Getting steamy is the oldest beauty treatment on the market. Cultures from all different corners of the earth and different time periods appreciated using steam’s healing properties as well as its opportunity for a good old chin wag. From Scandinavian saunas, to Korean Jjimjilbangs, to Roman bath houses, Turkish baths to even Native American sweat houses; it would seem that just about everyone came together to decide that we all need to let off some steam from time to time.

How does it work and why are they so popular?

The principle behind using steaming is to open the pores of your skin allowing it to sweat out the toxins in your body. Depending on the type of steaming you get different things will be absorbed; essential oils and herbs are usually added so your to the steam so your skin naturally absorbs the healing properties of each ingredient added. Since the types of steaming differs from culture to culture we’ve broke down our favourites and where to go to get steamy!

 

Tibetan Steaming

Embrace your inner dumpling with Tibetan steaming! Place your feet in the wooden barrels and allow the steam invigorate your body. Tibetan steaming is most known for their very precise way of using herbs and oil with the steam for medical purposes. Aches, pains, insomnia all out of the window!

BloomMe Loves: Baby Doll Nail Boutique (Mong Kok) $168 for 60 mins

 

Jjimjilbang

Or Korean Steam rooms as we like to call them- way easier! Although nowhere in Hong Kong has a jjimjilbang quite as big the ones in Korea, Orchid Beauty in Causeway Bay do a pretty good job of keeping it as authentic as possible. These steam rooms are gender segregated so its great to go and relax with the girls, but you and the hubby will have to get steamy together elsewhere!

BloomMe Loves: Orchid Beauty (Causeway Bay) $180 for 60 mins

 

Chinese Herbal Steaming

Similar to the Tibetan foot steaming, Chinese steaming uses herbs, flowers and roots such as ginger, mugwart, rose oil and lavender, to increase blood circulation and detox your body. Needless to say that this is the perfect cure to your hangover- and in Hong Kong where our hangovers are more common than colds, finding a cure is as essential as water.

BloomMe Loves: Foot Steaming Lounge (Causeway Bay) $128 for 60 mins, Inne Beauty (Causeway Bay) full body steaming $480 for 60 mins

Getting steamy is the oldest beauty treatment on the market. Cultures from all different corners of the earth and different time periods appreciated using steam’s healing properties as well as its opportunity for a good old chin wag. From Scandinavian saunas, to Korean Jjimjilbangs, to Roman bath houses, Turkish baths to even Native American sweat houses;…