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DIY Rose-Infused Facial Steam

by Mariana, November 17, 2017

We all love going to a spa and getting the multi-step facial where it all begins with a proper steam to open up the pores and draw out all the dirt, to nicely prep the skin before applying any treatment. Having a good facial steam is a beneficial step in your routine and I'm happy to see that this well-known self-care ritual has regained its popularity lately. I especially enjoy doing steams in the fall and winter months, when my skin needs extra love and nourishment because of the harsher weather and heavier skincare used. If you haven't done one at home yet, incorporating it in your routine is easier than you might think. 


WHAT YOU NEED:


Herbal Blend + (Optional) Essential Oils 

  • A blend of your favorite herbs and flowers (dried and fresh).  My choice: (all dried) Organic rose buds, lavender and chamomile to soothe and calm, plus rose hip and strawberries to enhance the blend potency and scent profile. 
  • Tip: The ingredients for a home facial steam don't need to be a separate purchase, you can use your loose / dried fruit tea, fresh / dried herbs and therapeutic essential oils. 
  • Optional: You can add a drop of your favorite essential oil. I have done this steam as is and with a drop of lavender essential oil when I felt I needed extra dose of aromatherapy. 
4-6 cups of water
A pot to boil the water

A bowl for the steam

A cotton towel large enough to drape over your head


STEPS:

  1. Boil the water
  2. Pour the steaming water over the herbal blend and let it stand for a few minutes. 
  3. (always) Cleanse your face
  4. Steam your face with a towel draped over your head for 10-15 min, inhaling the aromatic steams  (always use caution with the temperature of the water to avoid burns)
POST-STEAM:
  1. (Optional) To extend the benefit of the steam - apply a clay mask to detox and reach deeper into the skin
  2. Apply a rose toning mist to hydrate and face oil to lock in moisture

Have you tried facial steams at home and if so, what are some of your favorite blends? Enjoy!


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