DIY Spa Facial in 6 Simple Steps: Step 3, Herbal Steam

As I wrote yesterday, this third step is my favorite part of doing a facial.  It not only provides the pore-opening therapy of steam, but also gives you a delightful lift in spirit with the aromatherapy of lavender, peppermint, patchouli, lemon balm, chamomile, or whatever dried herbs you enjoy.

Let’s take just a minute to review: we have already discussed the first two steps, which are: Step 1, Cleanse; and Step 2, Exfoliate.  Cleansing removes residual makeup, dirt, and oils from your skin; exfoliating speeds up the process of removing dead skin cells (which dulls the complexion) to reveal fresh and glowing new skin.

Here are a few reasons why facial steaming is good for your skin:

  • It warms the skin and opens the pores, allowing masks and serums to penetrate more deeply and effectively;

  • It increases perspiration, which helps pull out toxins;

  • It softens any debris in the pores, making it easier to remove;

  • It aids in circulation, which increases skin cell health and growth;

  • It’s relaxing – did I mention that this is my favorite part of a facial?  (Yes, I think I did.)

Making an herbal steam only takes a few minutes.  You’ll need some dried herbs, and an easy source for those just might be in your kitchen cabinet: think about chamomile tea, peppermint tea, lavender tea, lemon balm tea, nettle tea, hibiscus tea….yes, all those teas are dried herbs.  My favorites are a combo of lavender, lemon balm, and patchouli.  You’ll also need a medium size pot and a face towel or small bath towel.  Here’s how to make your facial steam:

  1. Fill the pot at least halfway, but not too full, with water; 

  2. Put it on the stove and bring the water to a rolling boil;

  3. Add about two to four tablespoons of dried herbs and turn off the heat under the pot.

  4. Place a lid on the pot and let it sit for 4 or 5 minutes, allowing the herbs to heat up, soften, and release their aroma and micronutrients;

  5. Put the towel over your head and stand over the pot with hot water and herbs, allowing the towel to create a tent to direct the steam to your face; 

  6. Close your eyes, relax, and enjoy the aroma and cleansing steam for about 1 ½ to 2 minutes – don’t overdo it.

By the time you’ve finished this third step your face will be feeling pretty amazing – but we’re not finished yet.  Tomorrow’s blog post will be Step 4, Tone. 

Are you getting motivated to try a 6 Step Spa Facial at home?