Winter is almost over and Spring is in the air! If the cooler weather has left you with dull, lifeless skin then a facial steam is the perfect way to give your skin some TLC. Best of all you don’t need to take a trip to the beauty therapist to enjoy it. It’s the perfect little self-care practice to warm you up on a chilly day. Its also great for clearing out the sinuses if you’re feeling congested from a cold or allergies.

A facial steam, when done correctly will open pores and soften the skin allowing the skin to remove impurities and bacteria from the pores. This will allow creams or serums to penetrate the skin more easily. It will perk up tired, dull skin by increasing circulation and oxygenation. The moist heat also hydrates the skin. Add to the mix your favourite floral/herbal mix or essential oils and you can target specific ailments. I love using essential oils and find the inhalation of these aromatic oils makes this a lovely relaxation practice too…now that’s multitasking at it’s best! And they are easy.

Start with cleansed skin, grab a bowl with boiling water (filtered is best) and towel. Add your chosen combination of oils, dried flowers or herbs, cover your head with the towel to prevent the steam escaping and steam away. Be sure to not steam for more than ten minutes and make sure your close enough to feel the steam but not that close that its uncomfortable. If you are using dried flowers or herbs let them steep for five minutes in the covered bowl prior to steaming.

What oils or herbs should you add? There are so many to choose from,  to make it easy I have picked a few common ones that are easy to get yours hands on or that you may already have on hand. Mix and match to find what combinations you love.

Dry Skin – Rose, lavender, chamomile or calendula flowers

Oily Skin – Peppermint, rosemary, lavender, chamomile or eucalyptus.

Congestion Relief – Eucalyptus, tea tree, frankincense, peppermint or chamomile.

When you have finished, pat your skin dry and apply your moisturiser or facial oil. Looking for the perfect skincare? We have a fabulous selection here.