When I was a little girl, I regularly did facial steam baths at home to loosen dirt and debris lodged in the pores of my skin. Maybe this has contributed to why I have such lovely skin at my age, I am sure it definitely helped! Now that I am older I do not do them nearly near as much, but I try my best to get to it when I can. They are a wonderful way to deep-clean, rejuvenate & moisten, as well as smoothing out skin tone. I highly recommend adding it to your beauty regimen if you can.
Home Facial Steam Baths are really easy to do (I know I write that a lot on this Blog but it is the truth), and a great alternative to getting them done at a professional salon as part of a facial. And, let’s be honest if you are a Stay-At-Home-Mum who has the time to go and have a facial? Not me that is for sure.
Here’s What to Do -
- In a heat-resistant bowl (set securely on a table) place your choice of dried herbs from your kitchen into a large bowl, also add some fresh herbs and a few drops of any essential oil of your choice. **I know this is broad but you really can use anything – I generally use what ever I have lying about. For example, in this particular steam I used a few drops of rose oil, dried oregano, chives, mint, rose petals, chamomile and fresh-from-the-garden sage, rosemary & basil.
- Sit at the table with a towel draped like a tent over the top of your head (which helps keeps moisture on the skin) and the steam bath bowl.
- Hold your face 8 inches from the bowl of hot water, and keep it under the tent for as long as you can (at least 5 minutes).
- Close your eyes, breathe deeply, relax and enjoy the beautiful fragrances.
- Rinse your face with warm water, then gently wipe an astringent like witch hazel over your face.
- Gently splash cool water on your face, and pat the skin dry with a soft towel.
- It is not necessary, but I always use a clay mask on my face after I have done a steam bath.
NOTE – If you have sunburned skin, sensitive skin, dilated capillaries or rosacea I do not suggest you do this as you do not want to risk aggravating your condition.
*This Posting was written by Libby at www.WillyBMum.com