A conversation I had recently de-evolved into a discussion about how great it would be to take a shower in chamomile tea. I haven't figured out how to do this yet, but I feel like face steams might be close second. Although this particular one doesn't have any chamomile in it, you could easy make your with chamomile instead. I used sage and eucalyptus, which are not as hard to come by as you might think and pretty inexpensive. Plus you can use the dried varieties of both of these as incense after you're done using them for your beauty routine. I burn mine loose in an abalone shell. I may or may not walk around chanting in Sanskrit as I do it.
As for the benefits of face steams, or steam facials, I've found I always feel a little bit better or clearer afterwards. Just from personal experience, it clears my sinuses, and the heat helps to clean out pores. The heat helps you actually sweat out the toxins and dead skin cells trapped in the skin. It also helps with the sebum that contributes to blackheads. Side note: If you have blackheads, jojoba oil is great at mimicking sebum and causing your skin to produce less of it.
"The steam softens blackhead plugs so they will easily and gently release from follicular openings. The buildup of sebum inside the follicle can then flow naturally." LIVESTRONG
In addition to this the removal of dead skin build up and sebum makes your skin more receptive to other treatments like face masks, toners, moisturizers, or deeper pore refining like clay masks. Sage is said to increase circulation, much like the heat from the steam will do. Helping to give you a rosier complexion. I've also learned recently that sage oil can help with cellulite. So, I'm on Amazon ordering it right now, is what that means.
Eucalyptus, eucalyptus is my new favorite DIY skincare ingredient. It's an antiseptic and can help with bronchitis, congestion, and cough. As far as aromatherapy goes, it's got a sweet, uplifting scent. It's meant to open up your chest and be good for your heart chakra, if your into chakras. In my personal experience, the way eucalyptus makes me feel is the best part. I can't smell it without smiling. It warms up your chest, and creates what I can only describe as a "soft" feeling. I've been burning it all day around here, and I can't get enough of it.
Here's what you'll need:
- Roughly 8 cups of boiling water -- It depends how big your bowl is
- A large towel to go over your head
- 1 tablespoon of sage
- 1 tablespoon of eucalyptus
- Add herbs into boiling water to steep, but the towel over the hot bowl, and be careful while handling it.
- Set the bowl on a heat resistant surface, high enough so it is comfortable to lean over for a little while and inhale the steam.
- One thing to think about is your tolerance to heat. You can move your face closer and further away or wait for the water to cool down a little bit before you get started. Wait a few minutes if you're more sensitive, or less time if you have a higher tolerance.
- Put the towel over you head and steam your face for 20-30 minutes.
- Keep some water to drink, and a clean washcloth handy to wipe off the sweat.
- Rinse your face with cool water or if you have a treatment of mask planned for after this, you can gently pat your face dry and apply an astringent toner—I like rose witch hazel—or a face mask to clear out pores even more.