS WARMING BODY
Another wonderful product to use just before bedtime. This rich, moisturising and self-heating body balm formula is infused with fragrant ginger and rosemary oil to help you ease the day away. I love the heat you feel once you’ve applied this product and the smell is divine. Massage the product on any tense areas e.g. neck, shoulder & legs before going to bed and let it do its magic. It’s absolutely divine.
FARMACY HONEY POTION
I love anything with Honey in it as I know that it has such amazing healing properties. So, when I saw this warming mask, I knew I wanted to try it. This hydrating honey mask has a jelly-like texture and is made with natural honey sugars containing amino acids and essential B vitamins. After applying this mask to your wet face, you’ll feel its warming effect. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. You will definitely notice the glow.
This hydrating honey mask has a jelly-like texture and is made with natural honey sugars containing amino acids and essential B vitamins.
This beautiful ultrasonic massager just glides across your booty. It looks and feels like real luxury. Combining 3 cutting edge technologies LED, radiofrequency and ultrasonic waves to fight cellulite and help lift and firm your booty in the comfort of your own home. The radio frequency applies heat to the dermis without causing any damage to your epidermis and is able to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Peachy!
PIXI COLLAGEN IN SHOWER STEAM FACIAl
Bring the spa experience home with the PIXI Collagen In-Shower Steam Facial; a cleansing and nourishing formula that can be used in the bath or shower as a pampering treat. Infused with Peptides and plant-derived Acacia Collagen, the luxurious treatment transforms from a gel to an oil and releases a pleasant warming sensation when massaged onto skin. It delivers firming, plumping and moisturising benefits to leave your complexion looking radiant and revitalised after use.
WELLA ENRICH SELF-WARMING
Let’s not forget about your hair as well, it’s normal for hair to get a little dry and dull sometimes. When that happens, rub this mask onto your damp hair and enjoy the 30 seconds of bliss from its warming sensation. Bonus: The scent will leave your hair smelling amazing too.