Facial Steaming + Floral Facial Steam Recipe

Steaming is an underused skincare regimen that has some amazing benefits.  This technique is known to help improve circulation within the skin, clear pores, and softens the skin, which all contribute to a more glowing complexion.  The four ingredients that I like to use in facial steam are chamomile, lavender, rose and mint.  Chamomile is a mild flower/herb that is generally great to use on sensitive skin. I like to pair it with lavender as the soothing aromas from each help to relax tight facial muscles.  They are good to use together in the evening when you want to wind down and get ready for bed.  Rose is nice to include in facial steams, as well, because of its anti-inflammatory properties.  Lastly, I like to use mint in my steams because the strong oils in the leaves help to clear out any stuffed nasal passageways.

Here is my go to facial steam that I like to use in the evenings:

Floral Facial Steam

Ingredients:

4 cups distilled water or rose water;

3 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers;

2 teaspoons dried lavender;

2 teaspoons dried rose petals;

1 teaspoon dried mint leaves.

Directions:

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.  Place in a bowl away from the stove;

Add the chamomile, lavender, rose petals, and mint leaves;

Place your face at least 12-18 inches away from the steam so as not to burn your skin.  You can place a towel behind your head as you steam to get a stronger steaming effect;

Steam for no longer than 5 minutes;

Discard the steam after use;

Gentle spritz your face with cool water or a toner;

Apply moisturizer.

I recommend steaming about 1-2 times per week.  It will just help to keep your skin refreshed and glowing.

Important Reminder:  Always spot test before using any ingredients on your skin to ensure that your skin reacts well to them.