Body and Soul have recently posted a great way to use steam at home for your DIY facial treatments. All you will need is a bowl, hot water, towels. Not only will you save a lot of money, it is also a convenient way to refresh your skin on a regular basis.
Steam is a great therapeutic tool because it helps soften and detoxify the skin. Steam is used by beauty therapists in facial treatments to help infuse products, clear congestion and soften the skin for treatment.
“It’s an old-fashioned remedy, granted, but to keep your skin clean and blackhead-free, nothing beats it. Warming your skin to the point of perspiration helps to clean out pores and bring pimples to a head. After a thorough steaming, you can gently squeeze blackheads but avoid squeezing pimples. When they’ve come up to a head is the best time to get stuck into them with the Clearasil or Oxy10 to help clear the pore and kill the acne bacteria.”
Using a variety of teas, essential oils and fresh herbs to target different skin conditions and concerns can be added to the hot water.
Body and Soul recommends the following balance of ingredients:
“Add two drops of essential oil, or roughly one handful of fresh herbs or one tablespoon of dried herbs”
Body and Soul adds a further word of caution:
“Be very careful, as steam can burn skin quickly. It’s always better to have the water too cool, rather than too hot: after all, you can always top it up with hotter water. The temperature needs to be warm enough to make your skin perspire but not so hot that it’s hard to inhale or hurts your skin…. Don’t steam your face if you have visible capillaries, skin irritations or skin conditions such as rosascea. Remember to consult your doctor first.”
We take no responsibility for any injury that may occur by using any of the methods described in the article.