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We Added This Internet-Approved Facial Steamer to Our At-Home Beauty Routine

Can't say we're with team internet for this one.

We here at Team Kulala are non-believers of spa facials. To most, an hour-long $200 spa facial might sound like a well-deserved pamper sesh after a long week or month at work but to us, it sounds like a whole lotta time and money that can be put to better use. We have absolutely nothing against people who indulge themselves in some good ‘ol TLC but that’s just not the life for us.

Having an aesthetician work their magic on your skin is great but figuring out an at-home facial routine seems to us as the more viable option in the long term. It’s a case of giving a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

It took us a while to figure out but we eventually had a 15-minute, seven-step at-home facial routine down pat. It does the job all while saving precious time and moolah. We’ve stuck to the weekly or bi-weekly (depending what the skin needs) routine for years, tweaking it a little here and there, occasionally swapping out some products or adding new ones to the lineup.

The latest of such tinkering led le boss to the discovery of the Panasonic Nano Steamer EH-SA95-P. A facial steamer that dispenses steam directly onto the skin and can even alternate between hot steam and cold mist meant as an upgrade from the age-old way of hopping into the shower. It would be perfect for opening up and closing the pores – showers not mandatory.

Although it cost a pretty penny, about 4 or 5 spa facials worth, Yoyo had banked on it to be a part of her facial routine for a long time. When it arrived in the mail, she met the first speed bump. Shipped directly from Japan, the steamer required a voltage converter.

An additional $100 later, the steamer was finally ready. But we weren’t quite ready for the let down it turned out to be. Given its rather hefty price tag, the steamer fell short of our expectations. While it did perform as any other steamer would have in opening up the pores, the horizontal lineup of the nozzles meant an uneven distribution of steam concentrated at only one part of the face.

All in all, a hot shower works just as well. Guess it’s true what they say – when it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

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