Surely, there is no better way (or cheaper) to thoroughly cleanse the face than to use a facial steam. It opens up the clogged pores and allows for all the impurities and excess oil to come out leaving the skin clean and soft.
There are many ways you can prepare it.
Depending on the skin type and skin problem, you will chose an essential oil that suits you the best.
By doing so, you can prepare it to target specific skin problems such as acne, aging and oily skin as you will see in the article below.
If you would like to learn about more ways to help reduce skin infection and rejuvenate the skin, read more about clogged pores.
A facial steam is a sauna for the face. It is a great way to hydrate, detox and nourish the skin. They are not complicated to make or hard to apply to your skin care regime. You can use a variety of ingredients such as herbs, essential oils, seaweeds, etc... The most important ingredient is of course water.
Water is the perfect hydrant for the skin and is the base for our facial steam recipes. When making your own facial steams, you want to make sure you use quality water. Spring water or steam distilled water are a good choice. When making your facial steams, simmering water is used, not boiling water. Simmering water is achieved by heating your water and let it get to the point that it is about to boil.
Herbs that can be use for your facial steam and have a history of being beneficial for the skin are: chamomile, comfrey, green tea, yarrow, horsetail, peppermint, and many others.
Essential oils are very powerful and just a few drops to your facial steam is all that is needed for you to benefit from their healing powers. There are many oils that can be used in your facial sauna, such as: carrot oil, chamomile oil, geranium oil, lemon oil, grapefruit oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil, etc...
Facial steams can be used to help with all sorts of skin conditions. Below are simple recipes that you can use for three skin challenges, acne, aging skin, and oily skin.
Acne Facial Steam
2 drops of lemon oil
1/2 cup chamomile herb
1 drop lavender oil
Aging Skin Steam
2 drops carrot oil
1/2 cup yarrow herb
1/2 cup rosemary herb
2 drops lavender
Oily Skin Steam
2 drops lemon oil
1/2 cup rosemary herb
1 drop bergamot oil
To prepare your facial steams, start with 4-6 cups of simmering water and add herbs, let them steep for about 5-7 minutes on the stove with the heat set to low to keep the temperature constant. Then add essential oils. Remove pot from the stove and close your eyes and place your face over the steam about 8 inches from the container. Steam your face for about 15-20 minutes. Pat dry and apply a toner to close your pores.
To maximize the benefits, you can give yourself a facial steam at least 2-3 times a week.
Danielle Sims regularly writes articles on health and beauty and created a blueprint for making her own effective body wrap formulas at home. Get the details on her body wrap recipes by visiting her site.
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