brighten your complexion with an Herbal Facial Steam March 05 2015
This is extremely relaxing and beneficial to the skin, especially in the cold and dry winter months. It is one of the simplest ways to deep clean the skin – eliminating toxins, opening pores, increasing blood circulation (bringing oxygenated blood to the surface of the skin), brightening your complexion, softening and plumping wrinkles and hydrating the skin - at the deepest layers. We recommend steaming your face once a week. Follow with a facial mask for the best results since the pores are opened and skin is softened after steaming; allowing the masque to penetrate deeper into the cellular level.
Facial steams are also excellent upper respiratory decongestants.
1. Before steaming, cleanse your skin - removing all dirt and make-up. Only steam with a fresh face.
2. Put dried herbs (1 tablespoon) or 1-3 drops of essential oils in a large heat-proof bowl and cover with 1 pint of boiling water.
3. Create a tent by wrapping a towel around your head and draping it over the rim of the bowl. Hold your face about 12 inches from the bowl. Close your eyes and enjoy the relaxing steam for 5-15 minutes.
Normal skin: Chamomile, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon balm or Calendula. Steam for 10-15
Irritated skin: Chamomile Steam for 5-10 minutes.minutes
Dry skin: Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, fennel. Steam for 3-5 minutes.
Oily skin: Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint or Sage. Steam for 10-15 minutes.
Combination skin: Chamomile, Calendula, Lemon or Rosemary. Steam for 10-15 minutes.
Congested skin: Chamomile, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon. 10-15 minutes.
Irritated skin: Chamomile Steam for 5-10 minutes.
*Steaming is not recommended for extremely sensitive skin, severe inflammation, infection, sunburned or windburned skin, rosacea, extreme acne skin, or when many small broken capillaries are visible. Avoid using herbs if you are pregnant.*