Adding a Weekly Facial Steam to Your Skincare Routine
Nothing else gives you that dewy post-facial glow at home like a DIY steam. Best of all, it’s pretty much free! I give myself a facial steam once a week, and I challenge you to do that too.
Benefits of Facial Steaming
Here’s why steaming is so good for your skin:
- It can prevent acne. Steaming is an effective way to purge your pores of built-up dead skin cells, sebum, makeup, and toxins. The heat and moisture break down the gunk so it’s easier to extract dirt and blackheads.
- It helps your skincare products work better. For real! When your pores are cleaned out, it makes it easier for skincare products to penetrate your skin.
- It gives you a dewy glow. Steaming increases circulation, giving your skin a refreshed look.
How to Steam Your Face
- Fill a pot with about a quart of water and bring it to a boil.
- Remove it from heat and add the teas and bay leaf. Let the blend steep for 5–8 minutes, covered.
- Pour the water into a large heat-proof mixing bowl and place it on a table.
- Place a towel over your head to create a tent. Keep your face 12 inches from the water. Steam for 5 minutes if it’s your first time, and gradually work up to 10–12 minutes once you’re a seasoned pro.
- Rinse with lukewarm water, tone, and moisturize.
*We will be adding a mask to this routine in the coming weeks.
My Go-To Facial Steaming Recipe!
Chamomile x Dandelion Leaf x Bay Leaf
This is a powerful antioxidant-filled combination! Chamomile is perfect for sensitive, reactive skin. It’s anti-inflammatory and calms the skin down. Dandelion leaf helps to heal skin and balance complexion.
Bay leaf aids in relieving puffiness. This do-it-yourself face steam will bring you glowy skin and you only have to do it a few times a month.
Challenge: Start giving yourself a facial steam once a week. Try to do it on the same day every week, so that it becomes a ritual.
Be sure to drinks lots of water both before and after steaming.
If you have any little ones, you want to be sure they’re not around. Never leave a bowl or pot of hot water unattended.
You should consult with your physician if you are pregnant or have any medical conditions.
Avoid steaming during a severe acne outbreaks or if experiencing inflammation. If you have any questions, consult with your dermatologist first.