Between work and family life, we sometimes barely get time to visit the spa. When we do get the time, it takes a hefty chunk of money to get the desired treatment at the spa.
Well, it doesn’t have to be so because there are “Do it yourself” (DIY) treatments that can be done in the comfort of your home while saving on some good money.
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Steaming your face gets rid of toxins that are clogged in your pores; it softens the skin and makes your face mask or moisturizer work on your skin effectively.
An essential point to note is, do not steam your face if you are suffering from severe skin irritations. You can either use a home facial steamer, steam over a bowl of hot water or just use a warm towel.
Cleanse and exfoliate
Your face must be prepped before the steaming begins. You can either use a regular cleanser followed by an exfoliation with either a scrub or a small bowl of water and baking soda.
Set the Steam
The facial steamer has an instruction manual that you can follow especially when it comes to filling it up. This method of steaming is most effective, but the others work just as well.
For the bowl of hot water steam, bring about 4 to 6 cups of water to a boil in a kettle and pour content into a bowl. You can place a towel beneath the bowl to protect your surfaces and put it at a place where you can easily bend over without a hustle.
Soak a clean towel in hot water and get ready to add your other ingredients.
Add essential oils and herbs
For an effective facial steaming, add about two to three drops of essential oils. The oils added will depend on the type of skin you have or the purpose for your steaming. For the herbs, use a tablespoon of fresh ones or two teaspoons of dried herbs.
Some essential oils you can use:
- Geranium – a natural astringent
- Lavender – for stress and insomnia
- Parsley – a natural astringent and heals acne
- Fennel – contains anti-aging antioxidants
- Eucalyptus – relieves nasal decongestion or sinuses and acne
- Chamomile – soothes irritated or sensitive skin
- Orange – relieves blocked pores and brightens dull skin
Some herbs to add:
- Chamomile – reduces skin inflammation and helps with dermatitis
- Rosemary – helps with oily skin
After setting the steamer, place your face in the cone attachment and stay 5 to 10 inches away or as directed by the instruction manual.
When using the bowl of hot water steaming method, put a large towel over your head and let your face hover on the bowl about 6 inches away. The closer you get, the more heat is emitted on your face. Repeat 5 to 10 minutes with two-minute breaks in between.
For the warm towel, wring the towel and lie down, placing the towel over your entire face while leaving your nose for about 5 minutes.
Apply face mask
Gently apply your preferred facial mask immediately after your facial steaming. A simple DIY for all skin types is the oatmeal and honey mask. Mix raw oats, some organic honey and a little warm water and stir till you have a consistent paste. To rinse the mask and close your pores, splash some cold water on your face.
Some can decide to skip the face mask and move straight to moisturizing their face. Splash cool water on your face after the steaming to close your pores. This step is essential as it is very necessary to moisturize your face after steaming otherwise you lose out on the benefits of your steam.