DIY Facial Steam

Posted by Smita Kishore on

This simple and relaxing self-care practice is a new favorite addition to my skincare routine. Not only does it help cleanse my pores, but it also gives my dry, flaky skin the hydration boost it needs.

Why Steam? 

It's Cleansing. Steams are one of the most traditional ways to cleanse the skin. Warm steam helps to soften the skin's surface, dislodging dirt, bacteria, and dead skin from our pores. 

It's Hydrating. Steam helps revive dull skin and promotes moisture absorption. When we add plants to hot water, we release their rich oils, which can then be absorbed by the skin. This blast of hydration helps soften the outer layers of the skin making it easier to remove, and leaves us with a dewy glow. 

It Improves Circulation. When our skin sweats, our blood vessels dilate. This increases blood flow to our face, which helps oxygenate our skin. 

It's Relaxing. A super calming and easy way to practice self-care and slow down for a few moments to just be and breathe. 


DIY Facial Steam

For Dry or Sensitive Skin: I recommend steaming with organic calendula, chamomile and/or lavender flowers.

For Oily Skin: Organic calendula flowers, rosemary and/or sage leaves.

Tip: To make a large batch for later use, add a handful of organic flowers/herbs to a glass bowl until it smells just right to you. Store in a glass mason jar. Use once a week if needed, or every other week. 

To Prepare Steam: 

  • Premixed: Place a handful of your flower/herb mixture into a glass bowl and stir. Pour 2-3 cups of boiled water into bowl and let steep for 3 minutes. Sit down at a table in front of the bowl, and place a towel over your head. Keeping your face at least 12 inches from the bowl, take in the steam for 5-10 minutes as you allow your pores to open and your senses to relax. Tip: If it gets too hot, lift the corner of your towel up to let in some air or come up for a breath and return to the steam after a minute.
  • Single Use: Add 1-2 tablespoons of each flower/herb to a large glass bowl and follow the instructions above. 
  • Eco-Tip: Rather than heading for the drain, throw out used water and flowers in your yard and allow them to return to the earth from which they came.

Post Steam: Follow with a gentle exfoliation and your favorite organic oil or face balm to lock in the moisture.

Love + Light,

Smita :)


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