Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Time for a Facial Steam

     Beauty isn’t just skin deep—it reflects your inner health. To help keep your skin radiant, get plenty of rest, exercise and eat a balanced diet.

      If you still need a little help-- steaming is an excellent way to moisturize skin. It helps clean your skin and leaves your face looking youthful. Steaming doesn’t remove dirt and grime but it will help unclog pores. 

      To give yourself a “facial sauna”, start by adding some dried herbs to a pan or bowl of steaming water. (I like to use lavender, rose petals and chamomile or calendula petals.) Set the pan/bowl where you can comfortably sit next to it. Lay a towel over the back of your head, put your face over the steam and secure the ends of the towel around the pan/bowl to capture all of the steam creating a mini sauna. Keep your eyes closed so the steam won’t irritate them. (Keep your face about 12” from the steam.) 

     Enjoy the steam for a minute or so, remove your head, take a few breaths of fresh air. Go back under the towel and repeat a few times. We recommend that you do not steam for longer than 5-10 minutes. The water can be saved and used to rinse your face after the water has cooled. 

Normal skin can steam once or twice a week. 
Dry skin can steam once every week or two for no longer than 5 minutes. 
Oily skin can steam once or twice a week. 
Problem skin can steam once or twice a week.

Steam also revives tired skin, removes toxins and improves circulation. Though primarily used as a skin care technique, the facial steam is equally beneficial in relieving stress and cold symptoms. (For a cold, different herbs or essential oils would be used.)
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