Thursday, March 15, 2012

Homemade Facial Steam


Homemade Facial Steam

Easy homemade facial steam using herbs and natural ingredients. Give your face a treat!

I admit I don't often take the time for a facial steam. Hey, I have kids! But when I do I often question why I don't do this more often.

Facial steams are a great way to employ natural skin care. No harmful chemicals, little expense and it is very therapeutic! A steam deep cleans the pores and increases circulation. Using this homemade facial steam once a week before a facial mask will open the pores and allow greater penetration of the mask.

Look in your kitchen cupboard for herbs to add to the steam. Herbal tea bags such as mints or chamomile work great for this purpose! Herbs and spices such as oregano, thyme, sage, basil and rosemary can be used as well. Great way to use up herbs that might be a little too old for cooking!

Here is a recipe for facial steams using other garden herbs.
Many of these you can grow in your own garden!


Herbal Facial Steam

1 part lavender buds

2 parts chamomile flowers

2 parts rose petals

2 parts calendula petals

2 parts peppermint leaves

  1. Start with clean skin, free of make-up and dirt.
  2. Bring 2 quarts of water to boil.
  3. Add a generous handful of herbs or 3-4 tea bags. Turn off heat.
  4. Set pan on a table and set yourself down on a comfy chair.
  5. Carefully put your face over the steam. It will be hot at first, be careful!
  6. Cover your head and the pan with a towel, creating a tent.
  7. Stay over steam for a good 10-15 minutes. If you need to lift a corner of the towel to let in some cool air occasionally, do so.
  8. After the steam, let your face air dry.

Doesn't your face look wonderful? Now you are ready for a facial mask!

Homemade Facial Steam

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