Lately, my skin has been congested, prone to breakouts, and difficult.
I wanted a gentle, natural way to help detoxify my skin and in my research kept coming across facial steams.
Gentle facial steams are very good for the skin. They help to detoxify, soothe, and moisturize. Per Whole Living's article about facial steams:
When your skin is at its most dried-out, pale, and tired, a steam treatment can bring back an unseasonably healthy glow. How? Moist heat hydrates skin, boosts circulation, and brings oxygen to the facial area. It also promotes skin clarity, but not because steam opens pores. "That's a common misconception," says Barbara Close, founder of New York's Naturopathica Spa and author of "Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics." "Pores don't open and close -- they're a set size." Steam loosens debris and softens skin, she says, so pores can unclog and appear less prominent.
I went searching through my cabinets to find ingredients to make a facial steam and realized that I lacked many of the ingredients I was searching for. But, I didn't want to buy a whole bulk of ingredients when we're getting ready to move cross-country. So what to do? Raid my tea cabinet.
A lot of herbal teas already have many of the above mentioned ingredients and make it super-easy to do a quick facial steam. Just make sure that the ingredients are of high quality and preferably have no artificial additives.
The tea I settled on had lemon balm, rose petals, honeybush, orange peel, lemon myrtle, lemon verbena, licorice root, lavender, valerian root, ginger, orange essence oil, and Chinese geranium oil.
The steam was deeply relaxing and my skin felt better and immediately looked healthier. I am planning to do a facial steam at least once a week to help purify my skin and allow it to heal.
1. Bring the filtered water to a gentle boil over high heat. Reduce the heat so that the water is simmering and add the tea bags to the water. Allow the water to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
2. While the tea steeps, thoroughly cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser. Rinse well and pat dry with a clean towel.
3. Remove the pot from its heat source and place it on a pot holder. The water should be gently steaming, NOT boiling.
4. Carefully arrange yourself so that your face is about 6-8 inches above the steaming water. Be very careful that you do not get too close so as not to burn your face. Drape the bath towel over your head and around your shoulders so that the steam cannot escape.
5. Allow yourself to relax and breathe deeply. Steam for 5-10 minutes.
6. Remove the towel and gently pat your face so that it is still moist, but not wet. Soak a cotton ball in witch hazel and use circular motions to wipe your face.
7. Immediately apply your favorite natural moisturizer.
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