Herbal Steam Cleansing

Facial massage in spa.

One of the most important factors in helping myself maintain clear skin is deep pore cleansing.  If you have oily/blemished skin here is a guide for you.  Before you start cleansing, start a pot of water on the stove but do not set it to boil.  You want it just hot enough so that it steams but does not boil.  You do not want to burn your skin or eyes when steaming and also even if you can handle it hotter remember that the evaporated water is entering your pores and it can cause damage and inflammation from within if it is too hot.  I add some tea bags in as well.  Fresh herbs are best but where I live they can be difficult to find.  Essential oils work well too.

     Now start cleansing.  I use my Clarisonic and I really recommend it for people who have troubled skin or just find it difficult to achieve that deep clean feeling.  After you have finished cleansing, pour the steaming water into a heat safe bowl and use a towel to “tent” your head capturing the steam.  The herbs I like to use include ones such as Chamomile, Calendula, Comfrey and Myrtle; all of which are very cleansing, antiseptic and healing.  Do this for about 10-15 minutes and keep your face at least 6 inches from the bowl.

     After that rinse the skin with cool water.  This is to to make sure that any toxins that were pushed out do not remain on the skin and it also closes your pores after you steamed them open.  After that gently pat dry and apply your favorite moisturizer.  DO MOISTURIZE.  The heat even though it is moist can be very drying.  Then after that take a washcloth and slightly wet it with very cold water and place it on your face to cool it down and close the pores.  Do this 1-2 times a week, or a shorter version ever night for just a few minutes as part of your cleansing regimen.

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