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Facial saunas like this serve two purposes. Some people buy them to steam their face, which is meant to be great for black heads and other skin issues. However, I almost never have any type of spot or black head - except when I am pregnant - and I'm getting to old for that now, so I have never been able to try the steam sauna for this purpose. I have tried just giving my face a quick steam before washing and this does leave your skin very clean and refreshed with nothing but a bit of steam and a damp face cloth.
I bought this the last time I ended up with pneumonia - which seems to happen at least once a year now. I can only describe the effects as miraculous. I have spent many nights with this beside my bed turning it on as needed to clear my chest. Before buying this I was forced to sleep sitting up as this was the only way I could get a breath. The beneficial effects of this only last for an hour or two - but it is certainly better than nothing. I do have prescription inhalers, but none of them are nearly as effective as this, and this is chemical free as well. I also found this useful to clear blocked sinuses - although the effect was not nearly so dramatic. As an added bonus, I found that you can add Vick's vapour rub to the small metal heating tray that boils the water, although I only use this for blocked sinuses, which is rare for me.
This has two attachments, a wide facial steamer and a narrow steam inhaler - which looks nothing like the picture above which you can hold to your mouth or nose to inhale the steam. I use the smaller plastic tube like device but I have used the larger one when using this with children. Both attachments are very easy to fit. You just set them on and give it a slight turn. I have problems with my hands, but even so, I find the attachments very easy to fit, and it only takes a few seconds.
For myself, I would get as close to the steam as possible to get as much effect as possible, but with children I sit the unit on a table and just have them lean slightly over the steam or even just sit beside it. I would never leave a child alone with this though as you can burn yourself if careless. I have accidentally poured the boiling water from the tray over myself more times than I would care to count, as I lift this up to hold while in bed. Thankfully it is only a small amount of boiling water. I prefer the larger facial steamer for the children because the steam is more dispersed so not as hot on the face. My children are also old enough to know not to grab the unit, and can move their face to a comfortable distance themselves. If using this with an infant, I would hold the infant well out of reach of the unit and just try to steam up a small room like a bathroom or work kitchen. I do not think this was really made for children, but with very close supervision, it really does give them a lot of relief from a nasty cold.
This also came with a small measuring cup, but this was immediately dumped into our science box. The metal tray you pour the water into has a very clearly marked fill line, so you really do not need to measure the water. If you use Vicks or Olbas oil, you will find that this gets a greasy residue, but it is quite easy to wipe clean with a dry cloth. I have only cleaned the attachments by hand and always carefully dry this before putting it away.
I bought this at Argos only a couple of months ago and paid £9.95. I have noticed now that it is selling for £11.95. I have also checked on Amazon where this is for sale at a rather insane £46.99 + shipping! That said - if I couldn't buy one cheaper and I needed a new one - I would pay this. When you really an not breathe you'd be surprised what you would pay just to be able to get a breath of air.
I have also noticed that Argos has several different pictures for this steamer. The one currently on sale is not the one in the picture on dooyoo, but the largest picture with Argos showing a transparent facial mask and a tall solid blue plastic steam inhaler.
This unit uses 80 watts of electricity, but you only use it a few minutes at a time, and most people would not use this as often as I do.
I really can not recommend this product enough for the relief of colds and flues while at home. Obviously it is not very portable, so wouldn't do when you are at work, but I find this much more effective than medications for relief of cold symptoms - and even more so with a bit of Vick's added. I do feel this would pay for itself for most people by reducing the amount of cold remedies you would need, but my biggest recommendation would be for those prone to serious chest infections like myself. It really has helped far more than I would have dreamed, and just being able to breathe well enough to get a night's sleep really helps in recovery as well. I can also find breathing quite painful at times due to an autoimmune condition. The Dr.'s keep changing the diagnosis, but it looks like they are going with Lupus again now. It all depends on which Dr I see, but as the Lupus Antibody is coming up + again,this does seem the most likely culprit. I have found this steam inhaler works wonders with this as well - providing far more pain relief than codeine. I especially like the fact that using this means I need less medications, as I have enough to take at the best of times.
I suffer from breakouts occassionally and like pampering myself like most girls so thought that I would buy this facial steamer to help clean out my pores and make my skin a little bit clearer. The steamer is made by Visiq and is available from Argos and a lot of other similar retailers. It was a bargain in my opinion at only £9.99 as a lot of other facial steamers can be very expensive.
To use the steamer, you need to add water to it to create the steam and plug it in and switch it on. It heats up quite quickly and I have used it a few times with a few drops of tea tree oil in the water which has been brilliant. I usually use this on my face for about 5-7 minutes once a week as part of my skincare routine and afterwards splash my face with cold water to close my pores.
I love how it makes my skin feel really deep down clean and feels like all the gunk has came out of my skin after using it. When using this, it can make you feel really hot and the steam can be really hot on your skin so be careful you do not put your face to close into it to avoid burning.
This product is not only brilliant for cleansing the skin but also works well if you have a cold or bad chest infection as it helps to clear out your sinuses a little bit. I used it once with a little menthol in the water when I had the cold and it got rid of it very quickly and worked a treat. Its great too as you do not need much water in it to cleanse your skin. I find that if it gets too hot, its easy just to move it away a little to a more comfortable position or you can turn it down to a lower setting.
This item is really easy to use and is excellent value for money. Its really easy to clean too, I just empty any excess water out of mine when I have finished using it and wipe over the rest of it with a soft cloth and it is like new again. It comes with an inhaler too which is great to use just for clearing out your nose and sinuses which is brilliant. I have used this too in my bedroom at night with a few drops of lavender oil in it and found that I slept a little bit better.
This is such a great item with many uses and brilliant for the skin, colds, flus and fragrancing your home. I think it is a complete bargain and works just as well as the more expensive steamers you can buy.
Visiq Electric Facial Sauna
I have really dry skin and I read that facial saunas or facial steamers are good for dry skin as they open up your pores and then when you apply your moisturiser, it is absorbed easier, instead of just sitting on the skin.
*About the product*
The product comes with the base that you put the water in to heat up, a mains cable, a 'nose sauna' a bit weird but it is included which is supposed to help people with sinus problems and it also comes with the plastic face clip on. Along with instructions and a small plastic measuring cup. Mine is a little bit different to the one pictured, mine is light purple in colour although it is the same make. It also came with a one year warranty from argos (this is in the back of the instruction manual).
*My opinion of the product*
-Appearance and instructions
This product was bought spontaneously and I was not really sure that it would work and it is bit weird, I had not used on of these products before - except for a sauna/steam room, so I didn't really know how to use it.
The instructions are pretty basic but they are also really concise, they are useful and they have sections f how o use the face mask, the 'nose mask', storage, cleaning and safe guards. It is easy to read and it also has a section on how to dispose of the item.
The one I bought is purple and it looks quite funky, I half expected the psychedelic light mask (from die another day - James Bond) to appear out of the box, but sadly it didn't. It does come with a lot of parts but I have only used the face mask attachment, not the nose one.
It is really easy to set up, I just:
Place on a flat surface and pour a small amount of water in the bottom of the heater base (while switched) off
Place the attachment you want to use on (the nose or face mask) and twist to lock in place
Switch on and I usually wait for about 3/4 minutes for it to heat up a bit and then you just gentley place you face over the mask so that the steam will not just escape from the sauna.
-Using the product
I have used this quite a lot of times since I bought it about 5/6 months ago, I find that it is really easy to set up and it is easy to use as well. I only use the face mask add on.
I thought that this product might be a uncomfortable to rest my face on, but the face mask add on is made out of plastic and the edges where you rest your face on are curved and quite soft, so it doesn't hurt.
The face mask is quite small and it is a bit of an usual shape, as the top part fit my face really well, but then there is a bit of a gap at the chin section which lets the steam out, but overall it fits well and it is not really uncomfortable.
I find that the only thing that I don't like about this product is that when I use this product I put it on to a small table, as it is not very flat on the carpet and it does hurt my neck after a bit as you have to keep you face in the mask otherwise it is pointless, so that is not relaxing at all. It is better if I place in on a book and then lie on the floor which is not as uncomfortable as having the steamer/sauna on a table.
It does heat up quite quickly and It has a light up button on the front which goes red when the sauna is switched on. It does get quite hot obviously, and I have to keep switching the sauna off, as it can get too hot to keep your face in the steam, and then when it has cooled down a bit I will switch it on again.
I find that after using it my skin feels softer, and refreshed, it is great for a pampering day and it makes you feel a little bit like you are at the spa - a noisy spa in my house!
My skin seems to absorb my moisturiser and it is a lot less dry after using this product, it is great for my dry skin and it is good for relaxing (when you find a good place to put the sauna).
-Price and availability
I bought this product from Argos for £9.99, which is quite cheap as the can be a bit more expensive in other stores. I think it is a good product and the 'nose mask' add on is supposed to be really good for sinus problems too. It makes my skin feel really hydrated, soft and refreshed afterwards.
*Easy to set up and use
*Makes my skin soft, hydrated and smooth and it is good for sinus problems
*Refreshing and great for a pampering day with the girls!
*Opens pores so that moisturisers can be absorbed easier
*Light weight but feels quite sturdy
*Not uncomfortable to use
*Good price and widely available
*Very easy to wipe clean
*Cheaper ways of doing tis same steaming process are available, eg: with a washing up bowl/large plastic tub, some hot water and a towel, but this product does look a bit better than that!
*Can be a bit uncomfortable to use it is on a table (neck pains are not good and not relaxing!)
*Obviously a bit dangerous as water and mains do not mix - so caution is advised
You can not add things to the water such as the vitamin Tablets from lush which are good for facial steaming - so I use these with the towel and plastic tub set up!
Thank you for reading my review
I received the Visiq Facial Sauna as a birthday present from my sister, and though I haven't used it as much as I should have to get a decent amount of use out of it, when I have used it I have enjoyed doing so. The facial sauna utilises the power of hot steam to help cleanse your face and improve the quality of your skin there.
The actual facial sauna comes with a white plastic base unit with simple control buttons, two different pale blue plastic attachments and a small plastic measuring cup. Basically, there is a small reservoir on the base unit which you fill with the correctly measured amount of water, and when plugged in, the base will heat up the water to a high, steaming temperature. With the large attachment, this is a plastic, almost funnel like bowl which fits onto the top of the base unit - it's almost like an upside down hairdrying machine you'd get at the hairdressers. Once the water is hot enough, the large plastic attachment will begin to steam up, so you know when the machine is ready to use. You just lower your face into the open top of the attachment and let the steam do it's work. I've found the steam to be very hot (it needs to be to open your pores up and encourage the dirt out) so there's no way you can use this device and look radiantly fresh faced straight afterwards - I look like a sweaty pink mess after using this, but my skin does feel fresher and cleaner afterwards.
The other attachment is smaller and is designed for targetting the nasal area. Now some people seem to think this is for targetting blackheads on the nose, and though it could be used for this, it's more likely that this is an attachment for aiding nasal congestion. Even without putting the tiniest (and I mean tiniest) little bit of Vicks into the heated water, this is an excellent way of relieving congestion as the steam seems to open up your passages and help you breathe more easily.
Selling for around £10, I have found this to be an excellent little device, which is very simple to use and effective. As I said, I don't use it as often as I should but that's not because it's not a good device, it's just I tend to not think about steaming my face that often!
For those who are more fastidious than me about their beauty and skin care routine this could be a great machine. Replacing the moisture in your skin whilst getting rid of excess dirt and oil, I've found this to be a great device, which I can recommend.
I have a very strict beauty routine that I follow religiously. I like to take care of my skin and I like to try and reduce the number of spots I have as my skin is already a train wreck after My horrible experiences with acne as a teenager and the amount of scars I have as a result of that. I like to try new creams and experiment around to try and solve my skin problems, but I never thought of a more natural solution to solve my worries. Steam! The facial sauna allows you to try and empty your pores after a day of being attacked by make-up, dirt and grease. It is a great cleansing solution, and I recommend every lady owns one of these!
It is a pretty small sauna, when I saw it in a box, I thought oh this thing is going to be huge, I'm going to have to sit and set this thing up and it's going to be a monster of a machine that's going to take up half the space in my room. In actual fact, it is a very small piece of equipment that is easy to take travelling and is very light. It comes with two different piece and a measuring jug.
The main part when you empty the water plugs into a socket, and it comes with two face pieces. One if for your whole face, and one is for your nose. Now, it would seem sensible that your nose with done at the same time as your face. However, your nose is more prone to blackheads, so it could use a little time for it's self and a bit more intense treatment. This is exactly what the nose piece does. You sit them on top of he water area, push and twist and it sits in perfectly. There is obviously space between the water and your face so watch that you don't spill it, because you will get burned. So be warned!
You fill up the measuring jug to the required amount of water that it states of the jug, and pour it into the water area. It takes about 10 minutes to completely heat up. You should be able to hear the water popping a bubble, but not vigorously bubbling. The main way you can tell that it is ready for use, is that it begins steaming and the little face piece goes all condensed. You are then ready to begin your relaxing therapy. Ha, I kid!
The therapy isn't relaxing at all. When you see woman using it on the TV, you always see them closing their eyes and sitting in it all relaxed. In honest truth, it absolutely roasting and it burns your face of! You need to be pretty strong with a low pain threshold to try and use one of these. It doesn't state this on the box, but here's how I think you should use it based on my experiences.
Set up your sauna whilst after washing any excess make-up off. When done, place your face on the sauna. Then place a towel over your head so that it covers the sauna machine as well. Place your face on for 30 seconds, take your face away and breathe. Allow your face to cool off a bit. Then repeat this process 5 times, try even longer if you can handle it. Then remove the facial piece and place on the nose piece. Give it roughly 3 minutes before stopping. Then, exfoliate your face as normal. Once you are done, place hot water over your face to close your pores.
How does it work?
30% of your body fluids can be lost through respiration, the sauna helps to restore those fluids in your face to stop skin being dry. Sauna also helps to get water into your pores, this can drag out all the excess dirts and oils that clog up and cause spots. The steam itself also opens pores, which means you can get the best exfoliation.
I do recommend the sauna and they are very cheap priced at only £10 and I'm sure you shouldn't pay any more than that. Go on, give it a try.
The Visiq Facial Sauna is an incredible buy! At the moment it is a mere £9.99 from Argos or £11.99 from amazon.co.uk. I was a little dubious, to be honest, about the quality of the sauna at such a price. I had never had a facial sauna before and did not know too much about them, but I thought at this price it probably wouldn't matter if it wasn't any good. I need not have worried!
The Sauna is incredibly simple to use! All you need to do it fill the bottom with water up to the indicated line, put the mask in place and then flick the on button. A light will come on to tell you it is switched on so you don't accidentally leave it on. The water will then slowly heat up (can take a few minutes initially) and create steam. Put your head in the mask and soak up all the steamy goodness.
The sauna comes with two different attachments, the facial mask and a large inhaler type thing. The facial mask is obviously for your whole face whilst the inhaler mask can be used on just the mouth and nose if you have a cold for instance and want to clear congestion. I've got to say you do need to get in the right position with the facial mask in particular; otherwise it can be a bit uncomfortable. All you need to sort it out however is a small towel to cushion your forehead or just adjust yourself until you're comfy. Also provided are two head band type things to keep your hair back and cushion your forehead, these fasten via velcro and are made from a soft fleecy material. It also comes with a small measuring cup, although I've lost mine and it is only a convenience thing, not necessary.
The sauna is built in with a steam protector, this means that the water does not spit at your face and burn you when it has boiled. The facial mask is also adjustable to enable you to control the amount of steam that is emitted into the mask. So if you are finding it too hot you can close the gaps and less steam will come through.
Although it is possible to use the sauna on your lap (you will need to bend your head quite a bit, I put my on a cushion on my lap for extra height) it is advisable to use it at a table to prevent spillages and so you can relax a bit more rather than holding the sauna.
I brought the Sauna to help open my pores up so I could get rid of nasty black and white heads using a black head remover tool. It does a wonderful job of doing this and my skin always feels beautifully soft afterwards. What is more it is incredibly relaxing to sit and breath in the steam for a while, the sound of the water heating up is even relaxing. The steam can get very hot and sometimes you might feel it burning when you breathe in, in which case you can just adjust the setting. I've not yet used this when I have a cold but I think it would really help and make you feel much better! I'm almost looking forward to getting a cold so I can try it out lol.
The only down side to the Sauna would be the way it looks. It looks plasticy and quite clinical. But as the age old adage always says "Don't judge a book by its cover!" Lets face it you are unlikely to get it out and put it on display when you have company are you? Its perfectly small enough to slot away somewhere until you need it, and when your using it you really aren't going to care what it looks like.
I really love my Visiq facial sauna. It's the only one I've tried so I can't compare it with any other models or manufacturers I'm afraid but I've used the a lot so I can wax lyrical on its merits and otherwise.
You add some water and a few drops of essential oils if you really want to splash out and then once you see steam rising, pop your face in the face bucket thingy (sorry, words escape me!) and breathe in the scent. Excellent for when you have a cold and want to clear your passages, when you just want to relax or when you want to open up your pores for some deep-cleaning.
Very easy to use, you just add some water, put the bucket on the top, put your face in the bucket and breathe! It can also double as an aromatherapy aid. This is probably not at all what it was intended for but you can add water and some essential oils and just turn it on and let it fill your room with loveliness. I found this out when I was being tight and didn't want to waste my two drops of tea tree oil that were still bubbling away after I had had enough of my facial sauna. I thought I'd just leave it on until the water was used up and it really made the room smell nice. Make sure you supervise it though - if the water evaporates too much, your room will smell a little burnt!
Maybe I have an odd-shaped face (nobody has ever commented on this so I'm guessing it must be pretty averagely human!!) but I find I can't quite get my face to sit in the mask bit properly. Steam always seeps out underneath all down my neck, which can be unpleasant and clammy (the sensation not my neck!)
Excellent buy. I would recommend it.
I can always remember as a child my mother giving me a bowl of hot water and a towel draped over my head, to inhale the steam to help when I had a cold, to unblock my suffy nose. As with all things, new products are brought on the market to aid us through life and this facial sauna is no exception. DESIGN: It has a white plastic base, with a detachable contoured facial mask and a nasal inhaler, which are purple transparent colours. It has only one switch on/off and a neon indicator light, located on the base. It is operated by mains power. The facial mask is nicely shaped to fit your face into and is comfortable; both the attachments just push on to the base. You get a measuring cup supplied with it and the user manual is very easy to follow. It is very easy to store as it’s not that big, also it’s lightweight. USES: Helps to keep your skin healthy by cleansing. Relieves chest and nasal congestion. It opens your pores to release grime and dirt. Can aid and give relief to symptoms of hayfever. Reduces the chance of blackheads and spots. MY VIEW: This really is worth every penny, as it does work extremely well, which is great for a product to do what it claims it can. It is so easy to use, just measure the water into the cup provided and add to the base unit, you can also add a few drops of aromatherapy oil to the water to enhance the vapour action, which is just true bliss. If you have a cold than I can recommend eucalyptus, sandalwood or basil oils all very effect for clearing your airways, much better than using expensive nasal products. It only takes a few minutes to reach the right temperature and after 15 minutes you can feel the benefits. I always use mine just before I go to bed, when I have a cold, as it helps you to get to sleep quickly, without feeling bunged up. On other occasions it can be used just to relax after a hard days work. It really m
akes your face feel fresh and clean, and gives you a lovely glow and warm feeling inside your body. I would say that men should also be encouraged to use these, too, as they have skin problems and colds, just like us ladies. This excellent sauna is available from Argos and costs only £12.99, which is really good value. This would also make a lovely present for someone, and one that they would be pleased to own. Finally just a great product as small children with colds and teenagers with spots can also benefit from them, so go on go and get one you won’t be disappointed. Thanks for reading Cinystar*
Steam protector to avoid water jumping up / PTC heater for best steam control / Big inhaler and facial mask for comfortable use / Includes measuring cup /