Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Facial Steaming

In previous posts, I have talked about steam inhalations to help relieve congestion and respiratory problems but you can also use steaming to help improve the condition of the skin on your face. Steaming causes the skin to perspire helping to cleanse the pores. It also loosens any dead skin cells and dirt on the surface of the skin. The heat from the steam increases the blood flow to the face bringing oxygen and nutrients to the area improving the condition and tone of the skin, leaving it looking and feeling softer and suppler. The steam also helps rehydrate the skin.

If you have sensitive or dry skin, I would recommend not steaming more than once a fortnight. However, if you have normal, oily or combination skin you can use facial steaming once or twice a week.

You will need a bowl, hot water, and a towel. Place the boiling water in the bowl. Create a “tent” with the towel so that it covers your head and the bowl. Keep your face about 20 cm away from the steam (40cm if you have dry or sensitive skin). Steam your face for approximately 5-10 minutes. After steaming, splash your face with some cool water to close the pores and apply some toner with a cotton wool pad. You can then use your normal moisturiser to finish.

If you are using essential oils in the facial steam, add 4 drops of your chosen essential oils to 1 litre of boiling water. More information on which essential oils to use for which skin type can be found in the Aromatherapy Bath Salts post.

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