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7 Ways to Achieve a Healthy Morning Routine (Plus a Cheat Method)

Hello folks, Rachel here from theHealthBase with another fun and informative article for your reading pleasure. 😊

Today I will be looking at something that many of us pay little attention to. This is silly as it’s ultimately to our detriment that we do so. The thing that I’m referring to is our morning routine.

Now, we all have the same general habits to a certain extent. We all wake up for work; we might shave or shower; we eat some breakfast; we get dressed for the day ahead; and then we’re out the door. Whether this takes twenty minutes or two hours, it really depends on a person to person basis.

However, there is a small minority of people who don’t view this period of the day as simply a routine set off chores and tasks that they need to accomplish in order to get ready for work. These people see the morning as a time to perfectly set themselves up for the day ahead in three key areas: physically, mentally, and emotionally.

So, the question is, how do these people do it? What habits do they have that ensures they are fully energized and focused when they begin their work day?

The above is the crux of this article and, as such, I will be focusing on outlining ten of the best ways to achieve a dynamite start to your day...plus a super effective Cheat Method!!

1. Replenish Your Cells

A great method to start your day in a positive manner is to get a lovely blast of sunlight right from the get go!

Sunlight provides the body with vital Vitamin D which is essential for so many different functions of our body.

One such benefit is that the sun’s rays will replenish our cells with natural goodness that works to keep our skin fresh and young. This is why we always feel great when the weather is fine!

A great way of achieving this morning dose of sunlight is to do some outdoor yoga first thing, or to go for a brisk run. I’ll next look at these two potential additions to your routine.


(*Of course, this particular habit is seasonal – the sun might be obscured by poor weather and/or your morning routine could be in the semi-darkness!)

2. Yoga/Breathing Exercises


This is an activity that I personally swear by. I have been doing morning yoga for the best part of two years now and I can honestly say it has significantly improved my life for the better.

Not only is yoga hugely beneficial in general terms, these benefits are increased to a huge extent when this activity is undertaken in the morning time.

Why? Well, think about it.

When we are asleep, we are in a stationary position for 6 – 8 hours, depending on your sleeping habits. Whenever our bodies are in such a position, it is vital that we next give our back and limbs a good stretching to lessen the stiffness that has set in. The same can be said after a long day sitting at a desk at work.

Doing yoga in the morning is the ideal way of preparing your body for the coming day. Also, due to the breathing that’s involved, it helps to create a peaceful state of mind that many people often miss out in the early part of the day.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – Rachel, I don’t have time to learn yoga let alone do it every day!! I understand this as I thought the exact same thing when someone mentioned daily yoga to me. My advice is the following: Google 5 – 10 of the most common and easy to do yoga poses. Then, spare 10 minutes at the start of your day to perform these poses. It’s as simple as that – very little effort and time is actually required. You can thank me later. 😊

3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!

Nothing wakes the body and mind up more quickly than good ole exercise! Whether it be running or doing some weights, physically moving yourself or some sort of weight at a good intensity is a sure-fire way to get the blood pumping throughout your body.

Let’s be honest – this is the one that most people will instantly dismiss!! The thoughts of exercising before work is something many a person would shudder at. I understand this because I am one of those people!

However, regardless of my own lazy nature, exercise is a worthy inclusion on the habits that ensure a healthy morning routine. On the rare occasions that I do manage to go for a run first thing in the morning, I’ve always felt the better for it. The reasons are simple:

  • Fresh air from the outdoors
  • Blood flowing throughout your body
  • Adrenaline hit supplied by working out
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    Positive feeling of having achieved something so early in the day

4. A Cold Shower

This one is as unappealing as it sounds!! However, despite this, its effectiveness is without question. A cold shower is an unbelievable way of waking the body and mind as well as refreshing both.

The hardest thing to do when you wake up is to lift that mental fog of sleep that clings to our brains. It’s because of this fog that so many people go through their early day routine on auto-pilot - being in such a mental state is not a good way to start the day.

The majority of people turn to coffee in order to banish this fog. A cold shower is just as effective and it’s far less of a concern for your health! Coffee in moderation is fine, but if you’re having a cup to start every work day then this definitely cannot be described as a moderate intake.

The hardest part about a cold shower is naturally the physical action of stepping under the cold water. However, once that brief second or two of unpleasantness has passed, you’ll soon find yourself wide awake and rather invigorated.

5. Refuel the Body

The human body is essentially an organic machine, and, like any machine, our bodies need the correct intake of fuel/nutrition if they are to work at their optimal levels.

The proper foods and liquids will then result in not only our bodies working as they are meant to, but also our minds.

It’s no surprise that people who are healthy and conscious about their food intake also seem to possess positive mindsets and boundless energy levels. It’s all connected, folks. 🙂

The morning time is naturally a vital part of the day with regards to food. It’s at this time when you will break your fast and, as such, what you put into your body will go a long way in setting you up for a productive (or unproductive) day.

Healthy Diet

When it comes to what foods are actually best for the start of your day, there is a myriad of differing opinions out there. In my own personal experience, if you keep it simple and use common sense then you cannot really go wrong. Porridge, fresh fruit, eggs, nuts, seeds, healthy yogurts, and plenty of water. Simples!

6. Get Some Reading In

Brain health

This is another habit that I have taken up in recent times. A friend of mine advised me to try read something of substance every morning and it actually makes a lot of sense if you think about it.

Whether it be reading the paper, a novel, or something to do with work, the act of reading forces the mind to focus and engage its critical thinking faculties.

This is a perfect remedy for the sleepy mental state that can sometimes follow us from the bed.

It’s worth pointing out that the antithesis to this would be, of course, the television. 

Watching the TV is a sure-fire way to cause the brain to switch off and this is the last thing that you want in the morning time. The exception to this, though, would be if you watch the early news broadcasts in order to keep up to date with what’s been going on in the world.

7. Get in the Zone

“Getting in the zone” is a phrase that we’ve all heard and it’s something that we all have a reasonable gist of what it means, though each person’s definition is usually varying.

For me, getting in the zone means possessing a mental state where I am focused, motivated, energized, and confident.

When my mental outlook is like this, then I feel at my absolute best – ready and willing to take on whatever the day can throw at me.

But how do we get into this ideal mental zone? And how do we stay there?


Personally, and again everyone is different, I find the most effective way of achieving this state of mental zen is to constantly remind myself to live in the "Now" - i.e. to focus on what’s happening in real time and not on what has happened or what could happen.

In the modern world, there are so many things going on in our lives. We are constantly bombarded from every angle by countless external pressures; responsibilities; wishes; and expectations. As such, it can be very easy to feel swamped.

Having the ability to cognitively take a step backward, reaffirm who you are, and to take stock of your life and what needs to be done, is a superb way of dealing with negative mental energy that can lead to angst and even depression. Try it sometime!

The Cheat Habit – A High Quality Nootropic

OK, I call this a cheat habit but that’s only because it takes far less effort and time than the 7 habits I’ve mentioned above!!

Some people aren’t into exercising in the morning. Nor are they fans of cold showers or daily yoga. Heck, some people are in work so early that they don’t even have time to read a newspaper or cook a healthy breakfast!

I get it. The lives we lead today are insanely busy.

If the above sums you up, then a top-rated nootropic could very well be the answer that you seek. This option could be perfect for you if:

  • You don’t have the time for alternatives & simply want a way to jump-start your brain!

  • You’re looking for a better, more natural alternative to multiple cups of coffee every day

  • You already have a solid morning routine but want to reach that next level

  • You’re in need of a super quick & super effective method of reaching your optimum cognitive level from hour one

  • You’re in search of an added tool to maximize yourself physically, mentally, & emotionally

If you like the sound of this particular option, then please click on the image below where you can read our full and comprehensive review on nootropics:

Guide to nootropics

Wising You the Best Health,


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A Homemade Facial – The Key Points

Facial treatment at home

Short Introduction

Hello, Rachel here on behalf of theHealthBase Team. If you’re a frequent visitor to our site, then you’ll know that a key part of our ethos is to provide articles and reviews on topical information.

How we select these topics is quite simple – we listen to the questions and comments that the Health Base community sends our way. All these suggestions and queries are then compiled and sorted through. From this correspondence is where we select the focus of our next article.

So, with that said, let’s do just that and examine a health and beauty topic that is very relevant in today’s world. I hope that you enjoy what I have to say. 😊

Facial Treatment

Before I get to the DIY version, lets first have a quick look at what this treatment method entails in a broad sense. Whether you’re a man or a woman, everyone can get enjoyment and benefits from a high-quality cleansing session.

Thoroughly exfoliating your face is a pretty amazing feeling. I should now, I do such a cleanse at least twice a week and instantly feel the better for it. Your face feels ten years younger which, of course, is great for lifting your overall mood. 😊

Below is a quick list of the benefits of this treatment type:

Facial treatment benefits

OK, so that’s basically what this treatment type is and what it can do for your skin’s health. But what if you don’t want to shelve out cash on a weekly basis in order to avail of this exfoliation method? And, if I’m being honest, a quality session can be pricey.

Well, this leads us nicely to the DIY alternative….

Achieving a Facial at Home

Now, there is a common thought that enters most people’s head when a homemade attempt is discussed – that being that surely the DIY option cannot be as good as a professional experience. For some things, I’d definitely agree with this line of thinking.

For example, any kind of treatment or styling with hair is, in my opinion, best left to the professionals.

Whether it be getting it cut; dyed; or whatever, the professionals will do a better job than attempting it at home…I learnt this the hard way as a youngster!! A Bleaching attempt gone horribly wrong. 🙁

DIY Reasons

However, when it comes to the exfoliating method that I’m outlining in this article, doing it DIY is definitely feasible, even to the point that it’s possible to achieve a professional standard. And for a fraction of the price, I may add.

Bold promise? Well, allow me to outline a simple yet superbly effective method of DIY cleansing and then you can make up your own mind on whether I’m accurate in my assessment, or perhaps talking a load of nonsense!! I promise not to be offended if you think the latter. 😊

Below is a step by step guide to how I go about achieving the best at home facial experience:

Step One: Prep Work

When it comes to any health and beauty treatment, it’s very important that you do a quick bit of preparation. This is so to ensure that your body is at it’s most receptible for the coming treatment.

When it comes to facials, you obviously want to ensure that this part of your body is unobstructed. This will mean that you’ll want to go ahead and tie back your hair if it’s long in length. This is just basic common sense – simply grab a scrunchies or hairband. Job done.

You’ll also want to give you hands a good clean before beginning. Again, this may seem like some pretty obvious advice, but I’d imagine that people cleaning themselves with dirty hands is quite a common thing. This is because a lot of people don’t realize the amount of dirt and other stuff that accumulates on our hands.

It’s not rocket science to understand that cleansing one’s face with dirty hands is extremely counter-productive. It kind of, no it completely, defeats the purpose of the whole venture. So, make sure that you give your mitts a good wash with soap and warm water before you begin.

Step Two: Cleanse & Exfoliate

This is the next logical step and an important one in the whole process. Our faces accumulative quite a lot of unpleasant substances and residues on a daily basis. This is yucky I know, but it’s also unavoidable.

The good news is that we can remove all this nastiness. Possessing a good cleansing routine will achieve this for the most part, and thus this is why this step is so vital. In order to achieve the maximum benefits of this cleansing method, you need to have a clean canvas with which to work with.

For a look at a quality exfoliation routine, click on the image below:

Best Exfoliation Routine

By far the best way of exfoliating your face is to use a top-quality cleansing agent. These products have been specifically designed to dig out the variety of elements that can block up our pores. Again, to understand exactly how to use such a product, click on the image above.

Or, if you’re looking for an example of such a proven pore cleanser, then read our quick review one such example - look for the Zenmed Moisturizer in the table of contents.

Step Three: Have a Good Steam

Steaming is an excellent method of boosting the health and physical appearance of your complexion. The benefits and positive impacts that this method can provide are numerous and well worth keeping in mind.

For a full breakdown of the top benefits provided by this method, click on the image below where we outline the top ten:

Facial Steaming Benefits

When it comes to the actual steaming process, there are a few different tried and tested methods that you can attempt from the comfort of your own home. This can range from using a bowel of hot water and a towel, all the way up to using a top-class face steaming machine.

The choice is really up to you. However, if you are serious about your exfoliating and want to have top class home treatment on a regular basis, then I’d highly recommend you look into purchasing one of these home machines.

The benefits that these machines provide are top class. I should know, I’ve been using one for years now. For more information on home face steamers, check out our comprehensive guide on the topic – https://thehealthbase.com/best-face-steamers/.

Step Four: Apply a Mask

A great additional step in this treatment method is to apply an exfoliation mask. This method is a great way of sucking out any impurities that may still be lying within your pores.

The important thing to note when it comes to these masks is that you need to use one that is accommodating to your skin. There are a few different skin types, and each one will require a different variety of mask. Below is a rough guide of what I mean by this:



Use a mud or clay mask as this type will absorb any excess oil/sebum

Use a creamy mask type in order to provide extra hydration

A mask that I’m quite fond is one that contains a mixture of strawberry, banana, and papaya. Such masks that contain fruit are very popular nowadays, which is not surprising when you factor in all the natural goodness that lies within fruit. I’ve outlined below a quick method of creating this mask.

My Favorite Exfoliating Mask


Mix together one tablespoon of mashed papaya; one of mashed strawberries; and one of mashed banana.

Feel free to experiment with different fruit types!


When your mixture is ready, apply a layer of it to all over your face. You’ll only need a thin layer so there’s no need to pile it on! You can also refrigerate the rest of it for use in another session.

Or do what I do – take the remaining paste and use it as the basis for a fruit smoothie! Waste not, want not. 🙂


Add some honey as a sticking agent. Honey is also exceptionally good for your skin.

Try make sure that the honey is organic as cheap honey will have loads of preservatives and the likes in it.


I leave this paste on my face for roughly 12 – 15 minutes. This is ample time in my opinion in order to get the full benefits of an exfoliation mask.

Leaving the mask on for any longer than this can cause your skin to dry out and become irritated


Remove the paste from your face via the use of lukewarm water. Make sure that you get it all, the last thing you want is to be walking around with a bit of fruit paste decorating your chin!!

That’s all there is to it. It’s quite straightforward and very beneficial. Of course, as with all things,  you can also buy such masks. Take a look at this one.

Step Five: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

The reason why I used this word three times in the paragraph heading is for two reasons – firstly, because many people either don’t bother to or forget to moisturize regularly, and secondly, it’s so damn important that it’s well worth repeating!!

Moisturizing on a daily basis is key in order to keep your skin refreshed and topped up with the needed nutrients and hydration. This is just an inescapable fact. However, the importance of moisturizing is doubled when it comes to exfoliating and cleansing.

Your efforts in cleaning your face can leave your face quite dry and lacking in nutrients – this is a natural side effect of the cleansing process. Therefore, it’s vital that you use a moisturizer to re-hydrate your skin and supply it once more with the necessary vitamins and other such good stuff.


I thought I’d finish off this article with some rapid-fire FAQs. Some of these questions I’ve already answered, but I think it’s always helpful to supply a quick breakdown of information even if it’s repeated.

Of course, if you have any other questions that I haven’t covered, then please don’t hesitate to get it touch with us here at TheHealthBase.


What does a facial do?

It cleanses and exfoliates the skin of our faces in a thorough and healthy manner.

What is a facial?

It’s an exfoliation method designed to boost the overall health of your face.

How to do a facial at home?

Follow the steps and guidelines that I’ve outlined in this article or else research some other such methods. Just ensure that you use reputable sources and also that you don’t use ingredients that you might be allergic to.

What is a microdermabrasion facial?

This is an exfoliating technique that incorporates the use of a home microdermabrasion machine. Such machines are excellent at repairing and rejuvenating our complexions. For more on this method, take a look at our complete guide on this issue.

What is the best facial cleanser?

There are a whole host of different options on the market today. This is a very lucrative niche so therefore it’s attracted the attention of every health and beauty brand that you can think of. Again, when purchasing such a product, make sure that you purchase one that is suitable for you skin type.

What to do before a facial?

I’ve outlined what you need to do in the article so take a look back over the relevant section. To summarize, it’s important that you wash your hands and face as well as making sure there are no obstructions, such as long hair or makeup.

What to expect from a facial?

If done properly, you can expect this treatment to significantly boost the health of your complexion. Impurities and harmful agents will be removed, and your skin will be replenished with the needed elements that are required to make it glow.

How often should you get a facial?

This varies on skin type. I have quite oily skin in places, so therefore I can avail of this treatment type on a regular basis so as to remove all the excess sebum. However, if you have dry or sensitive skin, or indeed a combination, then exfoliating too much will cause irritation. It takes some experimenting to discover the answer to this question.

How long does a facial take?

It depends on how many steps you want to incorporate into your own session. If you were to use all the steps that I’ve outlined in this article, then you should be able to complete your session within 45 minutes. This time will get shorter the more sessions you do as you’ll become more economical with the whole process.

Is steaming an essential element?

Everyone has their own opinions when it comes to exfoliation, but I personally believe that using warm steam to open up your pores is the best way to fully cleanse your skin. This method has been used for generations and has been refined by modern technology in the past decades. For a complete review of this subject, please take a look at our face steaming machine guide.

That’s all for me folks. I hope you found this article worthwhile and please do give it a go. I use this exact routine and my skin has most definitely benefited from it. There’s no reason why yours can’t as well! 😊

Wishing You the Best Health,



DIY Facial Steam Session – Step by Step

DIY Face Steaming

Hello, gang, Rachel here once again with another informative piece pertaining to an issue that you guys have been asking us about. This issue revolves around “Do It Yourself” facial steaming and, in particular, what are the best ways to go about creating such a session.

For a complete and thorough look at this overall topic, please take a minute to look at our face steaming guide. For now, let’s have a look at the DIY option.

A Quick Word on Face Steaming

Before I launch into a cool method that you can try in the comfort of your own home, let me first explain steaming and the massive benefits. This exfoliation treatment has been used since the beginning of time by civilizations all over the world.

The warm mist that is generated during a session is rightfully seen as the best way in which to open the pores of our skin. By doing this, our skin is then ideally suited for exfoliation. As the pores are now open, all impurities can then be removed.

Unwanted stuff like dead skin cells; excess oil/sebum; dirt; and other such nastiness will block our pores if not removed regularly. Acne can even be the end result. A quality exfoliation session via this method is a great way of preventing this from happening.

This is a very brief description of what this exfoliation method can provide. For a full list of the top benefits, click on the image below:

Facial Steaming Benefits

DIY Facial Steam Option

When it comes to this exfoliation method, a huge number of people rely on a quality steaming machine in order to create the warm mist that is needed to open up facial pores. However, there are ways of achieving this without the use of a machine.

One such method is to create you own DIY steamer. There are pros and cons to using a DIY method instead of a proven machine, but it’s certainly something that is worth trying. Especially if you’re the type that enjoys a good challenge! 😊

Below is a step by step guide of how to create your own DIY facial steaming session.

Step 1 – Gather the Needed Implements

In order to correctly create a quality exfoliation session, you’ll need to possess some certain bits and bobs. Though, in saying this, it really only amounts to four things! Below are what you’ll need:

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    A kettle or pot and stove in which to boil the water – this will remove any impurities from the water
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    A large ceramic or glass bowl – preferably ceramic as glass might get quite hot
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    A towel – ensure that it’s large enough to cover your head, shoulders, and the bowl
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    Some essential oils – using such oils is a great way of maximizing the impact of this treatment type as they supply numerous benefits that come straight from nature

Step 2 – Heat the Water 

Using a cooker (or fire if you’re that way inclined), heat a good-sized volume of water. A full kettle poured into a medium to large sized pot is plenty. Bring this water to the boil and then allow to simmer. You could also just boil the water in the kettle and then transfer it to the pot.

Step 3 – Add in Your Essential Oil

When the water is ready, feel free to add in a drop or two of your favored essential oil. Such oils will greatly increase the ambiance of your session as well as adding a multitude of different health benefits. For a full breakdown on these oils, and for some great examples of ones that are perfectly suited for steaming, please click on the image below:

Essential Oils Reference Guide

Step 4 – Transfer to Your Steaming Vessel

After you’ve stirred your essential oil into the water, it’s now time to transfer the mixture into your ceramic bowl. Be careful when doing this as it can be very easy to burn yourself. Trust me, I’m speaking from personal experience. ☹

The easiest way to avoid any unwanted burns is to ensure that you make the transfer on a flat, level counter-top. It’s also a good idea to stick on some cooking mitts.

Step 5 – Enjoy Your Steam

It’s a good idea to begin steaming within a few minutes of making the transfer to your ceramic bowl. Any longer and you’ll risk the mist getting too cool to have any effect – this will result in your pores remaining closed and thus making the exfoliation attempt kind of pointless!

When you’re ready, place the towel over your head, shoulders, and the bowel. Next, bring you face to within 15 to 20 inches of the rising mist. Again, be careful with the mist as getting too close could very well result in you being burnt.

Remain in this position for 5 – 10 minutes. This is the industry agreed upon time range for a good steam. Any less and your pores won’t open fully; any longer and you’ll risk your skin becoming irritated.

Steaming with a bowl

Step 6 – Exfoliation & Moisturize

Now that your pores are open, it’s a good to exfoliate properly so as to remove all that gunk and nastiness. This stuff is now accessible because your pores are enlarged due to contact with the warm mist. Using a good facial cleanser is one of the best ways in which to achieve this.

Of course, when you’ve exfoliated properly, it’s essential that you finish off by moisturizing – this will re-hydrate your skin and provide you with the nutrients and vitamins that can be stripped away during the exfoliation step.

So, this is how you create an effective DIY steamer, let’s now look at the benefits of going down this route.

The Benefits of DIY

The DIY option does have some notable benefits that perhaps makes it a rival option to that of a top-notch home machine. I’ve outlined these benefits below.

1st Benefit - Cost is Vitually Nothing


This can obviously be seen as a benefit as there is no real cost to this method. The only cost will lie in purchasing essential oils, and these oils are not completely necessary for a steaming session.

Yes, they can provide added benefits, but if you’re short on cash then you can certainly go without them.

2nd Benefit - The Challenge!

I guess that this is the whole reason behind trying anything in a DIY fashion – this being the challenge of trying something for yourself rather than purchasing a tool for the job.

Some people like the idea of this challenge, others would rather just have the perfect tool for whatever it is they need done. It really comes down to personal preference.

3rd Benefit - A Job Well Done

There’s nothing more satisfying that attempting something from scratch without anyone else’s help…and then actually succeeding!! 

This supplies a great feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction – something that is the sole reason people try DIY projects in the first place.

DIY v Machine

It would be remiss of me to not weigh up the DIY method against the most popular steaming technique – that being the use of a home machine/kit. Below are three areas where it can be argued that the machine option bests the DIY one.

The Effort

A great aspect about facial steaming machines is the ease and quickness in which they can be used. These units have been specifically created to deliver the perfect form of warm mist in the quickest time possible.

These machines can be set up, used to deliver a quality session, and be packed away within twenty minutes. This is very useful if you are planning on availing of this exfoliation method on a regular basis.

In contrast, it takes a little bit longer for the DIY version to be used. This is because you have to boil the water; mix the essential oil; and transfer the water to another container. It won’t take hours, of course, but it will take a little longer when compared to a machine.


When it comes to cost effectiveness, again, a machine really does hold the edge over the DIY method for one simple reason – the quality and reliability of the steaming session that is provided.

While a DIY attempt is practically free, there is no real way to gauge if you’ve created a good home version – there will be a large risk that the quality or flow of the steam is not of the best variation.

This is where a quality machine comes to the fore.

These machines have been scientifically tested and proven to deliver the correct temperature, consistency, and flow of steam that is necessary for a top-quality session.

Cost Effect

So, while a top machine will of course cost more than a DIY attempt, the peace of mind and quality provided by a home unit will be more than worth the price.


The Danger Factor

As noted before in a previous section, there is a risk of burning oneself when it comes to attempting a DIY facial steam session.

This is simply because you have to boil the water yourself; transfer this boiling water to a suitable container; and then correctly judge how far to place your face over the rising hot mist.

A machine has been created to circumvent all of these risks and, therefore, it means that it’s the safer option of the two.

I hope that you found this piece helpful and thought provoking. If you do indeed decide to give the DIY method a go, then best of luck and let us here at theHealthBase know how you got on! 😊

Also, make sure that you check out our other related content - I've attached a few such articles to the bottom of the page including our complete guide on home steaming kits

Wishing You the Best Health,



Treating Rosacea with a Vitamin C Serum

Treating Rosacea from home

What is Rosacea?

Hello and welcome to my article where I will be discussing a specific skin problem that many people suffer from.

 I will also examine a possible treatment method that comes highly regarded – this being a top-level Vitamin C Serum.

To begin with, what exactly is this issue? Pronounced rose-AY-sha, this skin affliction is most commonly evident on the facial area, though it’s not limited to just the face.

It is a problem that is closely linked and related to acne.

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There are actually four Rosacea types, each with varying level of severity. Below, I’ve outlined these types:

Erythematotelangiectatic Type


Symptoms include redness; visible blood vessels; & flushing



Symptoms include a lumpy complexion and hardening of the skin

Papulopustular Type

Symptoms include swelling; redness; & acne breakouts

Ocular Type

Symptoms include irritated eyes & swelling in the eyelids

These are the main rosacea types and a general overview of what this ailment is. Next, I’ll look more closely at the actual symptoms.

Common Symptoms

As seen in the above paragraph, a major symptom of this skin affliction is the appearance of redness on a person’s face to some degree. This redness usually appears in a gradual fashion in and around the nose and cheeks. Then, over time, this red irritated blemish will spread outwards and become more intense.

This can result in a large portion of your face; chest; ears; or back being affected by this red, angry rash of sorts. As noted above, there are quite a number different effects of this affliction. Below, I’ve further explained the different degrees of rosacea symptoms:

Degree 1: Erythematot​​​​elangiectatic Type

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Flushing & redness in the center of the face
  • Visible broken blood vessels (also known as spider veins)
  • Swelling in the skin
  • Skin will become very sensitive, even beginning to sting or burn
  • Skin will become harder & dryer in complexion
  • Face will appear to be in a constant state of blushing

Degree 2: Papulopustular Type

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Acne-like breakouts will occur periodically
  • Skin can adopt an oily like complexion
  • Skin will become more sensitive
  • Stinging &/or burning sensations may occur
  • Spider veins will emerge
  • Raised patches of skin called plaques will appear

Degree 3: Phymatous Type

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Skin will adopt a bumpy texture
  • Skin will begin to thicken in complexion, most notably around the nose
  • Chin, forehead, cheeks, & ears may also exhibit skin hardening
  • Spider veins will become apparent
  • Pores will enlarge
  • Skin will become oilier in complexion

Degree 4: Ocular Type

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Eyes will appear bloodshot & watery
  • Eyes could also begin to burn or sting
  • Eyes can start to become dry & itchy
  • A sensitivity to light will occur – this can lead to blurry vision
  • Broken veins will appear in and around the eyelids
  • Cysts may appear
  • Dramatic reduction in eyesight capabilities

As I’m sure you’re beginning to realize, this affliction is a real problem for many people and thus the reasons why a rosacea cure is such a sought-after solution. Before thought we get to the solution, let’s first look at the causes of this ailment.

Possible Causes

According to a recent report from the United States, roughly 14 million people suffer from this affliction on a daily basis. This is a staggering amount of people. These people usually fall into one of the following characteristics:

  • Aged between 25 - 60 years of age
  • From a family that has a history of rosacea or acne
  • Possess physical characteristics such as fair-skin, blonde hair, blue eyes
  • From a Celtic or Scandinavian background

While we do not know for absolute certainty why this skin ailment occurs, there are a few triggers and reasons that are seen as being key factors. Five of these main ones are outlined below:

It’s Hereditary 

Unfortunately, this skin problem can indeed be passed down from one generation to the next

Skin Mites

These little buggers live on the surface of our bodies, especially around the nose and cheek area.

 It’s been proven that people who suffer heavily from this ailment have a large number of mites present in the area of infection

head lice

Immune System 

It’s been tested and proven that the immune systems of people who are prone to skin problems like this one react differently to negative bacteria. Unfortunately, this is as much as this research has been able to ascertain

The H Pylori Bug

This particularly nasty bug is commonly found on people who suffer from rosacea. Again, scientists have not categorically linked this bug with the emergence of this ailment

Production of Cathelicidin

This protein, when being processed, has been known to cause redness and swelling in a person’s face and on the body

The Best Treatment

OK, so now we have fair understanding of this skin problem and why it occurs – even though the why is still a hotly debated topic of converse. Now, let’s get to the meat of the issue; that being how to get rid of rosacea. This is the question that really needs to be answered so allow me to set out some possibilities.

To begin with, there are three common logical steps that people can take in order to both prevent the appearance, and treat existing, cases of this particular skin issue:

1 – Locate Your Triggers

“Triggers” is actually a common term that doctors, dermatologists, and skincare specialists use when it comes to this skin problem. Triggers are factors that might cause your rosacea to flare up and make your skin become inflamed.

The following are common triggers: your body overheating; eating excessively spicy food; allergies; or a strong cold wind. People have different triggers but these are the four most common ones so it’s worth keeping them in mind.

2 – Watch Out for the Sun

This is absolutely key. If you are susceptible to this skin issue, or indeed any skin issue, then it’s very important that you avoid exposing your skin to direct sunlight of an excessive nature.

In order to prevent the sun from adversely affecting your skin, there are several steps that you can take which include applying a high SPF sunscreen; wearing sunglasses when outside; seek shade during or even avoiding the midday heart; and really just being conscious of the sun and the damage that it can do.


3 – Choose Your Skincare Products Carefully

Whether it be moisturizers; acne serums; emulsifying agents; shampoos; or makeup, it’s important to pick products that will work well with your skin type. There are so many products and brands on the market today that sometimes this can be easier said than done.

Unfortunately, a large part of getting this right is very much trial and error. A key way of skipping parts of this process, however, is to identify agents and ingredients that you might be allergic to or perhaps react negatively towards. Jot these things down and then check if they’re on the product’s list of ingredients. Then avoid. Simples 😊

These are very pertinent steps that everyone can take. Next, I will look at some treatments that can actively treat this skin issue. As always, a natural treatment is what we always want so let’s get to it!

Rosacea Natural Treatment

When it comes to treating skin problems in a natural fashion, the use of vitamins is an obvious and trusted method that has been used since the beginning of time…or perhaps a little after. 😊

In terms of rosacea, there is one options that stands head and shoulders above the rest – this being Vitamin C.

This particular agents has a whole host of marvelous benefits for our skin. The one that is important when it comes to the topic of this article is that Vitamin C is exceptional at reducing inflammation that can occur in our skin. This is why this is one of the best choices for rosacea.

Vitamin C

Now that’s the actual vitamin located, the next important question is what’s the best delivery system? It’s agreed upon in the health and beauty industry that a quality serum is the best method of getting the best out of this mineral.

A top-quality serum maximizes the benefits of Vitamin C and this is why this method is believed to be one of the best homemade remedies for rosacea. By using a serum’s specially formulated ingredients to treat the affected area, quality anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent flood your skin which will reduce any redness or irritation in no time at all.

Important Note

It would be remiss of me to not say that the best course of action when it comes to any persistent skin ailment is of course to visit your local doctor or/and dermatologist. These are the guys and girls who have done the years of learning and possess the experience in order correctly treat your condition.

Though, if you want to try a Vitamin C Serum in conjunction with visiting a specialist, then my personal piece of advice would be to stick with a serum that has a Vit C concentration of 10% or under. Any higher concentration levels might very well be too much for your skin to handle. This could then lead to your condition worsening.

For a look at a few examples of quality brands and their products, check out our comprehensive guide on the issue: thehealthbase.com/best-vitamin-c-serums/.

Wishing You the Best of Health,



Using Vitamin C for Acne – Does it Work?

Using vitamin c to treat acne

Best Vitamins

Rachel here from the Health Base Team!

A good place to begin this article is to examine the overarching question that is fundamental to the more specific one of Vitamin C.

That question being what vitamins are good for acne?

Well, there are actually quite a few options that have been proven to be effective at combating this skin issue.

Below is a quick list and breakdown of some vitamins that are most commonly used:

Vits & Minerals

Vitamin A

This is a natural antioxidant that comes from a family of compounds known as retinoids. 

Vitamin A is vital in combating acne vulgaris as it supplies our bodies with the ability to effectively shed dead sin cells.

This thus prevents these cells from building up on our skin’s surface which is a leading factor in pores becoming blocked. [1]


This mineral is essential as it contributes to many different functions within our bodies. This includes the growth and development of our brains; our immune systems; as well as our reproductive capabilities. 

Zinc can be found in foods such as beans, oatmeal, grains, nuts and seeds, and lean types of meat.

When it comes to battling acne, this mineral is super helpful as it’s also a very effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.  

It also quickens up the metabolizing of such agents as Omega-3.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

This agent is found in fish and other elements of the sea and has long been thought of as being the best anti-inflammatory that nature has to offer.

This is key when it comes to fighting a bacterial infection which causes our skin to become inflamed.

Omega-3 reduces any inflammation and quickens the bodies ability to heal itself and be rid of the offending infection.


This mineral doesn’t have the reputation of the other ones I’ve mentioned but that doesn’t take away from its effectiveness.

Selenium can be found in grains, nuts, and such fish as halibut and salmon.

The key benefit that it supplies to our bodies is that it works to actually protect other antioxidants such as vitamin A or zinc. This then allows these compounds to better work within our skin.

Vitamin C

This orange related agent is seen as being the best course of action. It’s certainly the one that springs to mind the soonest. 

Whether you get your Vit C from the fruit itself, or from juices, tablets, or the serums that I’ll soon discuss, this agent is super at dealing with the physical appearance of this bacterial infection. [2]


The reason for this is because it greatly reduces the redness of the infection by increasing the strength of the lining of our capillaries. It also works to regulate and boost our immune system with further works to diminish the inflammation. [3]

So, there are some of the best vitamins in way of treatment options, with Vit C being the top dog, but what about the aftermath? This takes us to…

Vitamin C for Acne Scars

Potential scarring is unfortunately something that is very prevalent when it comes to this skin problem. This is a real threat that this bacterial infection might leave in its wake. However, fear not, just as there are vitamins that help the bacterial infection, there are also vits that helps with potential scarring.

The top such option, yes you guessed it, is our orange friend. To begin with, it’s key to know that this option cannot fully remove deep scarring.

These types of marks can only be fully removed by employing more thorough medical options – your local doctor or dermatologist is the person to see about this.

But, when it comes to small or shallow scarring, Vitamin C can greatly diminish the appearance of these pesky marks.

To the right is a quick list of exactly why this is the case -->

  • Works to boost collagen production which in turn promotes the skin's ability to heal itself

  • Vastly increases the flow of antioxidants to the affected area

  • Helps to reduce the lightness of skin complexion

  • Greatly reduces skin hydration through moisturizing

So, there you go, that’s the evidence 😊 However, a key question then stems from all this. That being…

What is the Best Way to Get Your Dose of Vit C?

This is obviously a vital question if you’re considering using this mineral This question also brings us nicely to the main point of this article.

As I’m sure you’re aware, there are numerous ways of getting the daily recommended bout of Vit C.

Juices; tablets; dissolvents; and the fruit itself are the obvious choices. These are fine when it comes to getting your regular dose of this orange piece of nature.

However, when it comes to treating a skin afflictions, then you’ll need something a bit more specialized in order to avail of the absolute maximum benefits.

Vitamin C

Below is the method that is universally agreed upon as being the best way to do just this:

Vitamin C Serum for Acne Vulgaris

These serums, or creams, are so effective at dealing with this issue for one reason above all else – they have been scientifically created to be this way! It’s as simple as that. These creams have many benefits, but the key one is that they were created for the purpose of battling skin afflictions. This, in a nutshell, is why they are without doubt the best delivery system when it comes to Vit C.

I’ve already explained how this orange mineral is super effective at both preventing and battling existing skin issues. While a normal method can do wonders, a scientifically created Vit C cream takes your treatment to the next level.

Infected skin that is treated with such a cream will show vast improvements at a very quick rate. This is because the serum will target and nullify the infection as well as reducing the redness and irritation that comes hand in hand with this type of affliction.

When it comes to locating the option for skin that is prone to issues, or indeed a Vit C serum for resulting scars, there are a tonne of options and brands out there. If you're searching for an example of a quality one then please take a look at the following choice - thehealthbase.com/kleem-organics-review/.

Concluding Thoughts

There you have it folks, that brings an end to my article on this particular topic. I hope that you learnt something new or at the very least you’ve had some existing knowledge reaffirmed. 😊I hope by now that you realize the answer to the question “should you use vitamin c for acne” is an unequivocal “yes you should”!!

As always, feel free to send us any questions or comments that come to mind regarding this article or indeed any piece of content on our site. In addition, please browse the rest of our knowledge base. I’ve attached some related links to the bottom of this page that might interest you.

Also, if you are looking for a more traditional method of combating your acne, like a scientifically created treatment kit, then click here to see our favorite option. For a more concentrated formula and solution to rid yourself of back acne and scars keep in mind vitamin c will not be the optimal solution with a home treatment being a far better option.

Wishing You the Best of Health,



1. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/article-abstract/524114

2. https://www.livestrong.com/article/525010-vitamin-c-for-cystic-acne/

3.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673383/


Obagi Systems Review – Best Vitamin C Serum?

Review of the Obagi Systems Serum

1 - The Serums

Hey guys, Rachel here once again! Welcome to my review of the Obagi Systems Serum – the cream that has been specifically designed for people who have dry and/or sensitive skin. If you would rather read a comprehensive guide on Vitamin C Serums, or perhaps you’re looking for more all-round Serum, then feel free to click on the relevant links.

In this review I will be discussing the cream created by Obagi Systems in an effort to explain just why we at the Health Base rate it so highly. To do this, I will look at several different aspects including the brand behind the product; the physical makeup (packaging and formula); the warranty; and the overall cost effectiveness.

Before I being my review, below I’ve outlined some of the many key benefits that Vit C Serums can bestow on us and our health. Skip ahead if you already know them! 🙂

2 - The Benefits

Benefits of VIt C Serums

* “An antioxidant is any substance that slows or stops free-radical damage to cells. What is free-radical damage to cells? When natural light damages skin cells, extra electrons start floating around looking for a home. When those extra electrons find a home (often a cell), they usually damage those cells when latching on. This then triggers inflammation and cell injury. Anything that slows the injury process down is referred to as an ‘antioxidant’.”

- Brandith Irwin, Md.

3 - The Brand

If you’ve read any of our product reviews here on the Health Base, then you’ll know that we place a lot of importance on the brand name and the reputation that lies behind the product. To us, the brand is just as important as the product.

There are multiple brands out there that produce and deliver top level services and products. But they do so with heavy moral and ethical disregards. Practices like cheap labor, animal testing, or shady promotional techniques are all too common in the modern world. So, as far we’re concerned, brands like these should be avoided at all costs – regardless of the quality of their product

Brand reputation

When it comes to Obagi Systems, the best way to describe their brand is that it has lasted the test of time. The company was established in 1988 and this pharmaceutical company has been churning out top level products ever since.

A key reason why I was so attracted to this particular brand was because their focus is directly on creating products that deal with the major skin ailments that people suffer from. These include different types of skin damage; rosacea; hyperpigmentation; acne; and signs of aging.

When you combine this specific focus, the age of this brand, and the rock solid customer reputation that's there for everyone to see, then all in all this results in a very trustworthy and respected source in which to purchase products from.

5 - The Key Features

When it comes to evaluating the quality and cost effectiveness of any product, it’s important to have a clear image in your mind of exactly what it is you’re looking for.  A great way of doing this is to create a list of different aspects that you’d want to see incorporated in the product that you have your eye on.

This essentially what I’ve done with the product we're looking at here today – I’ve created criteria that I feel a top quality Vitamin C Serum should have. To begin with, I focused on the physical elements that a cream needs to possess. This includes the packaging of the cream and also the formula which makes up the actual serum.

Next, I decided to look at the Vitamin C that was incorporated into the serum. This is a key element as there are quite a few different types of Vit C which can be used. Each one has its own pros and cons in terms of being suitable for varying skin types.

To conclude, I gauged the Obagi Systems warranty to see if it was of suitable length for such a product. Finally, I give an overall verdict on the cost effectiveness of this particular Vit C cream. Enjoy. 🙂

The Packaging

Packaging is a key consideration to take into account when it comes to deciding on which product is the right one for you. The reason for this is because Vitamin C Serums have ingredients in their formula that will weaken and dissipate at a quick rate if exposed to too much air or sunlight.

This will result in the formula soon becoming ineffective.

So then, the pertinent question is what type of packaging is needed in order to prevent this? Well, to prevent degradation, a top quality cream needs to be packaged in a container that is both airtight and opaque.

This type of packaging will significantly reduce the chances of your serum being exposed to too much air or sunlight.

Obagi Systems

For Obagi’s version, you can see quite clearly from the above picture that they provide a container that is both airtight and opaque. This will greatly increase the shelf life of the serum. It’s important that I also add that when you start using your cream then the best bet is to stick it in the fridge in between uses.

VERDICT: Perfect packaging for a Vit C cream.

The Formula

When it comes to any health or beauty product, the formula is something that is of the utmost importance. If the ingredients are not correct, or if the dosage of these ingredients are off, then the product’s quality will suffer. This is especially true for Vitamin C Serums.

Now, obviously, the key ingredient in such a formula is the mineral itself. Such is its importance that I decided to give it a full section which is coming up next.

However, in saying this, there are other key ingredients that are needed to make a product top level.

Such key ingredients include aloe vera, rosehip, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, green tea, organic ole, and ferulic acid to name just a few. These ingredients, and others, are key in giving a serum the needed nutrients and vitamins as well as helping to rehydrate the skin that it’s applied to.

The great aspect about the product produced by Obagi is that they’ve constructed their formula to suit dry, irritated and sensitive skin. This is unlike the majority of other serums who focus on supplying a product that is broad in terms of skin suitability. Because of this specific nature, the result is a product that is top class at treating the relative skin type.

VERDICT: Perfect blend of additional ingredients that were specifically chosen for treating dry or sensitive skin.

Vit C Concentration

There are two problems when it comes to evaluating the quality of the Vitamin C concentration used in a serum. The first problem is that there are quite a number of different variations of Vit C – both in a pure form and in a derivative form. The second problem is that there is no agreed upon best one within the health and beauty industry!

In saying this, it is pretty universally thought that Vitamin C is best in its most natural and potent form – that being L-Ascorbic Acid. The problem with this pure form of the mineral is that it can be quiet heavy duty on the skin – this would then give the impression that it would be unsuitable for dry and sensitive skin.

However, this is where Obagi get it spot on with their formula. While they do indeed use L-Ascorbic Acid, they keep the concentration quite low at just 10%. This means that you get the best Vit C form that there is, but not to the extent where it will negatively affect your dry or sensitive skin.   

VERDICT: Both the ideal type and concentration for anyone looking for a serum that suits dry or sensitive skin. This brand does offer versions in 5, 15, and 20% Vitamin C concentration dosage. From our testing and research we firmly believe that the 10% though is the best option for dry/sensitive skin.

The Warranty

Warranties, or money back guarantees as they’re also called, are vital things to look out for when you’re thinking of making any purchase. Without the safety net that a warranty provides, there will always be a risk that comes with purchasing a product or service.

In all honesty, this is the single area where the Obagi option does not get top marks in terms of quality. My criticism comes from the fact that they only supply a 30 day warranty with their product. While this is a standard warranty for Vitamin C Serums, I personally would like it to be another few weeks in length or even a month. In comparison, the Kleem Organics version comes with a full year warranty.


In saying this, the reason why 30 days is the industry standard when it comes to warranties is because you should really see if the serum is working or not after a couple of weeks. You won’t see the full benefits for 4-6 months’ time, but you’ll definitely be able judge its effectiveness after 14 days or so.

VERDICT: Shorter than I’d personally like. The trick is to start using the cream consistently from the time of purchase – this will ensure that you’ll be able to judge its impact well within the warranty period.

Cost Effectiveness

Ultimately this is the component that will decide whether or not you make that purchase – whether or not you’ll part with your hard earned cash for a product or service. By weighing up all the previously mentioned elements, you should be in a good position to make the correct decision.

With regards to Obagi Systems’ Vitamin C Serum, it’s a tough call in deciding the cost effectiveness. As I’ve mentioned, the product itself is top notch. From the formula; to the packaging; to the ingredients; to the Vit C concentration, this product really is top level.

However, the cost of this product with regards to a one 1oz. bottle of the 10% concentration may cause eyebrows to be raised. Again, as with the warranty, the Obagi one doesn’t compare favorably with the Kleem Organics version of which you can get three 1oz. bottles for a slightly cheaper price – i.e. three times the amount of serum for less money.

So, why is it that bit more expensive? Well, the reason is simple – this brand's cream is more expensive than other options because it's a product that has been specifically designed for dry and sensitive skin. This makes is unlike other options which are broader ranging in terms of skin suitability, yet ensures that this particular serum is more effective for this particular skin type.

VERDICT:  If you feel you have dry or sensitive skin, then the Obagi cream really is the best option. That extra bit of money ensures that you get the best serum for such skin types. However, if you feel that you don’t need such a skin specific cream, then check out my Kleem Organics Review – this is the option that we at the Health Base believe to be the top product in this niche. You can find this review at the bottom of this page.

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Wishing You the Best of Health,



10 Best Face Steaming Benefits

Facial Steaming Benefits

A Quick Overview

Hey, guys, Rachel here! Today I am going to be focusing on facial steaming and, in particular, on the many benefits that is associated with this treatment. The benefits are actually quite numerous. However, for the sake of both your and my time, I’ve condensed them down to what I believe are the top 10 benefits.

If you’ve never tried this treatment before, or if you’re interested in learning more about the technique, then hopefully this article will supply some useful information. If you have the time, you can also look at my Facial Steaming Guide on this issue. Or, if you’re just looking for a top level machine, then check out my colleague’s review of the Okachi Gliya Steamer.

Ok, now that we’ve covered that, let’s get stuck into the actual benefits. I’m pretty confident that you’ll become a steaming convert once you’ve reached the end of this article! 🙂

Those All Important Beneftis

Benefit No. 1 – Improves the Exfoliation Process

The exfoliation process centers around and is hinged upon one thing occurring – that being the pores on your face being open. Only by opening these pores can you then begin the process of cleansing your skin via exfoliation.

Now, there are many ways to achieve this opening of pores. One such method is to have a simple exfoliating routine. You see, hot water has the natural effect of opening those pesky facial pores.

Another super way, arguably the better, is to use hot mist. 

While water works fine, it’s been proven beyond doubt that steam is the more effective approach. The reason for this is because this hot mist penetrates more deeply and easier than water. Why? Because its super fine consistency means it far more permeable than water.


This is why top quality face steamers are so coveted – because they supply the mist that takes your exfoliating treatment to the next level. Next I’ll look at how these machine work to rid your pores of all those unwanted substances.

Benefit No. 2 – Removes All Sorts of Nastiness

There are some things that are guaranteed in life – one of these things is that our faces will accumulate a whole host of nasty agents and substances. Examples include, but are not limited to, excessive oil/sebum; dead skin cells; hair follicles; acne; sun damage; air pollution; et cetera et cetera. Unfortunately, the list is quite endless! 🙁

However, before you lose all hope, there are ways to remove this rubbish and restore our skin to their pristine condition. One of these proven methods is by using a steaming machine which helps in two -  softening and opening.

Softening: the hot mist loosens and melts a lot of that gunk and rubbish that builds up on our faces. It is then a simple task of removing it with a simple cleansing routine

Opening: as explained above, the hot steam opens up our pores which then allows us to clean them out with appropriate products. An example of such quality products can be seen in our Zenmed Review.

Benefit No. 3 – Enhances Blood Flow & Circulation

As well as opening pores, warm water and mist have the added effect of increasing blood circulation to whatever part of the body it encounters. This is why our faces go red when you do such a session, or our stomachs go the same shade when we’re using a hot water bottle! 🙂

The question, though, is what benefit does increased blood circulation provide for us? Well, most importantly, it has the awesome ability of speeding up the natural healing process. Blood circulation is a key tool that the body uses to do this – both by bringing necessary agents (like oxygen and nutrients) to the affected area as well as removing any damaged or nefarious elements.

This particular benefit is very proactive when it comes to battling acne or any facial maladies that might occur. Acne; zits; pimples; rashes – all of these ailments can have the horrible effect of leaving scarring on the affected areas.

However, because this exfoliation method boosts the healing process, this means that our bodies and skin will heal any damage at a quicker rate and in a more effective manner. This alone is a massive advantage that regular steaming can provide!

Benefit No. 4 – Eases Sinus & Headache Related Problems

If you’re anything like me, then you’ll know all too well the pain and annoyance that can be caused by sinus issues. The effects of such a problem are unfortunately wide and varying – ranging from the physical to the psychological. To the right is a quick list of such issues – my sympathies if some of these are all too familiar for you!! 🙁

Allergies are something that millions of people suffer from every year. The main problem with allergies is that there are so many factors that could trigger them. These factors can even affect us differently as we age – with us becoming allergic to something in our thirties that we had no problem with in our twenties. Annoying? Doesn’t really sound fair? Absolutely yes on both accounts.

I myself suffer quite badly if exposed to dirt or dust. My nasal passage closes up instantly and I have to give them a thorough rinsing before they decide to go back to normal. 

Allergy Downsides

A method that I’ve found to be super effective when it comes to combating the onset of allergies is to use a facial steamer.

Top quality machines, such as the one provided by Okachi, are brilliant for clearing your nose and head. The warm mist, when inhaled, works to heat the blood vessels inside your nose. This has the result of lessening the constriction that has occurred with the arrival of the allergens.  

If you’re like me, and you do suffer from allergy attacks, I’d highly recommend that you give this method a go. Whether it be at the early onset of allergies, or when you’re mired in a full blown attack, a good steaming session can work wonders to clear your head and help you get back to breathing properly.

Benefit No. 5 – Works as a Humidifier

The use of humidifiers is becoming more and more prominent in homes. This is because the benefits of humidifying are both numerous and hugely positive. A humidifiers sole purpose is to put moisture back into the air, thus regulating the humidity of any given environment.

Why is this important? Well, our skin needs moisture in the air in order to absorb it; otherwise the skin will get dehydrated. This will then lead to a whole host of problems. Also, the lack of humidity in a certain place can lead to viruses and infections springing into life and spreading ubiquitously.

The winter months are the main time when humidity can take a hit – this is due to the freezing conditions. This is why colds, bugs, viruses, and other nasty ailments are more common during this period of the year.

Therefore, raising and then regulating the humidity is something that is definitely worth looking into. This is where a quality steamer enters the conversation. When in operation, these machines add moisture to the room that they are operating in.

This means that you both get a good exfoliation session as well as boosting the humidity levels in your home. Overall, it’s another great health reason to own one of these machines!

Benefit No. 6 – Perfect for Relaxation & Meditation

It seems that in the modern world more and more people are either forgetting to relax or else they don’t know how to. We all live busy lives that have so many different facets. It’s not surprising then that it can be quite hard not to feel swamped at times.

That’s why it’s incredibly vital for both our physical and mental welfare that we take a moment every now and again to just chill out!!

Now, lots of people do things to achieve this – meditating; yoga; reading; or even exercising are all common methods of unwinding. More power to this people! These are excellent methods of relaxing which I couldn’t recommend highly enough. I’d also like to add steaming to this list of options.

If you’ve ever been in a Jacuzzi, a sauna, or steam room, you’ll know that they are incredibly relaxing places to be. You can literally feel your muscles relaxing, the stress leaving your body, and you might even drift off to sleep! However, not many people have the access to their own personal Jacuzzi, DIY sauna, or steam room. If you do…well then, I’m thoroughly jealous. 😉


An alternative lies in facial steaming. Such a session can be hugely beneficial in terms of relaxing your mind. The warm mist will relax the muscles of your head as well as releasing the tension that has built up there. I actually constantly drift off when I use my own machine!! I just can’t help it. After using a steamer for 15-20 mins you’ll feel like you’ve had a full night’s rest as your mind will be clear and refreshed.

Top Tip

To even further increase the relaxation capabilities of your steamer, why not add a few drops of one of the many different essential oils that are available. These oils supply incredible benefits as well as taking your relaxing session to the next level. Though, in saying this, using a top grade Essential Oil Diffuser is always preferable than a face steamer when it comes to essential oils. 

For a thorough look at some high quality essential oils, feel free to read our article on the subject - the best 5 Essential Oils. I personally favor the peppermint or basil oil. 🙂

Or, if you're new to the notions of aromatherapy and essential oils, then our review of the best essential oils Starter Kit might be worth a read - it'll give you a foothold into these niches in terms of information

Benefit No. 7 – Create an Ideal Canvas for Beauty & Healthcare Products

If there is one thing that is imperative that you do before you apply any type of beauty or healthcare product, it’s that you prepare your face beforehand. By this, I mean that you create a canvas that will be the most receptive for the cream or spray that you intend to use.

I noted before that our faces accumulate lots of different stuff throughout the day. This stuff creates a layer on our outer skin, thus blocking a product from reaching the face’s surface. In short, if you don’t cleanse yourself of these accumulative agents then it is virtually pointless rubbing or spraying any product onto your skin!

As explained in Benefits 1 and 2, steaming is a fool proof way of removing all this nastiness that can build up on our faces over time. Whether it be dead skin cells; hair follicles; dirt; oil/sebum; air pollution; leftover makeup; or sun damage, hot mist will loosen these agents and aid in their removal.

Once this has been accomplished, your skin will then be at its most receptive to whatever product you are planning on using on it. This, of course, will then optimize the effects and results of this product. All you have to do then is to ensure that you’re using the correct product!! A problem for another time. 😉

Benefit No. 8 – Anti-Aging Benefits

Whenever someone says “anti-aging benefits” everyone’s ears in the nearby vicinity visible perk up. We go into full meerkat mode. 🙂 The reason for this is simple – we all, bar no-one, want to stay looking young for as long as we possibly can.

There’s no point in denying this and it’s nothing to be ashamed about! It’s natural. However, despite our most ardent wishes, aging is something that cannot be halted. It can, however, be slowed down if we look after ourselves and take certain preventative steps.

Steaming is one such step that has been proven to battle the aging process. I’ve explained how this method cleanses our faces and gets the blood circulating at a better rate. This will result in skin looking, feeling, and actually being more youthful.

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By removing impurities and revealing fresh new skin, face steaming can keep our faces looking younger and more vibrant for longer. Include a good diet and a healthy exercise regime into the mix and you’ll have people thinking that you’re lying about your age!

Benefit No. 9 – Prevents and Combats Pimples

While it may be a bit of a first world problem, having a pimple emerge onto your face is really a very annoying thing to happen! Especially if it emerges just before a night or some sort of social gathering. This seems to be constantly case – they only emerge when it’s time you want to look your best!! Typical.

Steaming is a proven way of combating the emergence of a pimple. It can even solve the problem within a day! A tactic that I often use if I see a pimple or zit emerging is to immediately use my home machine. I then leave things for roughly 20 minutes, allowing my face to cool down. Finally, I apply an ice cube to the affected area – gently rubbing the cube on the pimple for about 30 seconds.


I found that this tactic works wonders for both reducing the size and the redness of a pimple. The warm mist will work to bring the pus and gunk to the skin’s surface which you can then remove. The ice will reduce the inflammation. This should (and it’s not an exact science) vastly diminish the pimple.

I’m always interested on hearing people’s opinions on this matter as it’s something that we all have to deal with. I’ve heard numerous differing takes and adaptions of this technique – about a dozen from the Health Base team alone!! If you have a method that works for you, then please feel free to get in touch via the section at the bottom of the page or our Contact Page.  

Benefit No. 10 – Helps to remove left over makeup

Nowadays, both men and women rely on different types of makeup to get them through a working week, or indeed a social event. Whether it be the full nine yards or simply a bit of concealer, it’s safe to say that makeup is a much relied upon tool in the modern world.

However, it’s also pretty accurate to say that makeup isn’t particularly good for our skin. While it may work wonders in terms of boosting our physical appearance, it can be quite detrimental to our skin’s health if overused or left on for too long. This is because it blocks our skin’s pores and prevents our faces from breathing and receiving needed nutrients.

Now, the vast majority of makeup users understand the necessity of removing ones makeup at the end of every day. People use facial wipes and/or warm water solutions to achieve this. However, in saying this, a lot of people don’t realize that this mightn’t be enough. Because makeup can get deep into pores, a simple cleanse or wipe might not be enough.

This is where steaming can be hugely beneficial. as it opens up your pores to the absolute maximum level – thus ensuring that you can then fully exfoliate your face. This is a super effective way of ensuring that you’re removing all that makeup that has buildup over time. Even the stuff that mightn’t be visible to the naked eye.

My Final Word

That brings an end to my article in which I focused on the top 10 benefits that this exfoliation method can provide. As you can see, the benefits and positives that go hand in hand with steaming are quite numerous. It really is one of the top cleansing and exfoliating techniques out there. Not to mention one of the most enjoyable ones.

Of course, these benefits are subjective and there are many more that I did not include. These are just the ten that I and the Health Base team thought were the best to mention. So, to keep in line with the Health Base ethos, we would love if you could share your own exfoliating experiences and knowledge. Perhaps you could supply us with is a benefit that we could add to this article – I like to think I’m pretty thorough when it comes to my research, but I’m certainly not omniscient. 🙂

If you think this topic is something that you’d like to know more about, then why not check out our comprehensive guide on the issue -  thehealthbase.com/best-face-steamers/.

Or, also, have a look at our Okachi Gliya Review in which we discuss what we believe is the premier machine on the market today.

Wishing you the best health,


P.S. If you liked what you have read and want to further expand your knowledge on the area of facial steaming, then why not check out our related posts below. We will be adding new posts periodically.


Kleem Organics Review – Vitamin C at its Best

Kleem Organics Vit C Serum

Hi guys, Rachel here! 🙂 Welcome to theHealthBase, where myself and the Team try to answer the questions that matter in regards to Health and Beauty. For this particular review, I will be discussing the Vitamin C Serum created by Kleem Organics - the product that we at the Health Base believe is the best of its kind available on the market today.

Feel free to skip ahead to any section that catches your eye by simply clicking on the related link below. I've also added in some clickable buttons every now and again - these will lead you to the place that sells this product at the best price.

Also, it might be worth your time to have a read of our Vitamin C Serum Guide as well.

So, let's get to it! 

My Journey with Kleem Organics

I have always been a huge fan of Vitamin C. Whether it be from foods like oranges or sweet potatoes, or plain ole orange juice, I’ve made sure to incorporate this essential mineral into my dietary routine. The benefits of the Vitamin C really are so numerous and extensive.

So, when I first found out about Vitamin C Serums, it’s fair to say that I was pretty excited! These creams promised to deliver the best form of Vit C in the most efficient application method. It’s fair to say that I was quite eager to give it a go.

At first, though, I’ll admit that I made a fair few mistakes in the start, most notably the DIY Serums that I attempted to make at home!!! Why? Because I made the cardinal error of not doing my homework in relation to the different products that were available. Unforgivable, I know! 😉

The first Vit C cream that I bought ended up being too much for my skin in terms of the L-Ascorbic acid concentration percentage. I think the percentage was 30% if memory serves – this caused my skin to become irritated and red.

To cut a long (and exhaustive) story short, I eventually did the proper research and understood which one was the right one for me. I needed a lower percentage and a product that was suitable for all skin types. After looking for such a option, and trying a few inferior brands, I soon happened to come across the brand you're reading about now..

The product employs 20% L-Ascorbic acid which proved to be perfect for my skin. In fact, I believe that this level of Vit C concentration is ideal for any newcomer due to the fact that it’s suitable for all skin types.

Enough of my story, however, let’s get down to the brass tacks of the issue – the option supplied by this brand and why it’s the best Serum on the market today. Enjoy!

A Trustworthy Brand?

The Kleem Brand is a well established fixture in the beauty niche. It possesses a blemish free record in terms of its reputation and has gained the respect and trust of other brands and customers over the years.

The brand itself was founded by two respected doctors – Dr. Sorato and Dr. Meli. These two work as the leading developers of the brand. As such, they are responsible for the Serum that I will be reviewing today.

Dr. Sorato gained his education at the University of Verona, Italy, graduating with honors in the field of Biotechnology. 

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His outstanding work includes the scientific research into the interaction between cells; their overall behavior; and how they interact with the environment.

Dr. Meli on the other hand graduated from the University of Malta with honors in Physiotherapy. Dr. Meli also has extensive work experience in the area of sales – something that became invaluable as he and Dr. Sorato looked to establish their brand.

The ethos of this brand is a simple yet comforting one – that quality is far more important than quantity. Therefore, rather than saturating the market with numerous products and promotional efforts, Dr. Sorato and Meli's brand instead try to provide quality products that do the brand proud.

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The Key Features

As with every product, there are a few key features that are needed in order for the product in question to be top class. Below are the features that I believe are essential for a top drawer Vitamin C Serum:


It is essential that Vitamin C Serums come in packages that are both airtight and opaque. This is because sunlight and excessive air will quickly degrade the Vitamin C in the formula – this is a natural process but one that can be slowed with proper care.

The Serum comes in an airtight and opaque bottle. This bottle is actually fitted with a pump which allows the cream to be extracted from the bottle without exposing it to the outside world. This is a quality safeguard for the cream to possess. Overall, this will result in your Vit C Serum lasting for its maximum possible shelf life.

The Formula 

This is certainly a key area of Vit C Serums. If the ingredients are not correct, or the volume of these ingredients are off, then the resulting cream will be ineffective, or even worse, harmful.

Luckily, the guys and gals at KO have done the correct research and testing to provide a top class Serum. In terms of consistency, the cream is a clear liquid that is light in weight.

This makes it easy for the skin to absorb rather than some products which can be quite sticky.

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The Serum is also fragrance free which means you don’t have to worry about any smell or the like. This means that the product can be used at any time as it will simply disappear into your skin unnoticed and without leaving any smell.

The Vitamin C Concentration

Unless you have dry or sensitive skin, you really want to be aiming for a Serum whose formula is based on L-Ascorbic acid. This is the purest form of Vitamin C and as a result will have the greatest impact and benefits.

In terms of the percentage, I’ve said already that starting with a 20% concentration is the way to go. Anything higher than this could very well be too much for your skin so it’s far better to start with a lower percentage – this allows your skin to get accustomed to the new Serum. You can then go up to 30% if you feel that you can handle a higher dosage.

Money Back Guarantee 

As with every product, it's key that you look for a warranty or a money back guarantee. While it is rare that you’ll purchase a faulty product or one that you’ll wish to return for whatever reason, it does happen.

A huge amount of Vit C Serums only give a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. This, in my opinion, is far too short. You’ll need longer than a solidary month to gauge whether the product is doing its job or not.

The money back guarantee lasts for…wait for it…a whole year!! 

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This really is a super offer that guarantees your peace of mind when it comes to using this product. It gives users tones of time to figure out if the Serum is the best one for their facial complexion.

Cruelty Free 

Personally, this is a key aspect that I ensure to look out for when I am buying a health and beauty product. Simply put, I won’t touch, let alone buy, any product that doesn’t categorically say they haven’t done tests on animals in order to perfect their product.

The company itself are strict adherers when it comes to abstaining from testing on animals. This alone was a major attraction for me as a customer.

The Key Benefits

Anti-Aging Properties

This product possesses some high powered anti-aging properties which are essential for any top Vit C Serum. These properties work to combat the aging process and remove wrinkles and fine lines that can appear.

Suitable For All Skin Types

There are many Serums out there on the market today, but not all of them are suitable for every skin type. For example, the Obagi Systems version is one that is extremely well suited for dry and sensitive skin. 

In the case of the Kleem Serum, it has been formulated and proven to be suitable for all skin types. This is a great benefit as lots of people don’t actually know what skin type they have. It can be hard to correctly judge your skin type as it’s not an exact science. Take me for example – I have quite an oily forehead, yet my cheeks are very dry and sensitive.

Boosts collagen production

This is another key element that a top Serum needs. Collagen is vital in keeping our skins strong and supple which then goes on to help our skin remain youthful.

By supplying both strength and flexibility to our skin, collagen is vital in ensuring that our skin remains youthful and energetic for as long as possible.

Battles Acne 

Acne is one of those skin ailments that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. It’s noticeable; irritable; and damaging to your mental and physical health. It’s also quite hard to combat.

One method that has proven to be effective in combatting the effects of acne is by regularly using Vitamin C Serums. Such a method of treatment can work to clear up acne as well as preventing breakouts from occurring. By working to improve and protect your skin from such ailments as acne, this makes this beauty treatment a great preventative technique.

Works With Makeup 

Personally, this was massive benefit for me. There are many Vitamin C Serums that simply don't work well with makeup. Their formulas are not suited to coincide with any other overlying layer such as makeup.

However, they have taken into account that a huge percentage of the world’s population wears makeup on a daily basis. As such, they have created a Serum that instantly penetrates into your skin, thus causing no conflicts with any moisturizer or makeup that you wish to apply on top of it.

For a complete look at the numerous benefits, check out my article on the topic. Just click on the image below!

Top Benefits

The Necessary Quality Ingredients

The product is constructed here in the good ole US of A. The formula uses only the highest quality ingredients that are 100% natural and organic. There are no unnecessary chemicals or artificial substances added to the formula which is a massive plus.

Below are examples of some of these top ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic Acid – this is a common ingredient in such a product. The key benefit this ingredient provides lie in its ability to draw in large amounts of moisture which hydrates your skin. This is hugely beneficial for the whole Serum process. Also, because your body naturally produces Hyaluronic acid, it means that there won’t be any adverse reactions.  
  • Aloe Vera – this ingredient is a mainstay in pretty much every beauty or cosmetic product that there is. Aloe Vera juice is collected from the leaf of the same named plant. This juice has incredible anti-bacterial properties which has massive positive impacts on your skin. Aloe Vera also supplies Vitamin C Serums with anti-inflammatory elements which works to ease any facial redness or irritation that you may have on your face. This ingredient is so powerful that some companies even produce a drinkable version of it – this drink is commonly used to battle stomach ulcers.
  • Vitamin E – this vitamin is highly sought after as it has been proven to repair and heal damage done to skin. This is hugely beneficial for a treatment that is being applied to your face as it can work to counteract the effects of acne, rosacea, eczema, and any number of other facial ailments.
  • Arginine – this ingredient is an amino acid which works to boost the production of collagen in your skin. Overall, this will mean that your skin’s strength and suppleness will be increased. Skin healing and overall effectiveness will then be expedited.
  • Jojoba Oil – this ingredient is quite a new one. It has to come to prominence as the focus has shifted to incorporate more and more natural and organic ingredients. Jojoba oil was discovered to have the effect of boosting moisture as well as possessing some key antioxidants.
  • Witch Hazel – this is the ingredient with by far the coolest name! 🙂 In terms of what it does, Witch Hazel works to tighten your skin as it is a natural skin toning agent. It must be noted that the natural effect of this ingredient is to dry out your skin, so it’s important to use a moisturizer as well after using your Serum.

Which is the Best Package?

The company offer several different package types for you to choose from. This ranges from single bottle packages to four bottle packages plus a moisturizer, and many variations in-between.

I have tried several of these packages and, overtime, I've narrowed it down to which I believe is the best deal. It’s my opinion that the three 1oz. bottles package is the best in terms of value for - it's certainly far superior in terms of cost effectiveness to the single bottle package.

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Buying the three bottle package is not only cheaper in terms of per bottle, it also saves you both in time and effort as you’ll just have to make the sole purchase rather than three separate ones.

A common query that I get regarding the three 1oz. bottles package it that some people are worried that the Serum in the second and third bottle might spoil before you get to use them. From my own experience, I have not found this to be the case.

I put my three bottles into my fridge the minute that I receive them, only taking the bottle out that I’m going to use. The fridge will keep the cream in the other two bottles safe and protected until you need to use them. The super effective container also adds to the protection and longevity of the cream.

Additional Note: I’ve also tried the company packages that offer a Serum as well as a moisturizer. While there’s nothing particularly wrong with the moisturizer, my advice is still to stick with the three 1oz. bottles package.

Many people get tricked into thinking that they should be using products from the same brand. Sometimes this is the case, but with Vit C Serums I don’t believe that it’s necessary to use a cream and a moisturizer from the same brand.

It’s far wiser to locate a Serum and moisturizer that is best for your skin, regardless of whether they are made by the same company. With that said, I use a moisturizer from a competing brand and find that it’s much more beneficial than the one supplied by Kleem.

Why Do We Review Products?

There are two distinct reasons why we at the Health Base provide product reviews along with our comprehensive guides and informational articles. Firstly, we understand that some people do not want to understand the how, why, or what of the issue! They simply want the answer. 🙂

There’s nothing wrong with this – we all live busy lives after all. Even though we at the Health Base always encourage our community to read our guides and articles, we understand that a certain percentage simply don’t have the time to do so. So, because we're a helpful bunch of guys and gals, we incorporate product reviews into our site. That way everyone is accommodated.

The second reason is that we feel that we owe it to our community to share with them what we have found. For every guide and article, the Health Base team spends quite a considerable amount of time and energy researching and testing different products and methods in order to find out what is needed to make the best one.

Therefore, we feel that it would be a bit of a waste on our part if we didn’t then share what we’d found. Why spend all that time narrowing down the search and pondering the questions that matter, only then to not share the best solution?

With that said, this brings an end to my product review. I hope that you found it helpful and I wish you all the best in your own Vitamin C Serum search. 🙂

Wishing you the best of health,


P.S. If you liked what you have read and want to further expand your knowledge on this area, then why not check out our related posts below. We will be adding new posts periodically.


15 Best Vitamin C Serum Benefits

Vitamin C Serum Benefits

Hey guys, Rachel here again. 🙂 Today I’m going to be explaining the massive benefits that Vitamin C and the related Serums can provide - benefits that are really quite numerous and varying. For this article, I will be focusing on what I believe are the Top 15 Benefits.

However, if you're looking for a more thorough explanation on everything to do with this topic, then please feel free to check out my comprehensive guide on the matter. This guide can be located by clicking on the image located below.

This guide will also reveal the best Serum on the market today.

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As for this article, let’s get started! Hopefully you’ll learn something that you didn’t know! With that said, in no particular order…

UV Ray Protection

UV rays from the sun pose as a hidden danger to our skin that many people choose to ignore or else aren’t fully aware of. We all know that excessive exposure to high UV rays will leave our skin burnt to some degree, but many think that if we don’t get burnt then no harm has been done. This isn’t true!

UV rays can be described as being an accumulative danger. By this, I mean that it’s not something that appears harmful in the short term, but in the long term it can actually be quite damaging for our skin’s health. This is because the damage caused by these rays accumulates on our faces over a lifetime.

That’s the bad news! Now for the good bit. 🙂 Vitamin C Creams have been proven to act as a barrier that protects your skin from these UV Rays. Serums penetrate your skin at an ideal level and therefore create an additional level of protection for your skin.

IMPORTANT: it’s key to note that this treatment must never be used as a replacement to sunscreen. Rather, Serums should be used as a supplement. Sunscreens have been specifically designed to offer protection from the sun’s UV Rays so they should always be your first port of call when looking to screen yourself from the sun. Creams help to offer a secondary layer of defense, something that is often needed!

Free Radicals nullified

This is heavily interlinked with the previous benefit. To properly explain, here is a brief breakdown of exactly what free radicals are:

Free radicals…

…are a type of molecule that are created when oxygen is metabolized in        order to create energy. This takes place on a cellular level

…can also be created via UV radiation

Harmful Free Radicals

…in their oxygen form loose an electron when they are formed – thus making them dangerous to our health

…roam throughout our bodies as they seek out an electron in order to retain their balance

…will steal electrons from healthy cells which can result in many differing health matters, even cancer

But how do Vit C Serums combat these free radicals? They do so by supplying our bodies with antioxidants which then provide electrons for these free radicals. This thus nullifies the danger that these elements can pose.

Vitamin C is well-known for being a powerful harbinger of antioxidants. Creams are therefore key in preventing and counteracting the dangers caused by free radicals. 

Glycated and hardened skin

Firstly, what exactly is skin glycation? Without getting too technical, glycation occurs when sugars like fructose and glucose interact with proteins such as collagen. This results in damage occurring to the collagen molecules – notably making them far less sturdy in construct.

This then causes our skin to become harder as it loses its elasticity. We’ve already explained how this can have very negative effects for our skin. Some of the results of this can include excessive wrinkling and sagging of affected skin.

Vitamin C Serums work to neutralize this glycation process, thus preventing it from damaging the collagen molecules. These creams, because of their design, are the best suited method to prevent this from occurring.

Skin Hydration & Moisturizing

In order to have healthy skin, it's absolutely key that our skin remains both hydrated and moisturized. This may seem obvious, but often we do not take care to ensure that our skin is correctly looked after in these areas.

It quite common for people to suffer from dry or sensitive skin, with most people having one of these skin types somewhere on their face. If left untreated, these areas can become raw, irritated and flaky. This is where a top quality Serum comes into the picture.

Vitamin C Serums are designed to offer refreshment and nourishment to areas of the skin that are lacking in hydration/moisture. By using a top product, you can successfully supply your dried out areas of skin with the necessary nutrients and antioxidants that are found in Vit C.

Boosts Collagen Production

This is one of the key benefits that Vitamin C Creams provide – they boost collagen production levels significantly. But what exactly is collagen? And, more importantly, what does it mean in relation to our bodies?

The answer to this first question is pretty straightforward. Collagen is an abundant protein that is naturally created within our bodies. It can be found in all areas of our body – including bones, muscles, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, bodily systems, and, of course, skin.

What is collagen’s purpose in our bodies? It’s collagen’s role to provide necessary strength and flexibility to our skin as well as aiding with the removal of dead skin cells. You can see therefore why boosting the production of this protein is very positive for our bodies.

Collagen can be found in any food that is rich in vitamin A – such foods as carrots, oranges, and sweet potatoes. However, because of their specific design, Vitamin C Serums have been proven to be the best method of supplying collagen to our bodies.


Why? Because they have been scientifically created so as to be penetrate our skin at the most beneficial level. This means that the Serum can boost collagen production in the most economical and effective manner.

Skin Strength & Elasticity Improved

Due to the boosting of collagen production, the Serums act to improve both the strength and elasticity of our skin. The key question is, why are these two factors so important?

Well, strengthening of our skin is pretty self-explanatory. It’s very rare that any negatives are associated with strengthening any part of our bodies! I certainly can’t think of an example. Strength is something that is associated with health and vitality. Therefore, strong skin is definitely preferable!

Strong skin will mean that you have a healthier and fresher complexion. In terms of aesthetics, this will result in you looking your best. Your skin will be refreshed and will glow due to the fact that it is at its best.

Possessing strong skin will also mean that you’ll be less likely to foul of facial afflictions like acne or eczema.

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In terms of elasticity, having flexible skin is very much desired as it ties in with a youthful complexion. Youthful skin is naturally supple and of an elastic nature due to the abundance of elastin and collagen in it. The older you get, your skin loses this elastic nature which then makes it look older.

Therefore, by improving the strength and elasticity of your skin, Vit C Serums can drastically increase both the appearance and functionality of your complexion. 

Aging Process Slowed

If there is one thing that we can all agree on…it’s that none of us want to get older!! The aging process, though inevitable, is something that we battle throughout our lives.

Whether it be using beauty products; eating healthily; exercising; or quitting harmful habits, in our own ways we all wage a private war against Father Time!

I’ve explained how agents such as UV Rays and free radicals are well known for increasing the aging process. But, unfortunately, they're not the only factors that we have to be wary of. There are other culprits. Things such as stress; smoking; drinking; poor diets; lack of exercise; unhealthy hygienic habits, and even pollution can have negative impacts on the aging process.

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Sounds a bit depressing, I know! That’s pretty much what my line of thinking was when I began to understand the aging process and its factors. I thought to myself, how can I possibly make a dent in so many different harmful agents?

Well, a top Vitamin C Serum is certainly something that works to counteract a whole host of these harmful factors that we experience on a daily basis. As explained, Vit C is filled with antioxidant properties, not to mention the fact that it boosts the production of collagen. Both these factors are immense in battling the aging process.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It’s true that this treatment is hugely beneficial in combating the aging process, but it can only do so much. However, if you also possess an all-round healthy lifestyle then this further increases your efforts against the dreaded aging process.

Fades Brown Spots

In terms of the aesthetic benefits of Vit C Creams, a great one is that brown spots are reduced in terms of their visibility. This is achieved by the way these creams prevent an overproduction of the pigment melanin.

Melanin is a complex polymer that has been derived from the amino acid tyrosine. It is responsible for deciding the color of skin and hair. This doesn’t sound too bad, yes? The problem occurs if there is an overproduction of melanin which can cause brown spots to appear in areas.

Vit C naturally works to alter the production of melanin. This then goes onto improve the color of our skin. Persistent use of a Vitamin C Serum will result in brown spots being lightened, thus reversing the effects caused by hyperpigmentation.

This treatment type will also work to prevent new brown spots from forming. Daily use of a top quality cream will help to regulate the melanin in your skin and help to deliver natural, refreshed looking skin complexion – something that we all seek! 🙂

Stretch Marks Reduced

This benefit ties back into the production of collagen which Vitamin C Serums guarantee. For those of you who aren’t familiar with stretch marks, they are narrow lines/streaks that can appear on the skin’s surface. The technical term for this phenomenon is striae gravidarum.

Stretch marks are caused when the dermis (underlying skin) is torn. This can occur from a wide variety of reasons – puberty; growing muscles; pregnancy; hormone replacement treatment; and other factors. 

Stretch Marks

Whatever the reason, stretch marks are unseemly occurrences that are never welcome.

So how do Serums help? Simply, by boosting the production of collagen, this allows your body to maintain its strength and elasticity which helps to prevent the formation of stretch marks. By doing this, your skin is much less likely to tear when stretched for whatever reason.

This gets even more important as you get older because your body's collagen production levels begin to slow down naturally. This is where Serums can play a vital role. Though, it has to be said that even though these creams work to prevent stretch marks from appearing, it doesn’t remove ones that have already formed.

If you'd like to know more about stretch marks, then check out our comprehensive guide.

Skin Inflammation Reduced

Skin inflammation is an unseemly thing to suffer from. If inflamed, your skin can turn red and blotchy, often giving the impression that you have some sort of flu or bug…or perhaps too much alcohol! Either way, it’s not the kind of look anyone would want for their complexion.

What’s worse, this inflamed skin can then go on to be blotchy and even itchy. To summarize, it can turn into a real nightmare!! I’ve had this happen to me in the past and I reacted the way most women do – I packed on the makeup to compensate!! Bad idea as this just compounded the problem. My skin then had now chance of righting itself buried under layers of makeup.

Moisturizers are a good way of dealing with this issue as they provide refreshment to inflamed skin. A Vit C Serum and moisturizer is an even better method! A Serum’s anti-inflammatory capabilities will bring instant relief to your skin. This treatment over time will reduce the chance of your skin becoming inflamed.

Reduces use of makeup

The less makeup that we use the better it is for our skin. Why? Because makeup prevents our face from breathing and naturally exfoliating, servicing as a barrier and blocking device for such things.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wearing makeup. I personally use a variety of makeup types on a daily basis – just like tons of other people. However, in recent times, I certainly have become more conscious about the amount of makeup that I apply to my face.

Luckily, my downsizing in terms of makeup use coincided with including a Vitamin C Cream into my beauty routine. This resulted in my skin becoming healthier and more natural looking in appearance. Furthermore, it meant that I actually needed less and less makeup as my skin started to look its best without any enhancements.

A huge amount of people apply makeup to cover up some sort of blemish or skin problem. By fixing these issues with a top Vit C Serum, this eliminates the need for excessive makeup.

Capillary Protection

Capillaries are fine blood vessels that create a network that connects the arterioles and venules in your body. In terms of their function, it’s a capillary’s job to transfer oxygen and nutrients to where they are needed as well as removing waste products from your body.

But how does Vit C and the Serums affect capillaries? Well, Vit C has been proven to strengthen capillaries (blood vessels) which reduces the likelihood that damage might be caused to them. This mineral can also repair damage that had occurred.

Damage to capillaries is known as ‘broken capillaries’ and can result in quite an unseemly appearance – kind of like red spider webs on the surface of your skin. A Vitamin C Serum can work to prevent this from occurring as well as easing any damage that may have occurred.

Sunburn healed

We all (unfortunately :() know what sunburn feels and looks like, but what exactly it is? In a nutshell, sunburn is when your skin becomes over-exposed to UV Rays – either extreme rays for a short period of time, or normal rays for a prolonged period of time. Obviously, the lack of using sunscreen or any protection will worsen the damage caused by these UV rays.

Now, sun damage can come in many forms. It’s not always noticeable like the majority of people believe. Just because your skin isn’t red and irritated doesn’t mean that no damage has occurred. Even a slight tanning of your skin could mean that damage has happened on some level.

Vitamin C Creams are hugely beneficial when it comes to potential sun damage as their formula works to both prevent this damage as well as remedying any that might occur.

In terms of prevention, a top grade cream can add an extra layer of defense to your skin’s surface. This, of course, should be used in conjunction with a quality sunscreen.


If damage does occur due to UV rays, then a Serum can work to quickly soothe the damaged skin and replenish it with all those good nutrients that can be found in Vit C. This will help to ease the damage caused by UV rays. Overall, this will result in the healing process being expedited and also far more conclusive.

Acne Scars Diminished

Acne is a terrible affliction that most people suffer from at some point in their lives. Some people are fortunate to only be effected by a few zits or pimples every now and again. However, some of us are affected by severe breakouts that can even last for years – usually during our teens.

Severe acne over a prolonged period of time could then result in acne scars forming. This is the worst case scenario in terms of acne. To have permanent scars left on your face is really a horrible thing to have happen to your face. It can have serious negative ramifications with regards to how you perceive yourself and how you think others perceive you.

Firstly, it is important that you realise that a Vit C Serum CANNOT completely remove acne scars. This can only be achieved by more thorough medical treatments. In order to receive the proper information on this topic, we at the Health Base advise that you visit your local doctor or dermatologist. 

However, not all is lost! While Vit C Serums cannot remove acne scarring, they can certainly greatly diminish the aesthetic appearance of these scars. How you ask? Well, because of the numerous and bountiful benefits that such creams can deliver. Boosted collagen production; increased flow of antioxidants; increased lightening of skin complexion; improved hydration and moisturizing. All of these factors will work to diminish the adverse effects of acne, notably the scars that may be left.

Common Skin Afflictions

Eczema can come in quite a different amount of forms. Each form though results in the affected skin becoming irritated and inflamed to some degree. It can also occur on any part of the body.

Much like eczema, psoriasis also causes skin to become inflamed. Psoriasis however also causes skin to become flaky and crusty. The areas of the body that is usually affected by this condition are the elbows, knees, lower back, or scalp.

Rosacea is quite a common skin affliction and usually appears on people who are over the age of 30. Pronounced "roh-zay-shuh", this skin condition can cause redness to occur on the chin, nose, cheeks, or forehead. Other issues that can occur are burning and soreness in the eyes as well as pimples or bumps appearing on the affected areas.

Sufferers of these three skin conditions, and many more besides, can benefit hugely from a daily use of Vitamin C Cream. As listed in the previous benefit, this treatment provide a whole host of elements that can work to greatly boost the healthiness of your skin.

My Concluding Thoughts

That brings to an end my article on the top benefits of this particular health and beauty method. If you have read even a portion of this article, then you can see just how beneficial, nigh imperative, using Vitamin C Serums are. In terms of our overall health and appearance, Vit C plays a vital role in ensuring that we are at our peak level. Serums take this to the next level as they have been proven to be the most effective delivery method for this amazing supplement.

If you are still unsure about this topic of converse, or perhaps you want to know more information, then please feel free to read my thorough guide on this topic. In this guide I touch upon all the vital matters pertaining to these Serums, including which ones the Health Base's extensive testing and research revealed to be the top one on the market today. I hope that you that find it enjoyable and helpful! 🙂

Click to read guide - https://thehealthbase.com/best-vitamin-c-serums/.

Wishing you the best of health,


P.S. If you liked what you have read and want to further expand your knowledge on the area of Vitamin C Serums, then why not check out our related posts below. We will be adding new posts periodically.


DIY Vitamin C Serums

Guide to Homemade Vit C Serums

Hello, my name is Rachel and welcome to the Health Base. 🙂  Along with supplying thorough guides and reviews of the best products, myself and the team at the Health Base also like to provide important informational articles.

We choose the content for these articles in two ways - as we do our research and testing for our guides and product reviews, we take the time to compile lists of the key issues and questions that people have expressed regarding the relevant topic. This is the first way.

Key Points

The second way is that we listen to the Health Base community. You guys are are always sending us questions and ideas for new content. Such feedback is a great resource for us as it shows us what topics we should be focusing our time and energy on. So, on behalf of the Health Base team, thank you very much and keep up the good work!  

For this particular article, I will be evaluating DIY Vitamin C Serums. To achieve this, I will discuss everything that you need to know on this issue, especially making sure to touch upon the following topics:

As stated, this article will be solely devoted to Homemade DIY Serums. However, for a more complete breakdown and in-depth look into Vitamin C and it's name related Serums then please check out my comprehensive guide on this topic

In this guide I also reveal which I think is the best Vitamin C Serum on the market today. You'll find this guide through the link provided below:

Vit C Serum guide

I am a keen advocate and user of this particular treatment. Always have been and I imagine I always will be! Therefore, it was only a matter of time until I turned my attention to DIY Serums. As with everything, it is human nature to try and make the different aspects of our lives that much easier and affordable. This is certainly something that's present in my nature anyway. 🙂

In a short while I’ll be going through three methods of making a homemade option that have been proven to work. Before I get to this though, I'd first like to answer two questions: is it actually possible to make a high level Serum from home? And what are the benefits of such an undertaking?

Can A Good Quality Serum Be Made From Home?

The simple answer is yes! Though, it must be noted that it’s not necessarily an easy thing to do. I will address the possible problems that may occur in the formulaic process later on in this article.

The first thing to say is that it’s very easy to see why people are interested in making their own Serums. Vit C and the Serums that share the same name are so massively beneficial for our skin and our overall health. The benefits really are endless. 

From boosting collagen production; to reducing skin hyperpigmentation; to increasing protection from the sun; as well as providing an abundance of antioxidant capabilities for your skin to absorb. These are just some of the reasons and benefits as to why this orange mineral is such a treasured supplement.

Therefore, the quick answer is that yes you can make a Serum, and yes, you should definitely be using Vitamin C. So with that said, how do we actually go about achieving these things?

Method One

What you’ll need:

  •   A small bowl

  •   A whisk

  •   15ml of filtered/purified water

  •   1 teaspoon of top quality Vit C Powder

  •   15ml of vitamin E oil

  •   1½ tablespoons of aloe vera gel

  •   5 drops of an essential oil (your favorite flavor)

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      A funnel
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      An opaque container

How to make the Serum:

Step 1 – place all the Vit C powder and filtered/purified water into the small bowl. Whisk the contents until they are completely infused.

Step 2 – next, add all the aloe vera gel into the mixture and stir with the whisk once more.

Step 3 – add in all the vitamin E oil as well as your chosen essential oil into the bowl. Ensure that all the contents are thoroughly whisked.

Step 4 – Use the funnel to transfer the contents of the bowl into your opaque container. Do this in a prompt manner so as to avoid your Serum becoming exposed to excessive light or air.

Step 5 – Place your newly made mixture into the fridge and only remove when you are going to apply it to your skin.

TOP TIP: The majority of DIY Vitamin C Serums are very sensitive to sunlight, even more so than the ones sold in chemists and shops. Therefore, to prolong the integrity of your mixture, I advise that you keep it stored in your fridge and only use it at night when the sun has gone in for the day.

Method Two

What you’ll need:

  •   A small bowl

  •   A whisk

  •   15ml of filtered/purified water

  •   1 teaspoon of top quality Vit C Powder

  •   15ml of aloe juice

  •   ¼ tablespoon of vitamin E oil

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      A funnel
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      An opaque container

How to make the Serum:

Step 1: in the small bowl, whisk all the filtered/purified water and Vit C powder together until the latter is fully dissolved.

Step 2: next, add in the aloe juice and vitamin E oil in their entirety. Also ensure that these are thoroughly whisked into the mixture.

Step 3: With the use of a funnel, transfer the mixture into an opaque container. Make sure that the container is also airtight.

Step 4: Store the newly made mixture in the fridge for two weeks without removing it from the fridge. This, in theory, should allow your Serum to reach the desired pH level.  

TOP TIP: it’s always a good idea to give your final product a gentle shake before beginning the application process. This is because the Serum will be quite thick, so a quick shake will loosen it up and ensure that it can be applied in a smooth fashion.

Method Three

What you’ll need:

  •   A small bowl

  •   A whisk

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      ½ a tablespoon of natural Vitamin C powder
  •   15ml of filtered/purified water

  •   30ml of vegetable glycerin

  •   1½ tablespoons of aloe vera gel

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      A funnel
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      An opaque container

How to make the Serum:

Step 1: blend all the distilled water and the Vit C powder in the bowl by way of whisking.

Step 2: add in 15ml of the glycerin and stir once again.

Step 3: add in the remainder of the glycerin and stir thoroughly until the mixture is complete.

Step 4: transfer the mixture from the bowl to the opaque container by using the funnel.

Step 5: immediately store the newly created mixture in a fridge.

TOP TIP: the glycerin is a really advantageous addition as it will naturally act as a moisturizing agent to soothe and refresh your skin. The glycerin will also extend the life of your Serum – something that is really helpful when taking into account the decaying nature of Vit C.

Be careful to not get any of this serum in your mouth as glycerin can be potentially damaging to your teeth. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: it's essential to point out that the three above methods are quite basic and limited in terms of prep and ingredients. The reason for this is that making the best Vitamin C Serums takes considerable effort in regards to the formulation. The big brands spend lots of money on this formulation process, ensuring that they use the best of the best when it comes to machinery and ingredients. 

We know that most people do not have these types of resources so, therefore, we chose to keep the homemade recipes that we've outlined above as simple as possible. While this means that it's still possible to create a good product, the homemade version can't really compete with the best Vit C Serums available on the market today.

Ok, so we now understand how we can go about making a top notch Vit C Serum. But how is the best way to apply our newly constructed mixture? Is there a proper way to do so or can we just lump it on? Well, read on to find out. 🙂

DIY Vit C Serums

How To Apply Your DIY Serum

It would be remiss of me to not add in a step-by-step guide of how to actually use a Vitamin C Serum in terms of application. There’s no point in going to all the effort of constructing your own Serum and then not really knowing how to apply it!! 🙂

Luckily enough, applying a Vit C Serum is quite easy and shouldn’t pose any problems. In saying this, it’s still nice to have a step-by-step method in mind when beginning. Below I have laid out the method that I have been using for quite some time now:


- Purchase a top of the range Vitamin C Serum or conceive your own at home. Ensure that that the concentration level of the key mineral is suitable in relation to your skin. Too high a percentage will leave your skin raw and irritated, while too little will result in inferior results.

- I myself use a 20% concentration percentage – such as can be found in the Kleem Organics product. However, if you have dry or sensitive skin then the Obagi Systems version might be the better call. 


- To begin with, you must ensure that your face is clean and washed before you apply your choice of Serum. In order to do this properly it is important to have a good exfoliation process in place. In my experience, the best method of cleansing your face is to use a clean hand towel; some warm water (no soap); and a mild cleansing agent.

- You can gently pat your face to take off some of the water, but do take care to leave your skin damp as this will allow better penetration for the formula.


- The next step is to apply the Vit C Serum that you have chosen. In order to do this effectively, first place a small amount of the Serum onto your fingertips. The Serums come in small bottles, usually between 1-4oz., so take care not to waste any by over-using it.

- Next, gently massage the cream into the skin of your face in a smooth manner. There is no need to be vigorous in this application, simply allow the Serum to do its job. Once you’ve achieved this, give the cream 5 minutes or so to dry. 


- Once the cream has dried into your skin, it is then a good idea to apply a top moisturizer. This will further help to lock the Serum into your skin by creating a protective barrier.

- The moisturizer will also work to soothe and refresh your skin.


- You can then repeat this process on a daily basis. I repeat this process in the mornings and evenings, the whole routine takes less than 15 minutes. However, in saying this, using a Serum only once a day may be enough for you.

- Perhaps even using this treatment once every two days will suffice. How often really comes down to personal preference – everyone’s skin is different, after all.

Tip 1 

If you think that you have sensitive or dry skin, then it’s probably best that you only use this treatment just the once per day. Using it any more than this can cause irritation.

If you are unsure about you skin type, it is always advisable to first go and see your doctor or local dermatologist before you begin any new treatment. 

Tip 2

Stop if the Serum is causing irritation!! This one may seem a bit obvious, but it’s still worth mentioning! A lot of people continue with medical or beauty treatments that are causing harm to skin – mistakenly believing that their skin is just getting used to the new agent. 

While this may be the case, why take the risk? Rather than persisting with the irritant, it’s a far better idea to go see your doctor and get a professional opinion. It could very well be the case that your skin is allergic to whatever’s in the formula.

Video -  Step by Step DIY Serum

Why DIY Vitamin C Serums Can Be A Bad Idea

Now, I understand perfectly if this paragraph heading has after throwing you a bit. So far I’ve been nothing but positive about making a homemade product, explaining the benefits and how to actually do so. Well, unfortunately, and unintentionally, I am now forced to burst the bubble a little bit. Apologies. 🙁

As I’ve proven, it is indeed possible to create a good quality cream. However, I have to also add that it's simply not possible to match the best products that are available on the market today. This is just the reality of the situation. 

Why? Simply put, because most people do not have the medical and pharmaceutical knowledge, technical skills, or equipment that the top brands utilize when they are constructing their Serums. Vitamin C, due to its makeup, is quite a difficult element to formulate. It’s a mineral that can become damaged or can start to degrade quite easily. As such, constructing a cream of your own can be a complicated process.

Below are four of the key problems and issues that can prevent you from successfully creating a top Serum:

1 – Incorrect pH Level

Due to the fact that L-ascorbic acid is acidic in nature (thus the name), this means that it best penetrates your skin on an acidic pH level. The problem lies in the fact that you need to get the pH level spot on or else the Serum will not have the desired effect.

A Serum with a pH level that is too low will result in your skin becoming irritated and drying out. Human skin has a natural pH of in and around 5.5 to 6.5. In a perfect world, you’ll want to possess a cream that has a pH level of between 2.5 to 3.5.

This level is low enough so as to ensure that everything works correctly, but not low enough to cause any negative issues with your skin. Low pH levels are a key mistake that many DIY Vitamin C Serums possess.

2 – Poor Storage

If you have read our guide on Vit C Serums, then you will know just how important storage is when it comes to prolonging the life of this product. Why? Because, as mentioned before, this orange slice of nature is very susceptible to degradation.

Excessive sunlight or air will cause excessive oxidation to occur within the formula. This will ultimately result in it becoming ineffective over a period of time. Degradation can easily be spotted in the form of brown and yellow taints/spots will appear in the normally white texture. 

This storage worry is why the best products are sold in opaque, airtight containers immediately after creation. The problem that people like myself and you will encounter at this point is that we will not possess the machinery to create such containers. So, what we can do to counter this issue?

Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot that can be done. The only real steps that can be taken is to pour your mixture immediately into an opaque, airtight container and then place this container into your fridge until you want to use it. Even with this, a homemade Vitamin C Serum will still degrade and break down quicker than one that’s been formulated and packaged within a proper laboratory.

3 – Lacking Ingredients

A problem that occurs with many DIY versions is that the ingredients are either lacking in variety or volume. As described in our Serum Guide, the formulaic process of making is key. This process is where the effectiveness and quality of the resulting cream will be established.

In order to assure this, the ingredients that are incorporated into the Serum’s design have to be spot on. They first of all have to be of the correct type, and they also have to be of the correct volume. If either area is left lacking then the end result will mirror this inferiority.

As you can imagine, trying to figure out which ingredients are best; which volumes are best; and where to actually get these ingredients from, can be quite taxing in terms of time, effort, and cost. In saying this, it is possible to source and then use the correct ingredients - it just takes a bit of perseverance and experimentation!

As you have may have noted from our three recipes, the ingredients are sparse and very basic. This is simply because the more ingredients that you add in to the process then the more likelihood that something will go wrong.

Of course, this lack of additional ingredients will damage the resulting cream in terms of its effectiveness and its longevity. 

4 – Does My Serum Actually Work?!

This is probably the most worrisome and maddening aspect of creating a homemade Serum! Even if you believe that you have taken all the correct steps, there’s really no way of categorically proving that it is of any use! A very annoying thought, I know.

Your Serum may look the correct color; it may be stored safely; it may contain all the correct ingredients in the correct volume; but it also may have a tremendous flaw that you hadn’t considered! There’s really no way of knowing. Just because a cream isn’t aggravating your skin, this doesn’t mean that it’s being effective.

When you buy one of the top products on the market today, you are also buying peace of mind. You know that the Serum you’ve bought has been scientifically constructed and proven to work to its maximum effect. With a DIY Serum, no such peace of mind can be obtained.

My Verdict & Concluding Thoughts

There are contrasting views when it comes to DIY Vit C Serums. Many people think that they are a wonderful idea, others think that they are an unbelievable waste of time. Personally, I lie somewhere in the middle of these two extremes.

There’s no question that these Serums are brilliant for your health. And that creating your own version will certainly save you money in the long run. However, the effort required, and difficulty of, creating a top Serum at home is something that really has to be questioned.

I’ve tried to make a homemade Serum. Honestly, I didn’t have too much success. It definitely can be done, but it's quite a difficult process and I usually end up with a rather basic one.

Therefore, my verdict on DIY Vitamin C Serums is to treat it as bit of fun. Mess around with it, experiment, try different things, but don’t hang your hopes on creating a great Serum!

If you don’t think this is path is the one for you, or if you want to know more on the subject of Serums, please check out our guide on this matter. In this guide we have conducted a fully comprehensive overview of this particular niche.

However, if you’re feeling brave and industrious then why not follow the eternal, albeit altered, words of Mr. T….

Mr. T

Wishing you the best of health,


P.S. If you liked what you have read and want to further expand your knowledge on the area of Vitamin C Serums, then why not check out our related posts below. We will be adding new posts periodically. Also make sure to check out our entire knowledge base - https://thehealthbase.com/.


Best Facial Steamers in 2019

Facial Steaming guide

Well, hello there! I'm Rachel 🙂

Before I Iaunch into my comprehensive guide on everything to do with this exfoliation topic, I understand that some people don't have time to read an entire guide. Some people simply just want to to know which face steamer is the best.

That's no problem! Simply click on the link below and you’ll see a summary table of the three machines that we at the Health Base believe are the bets on the today's market. 

As always, though, I recommend that you read the entire guide in order to get the full benefit of our research.


Okachi Gliya

Kingdom Beauty

Kingdom Cares

Okachi Gliya

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Warmup Time:

30 secs - 1 min

1 - 2 min

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Optional Features:

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- Humidifer

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- Changeable Nozzle

- Humidifier

- Mirror

- Towel Warmer

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Home Use

There are many ways to care for your skin. A method that is quickly gaining traction in the healthcare niche is that of face steaming. This method is a relatively new cleansing technique – in terms of being mainstream.

As a result, there has been a recent explosion of new products as companies and brands try to capitalize on this newly popular niche.

Before the recent home DIY product boom, you would have to go to a spa or specialist in order to get such a cleansing session. If, like me, you have experienced such a visit then you will no doubt attest to the benefits.

Not too long ago, availing of such a treatment used to be a novel thing.

Steaming Machine

It used to be a treat – a day out at the local spa. However, now, thanks to modern technology, you can enjoy the benefits and pleasure of a hot cleanse from the comfort of your home. So, the question is…how to know which is the best product? How to sift through the fake and over branded rubbish in order to find the gem? That’s where we, the dedicated Health Base Team, enter into the equation.

To cut straight to the point – we’ve done the legwork so you won’t have to. It’s as simple as that. We’ve done the necessary research and testing so that you can buy a product without worrying about trying to gauge its quality.

Now, we always advise that people do their own research before committing to buying a product. Who has the time though? There are so many products in every niche imaginable that it’s just not feasible to crawl through all the reviews. That’s why we have an entire team to do it!!

Therefore, without further ado, we at the Health Base present the Comprehensive Guide to Facial Steaming. This guide, as alluded to already, will help you navigate the plethora of products that are available nowadays. We have narrowed down this mountain of brands to three that we believe are the leading contenders.

In addition, we will also address everything and anything that you might need to know about this cleansing method. This includes such things like how the process actually works; the benefits it bestows upon your complexion; the ins and outs of the actual machines; some vital tips; and a lot more must know knowledge.

So, let’s get to it!

How Does it Work?

Essentially, it works the same way as any exfoliating process. The machine in question pumps out warm steam which works to open the pores of your skin in a clean, healthy manner. This means you can then remove any impurities from your pores.

Once you have one of these home machines/kits at your disposal, the only other ingredient that you need is water. The water needs to be added to the steamer’s water tank before the process can begin.

Pretty much all the leading brands will advise that you only use mineral or distilled water. And if they don’t, then we at the Health Base would strongly advise you to look elsewhere when you're purchasing!

The reason for this is simple – impure water will result in impure mist as well as a possible chemical buildup within your new machine. Neither of which will help with your exfoliation process.

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So, that's how this cleansing process actually works. But the question remains...should you use this technique? Is it worth the effort and, more importantly, is it worth the financial investment! Well, up next I'll explain that yes is the answer to both these questions! 

The Benefits

The benefits of this cleansing method are as numerous as they are varying. Below we have compiled a list of the top benefits. We believe that they are ample proof that this exfoliation method is an essential healthcare activity.

1st Benefit - Vital for the Exfoliation Process

In order to exfoliate properly, one thing has to be done first. This is that your pores have to be opened. Without doing this, you won’t be able to clean out the array of gunk that can clog up these pores.

Such things like dead cells, sebum/oil, hair follicles, and dirt lead to our pores becoming blocked. This in turn can then lead to acne or skin blemishes.


The exfoliation process works to prevent this by cleaning out pores.

In terms of opening pores, there is nothing better than warm mist which works far better than water as it can seep into the skin on a more penetrating level.

2nd Benefit - Removes Unwanted Substances

Helps with the removal of unwanted substances – as we go about our daily lives, our complexions get dirty. That might not be the most pleasant thought, but it’s a true one! Our faces are the part of the body that are eternally exposed to the world. Therefore, we’re going to get grubby faced every now and again! 🙂

A good steam helps to soften and remove some of these substances. When sebum/oil is exuded from our pores, it can then harden on the skin’s surface once exposed to air. Cleansing with warm mist helps to soften this build up and even remove it. This also works similarly for existing black- and whiteheads.

3rd Benefit - Increases Blood Circulation

- Warm water or mist helps to increase the blood flow to the area of the body that it comes in contact with. This is why your face turns red when you have a hot shower!

- Increased blood circulation has the incredible benefit of expediting the healing process. With regards to your face, this means that steaming helps with the healing of any acne or other possible blemishes. This, overall, stimulates anti-aging processes to occur in your skin.

4th Benefit - Eases Sinus Problems

This particular benefit was one that instantly appealed to me. For years I struggled (badly) with sinus issues. Even to the point where I considered getting surgery. Thankfully, I pursed some other options first. One of these options was facial steaming. I soon found that it worked super for my sinuses. The warm mist almost instantly opens up my nasal passages as the moisture heats the nasal blood vessels. This causes them to be less restricted.

On top of this, the warm water also clears out any allergens that may have accumulated in the interior of my nasal passage. These allergens are what cause your nose to close up in the first place.

Steaming also helps with headaches or other forms of congestion that can occur from allergies. If you are unfortunate enough to be like me, and to be allergy prone, then I strongly recommend that you try this cleansing technique. It provides instant relief and is a real life saver when your allergies are at their worst.

5th Benefit - Works as a Humidifier

The benefits of owning a humidifier are numerous. They are hugely beneficial for your health; your skin; and indeed your home. In layman terms, humidifiers work to put moisture back into the air. These machines help to regulate the humidity of a certain environment. This can result in many advantages.

Humidifiers are most commonly used in the winter time when the air is dry. A prominent benefit of humidifiers can be seen in a highly researched study that was produced in 2013. This study, which has been accredited by many institutions, showed that the lower the humidity in an environment then the more likelihood of viruses and infections spreading.

This body of research categorically proved that by raising the humidity of an environment, this worked to decrease the impact of the aforementioned ailments. The best way to raise humidity in a place is by using a humidifier.

There’s nothing worse than being sick in winter. The days are darker for longer. The weather is bleak and unforgiving. So the last thing you need is for your health to suffer as well! Face steamers with humidifying capabilities can greatly reduce the occurrence of this. This is definitely something to keep in mind when purchasing a home machine.

6th Benefit - Induces Relaxation

This benefit is a personal favorite of mine! Yes, there are a lot of physical benefits to a facial steam. The ones we have covered thus far and many more. However, and this often goes unacknowledged, these machines also offer an incredible benefit of a psychological nature. What am I talking about? The vital act of relaxation, of course!!

In the modern world, relaxing is something that is very much underrated. Life is hectic, the older you get the more that this becomes apparent. The stress, responsibilities, and frantic pace of life can really be quite tough. This is the case for everyone! Now, I’ve heard some people use the saying that they’ll ‘rest when they’re dead’. This sounds so impressive. It sounds so admirable. It also sounds like a sure way of having a mid-life crisis!!  You, me, everyone, needs to relax every now and again. Only be doing this can we allow the stress and strain of the day to melt out of our bodies.

The cleansing method I'm discussing here today is a fantastic way of achieving this. No matter how bad or hectic your day has been, to have the ability to unwind is something that everyone should have in their lives. A home unit allows you to do just this – to close your eyes for half an hour or so and just unwind.

The warm mist will soothe your mind and ease the tension that’s been gradually building at your temple all day. It will leave you refreshed and re-energized, ready for the next challenge. Trust me, there have been days and weeks where I’ve been completely reliant on a good steaming session to get me through till the weekend!

For a more thorough look at the benefits of this technique, feel free to check out my article where I discuss the Top 10 Benefits!

Home Facial Steamers - The Quality Checklist

As with every product, there are things that you should be checking before you make your purchase. The same goes for this product – boxes need to be ticked or else you shouldn’t be buying!

We at the Health Base call this the Quality Checklist. Basically, as we do our research on a product, we compile a list of things that the product in question needs to have. This list, depending on how many boxes are checked, will decide whether the product is one of quality or lacking thereof.

When it came to home machines, we judged that there were eleven boxes that needed ticking for a brand to gain our approval of their product. Well, in reality, eight or nine ticked boxes are more than sufficient to deliver a quality product.

Box 1 – Pricing

Up first is arguably the most important factor of all when it comes to purchasing products. How much does it cost? And is the product worth that price?

Essentially, the question that needs to be answered here is whether or not the product is cost effective. Does its value mirror its cost and is it the best cost per value version of this product on the market.

When it comes to a home unit, there are an abundance of products out there. To make matters even more confusing, they all appear to offer the same services at different valuations!! The good news is that you won’t have to sell your car in order to afford a good one.

Cost Effect

There are a lot of home machines that go for $100+….STEAR CLEAR!!! These products are ridiculously overpriced. Often a brand with a worldwide known name will add on an extra 20% to their cost price. They do this because they know a certain percentage of people will buy their product for the brand name alone. Cough Panasonic cough. 😉

Our advice is to stay away from such clear rip offs. Instead, stick with brands that have a reputable name but not one that’s going to take advantage of you. This is the case for the three brands that we have chosen. Their products are well priced without any extra add-ons.

VERDICT: In-between $30 to $70 is all that you should be spending on this particular product. The KingdomBeauty and KingdomCares are exceptional value for money. The Okachi model is slightly more expensive but still very affordable for what you get – it all depends on your preference.

Box 2 – Capacity/Volume

The next important element is the capacity of the water container that is attached to the overall unit. It is simple enough to calculate what you should be looking for. The bigger the water container then the longer your session can be.

A key misconception that people make is that they go for the one with the biggest container possible. Sounds good? Wrong. The massive container usually only equates to unnecessarily overpriced product!

This is the case for two reasons. Firstly, a sauna session should only last for 15-20 mins max. This is the agreed upon time by beauty professionals. This is when you get the maximum benefits out of the session. Any longer is really just a waste of time and effort and it may cause your skin to become irritated.

Secondly, you should never leave excess water in your steamer when you're done. You should always empty it when the session is finished, allowing the machine and container to dry. Therefore, why would you need a container that contains enough water for two hours’ worth of steaming? Simply put, you don’t!

From our tests, an 80 ml – 100 ml tank is ideal for a such a session. Anything less than this and you won’t get your 15-20 minutes worth of mist. Anything more and you’ll just be wasting water!



Okachi Gliya


Kingdom Cares


Kingdom Beauty


VERDICT: All three machines tick the box when it comes to the correct water container capacity. 80-100ml delivers a great session so you cannot go wrong with any of these products in that regard. The Okachi model is 20ml smaller, but we did find that the mist it emitted was of a better quality.

Box 3 – Ozone Function

This is a contentious one. The supposed aim of the ozone function is to sterilize the mist that is being emitted from your home machine. This is done via a UV lamp built into the machine. It’s meant to ensure that there are no impurities present.

However, it is disputed amongst enthusiasts of this topic (and even amongst the Health Base Team) as to whether this is legit. Is it really needed? Or is it a gimmick brands incorporate in order to raise the price?

On one hand, the mist that comes out of these machines measures at 100 degrees Celsius – surely hot enough to kill any germs or bacteria? In addition to this, if you were to clean your device on a regular basis and empty it after every use then that should really be enough in terms of keeping it hygienic.


The argument to this would be, why take the risk? What happens if you forget to clean it? Or something happens out of your control that contaminates the machine? Then surely wouldn’t it be reassuring to know you have the ozone function as a last line of defense?

Look, it’s a tricky one! I personally can’t make up my mind. It really is up to you to decide. I think these units are perfectly safe without the ozone function, but then again what’s the harm once it doesn’t cost you extra money.



Kingdom Beauty


Kingdom Cares


Okachi Gliya


VERDICT: Funnily enough, the KingdomBeauty and –Cares units have the ozone function, yet cost less than the Okachi! As stated before, though, it really is up to your own judgement in terms of this box. Tick? Leave unticked?  I personally don’t think it matters a great deal either way.

Box 4 – Steam Quality

This obviously is a key element of this whole enterprise. Before the actual units came onto the market in such numbers, people were reliant on more mundane methods to exfoliate via steam. The usual method was to simply fill a bowl with boiling water, put a towel over your head, then lean over the bowl with your eyes closed. Sure, it’s a cheap way to do it, but not exactly super effective!!

So then, what makes these machines more effective? Well, simply, because they’ve been scientifically manufactured to be so. These products use heat from ceramic elements along with an ultrasonic vaporizer. This results in superfine nano-steam that works its way into our skin in a smooth fashion. This makes the opening of pores and exfoliation process super quick as well as super effective.

I personally have experimented with a variety of different exfoliating techniques…and yes, this includes the head over the bowl trick!! What I’ve found is that these home machines deliver a far purer and comprehensive cleansing experience. No other method I’ve tried can really compare.

A secondary element of mist quality lies in the speed in which the mist is emitted from the steamer. An ideal flow is steady and strong. Once there are no disturbances in the flow then you are onto a winner.

WARNING: the mist that comes from face steamers registers at roughly 100 degrees Celsius. It therefore goes without saying that you do not want such a hot substance coming in contact with your bare skin.

When I’m using my own unit, I usually keep a distance of about 10 inches/ 25.5 centimeters. This allows for the projecting steam to cool down sufficiently before it reaches my skin. This distance results in the mist being roughly 40-50 degrees Celsius – the ideal temperature.

Of course, there is an element of subjectivity to this as well. Some people may like a hotter experience and move that little closer. While others may find 10 inches too uncomfortable and prefer to take a step back. The main thing to keep in mind is to take care and apply some common sense!  



Kingdom Beauty


Kingdom Cares 


Okachi Gliya


VERDICT:  I have given the Okachi Gliya the slight edge over the Kingdom Beauty and –Cares models. I found that the Okachi’s mist was just that little bit better in terms of flow and quality. Though, it must be noted that the other two are also of a very high quality.

Box 5 – Maximum Steam Duration

This relates to how long the machine will operate for with a full water container. As said before, the ideal steaming process should last 15-20 mins. Therefore, this is the time range that you should be looking for.

It must be noted that if you’re looking for a session that doesn’t just include your face – like perhaps also your hair – then a larger tank would be needed. Also, if you intend to use your unit for aromatherapy purposes then, again, a larger container would probably better suit you. 



Kingdom Beauty

20-25 mins

Kingdom Cares

20-25 mins

Okachi Gliya

15-20 mins

VERDICT: All three brands deliver an ideal cleansing time period without wasting any water.

Box 6 – Warmup Time

This is very important if you happen to be a busy person or perhaps one short on patience! In a world where we have so much going on and so little time in which to work with, speed is fast (no pun intended!) becoming a top priority.

The same goes for steaming. You really don’t want to be waiting half an hour just for your home kit to warm up to the necessary level. A top of the range version should take no longer than three minutes to warm up. It should then be in prime condition for a thorough steaming session.

This also goes back to the water container capacity. The larger the container, then the longer the time it will take to heat. So, not only is getting a unit with a massive container pointless in terms of a the actual session, it’s also counterproductive in terms of warm up time.

TOP TIP: if you’re in a real rush, then simply use warm water. This will significantly quicken up the warming up process.



Kingdom Beauty

1-2 mins

Kingdom Cares

30 seconds - 1 min

Okachi Gliya

30 seconds - 1 min

VERDICT: as can be seen, the Okachi and KingdomCare units take roughly half the time to warm up than the KingdomBeauty model. Though, waiting one or two minutes instead of 30 seconds or so isn’t exactly worthy of a negative mark.

Box 7 – Automatic Shutoff Function

The vast majority of home machines have this function incorporated into their design. They will shut off automatically as soon as the water container has emptied. In saying that, it is still prudent to tick this box.

Why? Well, there is an inherent danger involved with buying such a product that does not have the Automatic Shutoff function. This danger lies in the potential damage that could be caused to the unit if it was left running without any water. Not to mention the waste of electricity!

In addition, it’s not uncommon for people to nod off during a steaming session – such is the relaxation provided. Therefore, the Automatic Shutoff function delivers peace of mind as well.



Kingdom Beauty


Kingdom Cares


Okachi Gliya


VERDICT: All three of our top picks have the Auto Shutoff function so no problems on that front.

Box 8 – Optional Features

When you buy such a machine, your sole preoccupation should be whether or not it delivers a professional experience. This, after all, is the whole purpose.

However, in an effort to boost attractiveness and thus their sales, some brands include optional features to try and entice customers. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Being given extra stuff is always welcome…once you’re aware as to the reason behind that extra stuff. Don’t be charmed into buying an inferior product, or perhaps an overpriced one, just because you get a whole load of add-ons with it.

Below are some potential optional features and what we thought about them:

  • Changeable nozzle – this allows you to redirect the mist in whatever direction suits you. This is a handy feature but certainly not something that is vital.
  • Hair steaming – a special attachment comes with certain unit that allows for hair steaming. Basically, it’s a shower cap that attaches to the machine via a plug. Again, this is a useful feature but not vital if you’re only interested in a facial steam. Also, it’s important to note that if you want to steam both your face and hair in the same session then you’d have to refill the water container (if it’s an 80-100ml machine) or purchase a unit with a larger container.
  • Mirror – this feature is exactly what it sounds like! Why would you want/need a mirror? I’m still not exactly sure!
  • Humidifier and towel warmer – such is the heat that the home machines emit; they can also be used to warm/dry towels, or be used as humidifiers. As we have noted already, adding a humidifier to your household can have massive benefits for your standard of living – especially in the winter time.
  • Aromatherapy compatibility – for more on this please look at our section that discusses the relevant product. Be sure to also check out our article on the Best 5 essential oils.



Kingdom Beauty

  • Mirror
  • Changeable nozzle
  • Humidifier

Kingdom Cares

  • Humidifier
  • Towel Warmer

Okachi Gliya

  • Humidifer
  • Mirror

VERDICT: to be honest, this part of the criteria isn’t one that I’m particularly fussed about. These optional features really are just gimmicks that shouldn’t come into the equation when you’re thinking about purchasing a steamer. There are far more important things to consider!

Box 9 – Durability

What do I mean by durability? Well, when you buy a product, any product, you want to have peace of mind that it will last the test of time. It’s no good if it falls to pieces after a few months!

The problem lies in the fact that it’s very hard to judge durability without a thorough testing period. The product may indeed look the real deal. It may look like it could stop a bullet. It also, in reality, could be made of cheap, breakable materials!


Unless you understand the manufacturing process and components involved, then it can be quite hard to gauge the durability of something. So, in order to ensure durability, we at the Health Base made it our mission to understand what was needed in the physical composition of a face steamer so as to guarantee durability.

Another element to take into consideration is the weight. Yes, you want a home unit that is durable and sturdy. But you also want one that is light enough to easily transport or move from room to room. Asking for too much? Nonsense!

Nowadays, there are continual breakthroughs in every field. Therefore, it is more than reasonable to expect a product such as the one we're examining here to consist of materials that are both light and durable. Don’t let any limiting beliefs diminish your expectations!



Kingdom Beauty


Kingdom Cares


Okachi Gliya


VERDICT: We were quite taken with the design and durability of the Okachi Gliya. So much so, that we very nearly did some extreme tests on it! Throwing it down a stairs was mentioned once, I believe. 🙂 The Kingdom Beauty and –Cares units are also very durable. Overall, we could find no manufacturing faults with any of the three products in question.

Box 10 – Sound

A key element to any type of relaxation exercise or session is the ambience. Noise, or lack thereof, plays a huge role in whether the correct ambience is created.

In regards to a facial steamer, the ideal noise level is silence! There is nothing worse than a noisy machine – especially when you’re trying to relax. Even if you’re not worried about relaxing, and instead just looking to exfoliate, silence is still preferable to a sound a machine can make when in operation.

A silent unit also allows for the addition of some soothing music. Perhaps some therapeutic undertones. Whatever you like!







Okachi Gliya


VERDICT: All three brands supply a product that is pretty much undetectable when in operating mode. Tick, tick, and tick!

Box 11 – Warranty

There is one common piece of advice that we give in every guide. That is…READ THE SMALL PRINT!!! If you haven’t up to this point, then it’s time to make a change!

Seriously though, you are investing hard earned money into a product or service. You owe it to yourself to ensure that you know the full story. A key element of this is the warranty.

It’s very rare that you'll buy a faulty product. Or one that you detest to such a level that you have to bring it back. But it does happen! Just last month I was forced to bring back a toaster that insisted on cremating my toast instead of “lightly” toasting it. 🙁 These things happen. And, in the modern world where houses are using tonnes of appliances, these things will happen more often!

So, what to look for in a warranty? In terms of a home machine, nothing less than a 1 year guarantee will suffice. Anything less is useless. It’s as simple as that. You need a proper amount of time to try out the steamer to see that A) it’s working correctly, and B) it suits the need you bought it for. These questions cannot be accurately answered after just a few months of use.



Kingdom Beauty

Two Years

Kingdom Cares

Two Years

Okachi Gliya

One Year

VERDICT: As alluded to, when it comes to warranty then the longer the better. 1 year is plenty enough time to fully gauge a steaming unit, but 2 years does give you that extra 12 months of protection. It really does depend on your preference.

Using Your Home Kit

So far we have discussed what you should be looking for in a face steamer with our Quality Checklist. We have also covered the benefits that come with owning one of these machines.

However, none of this matters if you don’t know how to actually steam!

You may think that it's pretty self-explanatory. It is, for the most part. But there are a few pointers that can really help so we have made sure to incorporate them into our guide. 

We’re aiming for “comprehensive” after all! 😉

Using Your Steamer

A key mistake that people make is that they rush in. They buy one of the first products they see. They go home. They switch on the machine. They begin their session…and completely ignore the instructions supplied with the machine!

The vast majority of people discard instruction manuals, or at best skim through them. Don’t feel too bad if this sounds like you, I’m not much better! I often only open these manuals once something goes wrong!

In all honesty though, when it comes to face steamers, it really is worth your while to read the instruction manual. The reason for this is because different brands often have differing instructions in how to use their particular model.

Thankfully, though, a common set of steps covers how to use the majority of the brands on the market today. We have outlined these below. Oh, and if you follow them, it’ll probably save you the effort of reading the manuals despite my earlier advice!

  • Before plugging in the machine, fill the water container to the max level. Ensure that you only use distilled or mineral water
  • Plug the machine into the relevant wall socket & turn on
  • Allow the machine to warm up - this time will vary depending on the machine's specifications
  • Once the steamer is adequately warmed up, place your face over the apparatus - usually a cone or nozzle
  • Keep a minimum distance of 10 inches from this apparatus - any closer and your skin may become irritated or even burnt
  • For the first few times, only use your new unit for 5 minutes or so – roughly a third or quarter of the time of a proper session. The reason for this is that it’s a good idea to ease into this new process. This allows your skin to gradually become accustomed to steaming. Also, it will ensure that you can spot any negative reactions at their earliest onset. It must be added that such reactions are extremely rare

  • Once your skin becomes acclimatized to the steaming process, you can then up the time to the desired 15-20 minutes
  • When the session has culminated, turn off the machine and unplug it
  • Use a clean towel or face cloth to pat your face. This will remove the moisture left by the hot mist as well as any dirt that has been loosened.

  • After steaming, it is recommend that you exfoliate your face in order to fully remove any sebum/oil, dirt or dead cells. The heat of the mist will have removed some of these materials and softened the remainder. It’s then up to you which method of exfoliating you prefer. 

10 Top Tips


Create a Home-Sauna

If you want a more sauna-like experience, then simply place a towel over your head whilst steaming. This will funnel both the heat and the impact of the mist.

Just be careful, it could get quite toasty underneath that towel!!


Exfoliate Straightaway

It’s best to begin the exfoliating process directly after your session. Your face will be at its most receptive at this time.

This will ensure that you remove the maximum amount of unwanted substances that may have accumulated on your face.


Doctor First

Always make sure that you visit your local doctor or dermatologist if you feel you’re suffering from any skin related maladies.

Whether it be rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, it's always best to first see your local medical expert before making any other plans


An Extra Exfoliating Step

It can be a good idea to use a mild facial cleanser before you begin your session. Some people swear by this. I’m not saying that they’re wrong, but I personally don’t adhere to this added step.

I find that steaming and then exfoliating works perfectly. However, it's worth a try if indeed you’re looking for that extra exfoliating measure.


Purify Your Machine

As with most machines, there often can be a manufacturing aftertaste when first bought. This can take the form of a plastic or chemical smell in your facial steamer.

To remove these unwanted elements, simply run your unit for its full extent before your first session. You may have to do this several times. Eventually, however, any residue will be removed from the machine.


Clean Straightaway

Just as you should clean your machine before its first use, you should also always ensure to clean the unit after every session.

This is best achieved by washing your machine out and then drying it. This will make certain that no mold grows within the water container.


Stay Hydrated

During your steam, it is quite natural to sweat a fair amount. The heat that accompanies a sauna/steaming session will do this to a body!

This is why it is important to replenish your bodily fluids once you have finished. It is also wise to make sure you’re probably hydrated before you being the  session.


Your Skin - Only the Best

Steaming and exfoliating work to open up your pores. This allows for the easy absorption of anything that comes into contact with your skin.

Therefore, it goes without saying that you will only want to use the best of the best when it comes to ingredients.

This includes the water you use; the essential oils; the facial scrubs; the facial masks; the aromatherapy herbs; and the moisturizer.


Avoid Possible Irritation

The majority of people will have no negative reaction at all. It is a completely natural experience so, for most of us, nothing but goodness will come from it. However, it is possible that some people might have an adverse reaction.

People who suffer from dry skin conditions may find that the mist will cause irritation as it will further dry out the surface of your face.

A handy way to avoid this is to apply some hydrating serum or even a facial mask before you start. This will give you face some added protection while still allowing you to reap the rewards of a good steam.


Fear Not the Red Face

Steaming is a natural, therapeutic process. The heat used results in an increase of the blood flow in your face. This will automatically bring a flush to the skin’s surface.

Don’t fret, though, there is no harm in this whatsoever! The redness will soon subside and your face will return to its natural shade.

What Does Nano Ionic Mean?

If you have looked into buying a face steamer you will see the same phrase popping up continuously – Nano Ionic. But what exactly does this phrase mean? And what does it mean in regards to this exfoliating method?

The word ionic has been an ever present term in the beauty industry for quite a while now. The scientific explanation of ionic is the following: the use of negative ions to diminish the effects of positively charged ions.

When this overall charge becomes neutral, a smooth session is the result. This in turn results in the perfect exfoliating environment.

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Nano, on the other hand, is universally known as meaning “small”. In terms of a facial misting, it applies to the small particles that are emitted by these machines.

I know this a very simplistic explanation but hopefully this helps you understand the science a little better!

How to Clean Your Machine?

As with any machine, it’s important that you keep your unit in pristine condition. This is vital in order to keep the machine working at its optimum level. Much like ensuring that your car has enough oil or that isn’t making funny noises when you brake!! Not good.

It can be tricky cleaning some products. There are many that are quite difficult to clean, especially those of a mechanical nature. We at the Health Base have foreseen this problem and so have put together what we think is the best method of cleaning any variety of face steamer.

Step by Step Method:

  • Open the water container and empty it of any excess water

  • When empty, add in two tablespoons of white vinegar

  • Fill the container to its maximum level with lukewarm water

  • Allow this mixture to settle and soak for between two to three hours

  • Ensure that you wipe the heating coil with a clean cloth. This is done to remove any residue that might have been building.

  • After two to three hours, you can then proceed to empty the water container of the vinegar solution

  • Then refill the container with clean, distilled water and you’re all set to steam once more!

How Often Should You Steam?

There is no definitive answer to this question. The best way to figure out how often to avail of this practise is to first identify which category your type of skin falls into. This will make it a lot easier to establish your exfoliating routine.

“I’m obsessed with cleanliness for myself. I will take a bath three times a day, sometimes a steam twice a day in addition to that.”

 - Simon Cowell

Thankfully, not all of us have Mr. Cowell’s obsession!! Honestly, who has the time for three baths and two steams in a single day?! Luckily, the amount of sessions that your skin requires can be broken down into a more manageable routine. Take a look below to see which routine suits you best:





Twice per week

12-15 mins


Once every 2 weeks

15-20 mins


Twice per week

12-15 mins


Once every 1 or 2 weeks

12-15 mins

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your skin is of a sensitive nature, then it’s always best that you first visit a dermatologist before you begin a steaming routine. Safety first, after all!

The Two Big Myths

MYTH 1 – There are NO Detox Benefits

This is one that we constantly came across as we researched this topic. We’d hear things like “face steaming is a gimmick”; “it was invented by big brands just so that they could sell their products”; or “there is no scientific proof that it works”. Wrong, wrong, and exceptionally wrong!

For centuries people have been using all forms of warm water to open their pores so they can exfoliate. Whether this be water; steam; or mist, this method has been employed all over the world in a variety of forms.

In terms of the science, it is absolutely undisputed that steaming helps with the exfoliation process. 

Myth v Fact

Actually, forget the science, it’s simply common sense!! In order to exfoliate, you first need to open your pores so you can then clean them out. Warm, prolonged steaming accomplishes this at a fast rate. Simples!

With regards to the “quick buck” conspiracy theory, it’s true that brands have capitalized on the rapid popularity in this niche by creating a whole host of products. But, well, what else were they going to do?! That’s what businesses and brands do! They spot markets that are on the rise and they apply their resources to get a bit of the pie for themselves.

It’s important to understand that the above does not equate to poor or gimmicky products. It’s in the best interest of these brands to supply top range products that actually work. Delivering anything else will only work to undermine the brand’s credibility – something that every company is keen to avoid.

Of course you’re going to get dodgy brands and unethical businesses, but thankfully these are at a minimum because of the reason I outlined above.

MYTH 2 – It DOES NOT Open Pores

Myth v Fact

As you may have guessed from Myth 1, this second one is also a load of hogwash. It has been proven in so many ways that warm moisture has a certain effect on your skin. That effect being to open up facial pores.

It’s much the same way that cold water has the opposite ability of closing pores. That’s why it is always best to exfoliate with this bookend method – start with warm water, end with cold water.

In addition, warm water also helps to loosen dirt or excess sebum/oil on the surface of you face. This helps greatly with the exfoliation process.

Aromatherapy Facial Steamers

Numerous Benefits

If you were to Google aromatherapy then you would get a definition along the lines of: Aromatherapy is the use of plant materials and oils such as essential oils and aroma compounds. It serves to increase both physical and psychological well-being.

Even though the above is quite regularly used to describe aromatherapy, there is in fact no scientific proof that aromatherapy helps with any physical or mental maladies. However, it is generally believed that the practice does indeed work to improve the general well-being of the user.

“A steamer is like an inhaler, so you can inhale this oil or frankincense or eucalyptus. Before I go onstage, I spend half an hour taking in that steam, and it saves my life!”

- Rita Ora

Perhaps it is a placebo effect? Or perhaps it is something that one day will be shown to have medical value? Nobody knows just yet. It is important, however, to know all the facts before buying an aromatherapy product.

Aromatherapy face steam machines allow for substances such as essential oils to be added to the water container. This then provides a therapeutic element to the overall session.  

What are essential oils? Essentially, (pun intended this time!) these oils are substances that have been extracted from Mother Nature. Found in sources like leaves, bark, roots, fruit and flowers, these concentrated substances work to give a natural fragrance to your surroundings.

Examples of essential oils:

Essential Oils examples
  •    Rose Moroccan
  •    Tea Tree
  •    Rosemary
  •    Marjoram Sweet
  •    Peppermint
  •    Lemon Grass
  •    Frankincense & Eucalyptus (Rita Ora appears to be a fan of these two!)
  •    And many more

IMPORTANT: I must add that if you are interested in incorporating essential oils into your beauty routine, then a top quality Diffuser is a far better option. This is simply because diffusers have been specifically designed to get the best out of essential oils. 

If you're new to essential oils but are intrigued, then please take a look at our review on essential oil Starter Kits.

However, if using essential oils is very much a secondary concern, but you would like to experiment with these oils, then please read the below section.

Vital Tips: Non-Aromatherapy Steamers

As stated before, this guide really just focuses on facial steaming. This therefore is represented in the home machines that we have evaluated and chosen as the best on the market today.

Saying this, there are a few vital tips that you need to know if you intend to buy a machine that isn’t set up for aromatherapy. They are as follows:


Don’t place essential oils or herbs into the water container – placing such substances into a container of warm water will cause pressure to build. This will then result in spitting water; moisture clogging the machine; or even the container cracking. This, ultimately, could prove disastrous for your steamer!

It must be added that these substances are fine as long as the machine in question has an aromatherapy function. Such products are usually equipped with an apparatus at the nozzle entrance where it’s possible to add a drop or two of your preferred essential oil or herb to the water.


Adding an aromatherapy element – if you do not possess an aromatherapy face steamer, it is still possible to add an aromatherapy element to your session. This can be achieved by simply dotting some drops of your favorite natural oil onto your hands or onto a cloth. Then simply place your hands/the cloth close to where the warm mist is being emitted. This will create a pleasant aromatherapy ambiance.

Obviously this will not have the same impact that an aromatherapy designed face steam machine will have. Nonetheless, it’s a nice trick to know if you want to experiment with aromatherapy or just try something new!

Personally, I use a drop or two of peppermint (an essential oil) or basil every now and again if I’m feeling super stressed or tired. I find that these two oils in particular really add to the relaxation element of my steaming session. Oh, and they smell great!! 🙂

Take a look at our Comprehensive Guide on Essential Oils for more information. 

Beware the Brand

We live in a world obsessed with brand names. No matter how frugal or conscious of branding that you are, you cannot help but have your head turned by the top brands.

The reason for this is simple – these brands have spent millions, if not billions, of dollars on making it this way! They burn through fortunes every year with one clear goal in mind: to find out what is attractive to the human eye and then to exploit this to the fullest.


Their efforts come in the form of extensive research, testing, and trials. The end result is that we as consumers are bombarded with logos, advertisements, songs, and the other wide ranging elements that go into a promotional campaign. No expense is spared when it comes to understanding the human mind in order to appeal to the consumer nature within.

And it works big time!! The majority of us, in some regard, make our purchases based on brand name rather than any other criteria. Why? Because subconsciously we trust these massive brands! They are after all well known, household names so why wouldn’t we trust them?

However, just because a brand is world famous, this doesn’t necessarily guarantee top quality products. For the most part, the top brands usually get their production spot on – they cannot afford to make rubbish products one after the other. Yet, sometimes, a rubbish one is exactly what emerges.

Such a product is clearly evident in Panasonic’s attempt. Panasonic is a massive brand name that delivers some of the best products that dominate numerous niches. However, the steaming niche is most certainly not one of those niches.

This Panasonic machine has a capacity/volume of just 30 ml. This is a full 50 ml short of what I believe is the necessary amount of water needed for a proper cleansing session. That by itself is a staggering misstep by Panasonic. It doesn’t get any better.

In addition, the mist quality of this product is noticeably inferior to the Okachi, KingdomBeauty and –Care models. Hell, it’s noticeably inferior to numerous brands! Also, in their ‘wisdom’, Panasonic have failed to incorporate an Automatic Shutoff function into their product.

This means that you would have to physically get up to turn off the unit when it’s done. This can prove problematic if you doze off during a session – something that often happens to me. A home unit running with no water in it can be very damaging for the machine.

The worst part? “All” of this is far more expensive when compared to the cost of the KingdomBeauty and –Cares models. This is madness as the Panasonic one comes nowhere near these two in terms of quality. The only good thing about the Panasonic option is that it comes with a two year money back guarantee…something that you’ll definitely need!!

All in all, we believe that the Panasonic unit is a perfect embodiment of how brand selling power can be so negative. Here is a product that is not particularly good at what it’s supposed to do and is also well overpriced. Yet, it sells.

Our advice is simple. Be smart. Buying a product created by a well-known brand is by no means a bad idea. But it also not a sure fire way to get a quality product. Keep that in mind and you’ll be able to spot the frauds easily enough!

Which One Suits You?

Well there you have it, that completes the Health Base’s comprehensive guide into this very popular health and beauty niche. As you may now see, there is quite a bit to consider when if you're musing about purchasing . I’ve covered all the vital areas so hopefully you are now confident enough to make the correct choice.

As mentioned throughout this guide, we at the Health Base have identified the three options that we believe are the top home products in this particular market. We used the criteria and knowledge accumulated in this guide to narrow down the seemingly endless options.

Below is another quick summary of these three models and their pertinent details:


Okachi Gliya

Kingdom Beauty

Kingdom Cares

Okachi Gliya

Ozone Function:








Warmup Time:

30 secs - 1 min

1 - 2 min

30 secs - 1 min

Auto Shutoff Feature:




Optional Features:

- Mirror

- Humidifer

- Mirror

- Changeable Nozzle

- Humidifier

- Mirror

- Towel Warmer

Maximum Running Time:

15 - 20 mins

20 - 25 mins

20 - 25 mins


1 Year

2 Years

2 Years

Steam Quality:




Noise Level:








*Amazon Customer Reviews


Star Rating:

166 Customer Reviews

109 Customer Reviews

95 Customer Reviews

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*These review ratings are accurate as of the time this article was published. Click on the above buttons to see the up to date ratings & reviews. Our research into, and testing of, these products consisted of a lot more than just Amazon reviews. However, in this digital age, we understand that the vast majority of people take comfort in seeing good reviews from a reputable source. Therefore, we have included Amazon’s ratings for these products.

The Health Base Verdict

Cost effectiveness: in the end of the day, this is what it comes down to. Which of these face steamers offers the best value in relation to the money that they cost? This is the question that’s at the center of every purchase.

Such a product should cost between $30 - $70. Any less and it’s probably made from inferior materials. Any more and there’s no doubt that you’re being ripped off! As stated before, aromatherapy versions, or models that are designed to do more than just a facial session,can cost a bit more. But, for a pure face steam machine, $30 - $70 is what you should be looking to spend.

With regards to our Top Three, they all fall into this price range. The KingdomBeauty and –Cares models are exceptional value and you really cannot go wrong with either.

The Okachi model is a bit more expensive but I do believe that this is because of its slightly superior mist flow and quality. This unit is also quite a bit more durable than the Kingdom duo.

In terms of additional features like the Ozone function and extra add-ons, I really do believe that these aspects should be of a secondary concern. A face steamer should be about just that – facial steaming. Perhaps you could use the extra bits to separate the different products if you were really stuck between two? I certainly wouldn’t be making my whole decision based on this, though.

Verdict: All three of these products provide a top notch cleansing experience. They all deliver exactly what they are supposed to do. So, with that said, it really does come down to personal preference!

My personal preference is the Okachi. I own one of the Gliya models and I’ve never regretted my purchase for one instance. I’ve had it for quite some time now and have had no issues. Conversely, friends of mine own the KingdomBeauty or –Cares models and they attest to the same thing! 

If you like the sound of our chosen home machine, then why not check out our complete Okachi Gliya review where we go into greater detail. 

Join the Health Base Community! 🙂

On behalf of the Health Base team, I hope that this guide has been helpful as well as informative. With all our guides, we aim to be as comprehensive and as complete as humanly possible. We do not publish anything that is half-hearted or knowingly lacking in insight and knowledge.

However, we are only human! We openly admit to this. 🙂 While we are always on the lookout for new information and changing trends, we can only do so much. That’s where you come in!

We would be indebted to you if you could share your own experiences in the comment section below. We’d love to hear what has worked for you, or what hasn’t. Or perhaps you have some topic or knowledge that we have not included in our guide. Even just a solitary question could be hugely beneficial. Trust me, every little helps!

With that said, we hope that you will join our burgeoning Health Base community. We’d really value your input!

Wishing you the best health,


P.S. If you liked what you have read and want to further expand your knowledge on this area, then why not check out our related posts below. We will be adding new posts periodically.


Vitamin C Serums that Deliver Results (Updated for 2019)

Vit C Serum Guide

Hey, guys and gals! Rachel here once again. 🙂

Here at the Health Base we try our best to accommodate all types of visitors to our site. With that said, we're aware that some people are looking for a quick answer rather than a thorough step-by-step guide of the issue being discussed. This is no different with regards to this particular guide.

Therefore, I've supplied a quick summary table below for those who haven't the time to read my full guide. This table lists the best Vitamin C Serums that the Health Base's tests and research has unearthed.

Hopefully, you'll read my guide in full, but, if not, then please feel free to check out the below table.   


Rise N' Shine



Kleem Organic

Mad Hippie



Rise N' Shine
Obagi System Vitamin C Serum
Kleem Organics
Mad Hippie

Nutrient Form:

L-Ascorbic Acid

L-Ascorbic Acid

L-Ascorbic Acid

Sodium ascorbyl phosphate

L-Ascorbic Acid

% of Vit C:



(Also available in 15% & 20%)




Skin Types & Base type:

All - Oil Based

Dry, Sensitive, Reactive - Water Based

All - Water Based

All - Oil Based

All - Water Based







Brand Reputation:







30 Days

30 Days

One Year

30 Days

30 Days

Best Priced Volume:

Two 4oz. bottles

One 1oz. bottle

Three 1oz. bottles

One 1oz. bottle

One 1.15oz. bottle

*Amazon Customer Reviews


Star Rating:

267 Customer Reviews

163 Customer Reviews

2,648 Customer Reviews

415 Customer Reviews

2,319 Customer Reviews

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My Short Story

Personally, I have used Vitamin C throughout my life in some form or another - even when I didn't actually understand why! When I was young, my parents always ensued that I'd get my full dose of minerals and vitamins in my daily diet. Vit C was a main part of this.

As I got older and more knowledgeable about what my body required, I started to understand the importance that vitamins play in our bodily functions. Once I fully understood the top benefits, I then took the next logical step - to find the best method of supplying this super nutrient to my body, both in terms of its application and quality.

This line of thinking soon brought me to Vitamin C treatments. Throughout the following guide I will explain why these formulas are the best method for receiving your needed dose of this essential supplement. I also reveal which serums are the best on the market today, as proven by the Health Base's extensive testing and researching efforts.

But first, let's take a look at exactly what Vit C is and why it's so important. I hope that you find what you're looking for! 🙂

What is Vitamin C?

If we want to understand the ins and outs of these creams, then it’s a good idea to start with the main ingredient - the orange guy. What exactly is it and why is it so powerful?

This mineral is a well established mainstay in a whole host of skin treatments and health products in general. The technical term for Vitamin C is ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. It is more commonly known as being a healthy ingredient that is found in many foods and is often used as a dietary supplement.

As happens with many elements of our body, the levels of this mineral in our skin tend to decline as we age. When this happens, a couple of negative effects can appear in the skin. Collagen production levels out, for one. This then has the knock on effect of having a detrimental impact on connective tissue. This tissue, responsible for making skin youthful, now becomes rigid and corrupt, bringing about wrinkles and lining.

Another negative effect of declining Vit C levels is that your solid cells become more susceptible to harm from free radicals. Free radicals are exceptionally reactive compounds that will attempt to strip an electron from your solid cells. When they are successful, cellular harm begins to occur that accelerates and prompts untimely maturing.

When it comes to health and beauty products, this orange mineral is usually an ever present ingredient in some form or another. Why? Because this health supplement has numerous health benefits – the list really is endless. Below are just a handful of the most pertinent benefits: