The lovely people at Rio Beauty were kind enough to let me try out their facial sauna recently, so I’m thrilled to be able to get to review it here. If you have skin, breathing or sinus issues, or just want to pamper yourself a little on a budget, then this could be a great option worth considering.
What Is It?
This is a facial sauna to give you a spa treatment from the comfort of your own home. You can use the face mask attachment to get the steam to your pores, opening up the pores to cleanse your skin and remove impurities. If you want to direct the steam more towards your sinuses to help with sinusitis, congestion and any chest/breathing issues, the steam inhaler attachment can be used. There’s also an attachment for making use of essential oils, which can further help with decongesting and soothing.
Similar facial saunas are available on Amazon US.
When this arrived, I was quite surprised at how compact the packaging was. It tells you the key details about the product on the box, and inside you’ll find everything you need to get all steamed up!
Each part is wrapped, and it’s packed nicely to prevent any damage during transit. So, what’s in the box?
- The base unit and plug
- Facial sauna attachment
- Steam inhaler attachment
- Essential oil attachments
- Measuring cup
- Instruction guide
It’s presented nicely so it’s the kind of self-care, health & beauty product that would made an equally good gift idea, too.
How To Use The Rio Facial Sauna
For first time use, wipe the water reservoir with a damp cloth. Put the base unit on a stable flat surface, and fill the water reservoir with water. You can use the measuring cup for this, and there’s a line that shows the max fill level in the reservoir, so don’t go over this.
Put in your desired attachments by simply placing them on the base; you’ll notice a notch where the sides will slot in. Plug it in at the mains and turn the dial for the steam to number 2 to heat it up. You’ll know it’s on as the red LED at the front will light up. It takes about 2-3 minutes for steam to be produced, at which point you can turn this down to position 1 to maintain the level of steam. You can turn it back to 2 if you want to intensify this.
At the maximum level of water, you can anticipate around 20 minutes of steam. Rio don’t recommend using it for longer than this. Of course this can vary, but it’s a good guide for what to expect. If you’re using the main facial sauna, put your face on or near the rim of the attachment. Close your eyes and just relax. If it’s too hot, move your face away a little and lower the steam. You’ll notice some back vents on the sauna to help let out a little steam, so I would recommend giving yourself enough space to use this and nothing that’ll be affected by steam around or behind it.
If you’re using the steam inhaler, you just position your nose/mouth into the attachment and breathe normally.
You can use this steamer with just water, or you can add essential oils for aromatherapy purposes to give you that luxury at-home spa experience. To use with essential oils, you can do one of two things with the facial or steam attachments. Put some drops of your oil onto a cotton pad and put this on the vaporiser attachment, then fasten the cover into place. Alternatively, you can put the oil directly into the oil reservoir along with the water.
Once the water has evaporated, or you wish to finish your session, turn it off at the mains and remove the attachment. I’d suggest steadying the base unit with one hand while you do this. If there’s still water left, carefully tip this away. Wipe everything dry and you’re done.
Benefits of Facial Saunas
Facial saunas & steam inhalers can be part of a skincare routine or for clearing sinuses & helping with congestion. Healthy skin & a healthy lifestyle make us feel better inside and out. Here are a few key benefits of facial saunas themselves:
- Steaming will help to increase perspiration and soften the skin’s surface, which in turn has the benefit of cleansing your face carrying away impurities bacteria and dead skin cells.
- The skin you see on the surface is made up of older, dead skin cells. As you age, it takes longer for cells to regenerate and for older cells to be shed. If you’re after anti-ageing benefits, a facial sauna is very helpful. Steaming softens the skin and helps remove dead skin cells along with bacteria, which results in the skin looker more youthful, healthier and fresher.
- Blocked sebum in teeny tiny hair follicles can glob your skin, leading to blackheads and whiteheads and noticeable pores. Steam will soften the impurities and help remove any sebum build up.
- When the temp rises as you steam your face, the blood vessels dilate and more blood flows. This increased circulation means a boost of nutrients and oxygen to the tissues for healthier skin.
All Steamed Up : My Experience
I was surprised at first just how compact the box was & it was lighter than I’d expected. I used to own a facial sauna when I was in my early teens and I loved it, but it was far heavier & bulkier than this, despite having far less functionality. This one is more streamlined yet sturdy, and I don’t get the feeling of it being plastic-fantastic; it’s something I anticipate lasting for many years with regular use as it’s well built.
It’s very quick from unboxing to having it set up & ready to go. At the moment, I’m keeping it on top of my wardrobe for ease of accessibility as I use it regularly, and it doesn’t take up too much space. Once you’ve filled the reservoir with water, it’s a matter of minutes before there’s enough steam to be able to use it, and being able to adjust the steam is a useful feature that not all saunas have. Likewise, the steam inhaler & oil diffuser components are not often found with basic facial saunas, so these are fantastic to have and make the unit far more multi-functional and versatile.
Using the different attachments is very straightforward, and it’s good to note that the base doesn’t got hot with use. Just make sure you don’t go and put your finger in the metal reservoir when you’re finished and unplugging the unit; sounds like a stupid thing to do, but I managed to do it!
I wanted to try this for two reasons: helping my skin, and helping my breathing/sinus issues.
This is brilliant in both respects. The steam lasts long enough at a constant rate to open up your pores and leave your skin looking and feeling cleaner and refreshed. I then used a cleanser, toner and moisturiser. The steam, with and without the specific inhaler attachment, is good for opening up your airways, which is why my GP had previously recommended it for chest infections as well as other breathing issues and sinus problems. Last but not least, it’s a lovely treat as part of your self-care routine and adding some essential oils give it that feel of a luxury at home spa.
Men or women, teens or those with over 60s bus passes, I think this is versatile for anyone, whether it’s for health, beauty or relaxation purposes.
- Very easy to set up & get started
- Robust device that should last well
- Handy steam adjuster
- Brilliant attachments for more versatile use
- Quick to wipe clean
- Generates steam within 2-3 minutes
- Comes with a 2 year guarantee
- Works effectively for comfortable, consistent steam
- Hard to find any negatives. There’s only one that I’ve found, and that is that it’s not perfectly lined up, so having the dial facing directly towards you leaves the mask slightly off-centre. Very, very minor point.
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I think it’s a reasonably priced device and good value for money, making it a worthwhile investment for a sauna/steamer that’s versatile, well built and works very effectively. Of course, things work differently for everyone and people will have different opinions, but I’ve been thrilled with my use of this so I would happily recommend it from my own experience.
You can find the Rio Facial Sauna & Steam Inhaler on Amazon UK .
For those in the States, similar facial saunas are available on Amazon US.
This is a collaborative post; I received the product in return for my honest opinion, which I’ve given here.