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DIY Herb Facial Steam

Updated on October 12, 2014

Aromatherapy Herb Steam for Your Skin

You don't need to visit the spa to deep clean your pores with natural herbs. All it takes is water and organic herbs. Learn the basics of a DIY herb facial steam and then get steaming.

How to Prepare Your Herbal Facial Steam

Place one to two cups of water in a pot. Add two tablespoons of fresh herbs or one tablespoon of dried herbs. Heat the herbs and water until you see bubbles rising up from the bottom of the pot and you can visibly see steam. Then cover the pot and allow the herbs to steep for at least 10 minutes so you realize their full benefits.

You don't need to have the mixture come to a boil, as you don't want to scald your face.

Pour a small amount of this mixture into a bowl. Place a towel over your head, and lean over the bowl. The towel will trap the moist steam and keep it in the area.

Allow your face to steam for 5 minutes to receive the most benefits from this practice. If the water cools off and no longer produces steam, pour additional hot water from your pot.

What Herbs to Use DIY Facial Steam

There are so many herbs to choose from. The following are commonly used for skincare routines:

  • Calendula - Excellent for dry, damaged, or sensitive skin.
  • Chamomile - Soothing chamomile can slow the effects of aging.
  • Lavender - Naturally regenerative and relaxing, dried lavender will soothe your skin and your spirits.
  • Lemon balm - Aromatic lemon balm is soothing and gently cleansing. It's good for all skin types.
  • Peppermint - Especially effective for acne-prone skin, peppermint is also refreshing and restorative.
  • Rose - Naturally regenerative, rose petals work well for mature skin.
  • Rosemary - Rosemary steams are particularly effective at relieving acne and perking up tired skin in the winter.

How Often to Steam Your Face

Don't overdo it with steam. Steam your face no more than once a week.

Herbal Facial Tips

Benefits of Facial Steaming

Steaming your face can help unclog pores, improve your circulation, even out your skin tone, and add moisture back to your skin.

Depending on the specific herbs you choose for your steam, you will realize additional benefits. Play around with different combinations of herbs to find a formula that works for you.


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