The Relaxing Benefits of Facial Steam

DIY Herbal Facial Steam Recipes -  Benefits of Facial Steaming

Facial Steam 

Is there anything more soothing than cupping a freshly steeped mug of tea in your hands, breathing in the warm, aromatic steam wafting from the cup? As a matter of fact, there may be one experience that compares: herbal facial steaming. 

Whether you are battling a head cold, dealing with skin concerns or are simply seeking a new way to pamper yourself, steam facials just may provide the relief you are looking for. Below, discover the benefits of facial steaming as well as four herbal face steam recipes you can prepare at home.

Benefits of Facial Steaming

Facial steaming is a tried and true beauty practice that can leave your skin looking supple and radiant. Steam helps to open up pores, soften blackheads and release acne-causing bacteria.

* This can result in a deeper cleanse without the irritation or damage caused by harsh exfoliants. Additionally, facial steaming may help other skincare products like toners, serums and creams better penetrate the skin.

Facial steaming may counteract signs of aging by hydrating and softening the skin, which can have a smoothing and plumping effect. Exposing the skin to steam also boosts circulation.

* Increased blood flow means more oxygen is delivered to the skin, resulting in a healthy glow.

* The benefits of facial steaming go beyond the surface level. Steam is a natural decongestant that works by loosening mucus and relieving swollen blood vessels in the nasal passages, throat and lungs. Steam inhalation may temporarily alleviate nasal congestion and dryness, throat irritation, headaches and coughs caused by colds, flus and seasonal allergies.

*Whether you are using facial steaming to enhance your skincare routine or to relieve sinus congestion, the addition of herbs can provide added benefits.

How to Steam Your Face

The following facial steaming instructions can be used with any of our recommended herbal facial steam recipes:

  • Add 2 tea bags (or 2 teaspoons of full-leaf loose tea) to a large bowl.
  • Boil approximately 4 cups of water, then pour the heated water into the bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the water to cool for several minutes, periodically lifting the towel and checking the temperature of the steam with your hand.
  • When the steam has reached a comfortable temperature, close your eyes, lean over the bowl and drape the towel over your head. The towel should hang over the sides of the bowl to trap the steam.
  • Allow the steam to bathe your face for up to 10 minutes. Breathe deeply and allow the muscles of your face to relax as you enjoy your steam facial.

Facial Steam for Congestion Relief

Feeling stuffy? Treat your sinuses to the head-clearing aroma of zesty ginger, bright citrus and fresh mint with this facial steam recipe for congestion relief.* You may also consider using get protected® or get wellness® tea, both of which are specially formulated to support the body’s natural immunity.*

Facial Steam for a Glowing Complexion

Chamomile has wonderful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and may help to soothe, soften and brighten the skin.* Steam your face with this infusion of gentle botanicals and sunny citrus to bring a natural radiance to your complexion.*

Facial Steam to Soothe Your Skin

In South Africa, rooibos has long been used by traditional healers to treat all manner of skin issues such as sunburns, acne, eczema and irritation.* When your skin is in need of some extra care, treat yourself to this soothing facial steam. Afterward, rinse with cool water and apply a light moisturizer.

Facial Steam for Relaxation

This relaxing facial steam recipe features a mood-mellowing blend of lavender, rose petals, passionflower, chamomile and other botanicals. Allow your body to decompress and all mental chatter to fade away as you breathe in the soothing fragrance. 

  • Large bowl
  • 4 cups water
  • Towel

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