We’ve talked about the benefits of exfoliating your skin as well as several DIY masks you can make at home. Today I want to talk about how to do a steam facial at home.
A steam facial is a great way to restore a smooth texture and feel to the skin of your face. It stimulates the capillaries in your face and encourages the pores to open and discharge the gunk that is hiding inside.
How to do a steam facial at home
There are home facial steamers you can buy, but a large bowl and towel will do the trick.
Heat 3 or 4 cups of water. I’ve found an electric teapot is invaluable for this task.
Wash your face with a gentle soap while the water is heating. Don’t exfoliate as the steam may irritate your skin. Save that for another day and do your entire body.
Pour the water into the bowl, add 2 – 3 drops of essential oil or a handful of your favorite facial tea. Be careful if you choose to do this. Too much is harsh on the skin and may make it uncomfortable to breathe.
Arrange the towel over your head and the bowl like a tent.
Place your face in the steam for 5 to 10 minutes. It should feel warm and soothing. If it’s too hot, lift your head a little bit or wait for the water to cool to a more comfortable temperature.
After you’ve finished steaming your face, dip a washcloth into the hot water and wring it dry. Use it to gently loosen any sebum you may have collected around your nostrils. I find the process both fascinating and repulsive, hahaha. There’s an extraction tool you could try for problem spots. Avoid squeezing the skin.
While your pores are still open, apply your favorite mask. You can use a commercial mask or your favorite home concoction. I like a drawing and tightening mask. There are others for different types of skin.
After the mask, rinse the face with cool water to close the pores and follow with a toner to finish up.
Pat your skin dry and admire your new found glow!