Steam is a common part of facials, as it helps prepare the skin to absorb nutrients. And we know that tea can have many health benefits. So, it’s really no surprise that adding teas and herbs to facial steam is becoming popular among those who champion natural and non-toxic skin care. Here’s a guide to creating your own tea steam facial at home.
Medical research has shown that steam by itself to have interesting health benefits. It helps soften the skin, and increase the absorption of topical treatments. It can also improve circulation.
There’s less rigorous research into how exactly using tea in steam benefits the skin, but there is a centuries-long tradition of using floral and herbal steams in beauty rituals. And there is research that suggests green tea and white tea can have benefits for the skin.
Plus, the process of steaming tea and herbs smells great and is super relaxing. A face steam can be the perfect way to de-stress and help your moisturizer of choice work best. The beauty of DIY is that you can combine any herbs or flowers that you’d like to go with green or white tea. Mint and rosemary are associated with cooling and calming the skin, while rose and chamomile flowers are associated with softening.
In a pot, bring water to a boil.
Select the teas and herbs you’d like to use and place them in a large heat-safe bowl. It’s best to use loose-leaf tea, but tea bags work too. Pour the water over your ingredients and let them steep for a couple of minutes.
Be sure that the water has cooled somewhat, because it’s possible to be burned by steam.
Place your face about 12 inches away from the steam and drape a towel over your head. Steam your face for a minute, and then take a break for a few minutes. You can repeat this process several times.
Alternatively, you can soak a clean wash cloth in the brew and apply it to your face. Repeat with another clean cloth.
After your steam is complete, follow with a nourishing moisturizer.
It’s widely recommended to not use a facial steam more than once per week.
A note of caution about essential oils: very little goes a long way! Essential oils tend to be pretty volatile. If you’re adding them to your steam facial, don’t use more than a drop. The oils can vaporize very quickly and create a harsh, unpleasant steam.