DIY Facial Steam Recipes for Every Skin Complication

We all know about the benefits of facial steaming, but it can be difficult getting your hands on an electric facial steamer and taking a trip to the spa can be quite expensive. But sometimes we need a little pampering and sometimes those breakouts and blemishes can be so stubborn that you feel like you have no choice but to schedule a spa appointment. The great thing is, you create your own facial steamer in the comfort of your own home.

Facial steaming is amazing for your skin. Add in some herbs and essential oils and you have the perfect facial steaming blends that’ll help relieve any skin complication and work for any skin complexion. If you don’t know which herbs to use, that’s perfectly fine because we’re going to share with you a couple of herbs that’ll do wonders for your skin.

Best Herbs for Facial Steaming

  • Calendula: Has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and astringent properties that make this herb especially helpful for those struggling with psoriasis and eczema.
  • Peppermint: Refreshing yet powerful, this herb is helpful for dull, oily or irritated skin because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
  • Lavender: Not only does lavender smell amazing, but it also does amazing things to the skin as well. It soothes and calms itchy and inflamed skin because of its astringent and anti-bacterial capabilities.
  • Lemon and lemon peels: This bittersweet tasting fruit helps brighten age spots, cleanses the pores, softens and detoxes the skin.
  • Rose: Who doesn’t love roses? Considering that they help reduce scars and wrinkles while reducing redness will make it hard for you not to love them. As an added bonus, roses are also perfect for toning and cleansing the skin as well.
  • Chamomile: Perfect for irritated and dry skin because of its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
  • Comfrey: This herb is also useful for eczema and psoriasis because it works as an astringent while promoting skin cell turnover.
  • White willow bark: This herb calms redness and inflammation because it contains salicin, which is considered the forefather to the salicylic acid found in acne washes. It also has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
  • Alfalfa: This little rascal is perfect for your skin because it is full of essential nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, potassium, silicon and trace elements that feed and promote skin health.

Now that you know some of the herbs that are extremely beneficial for the health of your skin, try mixing them together to use for your facial steaming baths.

Facial Steaming Blends

When creating a facial steamer, all you need is a large bowl, a towel and filtered water just make sure it’s hot. Try these following blends that’ll help with every skin ailment.

Inflamed and Irritated Facial Steaming Blend

  • 2 grams white willow bark
  • 2 grams of roses
  • 2 grams of  calendula
  • 2 grams of peppermint

Eczema and Psoriasis Facial Steaming Blend

  • 3 grams of calendula
  • 2 grams of comfrey
  • 2 grams of alfalfa

Hydrating Facial Steaming Blend

  • 3 grams of chamomile
  • 3 grams of roses
  • 6 grams of fresh lemon peels

Soothing and Nourishing Facial Steaming Blend

  • 6 grams of lavender
  • 2 grams of comfrey
  • 2 grams of alfalfa

Recipe inspired by Bustle.

Try these blends out and feel free to mix and match to find the perfect blend that suits your skin’s needs. As a word of caution when using a facial steamer, make sure you don’t get too close to the steam because you can burn yourself. You want to be close enough so the steam will feel comfortably hot, like a sauna, but not too close where you’ll feel like you’re in a furnace.

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